Barbara Isaacs

Barbara Isaacs, Chief Education Officer

Barbara joined the newly established Montessori Centre International (MCI) in 1998 after training Montessori teachers both at Montessori St Nicholas and London Montessori Centre. She was also a proprietor of Seedlings Montessori Nursery in Oxfordshire for  15 years. She is now the  Chief Education Officer.

Barbara trained with Montessori St Nicholas in the early 1980s and since then continued to study both in the field of Montessori education and early years, achieving her Masters in Early Years Education under the guidance of Tina Bruce in 2000.

She is the author of ‘Bringing Montessori into Your Early Years Setting’ (2009) and ‘Understanding the Montessori Approach’ (2012), both published by David Fulton Books.

Over the past twenty-five years Barbara has trained and supported training of Montessori teachers in her capacity  as a lecturer at Montessori St. Nicholas, London Montessori Centre and Montessori Centre International. In her current role she has been involved with course development and the promotion of Montessori education within the UK and internationally.

Barbara is committed to bringing Montessori education to children  in the 21st century.

Penny Johns

Penny Johns, Head of Academic Programmes

‘My main job role is to oversee the whole student journey from when they first come to Open evening, through interview, induction onto the course and to promote the best possible experience during their training here at MCI and beyond into their teaching practice.
While on a career break from teaching in Higher Education, Penny first encountered Montessori as a parent and was inspired to retrain as a Montessori teacher and studied at Montessori Centre International and Middlesex University (EYPS). Practical experience of working with young children as a Montessori teacher was complemented by working in culturally diverse Haringey Childrens Centres.
She was invited to train as a Montessori Tutor and started teaching on the Diploma and Foundation Degree courses. Promoted in September 2012 to Director of Studies. Her previous career was in Theatre Costume.


Martin Bradley speaking

Dr Martin Bradley

Dr Martin Bradley has worked in the early years field for nearly 40 years, as a teacher, teacher trainer, Her Majesty’s Inspector (HMI)  of schools and most recently as UK chair of the Montessori Schools Association (MSA).

As an HMI for 23 years, he held responsibility for monitoring the development of NVQs in childcare and education, represented the Department for Education on  its NNEB Board, and led Ofsteds monitoring of the introduction of nursery vouchers and early years regulations. He also managed the DfEs Early Excellence programme  from 2000  to 2003. MSA has 670 schools and pre-schools in membership, as well as over 3,500 individual members.