The education of even a small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life
– Dr. Maria Montessori
Dr. Maria Montessori, born in 1870, was the first woman in Italy to receive a medical degree. She worked in the fields of psychiatry, education and anthropology. She believed that each child is born with a unique potential to be revealed, rather than as a “blank slate” waiting to be written upon. Her main contributions to raising and educating children are in these areas:
Cambridge Montessori Children's Center Inc., founded in BC Canada in 2007, provides a caring community that nurtures each child’s natural curiosity for learning. Our program encourages the full development of social, emotional, physical, academic, artistic and life skills. We instill lifelong learning in our children by allowing them to develop at their own pace, according to their own unique needs. In a friendly, clean and safe environment, it inspires them to realize their full potential while enjoying life’s journey.
Ms. Joyce, Founder of Cambridge Montessori
Ms. Joyce is the Founder of Cambridge Montessori Children’s House in Burnaby (2007) and Cambridge Montessori Children’s Centre in New Westminster (2011). She completed her B.A. degree in 1988, and her Association Montessori International / Early Childhood Education diploma in 2001. She continually updates her knowledge and skills through professional development courses and workshops. She has held valid Early Childhood Educator and First Aid (Child safe) licenses since 2001. She admires the children’s natural love and curiosity for learning and works diligently by preparing the environment to meet the children’s personal needs. Her patient and calm demeanor and love for her work help establish a positive and respectful classroom as she honors Dr. Montessori’s philosophy, “Follow the child.”
Ms. Susanna, Cambridge Montessori Children’s Centre
Ms. Susanna holds a B.A. degree from Taiwan, and an AMI Diploma from the Montessori Training Center in Vancouver. She has been a certified Early Childhood Educator since 2001. She enjoys working with the children and helping them build their self-esteem, cultural awareness and sensitivities to others. She is an excellent team worker and is respectful, patient and hardworking.
Ms. Sujin, Cambridge Montessori Children’s Centre
Ms Sujin has completed her B.A degree (Exercise Therapy) from South Korea and had her Early Childhood Education certificate in 2012 in Vancouver. She also completed her Montessori Diploma from Montitute International. She has always been working in a Montessori environment. She was also a gymnastics and yoga instructor at a preschool. She loves being with children and she is always happy to teach them. She believes that positive guidance is the key to a child’s early life.
Ms. Peggy, Cambridge Montessori Children’s Centre
Ms. Peggy has completed the Responsible Adult in Child Care Setting Certificate、Emergency Child Care First Aid & CPR/AED Certificate, as well as Association Montessori International / Early Childhood Education Assistant Certificate. She feels honored to work with children in Cambridge Montessori Children Center, and she believes that high-quality education early in a child’s life leads to continued success later in school, at work, and also leads to better well-rounded intelligently, emotionally and socially. Ms. Peggy’s goal is to direct each child to experience the excitement of learning by his/her own path, as well as help children to perfect all their senses for actual learning. “The hand is the chief teacher of the child” - Dr. Maria Montessori
Ms. Sapinder, Cambridge Montessori Children’s Centre
Ms. Sapinder is an Early Childhood Education Assistant (ECEA). In addition, she has completed her Responsible Adult in Child Care Setting Certificate, Emergency First AID/CPR/AED Certificate, Food Safe Level 1 Certificate, and Sensory Kids and Sensitive Child Care Certificate. In her life experience, she has developed a deep passion and inclination towards children, due to being a motherly mentor to them from a very young age. She believes that children starting at a toddler age are like empty vessels and that they will absorb whatever they experience, and these experiences will create the foundation and shape their lives for years to come. She believes that these are the years that will mold a child into what they will eventually become.
Ms. Natalie, Cambridge Montessori Children’s Centre
Ms. Natalie is a licensed ECEA and is a student at Northern Lights College studying to complete her ECE Diploma. She is completing her studies so she will be able to put her new knowledge into practice. Ms. Natalie decided to pursue her passion working with children after having completed her diploma in Photography as well as Graphic Design and Advertising to realize that the design industry was not fulfilling enough. She’s excited to put smiles on children’s faces and to learn as much as she can from them.
Ms. Ana Maria, Cambridge Montessori Children’s House
Ms. Ana Maria took Early Childhood Education from Vancouver Career College in 2015-2016. The most rewarding part of working with children is watching and observing them learn, create, discover, and express their individuality in their own special way. While children are away from family and home, it is important to make them feel accepted, secure, safe and loved, which is her goal to provide to them. This is a new humbling learning experience to work with Cambridge Montessori as a full time teacher. She hopes to inspire, motivate, and guide all children entrusted to our care with the best of her ability.
“All our handling of the child will bear fruit, not only at the moment, but in the adult they are destined to become” – Maria Montessori
“ Train up a child the way he should go….” (Proverbs 22:6)
Ms. Eliana, Cambridge Montessori Children's House
Ms. Eliana obtained a LAM Course - Leadership, Administration & Management in Child Care from VCC College. She also holds an ECEA - Early Childhood Educator Assistant from Sprott Shaw College and completed the Good Beginnings - Childcare Training at Burnaby Continuing Education. She is enthusiastic about Montessori methodology as it helps children to think constructively, creatively and independently, so the learning experience is maximized and enjoyed. She is committed to providing children with the loving care and attention they need to succeed in all aspects of their learning journey.
Ms. Peggy, Music Teacher
Ms. Peggy has been a professional percussionist, pianist, and an experienced teacher since 1990. She has completed her Master’s Degree in Music Education from University of Calgary and has performed with numerous percussion groups, wind ensembles, orchestras, and also serves as a pianist in a church. Ms. Peggy loves to teach and likes to share her professions with students in a positive and relaxing manner.
Ms. Melissa, DANCEPL3Y Instructor
DANCEPL3Y (dance-play) KIDS is a kids physical activity program that “plays” with dance while promoting positive mental health through the 3 Rules of PL3Y: Be Positive. Be Fun. Be Yourself.