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The Montessori School of Sudbury

The Montessori School of Sudbury offers high quality education to children 18 months to 6 years of age within a positive, nurturing and stimulating environment. Our 19,500 square-foot facility contains 6 classrooms, several multi-purpose rooms, and a large gymnasium.

In addition, children enjoy 16,000 square feet of outdoor playing area. Our programs and activities promote the development of social skills, emotional growth, physical coordination and cognitive preparation, and are designed to nurture and develop the unique ability of each child. The Montessori School of Sudbury was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1978 and continues through the generous contributions of our donors. Montessori School of Sudbury provides a foundation for a lifetime of learning.

Our History

The Montessori School of Sudbury was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1978. The Association Montessori International (AMI) has recognized the Montessori School of Sudbury. This association maintains, propagates and furthers the ideas and principles of Dr. Maria Montessori for education and human development irrespective of racial, religious, political or social environment.

The Montessori School of Sudbury is registered under the Childcare and Early Years Act (CCEYA), licensed by the Ontario Ministry of Education.

Our Vision

To enhance the lives of children, families and society through an inclusive and diverse education. Children gain appreciation and respect for themselves and their environment, and engage the world as active citizens and successful leaders.

Our Mission

To provide world-class academic excellence while fostering the love of learning in a child-centered environment. Through the development of the whole child, our children become confident in their ability to realize their potential.

Our Values

We help each child reach full potential
in all areas of life.

  • Excellence: We provide education that surpasses industry standards, based on Maria Montessori’s values.
  • Guidance: We inspire and support our children and community as they achieve their potential.
  • Inclusion: We welcome and support all children to learn, contribute and participate in all aspects of school life.
  • Integrity: We promote an environment of honesty and fairness.
  • Safety: We care passionately about the wellbeing of our community. We commit to preventing injuries and hardships.
  • Respect: We treat others with courtesy, empathy, politeness and kindness.

Our Staff

Administrator
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Laura Falvo

Administrator BA, IMTD (3-6), RECE, PHT

“It has always been a privilege to be a part of such a wonderful learning environment. I often learn each day from the children and sit back and reflect how lucky I am to be involved with such wonderful children and families.”

Laura Falvo has dedicated more than 33 years to providing children with the best opportunity to learn. She began working at the Montessori School of Sudbury in 1991 as an Educator, became a Casa Directress in 1999 and then the School Administrator in 2006. Laura has a Bachelor of Arts Degree, with a Major in Psychology from Laurentian University, a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and is a Registered Early Childhood Educator. She continued her education and received a Pharmacy Assistant Certificate from Cambrian College in 1997. She also received her International Montessori Teaching Diploma from the North American Montessori Center in the Preschool/Kindergarten Montessori Diploma Program in 2003. Laura is a mother of three young adults who are all attending postsecondary school and attests the Montessori philosophy and education to the successes of her children. She loves the outdoors, is an avid reader, and continues with her professional learning.

Administration
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Lori Whynott

Administrative Assistant ADASD

“I may not be in the classroom very often but when I am, I truly enjoy my time working with and watching the children learn and grow.”

Lori Whynott has worked at the Montessori School of Sudbury since 2006. She has a Diploma from Cambrian College in the Administrative Assistant Program. When Lori is not working, you can find her at the dog park with her puppies, or reading.

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Chantal Meek

Administrative Assistant HB Com with HR

“The Montessori School of Sudbury holds a special place in my heart. I love seeing the children get excited about learning new things. Even when in the office, I try to stop by the classroom and see what the children are working on.”

Chantal Meek has officially worked at the Montessori School of Sudbury since 2018, however has been volunteering at the school since 2008 heading our fundraising committee. Chantal is a graduate of the SPAD program at Laurentian University with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree and she has also specialized in Human Resources. Chantal is married to Murray and has two children, Trevor and Ashley, both graduates of Montessori. In her spare time, you will find her assisting her son in one of his latest ventures or at the dance studio with her daughter.

