Children enter the world gifted by nature. With the adult's help in preparing an environment conducive to the child's development, the child can carry out the important task of constructing his personality.
This was the great discovery that Maria Montessori made: that the child creates himself, revealing the person that he can become. That is the primary task of the child.
The universality of her discovery of the child has been proved over 85 years throughout the world, with children in all cultural, social, physical and psychological conditions.
Montessori describes education as an aid to life, as a means of supporting and nurturing the continual unfolding of each child's personality.
Based on careful, systematic observation of children and their needs and interests at each level of development, the Montessori approach to early childhood education recognizes the tremendous developmental achievements of each child.
The task of creating his own personality is carried out by the child himself. It is a ceaseless and intense labor, carried out with great joy when assisted by the unconscious powers which nature bestows on the child during the first six years of life.
The Montessori prepared environment invites the child to be an active sensorial explorer. The keys to knowledge are offered through scientifically designed materials and presentations. Activities are chosen freely and repeated frequently according to the child's developmental needs.
The three year age range fosters socialization and leadership. Freedom of choice, of movement and communication help develop self-discipline. The freedom to repeat an activity leads to concentration without which true learning cannot occur.
The Montessori teacher will prepare a beautiful and orderly environment according to the principles and practices of the AMI. The teacher will present a variety of purposeful activities to the child and use refined observation skills to recognize the child's interest and needs and provide developmentally correct work.
Montessori Education is a challenging career and the rewards are high. Working in a Montessori Primary prepared environment generates constant discovery in all fields of knowledge, for both the child and the teacher. Most of all, the teacher experiences the fulfillment that comes from working for a better world through tomorrow's adults.
Mrs. Caroline Loughran is a founding member of the Montessori Training Centre Society of British Columbia and completed her AMI Primary Training in London, England where she worked as a Directress in the training centre's model Primary class. Mrs. Loughran has several years' experience as a Directress and has served at the MTC of BC in different capacities since its foundation.
Mr. Eduardo Cuevas has been the Director of Training at the Montessori Training Centre of BC since 1999. He completed the AMI Primary Teacher Training in 1973 at the Centro De Estudios De Educacion in Mexico City, and is the founder and director of the Centro De Estudios Montessori En Puerto Rico Y El Caribe. Mr. Cuevas has lectured at the University of Uppsala Sweden, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Trinity College in Hartford CT, Milwaukee WI and in Gerona, Spain. Besides having directed his own class in the school he founded in Puerto Rico, Mr. Cuevas also has extensive experience as a Montessori School Administrator and Director of Parent Education Programmes. Mr. Cuevas is a graduate of the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico and holds a Master's Degree in Primary Education from Loyola College, Baltimore, USA.
Mrs. Maria Teresa (Chacha) Vidales is one of only four AMI Assistants to Infancy (0 to 3) trainers in the world. She holds her Master's Degree as well as her AMI Diplomas for Assistants to Infancy (0 to 3) and Primary (3 to 6+). Mrs. Vidales has collaborated on the Assistants to Infancy Course in Colorado, co-directed courses in California and Japan and directed courses in Texas and China. We were very pleased to have Mrs. Vidales direct the inaugural course for Canada in 2009 and 2010 in Vancouver, and that she is able to return to continue her work with us. She is also an AMI consultant and examiner. Chacha, as she is known to many, has 25 years' experience working with children including operating a Montessori school in Mexico since 1989.
Ms. Gilda Bonnet is the Course Assistant for the Montessori Training Centre of British Columbia and manages the Montessori Children's Community, the training centre's model class. Ms. Bonnet has more than 30 years' experience as an AMI Montessori guide, having established model classrooms for the AMI training programmes given in Puerto Rico, Spain and presently here in Canada. Ms. Bonnet is an AMI Auxiliary Trainer and has many years' experience as a lecturer and Course Assistant.
Kristina Yang is a graduate of the AMI Primary Training and AMI Assistants to Infancy Training from the Montessori Training Centre of BC. She is a certified Infant Massage Instructor and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Economics from the University of British Columbia. Kristina has worked as a primary guide, Assistant to Infancy in a Montessori Parent-Infant Program and as the Course Assistant for The Montessori Assistants to Infancy Teacher Training Program since June 2015.
Kyla Williams joined the Montessori Training Centre of BC in 2006 where she worked for four years as the Administrative Assistant and Registrar and the Assistant to Gilda Bonnet at the Montessori Children's Community. In 2010 Kyla moved from the Children's Community to the Montessori Training Centre where she currently holds the position of Administrator and Financial Aid Officer. Her many years of experience as a legal assistant and her enjoyment of advocating for young children are now being directed full time in an administrative capacity.
Sepideh Andalib completed her Bachelor's Degree in English Language and Literature, and Masters' Degree in Library Science at the University of Tehran and later completed her AMI Primary Training at the Montessori Training Centre of BC in 2001. Following her teacher training she went on to work at a local Montessori school for four years. From 2005 to 2009, she worked at the Montessori Training Centre of BC as the Course Assistant for the Primary Teacher Training Program. In 2009, Sepideh returned to Tehran to be with her family and in 2015 Sepideh returned to BC to join the Montessori Children's Community as the Directress.
We are very pleased to announce that Rubi Zendejas Mason is joining the staff at the MCC as the Class Assistant. Rubi came to Canada in 1997 from Mexico, where she completed her Bachelor's Degree in Educational Psychology and Pre-school Education. Having met her husband, she immigrated to Canada in 2006. Rubi completed the Montessori Assistants course with Eduardo Cuevas in 2008 and the Montessori Assistants to Infancy Course in 2010. She has had several years of experience working as a Montessori Class Assistant. Rubi's lovely daughter Frida is now continuing her Montessori career in a Primary class, leaving Rubi eager to return to the classroom.
Kristina Yang is a graduate of the AMI Primary Training and AMI Assistants to Infancy Training from the Montessori Training Centre of BC. She is a certified Infant Massage Instructor and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Economics from the University of British Columbia. Kristina has worked as a primary guide, Assistant to Infancy in a Montessori Parent-Infant Program and a Course Assistant for The Montessori Assistants to Infancy Teacher Training Program. To have 28 children registered in our program for the Pilot Project, we are required to have a third person on the premises for emergencies. Kristina will fill the role of the Third Person.
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