Staff

Maria Montessori Family

Directress

In the prepared Montessori environment, a child is permitted to choose and work freely with self-correcting materials.  The adult in the classroom is a specially trained Montessori director.  The directress’s role in the classroom is foremost to prepare and maintain the environment for the children, adapting it to their ever changing needs as required.
The classroom directress continually observes the children in their environment so that she/he can best accommodate their needs.  The role of the directress is not that of a traditional teacher.  They are not there to merely teach.

The Directress is the link between the environment and the child

Once a child is introduced to the materials through a one-on-one presentation for each exercise, the child is then free to use their own innate potential to educate themselves using the senses they were born with.  This frees the child to learn in a non-graded, non-competitive environment at their own pace without negative or judgmental pressure.  The child learns for the sheer joy of it and not just to please a teacher or for external rewards.

“while I work with the children, I speak to them with gentleness, always keeping their dignity intact” MMS Directress

Head of School

Crystal Jones

HEAD OF SCHOOL

Crystal Jones is a Montessori Master Teacher who has worked with children ages 12 months to 10 years old for over 18 years, in Canada, New Zealand, and India. Specializing in Primary Education, she holds her Masters in Montessori Teaching, Casa and Elementary Montessori Teaching Diplomas, ECCEd Diploma, along with Setting the Stage for Successful Behaviours and Brain Gym Training Certificates.

After working as a Teacher and Vice Principal at a Montessori school for many years; Crystal founded a Montessori School in Ontario, Canada which she was the Principal, Owner, and a Teacher.

Crystal worked as a Montessori Teacher Instructor in Toronto for eight years, training adults to become MACTE accredited Montessori Teachers. She has also continued her work as a Teacher Trainer and Examiner with the MACTE accredited Institute. Crystal has had the privilege to lecture at many Montessori Conferences throughout Canada and the USA.

After 6 years, Crystal sold her school in Canada and moved to New Zealand. In New Zealand, she was employed in a Montessori School to build and attain a successful Montessori standard within the school, train staff in behaviour and classroom management, help build the School Policies and Procedures, and train staff to understand the Montessori approach and materials in the Bay of Plenty.

Crystal then moved to India to begin a new International Montessori School with the Hiranandani Foundation, creating an exceptional early childhood education program at Beaumont HFSI Pre-Primary. As Centre Manager with Beaumont, Crystal oversaw running the school, hiring and training staff, parent education, and helping the Head of Schools prepare and lecture for all the HFS schools in Powai, Mumbai.

Upon arriving back to Canada Crystal decided to begin her new Montessori journey in Saskatoon. As Head of School at MMS, she would like to welcome your family to join our school community and to instil a life-long LOVE for learning in our children at Maria Montessori School.

Administrative Staff

To Be Announced

mms.admin@montessorisaskatoon.ca

ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR

Information to come!

Stepping Stones

Shaylynne Anderson, Program Coordinator

STEPPING STONES – Program Coordinator

ECE Diploma

Shay was born and raised in Edgerton, Alberta, where she was active in the community through many multi-aged groups, organizations and activities. This is where her passion for working with children first started.

Shay’s passion for working with children, youth and people with disabilities continued to grow, leading her to pursue a career teaching preschool. She recently graduated from Lakeland College’s Early Learning and Childcare program, and now holds her Early Childhood Educator Diploma as a certified level III childcare supervisor.

Shay has put her passion into action through her practicums in preschools and day cares, running a youth program and teaching dance – at the age of 14 she began running her own dance studio! She also had the unique experience of teaching children aged 3 to 5 in a dynamic Parents and Children Together, Head-Start preschool program in Hawaii.

Her diverse interactions and experiences brings excitement to our Stepping Stones program.

Jen Haughian, Educational Assistant

STEPPING STONES – Educational Assistant

Jen was raised on a farm by Lacadena, SK, and attended school in Elrose, Sk. Growing up on the family farm Jen learned early on about caring for animals, gardening, and sewing, but she always had a passion for art.

After completing high school Jen completed a course in fashion design and she fell in love with the art program offered. She then began to focus on her artwork more, specializing in portraits.

After her daughter was born she began working in childcare in 2008. Over the years the number of children she has cared for has grown as well as her family. Jen fell in love with the Montessori philosophy and moved her daughter to Maria Montessori school to give her the ability to foster her great potential.

Jen began working as an EA in Stepping Stones in 2014 and loves integrating her love of art in the classroom. She completed the Montessori Fundamentals course in 2014 and is planning to continue her Montessori training in the future.

Robin Sasko, Educational Assistant

STEPPING STONES – Educational Assistant

Early Childhood Education

Robin was born and raised in Saskatoon. The year following high school she travelled to Israel where she spent time sightseeing and volunteering on Kibbutzim.   Upon returning, Robin decided to pursue her love of nature and the outdoors by obtaining her Ecotourism Certificate in Prince Albert in 2000.