Toddler
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Heather Rees

Directress IMTD (24-36 mos/3-6)

“I have been in the field for nearly 30 years now and I am passionate in watching the toddlers grow and learn.”

Heather Rees brings almost 30 years in early childhood education to the Montessori School of Sudbury. She graduated from the Early Childhood Education Program at Cambrian College in 1988 and is a Registered Early Childhood Educator. She has worked at the school since 2009 where she started as an Educator and is now the Directress in the Toddler Classroom. In 2017, she completed the International Montessori Teaching Diploma from the North American Montessori Center in the Infant/Toddler Diploma Program. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling with her family, camping, shopping and being outdoors.

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Melody Petitclerc

Educator IMTD (24-36mos)

“I believe in the Montessori method of education and am lucky enough to see every day just how beneficial the program is for young children.”

Melody Petitclerc has worked at the Montessori School of Sudbury since 2010 where she started in the Pre-Casa Program. In 2008, she graduated from Cambrian College in the Early Childhood Education Program and is a Registered Early Childhood Educator. She currently works in the Toddler Classroom. In 2017, she completed her International Montessori Teaching Diploma from the North American Montessori Center in the Infant/Toddler Diploma Program. Before working as an Early Childhood Educator, she worked as a photographer, something which she still enjoys.

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Nicole Belanger

Educator Assistant BA, BEd, IMTD (3-6)

“I love working with kids of any age and it makes me happy to watch them grow and learn. I believe the Montessori method is truly a great way to learn and a wonderful foundation for children.”

Nicole Belanger has worked at the Montessori School of Sudbury since 2015 in the summer program. In 2019, she joined the school as an Educator in the Toddler Classroom. She has a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English and a minor in French and a Bachelor of Education, both from Queen’s University. Nicole is currently working on her International Montessori Teaching Diploma from the North American Montessori Center in the Early Childhood Diploma Program. When she is not working she can be found camping, reading, or spending time with her friends, family, and dog.

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Rose Cerilli

Educator Assistant BA, IMTD (3-6)

"I feel fortunate to be able to be a part of such a creative learning environment."

Rose joined the Montessori School of Sudbury in 2010 as a supply staff. She has worked as an Educator Assistant within all of the classrooms. She graduated from Laurentian University with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science and completed her International Montessori Teaching Diploma from the North American Montessori Center in the Early Childhood Diploma Program. Currently, she is working in the Toddler Classroom. In her spare time, Rose enjoys spending time with her family, going for walks and travelling.

Pre-Casa
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Sara Willcock

Directress IMTD (3-6), RECE

“I am so grateful to be part of a wonderful school with amazing staff and students.”

Sara Willcock graduated from the Early Childhood Education Program at Cambrian College in 2011 and is a Registered Early Childhood Educator. She has been working at the Montessori School of Sudbury since 2011 and worked as an Educator in the Casa 2 Classroom with Miss Janice for four years before becoming the Directress of the Pre-Casa Classroom in 2015. She holds an International Montessori Teaching Diploma from the North American Montessori Center in the Early Childhood Diploma Program. When she is not working, she enjoys snowboarding in the winter and camping in the summer. She is also an animal lover and enjoys spending time with her pets.

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Staci Moors

Educator Assistant

"Making a difference in a child’s life is the most rewarding feeling."

Staci has recently joined the Montessori School of Sudbury as an Educator Assistant. She has worked with children of all ages for the last 14 years and ran a licensed home daycare for three years. She is excited to be a part of our team. In her spare time, she and her family like to enjoy the outdoors with their dogs.

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Gazalpreet Kaur

Educator Assistant, ECE

"I am grateful to be working in a place where inclusiveness is evident through everyday actions and smiles. I am happy to be a part of this institution where children are free to explore their curiosities in a safe environment."

