Supported by one-on-one guidance from their teachers, students at CMCC work both independently and in small groups with other children. By providing a carefully planned, open, and stimulating environment that specifically addresses each child’s individual needs, CMCC’s professional teaching staff team create educational experiences that:

  • enhance self-esteem;
  • foster the social skills to solve problems and build friendships; and
  • support the ever-increasing curiosity about the world.

Margaret Geddes has been with Community Montessori Children’s Centre since 1995 and has enjoyed teaching Montessori to children in Toronto and Vancouver for more than 30 years. In addition to holding her St. Nicholas Montessori Diploma as well as her Early Childhood Education Diploma, Margaret continues her education through ongoing professional development including such courses and workshops as: Building Self-Esteem in Young Children, How To Talk So Kids Will Listen, Systematic Training for Effective Parenting and Behaviour Management for Preschoolers. In her spare time, Margaret enjoys hiking with her dogs, reading, and spending time in her garden. An avid traveler, Margaret recently visited Spain, France and Italy.

Julie Paul has been with Community Montessori Children’s Centre since 1990. With more than 30 years of experience at Lower Mainland Montessori schools, Julie holds her St. Nicholas Montessori Diploma as well as her Early Childhood Education Diploma. Julie has taught adult courses in the Early Childhood Education field and continues to keep abreast of current Montessori training by attending conferences, lectures, and workshops. When she’s not working, Julie likes to ride horses, travel and keep fit.

Shauna Calvert attended the University of Victoria for her Bachelor of Arts degree before completing her St. Nicholas Montessori Diploma. She holds a TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) certificate and her ECE certificate and has been teaching both children and adults since 1992. Shauna enjoys cooking, entertaining, gardening, and spending time with her husband and daughter.

The teacher’s task is not to talk, but to prepare and arrange a series of motives for cultural activity in a special environment made for the child.”

—Dr. Maria Montessori