Mojdeh is a passionate teacher who loves children. She has over 10 years of teaching experience both at the preschool and elementary levels. She is a BC certified teacher, with a Master of Arts in Education from Simon Fraser University. She is also a certified Montessori teacher and ECE assistant. Having taught for many years at the elementary level, Mojdeh appreciates the value of a strong foundation for learning and recognizes that much of that foundation is laid long before children enter kindergarten. Hence, the preschool years are of special interest and importance to her.
Shannon is a caring and patient guide to children, with an extensive background with the Montessori philosophy. She attended a Montessori school, herself, from Primary all the way through to grade 7. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a particular interest in early child development, from the University of Victoria. She also received her AMI Primary teacher training from the Montessori Training Centre of British Columbia, in Vancouver, where she also obtained her Early Childhood Educator licence. Shannon spent her first year teaching at Selkirk Montessori School, aiding two children with special needs, as well as co-teaching a classroom of 20 children aged 3 to 6. She has a love for watching children learn and discover themselves, and believes that the Montessori environment is a beautiful cocoon for this metamorphosis to occur.
Nilufar (Nilu) was born and raised in a big happy family in Victoria. For many years Nilu has been involved in volunteer community classes focused on developing moral and leadership skills for children and youth in Victoria, Vancouver and in Fiji. Having studied at Camosun and CDI Colleges and working for almost a decade in the business world, Nilu decided to turn her lifelong interest in children and early education into a career. In 2007 she graduated from the Montessori Training Centre of BC as a certified AMI Primary Teacher. She was previously the Primary Directress at Le Soleil Montessori in Vancouver.
Sherry is an inspiring and encouraging music teacher. She has studied piano privately with Valeri Turner and has completed the piano pedagogue program at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Victoria. She has owned and operated her own music studio, Heart and Soul for the past 20 years. She enjoys developing materials and curriculum that allow her students to learn and explore through movement and hands on activities.
Karla grew up in Langley, where she went to a fine arts school from grade one until graduation. She then attended UBC and graduated with a degree in Family Studies. Following graduation, Karla moved to Taiwan to teach. After over a decade of teaching overseas, she and her family moved back to Victoria. Karla has her ECE certification and her Montessori teacher training through the Montessori Partnership UK. Karla enjoys watching children grow and reach their potential within the Montessori environment.
Christine After 20 years with a local financial institution, Christine decided to follow her passion for childhood education. Inspired by her two daughters, ages 5 and 11, she has come to be quite knowledgeable in resources and programs in the local communities. Christine also volunteers for school district # 62 and BC Agriculture and Farming, educating students about local farm produce. Recently she was co facilitating parent and tot programs in the Sooke and West Shore areas providing support to parents and engaging with children 0-6. She is also certified to instruct Mother Goose programs that teach the importance of song and story telling to young children. Christine currently holds her Early Childhood Educating Assistant Certificate, and is currently completing her Montessori teacher training through the Montessori Partnership UK.
Gisella was born and raised in the Tuscany region of Italy. She’s travelled extensively since she was small and speaks English, Italian and Spanish. After completion of the Office Administration program at Camosun College she pursued an interest in children that she had since she was young. She completed the IAPM Primary teacher training for children ages 2 ½ to 6 years from the Angela Martin Montessori Training Centre at Maria Montessori Academy followed by the ECE program with the Pacific Rim Institute. Her experience has been working in daycares, childcare centers and preschools. She worked at Selkirk Montessori School for several years. She is dedicated to providing the best positive influence through childcare and Montessori preschool to children. She loves animals, travelling, music, sports, and the outdoors.
Denyse grew up in Victoria and from a young age knew that she wanted to work with children. She is inspired by and greatly respects the process of growth and development of each child with whom she gently supports and guides. Denyse completed her ECE certification at Camosun College and her Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in Child and Youth Care from the University of Victoria. Her desire to learn how to support the holistic growth and development of children led her to study and obtain her Master of Arts with a focus in curriculum development at UVic. Denyse has almost 10 years of experience guiding children in a learning through play, emergent, and nature based preschool environment and she believes deeply in the importance of Montessori education’s respect for and inclusion of nature and outdoor experience in the daily lives of children. Denyse received her Montessori Teaching Diploma for children ages two years eight months to six years in June 2016. She has worked as a volunteer with children living in orphanages in Romania and China, as a volunteer camp nurse at children’s summer camps.
Victoria was born in Ecuador and grew up in Venezuela. She completed a business degree in Venezuela and then worked as a teaching assistant at a Kindergarten where she discovered her passion for working with children. Victoria immigrated to Canada 13 years ago and she has been working with children ever since. After having her son, she decided to go back to school and graduate as an ECE. Being an ECE allowed Victoria to gain experience working in different preschools and with kids with special needs. While working, Victoria discovered her philosophy was aligned with the Montessori philosophy, which is why she is currently completing her Montessori training.
Working with children is Victoria’s joy as she believes each child is unique and grows at their own pace. She loves seeing how each individual grows and develops and it is a privilege for her to be part of their journey.
Mitzie was born and raised in the Philippines. She received her Master of Arts in Montessori Education from the University of San Carlos Cebu, Philippines and has completed her Early Childhood Education Assistant Certificate. She has over 10 years of teaching experience with preschool children in a Montessori setting, and most recently, worked at Selkirk Montessori. Mitzie believes that “The most important period of life is not the age of university studies but the period from birth to age six” (Maria Montessori). Mitzie wants to be a part of her students’ growing years as a mentor, model and guide.
Karina was born and raised in Mexico; she immigrated to Victoria in 2010. She has always been interested in working with children, in high school she began to volunteer in the school where her mother worked as a dedicated and passionate kindergarten teacher for over 30 years.
Karina obtained her bachelors degree in Computer Systems Engineering. After working for many years in the technology field and after having her son, she felt inspired and motivated to pursue her passion of working with small children. She has her ECEA certification, first aid/CPR, and is currently completing the Montessori teacher training. She is passionate about working with children from diverse cultures and takes great pleasure in observing and discovering all that they are capable of achieving.
Mother of two boys, ages 5 and 2, Heather arrived at the Montessori Method out of a deep commitment to exploring and implementing student-led inquiry in her own children’s education and also through her professional work, and has recently completed training to become an ECEA and Montessori certified instructor. Heather is an artist, writer and educator who has worked with a number of arts and education institutions and initiatives locally, nationally, and internationally. She holds a BFA in Integrated Media from Emily Carr Institute (Vancouver, BC) and an MA in Culture, Science and Technology from Goldsmiths University (London, UK). She is co-founder of Connect-the-Dots (arts and sciences instruction) and The Wayward School (thematically curated skill and knowledge sharing events) based here in Victoria, BC.