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Lisa Hovelmeier

Hi, I'm Lisa (everyone calls me Lee) and I am the Manager of Parkfield Montessori Pre-school.

I am a qualified Level 4 Practitioner holding Montessori Diplomas in the 2 – 6, 6 – 9 and 9 – 12 year age ranges. I worked at Parkfield School for five years teaching in Reception and Key Stages 1 and 2. Prior to this I ran a Montessori school in South Africa catering for both pre and primary school children.

I also hold full paediatric first aid qualification as well as Safeguarding level 3, I am the Designated Safeguarding Lead for the pre-school. I am currently doing a level 2 course on Autism.

My key focuses are getting to know the children as individuals and supporting them to become confident, independent learners. I love language and maths development and am particularly passionate about the cultural subjects – rocks, fossils and dino poo then I’m your girl!  

Away from pre-school, I enjoy creative pastimes and am at my happiest when I am creating something new.

Vicki Watling

Hi I'm Vicki and I am a Deputy Manager here at :Parkfield Montessori Pre-school.

I have four children aged 13, 12, 7 & 2. 

My husband and I have fostered many children of all ages over the last 12 years. Our current foster daughter is almost 18 and has been part of our family for 7 years.

My child-care career began 23 years ago when I studied at Bournemouth Montessori college completing a Montessori international diploma 0-6 years. 

I then went on to work at BMC for 15 years where I became deputy manager. I left BMC to have my third child.

I was then approached by Parkfield to work as a Montessori teacher, I worked across key stage 1 implementing Montessori education for 6 years. During that time I was given the opportunity to complete a Montessori quantification for 6-9 year olds. 

I have worked with many children with additional needs and challenging behaviours. I am passionate about encouraging children to flourish and become independent individuals in a nurturing environment.

I am excited to take up this challenge at Parkfield pre-school and work with this wonderful age once again.  

Karen Trimnell

My name is Karen Trimnell and I am a Deputy Manager here at Parkfield Montessori Pre-school.

I am married with 3 children.

My career in childcare began over 20 years ago when I completed my 0-6 years Montessori qualification at Bournemouth Montessori Centre.  I then went on to work at B.M.C for 14 years gaining experience working with children of all abilities, challenging behaviours and learning difficulties. Throughout my time at B.M.C I was made Senior Directress and then took up the role of Deputy Manager to cover maternity leave.

Since leaving B.M.C I have worked at Parkfield school for 6 years as a Montessori teacher working across Key stage 1 using the Montessori methods of teaching and ethos.  

I am very enthusiastic and excited to be joining the Pre School team and looking forward to teaching this age group once again.


Hi, I’m Annie and I have recently finished my CACHE Level 3 Early Years Educator training at Parkfield Montessori Pre-school, which I have started at the Christchurch Montessori Nursery a year ago.

I have a full paediatric First Aid Level 3 qualification as well as a Safeguarding level 2 qualification.
I have gained lots of experience working with babies and children of the ages 0-4 years.

I have a passion for art, crafts and creativity (hence the colourful hair). I love painting and being imaginative - creating something with play-dough, paper or messy play is my kind of thing.
I absolutely love working with children, to see them grow and become little independent and confident individuals, is one of the greatest experiences.

Away from preschool, I am a mother of two children aged 12 and 6, who loves to spend time with her family. I also love Stationary, Pilates and being a Nail-tech.

I am very excited to be working as a Montessori pre-school teacher at Parkfield Montessori Pre-school, where I can be a part of your child’s educational journey and support them to the best of my ability.


Hi, I’m Calvin I am an apprentice teacher here at Parkfield Montessori Pre-school.

I joined as an apprentice in January 2019 and am looking forward to starting my Montessori Diploma Course Part-time in September 2019. To date I have completed a full Paediatric First Aid qualification as well as level 2 courses in Effective Safeguarding, The Prevent Duty in the Early Years, Being a Key Person in an Early Years Setting and Understanding and Addressing Behaviour in the Early Years.

I look forward to furthering my education so I can further enhance the learning environment for the children in our care whilst supporting them to the best of my ability.

Helen Pritchard

Hi I’m Helen and I am Bank Staff here at Parkfield Montessori pre-school.

I have a CACHE level 3 diploma in preschool practice. I have 20 years experience which includes running my own preschool for many years, working at Linwood school with children who have complex medical and behavioural needs, also at Christchurch infant school as a SEN TA working as a 1 to 1 or teaching small groups.

I have a full paediatric First Aid qualification as well as Safeguarding level 3. I will be the preschools special educational needs and disabilities coordinator. I am able to sign and use PECS.

I am so looking forward to becoming part of your child’s educational journey. My key focuses are getting to know your child as an individual and supporting them to become a confident and independent learner. 

I love singing, dancing and musical instruments. I particularly enjoy practical, messy and art-based activities.

Away from preschool, I enjoy walking l, going to the cinema and spending time with my family.


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