Gazalpreet started as a placement student at the Montessori School of Sudbury in 2019. She graduated from the Early Childhood Education Program at Cambrian College and is currently working in our Pre-Casa classroom as an Educator Assistant. During her time as a student, she would plan curriculums that promote the active participation of children inside and outside of the classroom. Her philosophy revolves around providing an environment for the children that is welcoming, safe, inclusive, and full of opportunities to foster their interests and potential.

Casa 1
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Tanya Scott

Directress BA, BEd, IMTD (3-6)

“As Directress in the Casa 1 Classroom, I take great pride in teaching the unique Montessori philosophy and in my role developing the future minds of this great city.”

Tanya Scott joined the Montessori School of Sudbury in 2012. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Laurentian University and a Bachelor of Education Degree in Primary/Junior from Nipissing University. She spent 12 years supporting children’s early development through various roles in Early Childhood Education settings. She holds an International Montessori Teaching Diploma from the North American Montessori Center in the Early Childhood Diploma Program. Tanya is married to Jason and they have two daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling for hockey games and spending quality time with her family.

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Marissa Falvo

Educator IMTD (3-6/6-9), RECE, DSW

“I truly believe in the Montessori method. It’s amazing to watch the children independently work with the amazing materials.“

Marissa Falvo has worked at the Montessori School of Sudbury since 2013. She is a graduate of the Early Childhood Education Program and the Developmental Service Program from Cambrian College. She completed her International Montessori Teaching Diploma from the North American Montessori Center specializing in the Early Childhood Diploma Program and has also completed the Montessori Lower Elementary Diploma Program. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and staying active.

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Amy Bates

Educator Assistant IMTD (3-6)

“Working with the children and watching them learn and grow in all areas of the classroom brings me as much happiness as it does to them. I enjoy assisting the children in building a foundation of love and learning.”

Amy Bates has worked at Montessori School of Sudbury since 2013. She obtained her International Montessori Teaching Diploma (IMTD) from the North American Montessori Center specializing in the Early Childhood Diploma Program in 2016. She currently works in the Casa 1 classroom, watching children learn and grow in all areas of the program. She is married to Terence and has two daughters, Alexa and Carley, both of whom have attended the Montessori School of Sudbury. In her spare time and with her family, she enjoys going downhill skiing in the winter and spending time at their camp in the summer.

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Alyssa Savarie

Educator Assistant

“I’m truly grateful to be a part of the team and look forward to working with the children as they learn and grow. It has been incredible witnessing what the children at the Montessori School of Sudbury are capable of achieving through the use of the Montessori method.”

Alyssa Savarie has recently joined the Montessori School of Sudbury in 2020. She currently works in the Casa 1 classroom. She has 2 years of previous experience in Early Childhood Education at centres in both Sudbury and Vaughan. In her spare time she enjoys backpacking, hiking, camping, and travelling.

Casa 2
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Janice Belanger

Directress CYW, IMTD (3-6)

“I truly love my job and I am passionate about my class, the students, parents, and my staff. I believe in the saying that it takes a village to raise a child, which is what I get to do with these individuals.”

Janice Belanger has been working with children for over 36 years. She joined the Montessori School of Sudbury in 2001 as an Educator Assistant. In 2003 she developed the Pre-Casa program at the school and in 2006 she became the Directress of the Casa 2 Classroom. She has her diploma as Child Care Worker from Algonquin College, and her International Montessori Teaching Diploma from the North American Montessori Center in the Preschool/Kindergarten Montessori Diploma Program. Janice is the proud mother to two girls, Rachel and Nicole and is married to her husband, Joel. She loves nature and the outdoors, and her happy place is to be at the lake reading or in the evenings by a fire.

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Katrina Maier

Educator IMTD (3-6), RECE

“It has always been a dream of mine to teach children and help them succeed.”

Katrina Maier started her career at the Montessori School of Sudbury as a summer student in 2013. She graduated from the Early Childhood Education Program at Cambrian College in 2015 and is a Registered Early Childhood Educator. She is currently an Educator in the Casa 2 classroom and runs the movement program. She has obtained her International Montessori Teaching Diploma from the North American Montessori Center specializing in the Early Childhood Diploma Program. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to camp in the summer and playing hockey in the winter.

