"It is true that we cannot make a genius, but we can give the child the chance to fulfill his potential possibilities."
Dr. Maria Montessori
Preschool and Childcare
Miss Kathryn is the newest member of the Victoria Montessori team. She graduated from Fanshawe College in London, Ontario with a Diploma in Recreation and Leisure Services, and then went on to get her Outdoor Adventure Skills Certificate from Fleming College in Lindsay, Ontario. Miss Kathryn has been working with children for many years in a variety of settings from Summer Camps, Daycares, After School Programs, and Outdoor Education Centres, in Ontario, British Columbia and Hong Kong. As an extension of her passion for working with children, she decided to make a career change and returned to school and received her AMI Montessori Diploma from the Foundation for Montessori Education (FME) in Toronto, and also obtained her B.C. Early Childhood Education Certificate and B.C. Independent Teaching Licence. The Montessori teaching methods and approach were what drew her to furthering her career in childcare and she could not be happier! Miss Kathryn taught at a Montessori School in Vancouver last year and learned a lot while developing her teaching skills and Montessori knowledge. Miss Kathryn is excited to live on the island and loves being able incorporate the Victorias beautiful outdoor settings into her teaching.
Miss Ella comes to us from France. She holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature from the Aix-Marseille Universite, and the DAEFLE Diploma to teach French as a second language with a focus on young children. She has extensive knowledge in the Montessori philosophy, and loves working with children. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Documentary Film directing and producing, and directed a documentary on children in impoverished neighborhood of Marseille. She has travelled extensively and taught French in many cultures.
We believe that Miss Privet’s international and diverse background will be a great asset in our centre. We are planning to develop an authentic French program, and Miss Privet would be spearheading the program.
We are very excited, and know that the children will truly benefit from this rich experience
Victoria Montessori Preschool and Childcare has been in operation since 2004.
We are situated in Victoria West in a beautiful new facility, constructed in 2019. We offer a full time Montessori program for children from 2.5 years up to and including Kindergarten.
Twenty-first century children are growing up in a crazy-paced world with the stresses of busy home life and over-stimulating media and toys. At Victoria Montessori, we create harmony and the right balance. We try to cultivate self-awareness, confidence, and calm amid the "moving see of chaos".
At preschool age, children's imagination is vivid, so providing a prepared environment with purposeful activities and materials helps children to focus their attention, while they enjoy a peaceful, orderly and calm atmosphere. Children are actively involved and learn through all senses. Repetitive exercise brings discipline and success while stimulating creativity.
At Victoria Montessori, we are committed to the Montessori curriculum. We build strong foundations and strong values. Each child is seen as a unique individual, and with respectful love and care, the child is guided toward independence and self control. The directresses model respect for the environment, respect for others and respect for oneself. These values build confidence, self-esteem and self-expression, which are vital for emotional and mental health.
Miss Cheryl was born and raised on Vancouver Island and has lived on the island for most of her life. Growing up she spent much of her time outdoors, whether it be at the lake or the beach, playing soccer, camping, going up Mt. Washington, or just exploring in general. She feels lucky to have had these experiences, which fostered a love and appreciation of nature that has impacted who she is as an educator. As an adult, Cheryl moved to Victoria and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree, then later went back to school to complete her Bachelor of Education. After completing her education degree, she moved to London, England to work as a teacher as well as travel through Europe every chance she got. It was in England that Cheryl decided to learn more about Montessori, and completed a correspondence diploma in Lower Elementary Montessori from the North American Montessori Centre. Cheryl grew passionate about the Montessori philosophy and when she returned from London two years later, was lucky enough to find a role at Victoria Montessori part-time and as a teacher-on-call. Cheryl then moved back up island and was teaching at a preschool in Fanny Bay, BC. She joined Victoria Montessori on a full time basis in the summer of 2017. She loves Victoria and can’t wait to revisit all that the city has to offer during this lovely time of year!