Meadow Montessori is Ms. Kristine’s passion! Involved with the school since 2004; she chaired the Board of Directors for several years as Meadow Montessori grew from a preschool to a BC certified 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 strongly 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.
Our much loved Kindergarten teacher and Elementary Principal, 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.”
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.
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.
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I graduated from the Regional Institute of social workers in 2011 in France, as an instructor of people with disabilities. This diploma gave me the opportunities to work with children, teenagers and adults with special needs. Working with all age groups gave me the opportunity to learn and develop great skills such as flexibility and adaptability. After several years working in an institutional environment, I decided to move to Vancouver in 2017.
My thirst for learning drove me to step out of my comfort zone in order to continue sharing my prior knowledge and gaining new insights. So I joined a Francophone school in North Vancouver where I supported children with special needs in kindergarten and first grade. Working with children from 3 to 6 years old has given me a lot of joy.
The Montessori approach in educational support has always been one of my goals to learn, which is why I chose to apply at Meadow Montessori. I obtained my ECE Assistant certificate over the summer of 2020 and I’m really grateful to be part of Meadow Montessori!
In my spare time, I like to go hiking, I enjoy nature, play board games, cooking and traveling. And on rainy days I enjoy patchwork/quilting.
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.
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Hello, my name is Jackie Lutz, and I am an EA working in one of the Upper Elementary classes. I have always known that I wanted to work in this field. Growing up I had a brother that was born with cerebral palsy, and it was through that childhood my love for exceptional kids began. My plan was to begin this career at an early age but instead I married and had 3 beautiful kids, so I worked nights and weekends as a server so that I could be home with them. Working with the public as a server gave me a lot of experience tending to a variety of people from many walks of life. At the age of 40 I went back to school and this past fall I completed my program and was lucky enough to do my practicum at Meadow Montessori. Right from the very first day I knew that this school was a hidden gem! I’m so happy that I was given the opportunity to join the team!
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Ms. Jessica joined the school in 2016 and provides administrative support for our Director, Principal, and teachers. 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 !