Our Team

Sharon Jagged

Manager, Director and SENCO

Sharon is passionate about Montessori education having originally trained soon after she left school. Vastly experienced, she has taught in both Montessori and traditional settings. Her understanding, enthusiasm and knowledge about children with special needs has led her to work as a special needs support in primary schools, as a child minder and as our setting's SENCO. Sharon joined us in September 2007 and has been a senior member of staff for us for the last few years. Sharon became manager for The Children's House in 2016 as well as our senior SENCO and works full time, splitting her time between both settings. Sharon is married with 2 children and enjoys spending time in Spain with her family.


Sarah Bingham


An experienced PA with a wide range of skills. Sarah started helping us with our administration and our invoicing in particular in September 2014. Usually working one day a week, she has become an invaluable member of our team, if we have a problem, she usually knows who can help if she is unable to do so.

Melanie Bridger

Montessori Teacher

I worked in the travel industry for many years then I relocated to Singapore with my husband and baby daughter in 1999. After having my son in 2000 I became interested in preschool education for my children.

I researched courses to do part time and I embarked on the International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy with MCI who luckily taught in Singapore; I graduated in 2003.  I love working with young children and have had experience in Singapore and more recently in Hong Kong where I worked at Woodlands Montessori Preschool in Central from 2011-2013 before moving back to the UK.  Montessori is such a great method of teaching and I’m happy to be working with such a great team!

Time outside work is taken up with renovating our recently purchased house, walking my two dogs and driving my two teenagers around and visiting new countries. I also travel up to the North West of England when I can to visit our family there.

Flo Denée

Montessori Teacher

Flo first joined us as a Montessori student in September 2015. She immediately demonstrated a wonderful empathy and understanding for each child. Her sense of fun is always a hit with both the children and the staff team. We were therefore delighted when she was able to work with us as a Montessori teacher from September 2016. Flo has also worked as a nanny, in creches as well as other Montessori nursery schools.

Emma Walsh

Montessori Teacher

I gained my Montessori diploma in 1988 and I’m also a qualified cook.
I enjoy teaching children for several reasons; their genuine curiosity and excitement in discovering ‘Life’ and I love being slightly instrumental in helping them grow mentally and physically. It has definitely enhanced my own life.
I have 2 boys Jack and Finn and 2 dogs. In my spare time I like being outside and with my family.

Nichola Cook

Safeguarding Lead Practitioner and Student

I am the safeguarding lead practitioner at the The Children’s House and new to Montessori.  I love learning new methods, philosophies and methodology in teaching and enjoying completing my Montessori training at The Children's House. I am a qualified Primary school teacher with experience teaching children between 4-11. I also have worked in a nursery and as a childminder with children aged between 10 months and 11 years.
I have two primary school aged children of my own and have looked at teaching from many different angles. I am presently trying to achieve Montessori teacher status. I love working with children and watch them grow into mini adults!
In my spare time I love working outside in my garden and in the greenhouse; when the weather is too bad I dabble in card making, beading and flower arranging. I have made bouquets and arrangements for a number of weddings. When the weather is good my family and I get in the car and tow the caravan away for weekends and some quality family time. Many of these involving, walking, cycling and me hiding away so I can read my book! During term time I also am a Rainbow Guide Leader in Overton.
I love my job and love looking after your children, guiding them safely onwards in their life experiences.


Juels Marsh

Assistant Montessori Teacher

After working in publishing for many years in London, I then did my Montessori training in Winchester in 2007. I have worked in a Montessori setting since then.  I feel it is such a privilege to be giving young children such a fantastic foundation in the Montessori environment before they continue their journey onto school.  I have two children Olivia and Edward who have both experienced a Montessori setting, and I could not have asked for a better start for both of them.  I enjoy spending my spare time with my family in France.

Julia Bywaters

Assistant Montessori Teacher and Student

I was first introduced to Montessori many years ago when I was an Au Pair in the USA. Seeing how wonderful this methodology of teaching is to young children and the head start it gives them in preparation not just for their school life but life in general made me want to do this for my own children one day. Twenty odd years on I have put all three of my boys through Montessori nurseries (my youngest attended both settings of The Children's House even doing his reception year there), and can say with pride how confident and happy they are at primary school.

I am a qualified personal trainer and worked part time in the Basingstoke Sports Centre for 8 years. I also have a degree in Psychology and worked in marketing and product management for many years before being made redundant. This gave me the opportunity to see my little ones more and finally do my Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy which I have just completed in July. I am now doing my professional placement at The Children's House settings and loving every minute of it.

In my very spare time I love gardening, going to our family home in France, walking my pug Frank and occasionally going to the odd car festival or formula one event.



Assistant Montessori Teacher

I originally trained as a physiotherapist and worked in this capacity until I had my first child. I have always enjoyed being around children, and over the last few years I have become more and more involved in childcare. Both of my daughters have attended Overton Children's House, and had such a wonderful time that I jumped at the chance to work in this setting. I am hoping to further my experience and understanding of Montessori theory with training in the future. In the meantime, I am thoroughly enjoying my time at OCH and SCH, and gaining much experience there.


Montessori Student

Presley was born and raised in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.  She moved to the United Kingdom at the end of 2015 to pursue her educational ambitions.  She holds an undergraduate certificate in marketing from The Chartered Institute of Marketing as well as a CertHE in Literature from Oxford University.  She is completing her professional placement here at The Children's House for the MCI Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy, Early Years Educator.

Karen Harris

Assistant Montessori Teacher and Student

Karen is a recent recruit and one of our mother's who’s child came to us. She has a BA (Hons) in Music and Drama. Karen works one morning a week for us, while she studies for her Montessori Diploma.