Our Staff

Kawartha Montessori School staff have a deep respect for children and view them as unique individuals. Our administrative staff are committed to all day-to-day operations of the school and play an integral role in maintaining a strong team. We employ highly qualified teachers with experience appropriate to the subjects and ages taught. We take the preparation of our teachers’ minds as seriously as the students. Staff receive professional development opportunities such as conferences, workshops, and courses throughout each year to enhance their learning, knowledge and experience. This in turn hones their practice and enriches the classrooms. We are proud to have Montessori teachers who have graduated at the top of their class from the Toronto Montessori Institute, Montessori Teachers College, and Association Montessori Internationale.

All of our Montessori trained teachers received Montessori teacher training that meets the standards of the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators, at an institute approved by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) or the Association Montessori Internationale. Many teaching staff hold a Bachelor of Education degree in addition to Montessori training. Our Casa Classroom Assistants are educated and experienced in the area specific to the needs of children between the ages of 2 and 6 years of age. KMS Specialist Instructors in both the French and Arts programs have extensive experience, training, and education.

All staff are chosen for their outstanding ability to work well with children.

Staff Profiles

Leadership

Ugette Vanderpost – Principal and Middle School Directress

Bachelor of Education, Specialist – Outdoor Experiential Education (OCT, Primary/Junior)  Queen’s University
Additional Teaching Qualification Special Education,Part1
Bachelor of Arts Honours
(Double Major in Economics/English) Trent University

Samantha Pihlainen-Bleecker – Vice Principal

Bachelor of Education – (OCT, Primary/Junior)  Queen’s University
Bachelor of Science (Major in Mathematics) Trent University

Office Staff

Carolyn Robinson – Office Administrator

Dianne Kingsley – Licensing Supervisor

Early Childhood Educator Diploma – Sir Sandford Fleming

Teachers

Aimee Quinlan – Casa Directress, Casa Outdoor Education Specialist

Montessori Casa Training – Toronto Montessori Institute
Bachelor of Arts Honours
(Double Major in English/Mass Communications) – York University

Kim MacLean – Casa Assistant/Registered Early Childhood Educator

Early Childhood Education Diploma – Centennial College
Certified Kids and Family Yoga Teacher – Rainbow Kids Yoga

Kristi MacMillan – Lower and Upper Elementary Directress, Head of Curriculum/ Communications Coordinator

Montessori Elementary Training – Montessori Teachers College
Montessori Casa Training (AMS) – Sheridan College
Regulatory Law Post-Grad Diploma – Seneca College
Bachelor of Arts Honours
(Major in Law, Minor in English) – Carleton University

Becky Craig – Casa and Lower Elementary Directress/Registered Early Childhood Educator

Bachelor of Education (OCT)- Primary/ Junior
Bachelor of Applied Science in Child, Youth and Family ( Guelph University)
Early Childhood Education ( Guelph University)
Orton Gillingham Training – Associate Level

Carrie O’Toole – Learning Strategist, Middle School Directress

Bachelor of Education(OCT – primary/junior) – D’Youville University
Additional Teaching Qualifications – Reading, Part 1
Bachelor of Arts (Major in Psychology) – Trent University
Outdoor Education and Leadership Diploma – Seneca College

Cindy Stammers – Lower Elementary Directress

Montessori Elementary Training – Toronto Montessori Institute
Montessori Casa Training – Toronto Montessori Institute
Bachelor of Education (OCT, Primary/Junior) – Trent University
Additional Teaching Qualification – Special Education Part 1 – Trent University
Bachelor of Arts (Canadian History) – Trent University

Meaghan King – Casa Directress

Early Childhood Education Teacher Program – Canadian  Montessori Teacher Education Institute
Pre-Interpreting Program (American Sign Language) – George Brown College
American Sign Language 101 to 104 – Durham College

Joe Perras – Upper Elementary Director, Elementary Outdoor Education Specialist

Montessori Elementary Training – Toronto Montessori Institute
Bachelor of Education (OCT, Primary/Junior) – Trent University
Bachelor of Social Science Honours (Major in Religious Studies, Minor in Geography) – McMaster University

Kristina McDougall – Upper Elementary Directress

Montessori Elementary Training – Toronto Montessori Institute
Montessori Casa Training – Toronto Montessori Institute
Bachelor of Arts Honours (Major in Psychology and Child Development) – University of Western Ontario
MACAR Training (Montessori Applied to Children at Risk)

Janette Platana – Drama Specialist

Masters of Arts – OISE
Master of Arts (English) – Trent University
Bachelor of Arts Honours (Major in English & Political Science) – York University
Expressive Arts Therapy – Creative Integrative Arts Therapies Training Program

Carolyn Donaldson – Casa Directress

Montessori Casa Training – Montessori Teachers College
Bachelor of Education (OCT, Primary/Junior) – Trent University Additional Teaching Qualification – Special Education, Part 1
Bachelor of Arts Honours (Major in Child Studies) – Carleton University
Early Childhood Education Diploma – St. Lawrence College

A.J. Sainsbury – Middle School Directress

Bachelor of Education (Junior/Intermediate, Science) – OISE/University of Toronto
Additional Basic Qualification – Primary
Bachelor of Arts Honours (Major in International Development Studies, Minor in Environmental Studies) – Dalhousie University
Wilderness First Responder, National Lifeguard Service, ORCKA Basic Instructor, RLSSC and Red Cross Instructor

Korina Wynd – Elementary and Middle School Music & Choir Specialist

Masters of Music (History and Performance) – University of Victoria
Bachelor of Music (Performance) – Queen’s University
Bachelor of Science Honours (Major in Biology) – Queen’s University
ARCT Diploma (Piano Performance) – Royal Conservatory of Toronto

Jodi Proulx – Casa, Elementary, and Middle School French Specialist

Bachelor of Education (OCT) – University of Toronto
Additional Teaching Qualification – French as a Second Language, Part 1
Bachelor of Arts (Double Major, French and Pscyhology) – University of Guelph

Val Crowley – Casa Assistant/After School Care Supervisor

Social Services Diploma – Sir Sandford Fleming College