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Jan Dunk - Our Director, Jan, is certified by the Toronto Montessori Institute for ages to 18 months to 5 years. Jan has been passionate about Montessori since she was first exposed to the program and both her children have been in Montessori programs for all of their schooling. After seeing the Montessori classroom in operation Jan was inspired to train as a Montessori teacher and thereafter lead the first years of the Guelph Montessori Toddler Program. Jan teaches our "House of Children' program at Echo.

   Jen Mason - Founder of Maplewood Forest School and Forest School Program Leader
Jen is a certified teacher, and outdoor, environmental educator. Since 1989, she has worked with young people in a variety of settings in Canada, the United States, and Australia leading wilderness trips and teaching about the environment and how we can live sustainably. She has a Bachelor of Education degree with a focus in Outdoor and Experiential Education from Queen’s University and a Master’s degree in Ecology-Based Education from Prescott College in Arizona. In addition, she has taken numerous outdoor wilderness skills courses. Jen is passionate about getting kids of all ages outside into the natural world. She lives in Guelph with her husband and two young children.

Mika Nishikaze - Mika is excited to be starting a new career as an Assistant in the House of Children at Echo. She became interested in the Montessori Method when she enrolled her son in a Montessori Toddler Program in 2009. She saw her son thrive in the classroom, and she wanted to learn more about Montessori so that she could apply her philosophy at home. Mika attended the Toronto Montessori Institute and completed an Early Childhood Paraprofessional course. Mika also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Waterloo. With understanding and appreciation for the Montessori method of education she looks forward to working with your children in the classroom. 

  Maggie Cordeiro - Maggie is the Toddler directress at Echo Montessori. Her Montessori teaching diploma for children ages 3-6 was obtained from the North American Montessori Centre.  Working with children is something she has always enjoyed, whether it is at play or at work. Maggie's involvement in Montessori teaching grows from her belief in the Montessori Method of teaching and letting children learn to their fullest potential at their own unique pace.            
  Donna Booth - Donna is our program consultant and brings her passion about the positive effects of the Montessori to our School. Donna's 24 years of Montessori experience range from her training at the International Center for Montessori Studies Foundation in Bergamo Italy to teaching and administration at the International Montessori School of Beijing (MSB) as it grew, as well as teaching and directing elementary programs at the Montessori House of Children in London and the Guelph Montessori School.