Our staff

All the trainers employed by Headstart Montessori Teacher Training College are fully qualified to teach their relevant courses.

They include principals and/or owners of Montessori schools and all have had extensive practical experience of starting and/or running Montessori schools.

Dr Lindsay van den Berg: Principal Director

Dr Lindsay van den Berg has been involved in Montessori education in Namibia for over 30 years! She is currently the principal of Headstart Montessori College that includes the Laboratory Classroom in Walvis Bay.

  • Doctor of Education – Berkley University, USA
  • Master of Science degree in Educational Counselling- La Salle University USA
  • Bachelors of Arts degree in Education & Psychology - University of South Africa
  • Montessori 0 - 6 Teachers’ Diploma - London Montessori College
  • Montessori 6 - 12 Teachers’ Diploma - London Montessori College
  • Montessori English Second Language Diploma - London Montessori College

Jenny Beresford: Vice-Principal

Jenny is a Montessori trained teacher with an additional Bachelor’s degree and Postgraduate degree in Psychology. She has taught at Little Penguins in Windhoek, at the Private School Swakopmund and owned a small graphic design company. Montessori education and art are her passion. Jenny is the principal of the laboratory classroom which forms part of the campus, and lectures the Year 3 students.

Micaela Connor: Senior trainer

Micaela is the owner and principal of Casa Montessori located on the campus of the college. The Casa has both a pre-primary and toddler class. Micaela has two Montessori diplomas and has been involved in Montessori in Namibia for over 20 years. Ms Connor is in charge of the Year One students in Walvis Bay and Otjiwarongo.

Hileni Shikongo: Trainer

Ms Hileni is one of our more senior trainers as well as being the owner and principal of Montessori Kindergarten in Windhoek. The Montessori Kindergarten is currently the Windhoek venue for the Windhoek Year One and Year Two studies.

Natalie Adão Gröss: Trainer

Natalie is a traditionally and Montessori trained teacher who owns and runs her own small Training College using Headstart material under license. She holds a Bachelor’s degree and four Montessori Diplomas in both Pre-Primary and Elementary teaching and is currently teaching the Year 4 students.

Sonja van der Stelt: Trainer

Sonja is a traditionally and Montessori trained teacher who runs an elementary school. She holds a Bachelor’s degree and Montessori Diplomas in both Pre-Primary and Elementary teaching

Laura Callard-Connor: Trainer

Laura holds an NQA Level 5 Diploma in ECD (Montessori Pre-primary) as well as an NQA Level 6 Diploma for Montessori Elementary (6-12 years). She currently trains Year Two students in Walvis Bay and Otjiwarongo and is the team leader of the Headstart Montessori Laboratory Classroom.

Jafet Tsuseb: Mentored Trainer

Jafet works in a traditional school in Otjiwarongo. He has a Level 6 Montessori Diploma and assists with the year two students.

Ndeshi Shaduka: Administrator

Ndeshi is in charge of the office and the general administration of the college.

Apolonia Johannes: Filing Clerk

Apolonia assists with office administration and filing. 

Jennifer Amos: Admin Assistant

Jen has completed her level 5 Pre-Primary Diploma and is assisting with material making.

Jill van Eeden: Health, Safety & Welfare Officer

Jill holds certificates in First Aid, Health and Safety and is involved with student welfare.

Deviliers Naftal: Janitor

Deviliers keeps the college and grounds clean and tidy.

Maria Shipulwa: Institutional worker

Maria helps preparing the environment making sure everything is sparkling clean.