I am Glynis Hamilton, the owner of the Montessori School of Wellington.

When I had my children, I knew exactly what I wanted for them in terms of early childhood education. It was only when I visited a beautiful Montessori school in Toronto that I knew I had found what I was looking for.

I became intrigued by Montessori and so, at the ripe old age of 44, I went back to school and then switched career from legal secretary to Montessori teacher. Since that time, Montessori has become a way of life for me. The past 25 years have been a joy rather than a job.

I have moved from being front line in the classroom to the office doing more administrative work, but my office door is almost always open to the classroom where I can hear the children’s laughter and welcome them in for a visit.

I truly love what I do.

Casa Guide & After School Teacher

I am an early childhood educator with over 30 years of experience working with children both in my home country of Sri Lanka and here in Canada. My teaching journey began when working with children in refugee camps during the war in Sri Lanka. It was their enthusiasm and joy for learning that propelled me to seek further education in the area of education. In 1991 I received my diploma in Montessori Education in Sri Lanka. It was during this time I learned about Maria Montessori, which completely revolutionized the way I thought about children and how they learn.

Due to the escalating war in my country, my family and I were forced to flee.  I arrived in Canada in the summer of 2004 and have worked at the Montessori School of Wellington since 2005. To update my credentials, I took the Emergent Curriculum course offered at the Ontario Early Years Centre. I have also studied in the area of managing individual and group behaviors with a focus on developing self-esteem in children by establishing routines and giving positive guidance. In 2014 I successfully completed the Fundamentals of Montessori course through CGMS continuing education. And now with my 3 decades of teaching experience, I still continue to seek new opportunities to improve my teaching skills.

In my daily teaching, I keep a quote by Maria Montessori in my mind, “…education is not something which the teacher does, but … is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being.”

Office Administrator

My name is Rayna Lew and I am the Office Administrator guide at the Montessori School of Wellington. I graduated from the Toronto Montessori Institute in June of 2014 and began working in September, 2014.

I have grown up with the Montessori philosophy, as I attended MSW in 1996 when my mother – Glynis Hamilton – opened the school. Once I finished my third year of Montessori, I moved on to public school.

Over the years, I’ve attended a variety of Montessori conferences, workshops and seminars.  I also attended a workshop offered by Stuart Shanker on methods of developing self-regulation in young children.

Some of my hobbies include: weightlifting, taking Stella on adventures, caring for my collection of plants and caring for my adopted cat, Clyde.

Montessori Toddler Guide

My name is Amber Keogh and I joined the MSW team in October, 2019 where I started off as an Administrative Assistant and an After School Program Coordinator.  In December 2019, I also started in the position of MSW French Teacher where I enjoy working with the children one on one.

I graduated from the Early Childhood Education program at Niagara College and am a Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE) with several years of experience working with children in various settings (schools, daycares, drop-in programs, summer camps, etc.). I grew up in rural Quebec and later moved to Ontario, so I grew up immersed in both English and French culture and language. I come from a very large family with many younger cousins, which sparked my passion for working with children. In my free time I love spending time with my family, reading and volunteering in the community.

I became familiar with Montessori during my days as an ECE student where my final practicum was at a Montessori inspired school in Niagara Falls.  This resulted in my being hired as a Casa teacher the following year. After moving to Guelph, I found that I was unsatisfied working at regular daycares and missed the Montessori environment. It was with great joy that I joined the Montessori School of Wellington where I look forward to continuing to work with families and staff.

Montessori Casa Guide

I started my career in Early Childhood Education 10 years ago after graduating from Hrinchenko Kyiv University with a BA in ECE. I hold a Master’s degree in Education from Herzen University in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Having a truly multicultural background and experience, I never stop learning. I joined the Montessori School of Wellington in early 2019 as a Montessori Classroom Assistant and After school Teacher. I enjoy every day with my students as we explore the world, learn new skills and cultures.