During her final months, she had an opportunity to do a one of a kind practicum at the University of Saskatchewan Extension Division providing Eco Education and Ecology Camps for Kids in and around Saskatoon.   She loved spending time in the classrooms and after a few years of being a guest in the classroom, Robin decided to work as an Early Childhood Educator at Confederation Park Childcare.

After spending a year in Childcare Centres, she was accepted into the Early Childhood Education Diploma program at SIAST. She graduated, as a distinguished graduate, in 2005. Since then, Robin has spent many years as an Early Childhood Educator at Infant and Toddler, Preschool and Elementary Aged Childcare Centres and Classrooms.

In addition Robin spent 2006- 2010 at Maria Montessori School as a one-on–one Educational Assistant in the Upper Elementary and Casa Classrooms supporting students with Special Needs.

Most recently, Robin had been teaching preschool at Little Roots Preschool, at St. Bernard School covering an extended Maternity Leave. She spent 3 ½ years with some very sweet Preschoolers and is very excited to meeting new students and families at Maria Montessori School.

Aside from her work experience, Robin met, then married her husband, Bryce in 2007 and has 3 wonderful children.

Much of Robin’s life is devoted to volunteering. A lot of volunteering is with and for the Saskatoon Jewish Community and the greater Saskatoon community. Any other moments of free time she has, she loves volunteering at her children’s school and extra curricular activities.

She loves spending her summers at the lake with family and her winters chauffeuring and cheering for them at their MANY activities!

She is looking forward to joining the Maria Montessori team in the Stepping Stones Program.

Diana Hale, Educational Assistant

STEPPING STONES – Educational Assistant

Diploma of Nursing & ECE II

Diana was raised on the family farm east of Saskatoon.

Being the youngest in a family of nine, as well as having a large extended family , she grew up surrounded by siblings , cousins , and nieces and nephews. Many hours were spent organizing games , reading stories and exploring nature.

Farm life instilled Diana with an appreciation for the outdoors. She developed a great love for gardening which she continues to enjoy today. Planting vegetables and nurturing perennial gardens has become a favorite summer pastime.

Following high school Diana entered the College of Education at the U of S. After completing her first year at the University she chose to enter the Diploma of Nursing Program at SIAST in Saskatoon. She completed her studies and graduated to become a Registered Nurse.

Her career in Early Childhood Education happened quite by chance , and she can’t imagine doing anything else ! Diana is passionate about early learning. She enjoys encouraging children’s natural curiosity , helping them explore their environment , and sharing with them her love of children’s literature.

 

Diana spent many enjoyable years working in a sixty space multi-age early learning center. During this time she completed courses to obtain her Early Childhood Education Level ll. She has also worked as an Assitant Director-Kindercare Teacher at a before and after school program within the public school system. Here she had the opportunity to develop and implement her own early learning program.

 

Diana has always been interested in the Montessori approach to learning , and looks forward to working with the Montessori team.

 

Casa/Kindergarten

Kimberly Dill, Directress

CASA TERRA – Directress

B.Ed., B.A.

Kimberly was raised in Winnipeg, MB and has lived across the Prairies. She graduated high school in Cold Lake, AB and moved to Saskatoon in 2008 to pursue post secondary education at the University of Saskatchewan. Kimberly completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with a History major and a French minor in 2013. In 2015, she received her Bachelor of Education degree and graduated with distinction.

Over the years while earning her degrees, Kimberly worked with the Saskatoon Public Schools as a substitute Educational Assistant. She also worked at Coles Bookstore during this time. During the summers, Kimberly would work as a Playground Leader for the City of Saskatoon.

When Kimberly discovered Montessori education, she immediately was drawn to its philosophy and values. Kimberly is passionate about literature, leadership development, personal growth, EAL education, and life-long learning. She is currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Program with the Center for Guided Montessori Studies.

Jessica Anderson, Educational Assistant

CASA TERRA – Educational Assistant

B. A., Bilingual Certificate, Early Childhood Education 

Jessica grew up in Saskatoon and spent her school years from kindergarten to grade 12 in French Immersion. She received her Bilingual Certificate in 2005  and also holds her Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Linguistics which she received from the University of Saskatchewan in 2010.

Upon completing her degree, Jessica began subbing as an education assistant with the Catholic School Division, bringing her knowledge and skills to MMS in 2011.

Jessica is currently completing her Early Childhood Education through Saskatchewan Polytechnic. She also works with the Saskatoon Autism Society throughout the year in various programs and camps.

Lydia Filson, Directress

CASA ACQUA – Directress

B.A., B.Ed.

Lydia grew up near Ottawa, ON before moving to Saskatoon during high school. At 18, she spent some time volunteer teaching in South America where she became interested in education and childhood development. She completed her Bachelor of Arts Sociology at McMaster University in 2013, and then came home to Saskatoon where she began her Bachelor of Education and worked part-time for the YMCA, completing her degree, with distinction,  in 2013.