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Claudia Kadwell

Educator Assistant, HBA

“I am extremely excited to be working in such a positive and uplifting environment where I get to help children succeed, as well as see them grow into their unique selves.”

Claudia is a new addition to the Montessori School of Sudbury as an Educator Assistant in the Casa 2 classroom. She has recently graduated from the University of Waterloo, earning her Recreation and Leisure, Honours Recreation degree. Through her education, she has learned and gained new knowledge about planning and implementing programs in order to aid in an individual’s psychological, physical, social, spiritual, and mental well-being. She hopes in the future to continue her studies in the education field. In her spare time, she enjoys going camping, playing sports, and spending time with her family and dog.

Casa 3 French
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Marie-Pier Beaulieu

Directress

“The Montessori philosophy has opened my eyes to what children can really achieve. It is fascinating to me to see what they can do at such a young age.”

Marie-Pier Beaulieu has been working with children of all ages since 2013 and has been employed at the Montessori School of Sudbury since 2018. She first discovered the Montessori Method after researching private schools in her area and started working in a Montessori school as a teacher assistant in 2015. She completed her International Montessori Teaching Diploma from the North American Montessori Center, specializing in the Early Childhood Diploma Program. Marie enjoys teaching important values to children such as animal welfare, eco-friendly living and respect. In her free time, you can find her at home cooking delicious vegan recipes or cuddling with her three cats.

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Monique Lachance Amos

Educator Assistant

“I feel passionate about making a positive impact on a child’s learning.”

Monique recently joined the Montessori School of Sudbury as an Educator Assistant in the Casa 3 French classroom. She has spent most of her time in the “caring” fields. In 2001, she graduated from College Boreal as an RPN and did a placement as an educator for at risk youth. In 2002, she graduated from St. Lawrence College as a Psychiatric RPN. In 2014, she became a certified Reiki Master lead by her interest in the healing arts. Monique worked as a nurse for the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care for almost 15 years. She returned to the education sector in 2017 as an educational assistant and has worked contract and supplied for different school boards. In her spare time, Monique enjoys spending time with her partner, family and friends. She loves to travel and take vacations.

Casa 4
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Danica Lavergne

Directress IMTD (3-6), RECE

“I am very passionate about what I do and hope to leave a positive impact on each and every child that I have the opportunity to work with.”

Danica Lavergne has taken on a new role as Directress in the Casa 4 classroom. She has worked at the school since 2015. She graduated with Honours from the Early Childhood Education Program at Cambrian College and is a Registered Early Childhood Educator. To further her education, she completed the International Montessori Teaching Diploma from the North American Montessori Center in the Early Childhood Diploma Program. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and staying active.

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Breanna MacDonnell

Educator IMTD (3-6), RECE

“I am so happy to be a part of the Montessori family. I truly enjoy watching the children learn and grow throughout their time here. The children amaze me daily and I believe the Montessori philosophy is very beneficial to each child and they develop a natural love for learning.”

Breanna MacDonnell started working at the Montessori School of Sudbury in 2017. She began working as an Enhanced staff in the Pre-Casa classroom and is now working in the Casa 4 classroom as an Educator. She graduated from the Early Childhood Education Program at Cambrian College and is a Registered Early Childhood Educator. Breanna also holds an International Montessori Teacher Diploma from the North American Montessori Center, specializing in the Early Childhood Diploma Program. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling the world, playing hockey and spending time with friends.

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Khushdeep Kaur

Educator Assistant/Educator-Enhanced ECE

“I am passionate about my job and glad to be a part of the Montessori family which includes amazing staff, multicultural families and lovely children. I believe that in the initial stage of life children are like a blank paper and our guidance and valuable teaching can play an essential role in their overall development, which will assist them throughout their life. I am happy that I have the opportunity to work with children and provide my guidance.”

