At Coast, we are privileged to work with a team of fantastic and talented teachers, each of whom is passionate about education and working to bring the best out of children. Our crew of wonderful teachers is matched only by the extraordinary group of children they work with daily.


Katie Gaskell - Head Tchr
Katie Gaskell - Head Tchr

The first of our two Katies, our Head Teacher Katie G (the 'original') joined our team in 2016 and quickly became indispensable.  We love her warm personality and crazy dance moves.  Fuelled by coffee and partial to unicorns.

Hennessey McNamara
Hennessey McNamara

We were delighted when Hennessey joined our team mid 2018 (though she makes Rody feel old by reminding him he taught her at primary school!).   Henn brings her mana and passion to our team daily.  Addicted to CrossFit....and impressively good at it too! 

Lisa Green

Lisa Green

Lisa joined us at the start of 2022, to our delight.  She is a qualified and experienced Montessori early childhood teacher, with a real passion for encouraging each child's unique learning journey.   Lisa is also a birdlover and her pet parrots are popular visitors to Coast.   Always sparkling.  

Robyn Jensen
Robyn Jensen

Robyn completed a teaching practicum at Coast in 2021, and we immediately knew it would be a good idea to make her a more permanent part of our crew, and she joined the team as a new graduate teacher in January 2022.  She's a natural with kids, bringing love and laughter.

Katie Davis
Katie Davis

Raised in the beautiful North, Katie D is definitely the biggest kid at Coast Montessori.   She loves to bring her own interest in music to the tamariki, and to challenge them in new and creative ways. 

Cherie Hegh
Cherie Hegh

Cherie has two roles at Coast.   She works part-time as our Admin Manager, but as an experienced early childhood teacher, she also works for us as a teacher.  The ultimate gluten-free people-loving animal-loving multi-tasker

Rody & Karen O'Reilly
Rody & Karen O'Reilly

Coast Montessori is owned and operated by Karen and Rody O'Reilly. Rody is qualified to teach both early childhood and primary school and has extensive experience in both. Karen is an experienced business manager. Rody and Karen have been in the early childhood industry for 12 years. They live in Orewa with their three teenage children and one crazy dog.