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.
“The Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows region needs more educational options for parents and their children; options that are attainable. That is what we strive for as a non-profit school. Eventually, we want to be able to give adolescents the same opportunities as we have here. We cannot let these young people down; they are our future leaders.”
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.”
My name is Aleah McCallum. I’m from Timmins Ontario, a small (and cold) city 3 hours North of Sudbury, where I attended Laurentian University. It was at Laurentian University that I studied through the Concurrent Education program, allowing me to obtain my Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education. Through this program and substitute teaching afterwards, I’ve been fortunate enough to teach in grades K-8, both English and French.
Outside of school I love to camp, garden, play music, read, do yoga and spend time with my dog Hurley (more commonly referred to as “Mouse”). I’ve gained interest in a variety of things over the past year or so, but my ultimate passion is teaching. I am a firm believer in mutual respect within the classroom allowing the students and teacher to work as a team to reach above and beyond their potential. I am proud to be able to teach the children of today, but not too proud to recognize that they teach me every day as well. As adults we have a knowledge base that students have yet to discover, but students have a sense of wonder that many adults have long forgotten about. I appreciate my time spent with my students and I always look forward to my days working at Meadow Montessori School.
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.
Karina graduated from the Classroom and Community support program at Douglas College in 2016; she is a warm and welcome addition to our primary classroom. “I have always had a passion for the emotional, social and academic growth of children with special needs. I believe in the positive behaviour support approach and that all behaviour is simply communication. After graduating I had an option to either work with adults or children; after completing my practicum at an elementary school I knew right away that I wanted to work with children! It was a natural fit and I’m very grateful that I found an occupation that is both challenging and fulfilling. I am happily married to a wonderful man and when we are not working we spend most of our time volunteering, taking mini vacations and spending time with family and friends.”
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.
Dr. Konstantin Bozhinov, PhD, performs on the lute, guitar, accordion, piano, and organ. A specialist in improvisation and composition, he lives in Vancouver, Canada and enjoys a busy schedule as a performer, choir director, researcher, and educator. He is Director of Music, Choirmaster, and organist at St. Christopher’s in West Vancouver. As a certified Orff instructor, Konstantin is a specialist in elementary education in music, dance, movement, and improvisation
Holding a PhD in musicology from the University of Victoria, Konstantin is a researcher of performance practice, the psychology of music, and the philosophy of aesthetics. Current chief editor for the academic journal Musicological Explorations, Konstantin is also music critic for the Coastal Spectator, the Lute Society of America Quarterly, and contributor to Classical Voice North America.
Individuality and originality through improvisation and composition are at the core of Dr. Bozhinov’s philosophy and approach to music. In the words of Matsuo Basho: ‘Do not look for the footsteps of the ancient masters; seek what they sought.’
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