Khushdeep recently started working at the Montessori School of Sudbury as an Enhanced Educator in the Casa 4 classroom. She works with exceptional children who require extra assistance. She graduated from Cambrian College with a diploma in Early Childhood Education. Khushdeep had previously worked as an educator with pre-schoolers and school-age children at the Larch Street Kids Child Care Centre in Sudbury. She is happily married to Er. Ishwinder Singh Bhullar. In her spare time, Khushdeep enjoys spending it with her family and loves home decor.

Supply Educators
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Megan Mackay

BA

“Being a positive influence in a child’s academic, social and emotional learning experience is the most rewarding role in the educational field. I thoroughly enjoy working as a team to provide an inclusive and effective learning environment for Montessori students.”

Megan joined the Montessori School of Sudbury in the summer of 2019, working as a supply staff and educator assistant. She has graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree from Laurentian University. In the fall of 2020 she will be continuing with her Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) Degree in Junior/Intermediate. In her spare time, Megan can be found reading, at the gym or yoga studio, and spending time with her family and friends.

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Alessandra (Ali) Falvo

BA, RECE, IMTD (24-36mos)

“Working with children has greatly impacted my own learning experience(s). Not only do I have the privilege of teaching in the Montessori environment, I am also learning from my students each and every day.”

Alessandra Falvo has worked at the Montessori School of Sudbury every summer since 2017. She graduated from the Early Childhood Education Program at Cambrian College in 2016. In the Spring of 2020, she graduated with honours from the English Literature Program at Laurentian University and will be attending her first year of Teacher’s College at Nipissing University in the Fall of 2020. Alessandra has completed her International Montessori Teaching Diplomas from the North American Montessori center in the Infant/Toddler Program. When she is not at Montessori, she can be found spending time outdoors with her dog reading a book.

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Katlin McDonough

Educator Assistant

"Working with children and youth to help them grow into the person they dream of being is my goal every single day in the field of education."

Kaitlin started working at the Montessori School of Sudbury in the summer of 2019. She is currently an Educator Assistant in the Pre-Casa classroom. She graduated from Cambrian College in Community and Justice Services in 2017 and with honours as a Child and Youth Care Practitioner in 2019. Katlin is currently a 4th year student at Ryerson completing her BA in Child and Youth Care and working towards her Master’s degree. She is also employed as an adolescent counsellor. In her spare time, Kaitlin enjoys camping, hiking and being with friends and family.

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Leslie Pinto

Educator Assistant BEd, MA

"I love seeing the children get excited about learning new things."

Originally from Aurora, Ontario, Leslie joined the Montessori School of Sudbury in 2020 as an Educator Assistant in the Casa 4 classroom. She is a graduate of the Trent-Queen’s Concurrent Education Program, and recently completed a master’s degree in history from the University of Windsor, where she focused on Canada’s early conservation movement. When she isn’t in the classroom, she loves spending time in nature with her husband and young daughter.

Kitchen Coordinators
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Emme Dalle Vedove

IMTD (3-6)

"I love watching the children learn and grow in the Montessori environment."

Emme has worked at the Montessori School of Sudbury since 2018. She obtained her International Montessori Teaching Diploma from the North American Montessori Center specializing in the Early Childhood Diploma Program in 2020. She is currently enrolled in the Law Clerk Program at Fanshawe College. Emme has worked in all of our classrooms and also works in the kitchen preparing lunches for the children. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and reading.

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Danielle Long

Educator Assistant

"Working with children makes me feel like I’m making a difference. The young minds I’m helping to shape will do good things to change the world.”

Danielle started working at the Montessori School of Sudbury in the fall of 2020. She shares her time between the kitchen and the Toddler classroom. Danielle is currently working towards becoming an Early Childhood Educator through Cambrian College. She has worked with children since her early teens from babysitting, working in daycare centers, and in elementary and high school classrooms assisting teachers. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys spending it with family and friends and also spends time at camp and on the lake.

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