About our Founder 
Taddy Beyleveld’s career in education spans over 35 years. She has taught from toddlers to college level in South Africa. She received her NTSD Teachers Diploma from the Natal Education Department, her 3-6 Montessori Diploma from the College of Modern Montessori and her 6-12 Montessori Diploma from Mercy Montessori Africa.
Gladys Beyleveld, fondly known as “Taddy” to all, founded Knysna Montessori School in 1997 under the auspices of the BMS Trust (Beyleveld Montessori Schools Trust). The Knysna Montessori School caters from students from Toddlers to Grade 12. The school is Umalusi accredited and registered with the Western Cape Education Department.
Together with Kelly Shen from PLATO International School, they founded PLATO International Academy offering Montessori Teacher Training from the Knysna Montessori School.