Sarah joined the faculty here at Lakeview Montessori School in 2012 and is very excited to be leading the Senior classroom! She first graduated from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Science and then went on to obtain a Bachelor of Education with a focus in the Intermediate grades. Directly after graduating she began her teaching profession in the British Virgin Islands. Sarah taught at Cedar International School, on Tortola, for four years in the areas of mathematics, sciences and music. She was also fortunate, as the school was undergoing their International Baccalaureate accreditation that year. This provided her with the opportunity to learn the MYP (Middle Years Program) and finish the MYP training in Vancouver, British Columbia, and obtain the MYP Level 2 training in Sciences.
In the Senior classroom students closely follow the Ontario Curriculum and International Baccalaureate MYP program. As IB learners they strive to be: inquisitive, principled, knowledgable, risk takers, thinkers and communicators, open minded, caring, balanced, and reflective. “My philosophy as an educator is to educate the whole child and develop not only the intellectual skills of my students, but to also develop the personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. I truly believe that lessons should reflect the statement: Think Globally, Act Locally, so students can connect their learning to their own communities, as well as, their global community. I believe that our students need an education that includes creative problem solving processes that rewards students for thinking outside the box. Students learn how to identify challenges and to think creatively to solve those problems. By tapping into creativity and encouraging imaginative paths to problem solving, our students learn skills that will provide them with the ability to solve problems - large and small - for a lifetime to come. I am looking forward to a fantastic year at LMS filled with inquiry, adventure and creative learning.”
Tiffany Gyori has been part of the Lakeview Montessori family since 2012. She has had the incredible opportunity to work in both the Junior and Senior Elementary classrooms. She acquired an Honours Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the University of Windsor. After completion that program, she continued her education by getting her Bachelor of Education. She is continuously adding to her educational experiences to give students the most up-to-date resources and information.
“I instantly fell in love with the Montessori vision and philosophy, and was excited to be in the classroom, which I so passionately desire. I was intrigued and amazed by the materials, and ways of teaching in a Montessori atmosphere which drives to encourage growth and learning of every student. My goal is to have each and every student’s best in- terest at heart, and continue to work alongside them every day to assist in their social and educational development. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to be part of an in- credible school.”
Jessica joined Lakeview Montessori School in 2009, with a diploma from St. Clair College in Journalism, and a Montessori Teacher’s Education Program diploma. She is presently attending the University of Windsor to complete a B. A. in Family and Social Relations. Before coming to Lakeview, Jessica interned at the Montessori Academy of Windsor in the Casa and Elementary classes.
As the Junior Directress, Jessica’s goal is for students to work towards gaining independence coordination and concentration skills. Montessori believed that children need to have independence and control over their own learning environment whenever possible. “My goal for this year is to provide hands on learning experiences that encourage my students to explore the different areas of the classroom and environment. I believe that the Montessori Method provides a strong foundation for knowledge and learning and teaches the child independence.I consider myself very fortunate to be working at Lakeview and I look forward to the year ahead.”
The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, 'The children are now working as if I did not exist'. Maria Montessori
“Montessori education was love at first sight! Immediately I fell in love with the materials and the pedagogy of Dr. Maria Montessori. My experiences teaching children have been heart warming and inspirational. It is amazing how easy children learn, using these fascinating materials.”
Renee joined the LMS family in 2001. Renee’s personal studies include a Family and Social Relations background. She posses an Early Childhood Education diploma, with honors. Renee is a graduate of both the Early Childhood and the 6 to 9 Montessori Teaching Programs. She is also a recipient of the Elizabeth Van Stem award, advocating for Early Childhood Education. Along with teaching the children, Renee enjoys instructing future Montessori Educators in our Montessori Teacher Ed Program. As an advocate for keeping things GREEN, Renee enjoys writing proposals on behalf of LMS, in an attempt to receive grants for the school.
“Every group of children excite me to want to learn more with them and they keep me refreshed and energized every year. I am always anxious to meet each new face, to get to know them, and to guide them through the most important part of their education. It is the foundation that is key in developing a positive school experience and I am honoured to be a part of that steppingstone of their development. Most importantly, I want to inspire the children in my classroom to share a love for learning, and to be responsible, independent, and self-sufficient students. My goal is to create a unique experience for each child that will encourage success in education for life.
