About the principal and founder
Sheen Montessori Nursery School is the product of all that Fiona MacLeod is passionate about. She has created this special Montessori nursery to reflect the values developed throughout her own impressive education and career. Fiona and husband Steve have learned much as the parents of two delightful, energetic and exuberant boys – Finlay and Seumas. Their experience, training and values underpin Sheen Montessori Nursery and are the cornerstones of this special educational environment.
Fiona’s interest in Montessori was piqued when the first of her two boys, Finlay, began to attend a local Montessori based nursery. Around this time she was considering whether or not to return to her senior position at GlaxoSmithKline but instead elected to take her interest in Montessori further. Fiona studied at the Montessori Centre International (MCI) and graduated in 2008 with a Montessori Diploma. She then went on to lead a class at Barnes Montessori Nursery.
Watching her boys playing football on Palewell Common one Saturday morning, Fiona noticed that the derelict Pavilion was for sale. She had the vision to see that the old Groundsman’s Cottage would be the ideal place to create Sheen Montessori Nursery, in a perfect location to meet the needs of local families. She went on to convert the Pavilion into the superb environment it is today.
Fiona’s love of life and her belief in the importance of creating the right environment for children to learn shines through in all that she does. Her warmth, intellect and enthusiasm for learning is infectious and evident in her broad interests and hobbies which she shares with hubby Steve. Whether it’s dance, books, music, rugby or a discussion around the dinner table about local issues, they love it all and encourage all to get involved and have an opinion.
Fiona graduated from Imperial College with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry. She has held several senior sales and marketing positions within Coca Cola and GlaxoSmithKline.
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