Chiray Fitton Principal, Montessori International College
Chiray has worked at the college since 2005 and is committed to ensuring the school realises the vision to be a world recognised Montessori program situated on the Sunshine Coast. Chiray’s teaching background has been mostly in the independent schools sector in New South Wales and Queensland. In 2004 she was awarded a Teaching fellowship with the Asia Education Foundation.
Chiray is the first and remains the only Montessori Principal to be accepted as a member of the Association of Heads for Independent Schools Australia (AHISA) and resides, as the Queensland representative, on their executive committee for social issues. In 2008, Chiray successfully initiated corporate governance for Montessori International College and more recently was one of six Independent School Heads to be selected by Independent Schools Queensland to participate in a leadership program for innovative Principals. In addition to this, Chiray completed further executive training with Margaret Wheatley, Otto Scharmer and Peter Senge. She also resides on the National Curriculum Advisory Committee for the Montessori Australia Foundation and the Heads of Schools Advisory Council. In 2013, Chiray was selected and sponsored by ISQ to complete executive education leadership training via the Queensland Education Leadership’s Institute. Chiray has been invited guest speaker for the Montessori Australia Foundation, Independent Schools Queensland and advisor for the development of the Wa Ora (NZ) Montessori School’s adolescent community.