After graduating, Lydia began substitute teaching for Saskatoon Public Schools, before deciding to act on her goal of living and working abroad. She lived in London for six months, teaching Grade Four and Special Needs. After that she lived in Australia, substitute teaching Special Needs, then obtaining a position as Lead Directress of a Casa Classroom at a Montessori Child-Care center. Here, she developed her interest and experience with Montessori philosophy and programing, and decided it was well suited to her goals, beliefs, and values as an Educator.

Aside from an interest in education, Lydia’s personal interests include travel and history, international development, environmental sustainability, and food and nutrition. She is currently enrolled in a course with the Center for Guided Montessori Studies and looks forward to applying what she learns in the classroom. Lydia is delighted to be joining the MMS community.

Jacqueline Fetter, Educational Assistant

Educational Assistant

B.Ed., B.Ed.Mus.

Jacqueline was born and raised in Saskatoon.

From an early age she has always enjoyed gardening, cooking, and music. At the age of nine she started to play the violin which would instill her love for children and music. In 2013 Jacqueline received her Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Education in Music Education.

Jacqueline began working at MMS in 2103 and discovered the Montessori method fit perfectly with her own philosophy!

Jacqueline has been involved with several music programs including the Saskatoon Suzuki Strings. She has also played with the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, numerous university functions and has worked with the late Dr. David Kaplan.

Shawna Lepage, Directress

CASA SOLE – Directress

B.Ed., with Distinction

Shawna was born and raised in Saskatchewan.

With 5 younger siblings, teaching has always been a part of Shawna’s life. In her early twenties, she began working with the Boys and Girls club and later taught Sunday school and organized events for the children.

Working with children led Shawna to work with Community Living in various roles, including mentoring adults with special needs and as a summer camp counsellor and coordinator. Shawna was also involved in the Buddy Program as a role model and mentor for children with special needs.

While earning her B.Ed. degree at the U of S, Shawna worked as a substitute education assistant. She graduated with distinction in 2008 moving into her first teaching role with Grades 3 and 4 at Confederation Park School.

After having her first child, Shawna decided to open her own day care which she then ran for 5 years. Incorporating the Montessori philosophy and principles in which she strongly believes, she offered the children a natural hands-on learning experience.

Shawna is excited to be a part of the very unique learning environment at Maria Montessori School and to have her children attend the Stepping Stones and Elementary programs.

Fernanda Chagas, Educational Assistant

CASA SOLE – Educational Assistant

Fernanda was born and raised in Fortaleza, Brazil.

She studied Linguistics and Literature at the Federal University of Ceara. Her passion for children began through literature. She developed her first publication on Universal Children’s Literature. Passionate about the children’s universe, her next publication was on Children’s Literature in Portuguese Language.

While studying, she worked as an educational assistant at Christus School, a highly traditional Catholic School in Brazil. Working with many children that needed special attention, Fernanda realized for the first time how important different teaching methods were important for them. She was shortly promoted in the school and started working as an English Teacher from grade one to four in elementary.

Daughter of a teacher, her mother always implemented Maria Montessori’s philosophy during her growth. Freedom, gentleness and independence were constant lessons throughout her development. At the university, she had the opportunity to study and increase her knowledge about the Montessori method.

In 2016, Fernanda moved to Saskatoon with her family and began working at MMS, where she could practice her knowledge and passion for education and Montessori’s philosophy.

Music Enrichment

Jacqueline Fetter, Music

Music

B.Ed., B.Ed.Mus.

Jacqueline was born and raised in Saskatoon.

From an early age she has always enjoyed gardening, cooking, and music. At the age of nine she started to play the violin which would instill her love for children and music. In 2013 Jacqueline received her Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Education in Music Education.

Jacqueline began working at MMS in 2103 and discovered the Montessori method fit perfectly with her own philosophy!

Jacqueline has been involved with several music programs including the Saskatoon Suzuki Strings. She has also played with the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, numerous university functions and has worked with the late Dr. David Kaplan.

French Enrichment

Kimberly Dill, Casa French

CASA FRENCH DIRECTRESS

B.Ed., B.A.

Kimberly was raised in Winnipeg, MB and has lived across the Prairies. She graduated high school in Cold Lake, AB and moved to Saskatoon in 2008 to pursue post secondary education at the University of Saskatchewan. Kimberly completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with a History major and a French minor in 2013. In 2015, she received her Bachelor of Education degree and graduated with distinction.

Over the years while earning her degrees, Kimberly worked with the Saskatoon Public Schools as a substitute Educational Assistant. She also worked at Coles Bookstore during this time. During the summers, Kimberly would work as a Playground Leader for the City of Saskatoon.

When Kimberly discovered Montessori education, she immediately was drawn to its philosophy and values. Kimberly is passionate about literature, leadership development, personal growth, EAL education, and life-long learning. She is currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Program with the Center for Guided Montessori Studies.

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