Our Team

Our Principal – Celeste de Kock

Celeste is a qualified Montessori directress and heads up the 3-6 Environment. She trained at the College of Modern Montessori in Johannesburg in 2004. Her dream was to open the most beautiful, completely child centred, Montessori school in the east of Pretoria. Almost six years later, the business rights were granted and her dream finally came to fruition. Tygervalley Montessori is the result of hard work and sheer determination.

The school is even more beautiful than she imagined. It really is an environment that learners can feel is their own, right down to the child-sized front door which is for children only.

In addition she has also completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Education (Cum Laude), specialising in learners from birth to age 9, through UNISA.


Linah Mmako

Linah is an ECD qualified teaching assistant and works in the 3-6 class. She is very gentle with the children and enjoys playing games with them during outdoor playtime.


Meegan Snodgrass

Meegan heads up the Toddler Environment. She trained at the Montessori Academy in 2003 and has been working with the toddlers ever since.


Ouma Nkwana

Ouma assists in the toddler environment. She has completed a certificate in early childhood development.


Mirrium Alli

Mirrium is our cook and she prepares all of the home cooked meals for the children with the utmost of care. She also enjoys baking treats like cookies and muffins for snack time.


Alpheus Mashilo

Alpheus takes care of our beautiful gardens and is responsible for all maintenance. He is one of the favourite staff members as the little ones like to help him in the garden.