Meet the Team

Management Team

Emma Rattigan
Principal Teacher

Emma developed her passion for Montessori education soon after leaving high school. She undertook training with MCI London and The Montessori Partnership and was inspired to take Montessori’s ideas to children around the world. She founded Edinburgh Montessori Arts School in 2006. Her colleagues describe her as a ‘big picture’ thinker and Emma enjoys using this skill to envision ways in which the school will grow and develop. Working across the school, Emma is regularly in the classrooms as well as running Parent-Child groups and Parent education.

Dr Irene Pollock
Manager and Academic Supervisor

Irene joined the EMAS team in 2009 whilst completing her 0-6 Montessori Diploma. Irene has a PhD in Literacy in Gaelic-Medium Education and an MEd in Leadership in Childhood Practice; she has also completed her Montessori Elementary training. She is a passionate advocate for Montessori education and plays a key role in shaping school policy and curriculum.

Fiona Watson

Fiona joined the busy EMAS office in 2012 and has been the backbone of our administrative team ever since. Fiona coordinates all school administration and is the first point of contact for enquiries.


Infant Community

Haizea San Sebastian Dominguez
Co-Lead Teacher

Haizea holds a degree in birth to six teaching from Spain. She is completing the teaching component of her Montessori early years training. Haizea is co-lead teacher of Infant Community.

Eleni Papavasiliou
Co-Lead Teacher

Eleni holds a degree in Early Years education and a Masters in Exercise and Life Quality from Greece. Since joining the EMAS team Eleni has completed her Montessori Diploma for Birth to 3 and she is co-lead teacher of Infant Community.

Anna Assimaki
Assistant Teacher

Anna works in Infant Community and Children’s House, as well as running our after-school care programme. She completed her Montessori training at Bournemouth Montessori Centre.


Children’s House

Anne Noble
Co-Lead Teacher

Anne holds a Montessori Diploma from 0-6 years and considers Montessori teaching her vocation alongside her work as a musician. Anne holds a BA (Hons) in Musical Studies having studied violin at RSAMD and is an experienced Suzuki violin teacher. She brings the delights of the violin, the Montessori Bells and a plethora of song to our classroom.

Ewa Szczerbińska
Co-Lead Teacher

Ewa completed her Montessori diploma in Poland. With experience both assisting and leading classes, Ewa brings her passion and dedication to Children’s House. She loves creating new activities for the children and is passionate about the cultural curriculum, particularly zoology, geography and astronomy.

Carmela Bonet Alonso
Assistant Teacher/Trainee

Carmela holds a degree in early education from Spain and joined us at EMAS to undertake her Montessori training in 2011. Carmela is currently undertaking the teaching component of her Montessori diploma in Children’s House. Carmela has developed a host of Spanish resources for the Children’s House and Elementary classes and is instrumental in delivering Spanish lessons for these age groups.

Sylvie Aubineau
Assistant Teacher

Sylvie holds an AMI 3-6 Diploma and has taught in Germany, Canada, and Norway before coming to Scotland. She brings her careful attention to detail to Children’s House, creating beautiful materials to support children’s development, and also assists in Elementary.




Anna Price
Montessori Elementary Teacher

With a strong teaching background, including ten years in local and international primary schools, Anna joined EMAS in 2015 and completed her Montessori Elementary qualification in 2016. Anna’s experience of teaching across the whole primary age range and her background in science make her well-suited to deliver Montessori’s cosmic curriculum.

Kate Hanekom
Montessori Teacher

Kate has come to Scotland from South Africa, where she completed her Montessori training and was a Senior Assistant Directress. Kate has experience working with children with additional needs and firmly believes that the Montessori approach is best for all children.


Visiting Specialists

Lindsay Anderson
Music Specialist

Lindsay Anderson holds an honours degree in music from Edinburgh Napier University and a Masters degree from Birmingham Conservatoire where she specialised in percussion performance. Lindsay has worked with children in many different settings, including giving one on one music tuition and working in larger groups. Lindsay also runs our popular after-school Rhythm Club.

Heini Löppönen
Dance Specialist

Heini is a dancer, dance teacher, and yoga teacher originally from Helsinki, Finland. Before moving to Edinburgh she worked as a dance and yoga teacher for both children and adults in Finland and South-East Asia. She recently completed her MSc in Dance Science and Education and is now going on to study Anatomy. Heini believes that dance in the crossroad of art and athleticism is a natural way for children to explore and learn about their physical, thinking, creative and expressive selves.

Kate Temple
Art Specialist

Kate is a visual artist, working across various media including drawing, sculpture and installation. She has a Fine Art degree from Edinburgh University/Edinburgh College of Art and a Masters from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London. Kate is passionate about using her art practice in different contexts, and works with a variety of organisations including the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh International Festival, and Artlink.