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! 

Rachel Trotter

Rachel Trotter

Rachel has extensive experience working in ECE with children of all ages.   Her passion for supporting children to be the best they can be makes her a rockstar in our eyes.  A busy mum of 3 girls, Rachel says spare time is a distant dream rather than a present reality. 

Verde Barton
Verde Barton

Verde is one of South Africa's finest exports and we love having her at Coast.  Originally trained in marketing, Verde discovered that working with tiny humans was her real passion.  Mum to two beautiful girls, and half Italian, her smile lights up our room.    

Katie Davis
Katie Davis

Raised in the beautiful North, Katie D is definitely the biggest kid at Coast Montessori.  Drum and bass enthusiast, KD is an expert on cutting shapes, in and outside the classroom.  

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 also owned and operated a Montessori preschool in Kumeu for the last 9 years.