Sylvia Peternell

Preparatory Teacher & Headteacher of the Junior School

BA, Mont. Dip. Adv 3-12

Miss Sylvia is both Primary and Preparatory directress and Head Teacher at the Rainbow Montessori Junior School. Sylvia studied for her Montessori 2 ½ to 6 at St Nicholas London before going back to her native Austria and completing her Montessori Education with a 6-12 Montessori certificate in and a BA in Education. Alongside all of her qualifications Sylvia also has 14 years of experience teaching Montessori.



Elena Morales Contreras

Preparatory Classroom Assistant Teacher

My name is Elena Morales Contreras, I possess Bachelor Degrees in both English and Spanish Philology along with a QTS.

I look forward to working alongside Miss Sylvia and Miss Naveed and the children of Primary and Preparatory.


Naveed Faruqi

Preparatory Teacher

Mont. Dip. Adv 3-12

Miss Naveed trained at the prestigious AMI affiliate, Washington Montessori Institute, Maryland.  Upon graduating with her advanced Montessori Diploma, Miss Naveed taught in the U.S before before joining Rainbow.  Miss Naveed has over fourteen years teaching experience- several of them here at Rainbow, making her an incredibly experienced and knowledgeable Montessori teacher!



The Preparatory Classroom was recently redeveloped from two rooms, to  create one  huge airy space with all the original character of the Victorian building. The room boasts big sash windows overlooking the picturesque and leafy Woodchurch Road. This vast  room with its spectrum of pastel coloured walls and natural light provides a perfect environment for Primary children to learn and develop.