Meadow Montessori is Ms. Kristine’s passion! Involved with the school since 2004; she chaired the Board of Directors as President for several years as Meadow Montessori grew from a preschool to an Independent school. Trained in Whole-School Montessori Management, Administration, Leadership, Risk Management & Security; Kristine is eager to bring our school to its fullest potential. Kristine has an obvious love of children, a knack for sharing wisdom, and believes Montessori is an approach that helps kids develop a lasting love of learning. She is a very dedicated leader of our team here at Meadow Montessori School.
Since graduating from UBC with my Bachelor of Education, I have had the amazing opportunity to work with every age group from Kindergarten to Grade 7. My students have always had diverse experiences and needs, and working with such a variety of unique individuals has taught me how to adapt my teaching style to the learning styles of my children. I have always had an interest in working with children with special needs, so I have Special Education Certification from Queens University. When I am not teaching or studying you will find me with my family, keeping active with my two busy young boys. I also enjoy travelling, photography, and writing. One day I hope to write a children’s book. I moved to Vancouver from Ottawa, Ontario when I was 6 years old. My grade 1 teacher was an absolutely amazing educator and role model, and it is through my experiences in her classroom that I decided I would one day grow up to be a teacher myself. The lasting impact teachers have on the lives of their students is profound, and I strive in all I do as an educator to nourish the curiosity of my students, provide a positive classroom climate, act as a role model, and ultimately to foster a love of learning.
Hello, my name is Lisa Lake, I am a graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design earning a degree in Fine Arts with a specialty in drawing. This wonderful experience of artistic growth led me to art education where I strive to build skill development and expand visual perception. For the last 15 years I have been working with students of all ages in Maple Ridge and surrounding communities. In 2013 I furthered my teaching practice by earning my BEd and teaching certification through SFU. I enjoy being at Meadow Montessori where I am introducing students to engaging artistic traditions, techniques, materials, and seeing artistic abilities grow. Now, with the opportunity to spend more time in the Upper Elementary classroom, I am looking forward to sharing my love of science with the kids. When not working on all things art, I enjoy spending time with my three kids and visiting the family home on Galiano Island.
Our fantastic Kindergarten teacher brings over 20 years of experience in early childhood education field, including 11 years of teaching in the Kindergarten Montessori classroom. She holds a Professional Independent Schools Teaching Certificate, Montessori Diploma by Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and Early Childhood Educator Certificate (ECE).
“Growing up near an orphanage in Warsaw, Poland made me aware of the importance of cognitive, mental, physical and emotional stimulation in a life of every child and it shaped my desire to work with and guide young children. While studying Education at Lund University (Sweden) I was a part of newly implemented integration programs for children requiring extra support within a regular classroom setting. Becoming a teacher was a natural progression for me and I strive every day to make your child’s thinking visible to you. The Montessori perspective on child’s intelligence goes beyond a basic curriculum and I will expand it further with fun, innovative, outside-the-box activities. I’m looking forward to meeting you all so we can work together on guiding the leaders of tomorrow.”
Amanda began her teaching journey as a dance and musical theatre instructor, and from early on she knew she was meant to be a teacher! She holds a BA and BEd from Simon Fraser University, and has experience teaching students of all ages. Her educational philosophy encourages the incorporation of performing arts while teaching, as she has witnessed first-hand the positive influence of arts exposure to students. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her daughter, husband, and dog! She also loves reading, playing the ukulele, and performing in various musical theatre productions throughout the lower mainland.
When I was in high school and thinking about what to do next, I decided to try teaching English overseas. I graduated from UBC with a BA in Linguistics and a TESL Certificate, then packed my bags for South Korea. Adjusting to a new job, language, and culture was stressful at first, but I worked with some amazing co-teachers and absorbed as much as I could. Once I began feeling confident in the classroom, I developed a real passion for education. I especially loved the challenge of finding creative ways to increase student engagement, such as through project-based learning and real-world experiences. Over the course of my six years in Korea, I taught students from Pre-K to Grade 6, married a wonderful man, adopted a cat, and completed a teaching program. I am back in Canada now and thrilled to be part of the team at Meadow Montessori! Outside of the classroom, I enjoy reading, board games, video games, and escape rooms.
Hello, my name is Bho Webb. I am very happy to be a part of Meadow Montessori and to work alongside such a great teaching team.I began my journey in the ECE field over 14 years ago. I have had training in the Emilia Reggio approach, High Scope and Emergent curriculum and am enthusiastic about continuing my training in the Montessori curriculum. I began as a substitute at various centres in Vancouver. It gave me the opportunity to gain many learning experiences. Over the years, I have worked in both daycare and preschool environments. For the past nine years I have found my true happiness working in a preschool setting. I have taught 2, 3 and 4 year old classes as well as Literacy and Cooking classes for preschoolers.
I absolutely enjoy working with children. They are full of curiosity with their sense of wonder and never cease to amaze me. I strongly believe in providing a caring and nurturing environment that allows children to build the skills they need to guide them through life as individuals and as a part of the community.In my spare time, I love spending time with my friends and family, boating and traveling. I also enjoy spending time in the great outdoors, kayaking, paddle boarding and beach glass hunting.
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I spent my first 25 years growing up in Mississauga, Ontario. After graduating from high school I attended Sheridan College and graduated with a Visual Arts diploma. After getting married my husband and I decided to start our new lives with an adventure so we packed up and headed west to beautiful British Columbia. When we started our family my focus shifted to the field of education. In 2007 I completed my TOEFL certification and began working for an international school, teaching English to elementary and secondary students in the district. Soon after I graduated from the Special Education Assistant program I began working at Meadow Montessori in the Upper Elementary classroom. I feel very fortunate to be part of a school that places such a high regard on the diverse needs of each and every student. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, travelling, yoga, gardening, and cooking Italian food.
Years ago, I graduated from the University of Culture with a degree in the Head of Amateur Theater in Russia. It so happened that I had to work mainly with children and teenagers. While in Canada, expanding my education, I received the Hospitality Event Planning certificate at UFV and the Education Assistant Diploma at the Coastal College of BC.
Likewise, the experience of teaching performing arts at a linguistic school in Coquitlam for over four years only solidified my feeling that school, along with its process of learning, is an environment where I belong – like a fish belongs in the water.
I strongly believe that enlightenment, education, and inclusive learning are how we fill life with meaning, hope, and the future. The time I spend with my family and three children is the most precious and inspiring part of life for me. I love reading, performing, hiking, cooking, and casual gatherings with friends. In love with the incredible beauty and power of British Columbia’s nature, I have an endless list of places to explore on the West Coast.
I look forward with enthusiasm to open new horizons at Montessori School and to make new meaningful connections with people of all ages. I’m so excited to be a part of this journey!
Ms. Jessica joined the school in 2016 to provide administrative support to our Head of School. She has a background in a variety of office environments and has 10+ years of reception experience as well as graphic design. Jessica is a voracious reader and loves hiking, surfing, yoga, painting and pottery. She enjoys seeing the children learn and grow and laugh, never a dull moment! She has been the Secretary on our Board of Directors for the past 4 years and also has two lovely children who got a great foundation and love of learning at Meadow Montessori from preschool to the lower elementary level.
Ms. Susan & Ms. Rachel have been teaching our creative movement program here at Meadow Montessori for over 20 years. Creative movement is an exploration of body movement and music. Children are given an early introduction to the patterns, rhythms, contrast and imagery of dance. The children truly enjoy this mother-daughter team who direct Maple Ridge Dance Circle. Maple Ridge Dance Circle