Larissa RookAssistant Principal (Adolescent Community)

    Qualifications
    Bachelor of Teaching; Bachelor of Education Studies; AMI Diploma of Montessori Education (6-12 years); AMI/NAMTA Certificate in Orientation to Adolescent Studies.

    Biography
    Larissa began an investigation into Montessori philosophy while completing her first degree in 1988. She joined Montessori International College (Harmony Montessori School) in 1999 and has taught in both junior and senior primary with over thirteen years experience in the 9-12 environment. Larissa held the position of Assistant Principal for Early Years and Primary for five years and in recent years has taken up a leadership position in the Adolescent program.  After 17 years, her knowledge of and conviction for the Montessori education guides her day to day interactions with students, staff and parents.

    Why are you involved with Montessori Education?
    Because I believe that a Montessori education acknowledges and provides for the innate developmental needs of each child/adolescent. By meeting these needs we give each individual the opportunity to discover, create and examine who they are and what part they might play in the world around them.

    Years at Montessori International College

    17 years

    How would you describe what you do?

    I support and guide students, staff and parents as they navigate and discover the unfolding nature of life.

    What’s your favourite thing about your role?

    My favourite thing is observing the small day to day successes. The joy of watching a young person achieve something for themselves is priceless.

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