What can we say? It has been the most amazing nine years that we have known at Iverna Gardens and we have seen our children have such a happy and rewarding time at the school. We can’t say goodbye because everything about Iverna Gardens has been hello and an awakening to everything in life . You know we will always be in touch and our children will always have a wonderful, strong bond with the Montessori teaching you have upheld so wonderfully. We are your biggest fans. Miss Felicity, you are the most amazing teacher, thank you for everything you have done for our three boys and for all the children in the future, who will love you as much as we do.

Dearest Felicity. I don’t know where to start. I have had the happiest three years at Iverna Gardens and couldn’t have asked for a better boss and good friend. Not only are you an inspirational teacher but you have supported me when I needed it and you have been so understanding of the increasing pressures of the bump. How can I phrase this? You are one of those people who has changed my life’s path for the better and I am so grateful to have met you.

What an awesome time this has been for me. It has been wonderful to have been a part of a beautiful team of talented, funny, caring people. I have learnt so much and enjoyed every minute. You’ve set the bar of expectation now for any future workplace!

Thanks to you and your hard work, my children had a wonderful start in life. I was glad to receive tips from you and the teachers. It helped me a lot and I knew I and my children were in good hands.

Iverna Gardens Montessori is a little gem hidden behind the Armenian Church in Kensington. Owned and managed by Felicity Marrian, Iverna Gardens is a bright, light, busy but calm learning environment with a wealth of interesting experiential learning areas centred around one large main room with supporting rooms on the lower ground floor.

Every part of the main room was used for some learning activity and the carefully prepared wall displays were just enough to show what was being learnt but not so overpowering that you were blinded by colour. The children were immensely polite and focused on the tasks they were performing and the staff are all well qualified, many through Montessori Centre International in London, and entirely devoted to their work.

Outside, the school has a large play area and it was hard to believe that this oasis of learning and calm for such young people was within a few yards of the noise and frantic bustle of High Street Kensington in Central London.

(This article appeared in Montessori International, April 2008)

We wanted to thank you for all the love, care, patience, understanding, and wonderful teaching you have provided for our daughter. She has grown so much in her time at Iverna Gardens and we are so grateful for all that you have done. You hold a special place in our hearts and we will miss you and your smiling, gentle face as we head back to America.