Montessori Toddler Assistant

My name is Paije McGrath and I am an assistant in the Toddler Classroom at the Montessori School of Wellington. I attended Confederation College in Thunder Bay and graduated from the Early Childhood Education program in 2018. After becoming an RECE I took an accelerated program for Developmental Service Workers and graduated in 2019. My first job working with children was at The Children’s Centre Thunderbay where I ran youth groups and assisted Child Protection Workers. I moved to Guelph with my son in June 2022 to be closer to family. I enjoy spending time with my family, crafting, and taking care of my houseplants. I first discovered Montessori when I was an ECE student and we learned about it in class, it piqued my interest and I always kept it as a thought in the back of my mind. I started working for the Montessori School of Wellington in September 2022, where I learned more about the Montessori philosophy and teaching practices. I discovered that Montessori fit in with my beliefs about respecting children and promoting independence.

Montessori Casa Assistant

My name is Anna Pavin and I am an Early Childhood Educator. In my many years of experience in the field I have worked in many early childhood settings in a multitude of positions, including twelve years of experience in Montessori Schools. I am passionate about quality early years education. I am so thankful to be returning to Montessori School of Wellington as it is such a warm and nurturing environment. Miss Valentyna and I have taught together and make an outstanding team. I am truly looking forward to the year ahead!

Montessori French teacher

Salut! I am M. Roy and I will teach French in the mornings at the Montessori School of Wellington. I completed my undergrad at the University of Guelph and achieved my Bachelor of Education in Wales. In my previous years, I taught with an all-French school board. Now, in the afternoons, I teach with the Upper Grand District School Board. I am excited to be able to share my knowledge and enthusiasm for learning with your child this year! Some fun facts about me: – I can speak 4 languages (Portuguese, Spanish, English & French) – I play competitive sports as a hobby (volleyball, soccer, and tennis) – I have 7 older siblings

Montessori Casa Assistant

My name is Winnie Chung and I’m a Casa Assistant teacher at Montessori School of
Wellington. I started at MSW in January 2023 as a caregiver for a special needs child who attended the centre and officially as a staff in June 2023.

I graduated from the Early Childhood Education Program in 2016, then from the Educational Support program at Conestoga College in 2018. I have many years of experience working in mostly childcare centres with my placements in schools as an ECE and Educational Assistant around Kitchener and Guelph.

After the first few months at MSW, it has really opened my eyes/changed my perspective about how children learn and seeing the differences between Montessori and regular child care environments. I’m excited to learn more about Montessori with the children and staff.

During my free time, I like going out with family and friends, trying new restaurants or activities and caring for my two cats named Jorge and Nala.

Montessori Toddler Assistant

My name is Daniela Teran, and I have been working with the Montessori School of Wellington since September 2022. I started as a Before and After School Program Coordinator and then moved to a new role as Montessori Toddler Assistant.

In 2019, I graduated from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador with a double major in early childhood education and corporate communications. Following my passion for teaching, I worked as a Kindergarten and Elementary School teacher in Quito, Ecuador. In 2021, I moved to Canada to study a double Master’s at the University of Guelph. I took English, French, and Spanish courses and had the opportunity to work as a Teacher and Research Assistant in the Spanish and Linguistics Departments.

I am passionate about learning and teaching and I’m so happy about the opportunity to work with a fascinating team highly skilled in Montessori pedagogy.

I love spending time with my husband and son doing activities like dancing, singing, cooking, travelling, and trying new food.

Montessori Casa Assistant

My name is Ava, I was born and partially raised in Manchester, UK, before moving to Guelph at 11 years old. I hold a BA Hons in Linguistics from McMaster University and have spent many years working as a part-time Nanny for children of various ages. I have professional teaching experience as a teaching assistant at McMaster University, and most recently, I worked with children with different developmental needs at a local Speech Therapy Summer Camp. I am delighted to be able to contribute to the success of the Montessori School of Wellington by assisting children in the classroom who require some extra assistance to have their needs met. I am currently training as an ESL teacher through the CELTA program. I enjoy being in nature, learning languages, and reading in my spare time.

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