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Paula Glasgow 

Paula has been involved in the Montessori Method of Education since 1971. She holds Montessori Diplomas at Early Childhood and Elementary levels . Her university studies include a B.A. in English Literature and Philosophy, and an M.Ed.in Educational Management.

Paula was born in Dublin, Ireland, where she ran her own Montessori school prior to becoming Principal of the St. Nicholas Montessori College and School in Dublin. Subsequently, Paula was appointed Director of Studies at the Montessori St.Nicholas Centre, London, UK. She has been honoured to present Montessori courses at many international locations. Paula was Dean of the Toronto Montessori Institute from 1999 -2004 where she developed new courses, including a training of trainers’ course.

She is currently Dean of Montessori Teachers College, Toronto.

Paula was honoured to serve as secretary of the MACTE Commission.


Helen Traicus

Helen graduated with honours from York University Glendon College with a B.A. in Canadian History.  She also holds diplomas in Montessori Early Childhood and Elementary education, along with a Montessori Training of Trainers Diploma from the Toronto Montessori Institute where she trained prospective teachers and assistants at the Early Childhood level for over five years.

Helen has taught at the Early Childhood, Lower and Upper Elementary levels. She also held the position of Vice Principal at Bannockburn School for ten years before moving on to a more extensive role at the Montessori Teachers College. Helen is a consultant with the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators. At Montessori Teachers College, Helen teaches the Sensorial, Language, and Arithmetic modules on the Early Childhood course. She is also the primary Internship Field Supervisor for Early Childhood adult learners.


Daureena Facchini

Daureena teaches Child Development, Montessori Philosophy, Practical Life and Culture modules on the MTC Infant Toddler and Early Childhood courses.

Daureena holds a BA(Hons.) in Psychology.  She holds Montessori Diplomas at Early Childhood and Elementary levels.  She also holds a Training of Trainers’ Certificate from Montessori Teachers College and a certificate in Montessori Applied to Children at Risk.

Daureena was a Children’s House Directress at Toronto Montessori Schools for eight years before becoming a mother to three boys.


Yomna Reda

Yomna was born and raised in Egypt.  She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the American University in Cairo with Highest Honors.  She was trained as an Early Childhood and Elementary Montessori teacher in Canada.

Yomna operates a Montessori school in Brampton, Ontario and is teaching at the Lower Elementary Level.

She acquired her Masters of Education (M.Ed) in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning from the University of Toronto. She also holds a Training of Trainers Certificate from Montessori Teachers College.  Yomna has been working as a Montessori trainer for over five years and is currently involved in education research at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE),  University of Toronto.


Mark Wagner

Mark has over fifteen years’ experience as a Montessori educator and has taught at the Early Childhood and Elementary levels in California, British Columbia, and the Greater Toronto Area. Along with Montessori Diplomas at the Early Childhood and Elementary levels, he has an Honors Bachelor of Science (HBASc) degree from Lakehead University. Mark also graduated with a Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree and was the recipient of the William A. West Medal, awarded to the highest-ranking student in the program.

Mark is a teaching professional registered with the Ontario College of Teachers and has training in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP).

For the past six years, Mark has been the Senior Elementary Trainer at the Montessori Teachers College with particular interests in Cosmic Education, Science, Geography, and Math.


Debbie Couture

Debbie Couture is the Registrar at Montessori Teachers College.  She holds diplomas at the Montessori Early Childhood and Lower Elementary levels.

Debbie has taught at the Early Childhood and Elementary levels and operated her own school for sixteen years.  She was also co-principal of a Montessori school in North York.

Debbie is a certified in Montessori Methods for Dementia™  and is the Director of Training for this program.


Sherin Alibhai

MTC Program Director – Calgary

Sherin was born in Kenya and acquired her Montessori Diploma and M.Ed in Educational Management in U.K.

Sherin has over 25 years of experience as a Montessori Early Childhood Educator and a school owner for almost as long.  Sherin’s initial interest in sharing Montessori with adults began with her developing and delivering workshops for parents. She then became an instructor for Montessori Centre International, U.K. prior to her current position with Montessori Teachers College.

Sherin has been an adult instructor for over 10 years.  She now represents and teaches Early Childhood level courses for Montessori Teachers College in Alberta.

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Diane James

Diane James received her Honours Bachelor of Music in Performance, French horn, from the University of Toronto. Following graduation, Diane was a awarded a long-term Canada Council grant to study horn privately in Los Angeles. Diane has played in numerous Canadian orchestras and chamber groups and continues to freelance in the Toronto area.

While working as a performer, Diane fell in love with children and took her A.M.I. Montessori teacher training for ages 2 ½ to 6 years. She has been working with children as a classroom teacher and music specialist since 1985. Diane is a certified Orff and Musikgarten Specialist and has additional training in Kodaly and Dalcroze pedagogy.

Diane has developed curricula and taught classes for babies, toddlers, preschool children and students up to age 12. She writes her own music arrangements for the children incorporating Orff mallet instruments, recorder, brass, voice and assorted percussion. In addition, Diane has also for many years been directing music theatre productions for children. She teaches private lessons to all ages on brass  instruments and piano.

Diane is married to a clarinet player, and is the mother of 2 sons, both musicians.