Cinzia joined the Lakeview Montessori School in 2010. she has been a Montessori teacher for 8 years. Cinzia went to the University of Windsor and earned a Bachelor's Degree specializing in Sociology, as well as the Montessori Early Childhood Education Diploma for Children 2.5 to 6 years. In 2009 she took a year off and completed an Early Childhood Education (ECE) accelerated program and is now registered with the College of ECE.
"The casa curriculum is designed to meet the social, emotional and academic needs of the children. I want our classroom to be a peaceful place where your child will develop friendships, learn how to be part of a group, gain independence and develop a positive attitude towards school and learning. My goal is to help each child achieve a sense of independence and confidence. I will challenge each child to reach their full potential. It is an honour to be teaching your children and I look forward to getting to know them and having a fantastic year.”
Ilknur became a member of the Lakeview family when she started as a volunteer in 2002. This year she has the great privilege to be a Casa Directress. She posses a Kindergarten teaching diploma from Germany and also a Montessori Early Childhood diploma. Ilknur describes herself as a passionate Montessori Directress, who is a loving, caring, patient person and who loves being surrounded by children.
“I enjoy being in a position to help in children’s growth and education and always look for the best in each child. My goal for this year in the Casa classroom, is to build a trusting relationship between each and every child, in order to make each of them feel safe in their environment, while they are away from home and family. As a Casa Directress, I will help the children build skills such as independence, concentration and confidence that foster their growth as successful learning individuals and prepare them for their Junior education.
I look forward to a fun-filled year, where students develop new skills and knowledge, and where we can watch them grow in our carefully prepared learning environment.”
Eda joined the LMS team in 2003 and has worked with Toddler, Casa and Elementary students. She completed a Bachelor of Education degree in Europe and taught grades 1 and 2. Shortly after starting at Lakeview she decided to complete the Montessori Early Education (2 1/2-6 year old) training and is currently working on obtaining the ECE qualifications.
“This year I have again the great privilege to be the Toddler 1 Directress. My goal is to provide a sense of security, nurturance and loving care that toddlers need to thrive during this stage of intensive learning. The first few years of a child's life are the most formative years. It is a time when children effortlessly absorb concepts and habits. It is also the period when roots for a love of learning are established. Our Toddler classroom is carefully planned to meet the needs of toddlers and organized for their convenience. Areas of learning are defined, yet the space is open to allow plenty of room for social interaction and activities required for growth and development.
My role as a Montessori teacher is one of guide and observer, whose ultimate goal is to intervene less and less as the child develops. I will provide individual attention as the toddlers deal with positive experiences and achieve independence.”
Magda has been with LMS since 1988. Prior to the LMS chapter of her life, Magda received a Master of Arts Degree in Europe, as well as took many French language courses both in France and in Poland.
After moving to Canada in 1982, she taught French for 3 years at the Children's Learning Centre in Calgary. By 1987, she'd moved to Windsor and obtained her Ontario Teacher's License and FSL Teaching Certificate at the University of Windsor. After having taught for a year at Tecumseh Academy St. Cecile, she started her 25-year journey with LMS. It wasn't long until Magda was engrossed in the Montessori way of teaching, and leveraged this with obtaining her Montessori Diploma. This diploma has proven to be very useful over the years in helping her deeply understand the educational philosophy of the school and in assisting other teachers with it as well.
Magda has taught French to all the grades, from Toddlers up to grade 8 and now is focusing on teaching the lower elementary grades and co-ordinating the French Immersion program in Casa level. Currently Monsieur Hermes is filling the role of teaching the upper elementary classes.
Cherie Sulyak began working at Lakeview Montessori School in 2007. Before that she had fun teaching at a Montessori school in LaSalle. In addition to being a graduate of the University of Windsor with an Honours Degree in Business Administration, Cherie also received honours in the Montessori Teachers Education Program. While attending university she taught swimming and leadership courses to children ages one through to adults.
Before moving to Windsor, Cherie lived in Saudi Arabia and also went to school in France. While living abroad she enjoyed travelling extensively to different countries within most of the 7 continents. Since coming back to live in Canada, she has also enjoyed visiting 9 of the 13 other provinces/territories, with the goal of visiting them all.
“I love travelling, but currently enjoy going on more relaxing cruise vacations. I am married with 2 children. My son graduated from Lakeview Montessori in 2013, while my daughter is currently in the Senior class. I continue to be inspired by the Montessori Method of teaching each and every year. I believe that the Montessori Method of education provides not only a strong foundation for academics, but also fosters independence skills and a love for learning. It is for these reasons that I consider myself very fortunate to be working at Lakeview and also having had my children attending."