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


Ugette Vanderpost – Principal and Outdoor Education Specialist


Bachelor of Education, Specialist – Outdoor Experiential Education (OCT, Primary/Junior)  Queen’s University
Additional Teaching Qualification Special Education,Part 1
Bachelor of Arts Honours (Double Major in Economics/English) – Trent University

Emily Root – Incoming Head of School/Principal


PhD, Socio-Cultural and Political Contexts of Education, Lakehead University (Outdoor, experiential & environmental education; Decolonizing education; Critical pedagogy)
MEd, Outdoor and Socio-Environmental Education, Lakehead University
BEd, Outdoor Education Specialist, (OCT qualifications: Intermediate/Senior Phys Ed and French), Queen’s University
Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology, McMaster University

Office Staff

Carolyn Robinson – Office Administrator


Kristi MacMillan – Director of Admissions and Communication, Lower Elementary Art and Drama Specialist


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

Dianne Kingsley – Licensing Supervisor


Early Childhood Educator Diploma – Sir Sandford Fleming


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

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

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

Carrie O’Toole – Learning Strategist, Upper Elementary 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

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

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

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)

Laura King – Casa and Lower Elementary French Specialist


Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Arts Honours in Child and Youth Studies (concurrent) – Brock University

Additional Teaching Qualifications (Part One) in ESL, Reading, Mathematics, Special Education, Kindergarten

ALS Certificate (Lifeguard)

Lucia DeMarco – Middle School Directress


Bachelor of Education (Primary/Junior & Outdoor and Experiential Education) – Queen’s University

Bachelor of Science (Environmental Biology and Technology) – Nipissing University

Diploma in Environmental Compliance and Technician – Canadore College

Open-Water Scuba Diving Certification

WAFA (Advanced Wilderness First Aid)

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

Regina Shannon – Upper Elementary/Middle School French Specialist


Master of Arts (International Development Studies) – St. Mary’s University

Bachelor of Education (French-Junior/Intermediate) – University of Western Ontario

Bachelor of Arts Honours (French) – University of Western Ontario

ESL Certificate -Seneca College

Val Crowley – Casa Assistant/After School Care Supervisor


Social Services Diploma – Sir Sandford Fleming College