Faculty

Faculty

Paula Glasgow

Dean

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.

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.

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Helen Traicus

Early Childhood Program Director and Lecturer

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 been with Montessori Teachers College since its inception in 2005. As well, over the years she has taught all five curriculum areas and in 2021, is teaching Sensorial, Language, Arithmetic, and Culture.

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Daureena Facchini

Senior Lecturer

Daureena holds a BA(Hons.) in Psychology.  She holds Montessori Diplomas at Early Childhood and Elementary levels.  Daureena was a Children’s House Directress at Toronto Montessori Schools for eight years before becoming a mother to three boys.

She also holds a Training of Trainers’ Certificate from Montessori Teachers College and a certificate in Montessori Applied to Children at Risk. Daureena has been a Lecturer for MTC since 2007.

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Hugh Merson

Lecturer and Field Supervisor

Hugh is involved with both the Infant Toddler and Early Childhood Diploma Programs. With a certificate in the MTC Trainer of Trainers program and a background in facilitation and process design, Hugh is passionate about empowering a new generation of Montessori teachers to take up Maria Montessori’s mission – the betterment of society through the child.

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Judith Doucette

Program Coordinator and Lecturer, Calgary

Judith attended Norte Dame College for Liberal Arts and the University of Ottawa and was inspired to take her AMI Early Childhood Diploma at Toronto Montessori Institute, graduating in 1976, where she began her journey in Montessori education.  She was privileged to be guided in her studies by venerable Montessori teacher trainers including, the granddaughter of Dr. Maria Montessori, Renilde Montessori along with Audrey Sillick and Sandford Jones (Music). 

She has owned and operated Oaks and Acorns Montessori Schools and Montessori Casa in Calgary for the past 20 years.

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Katie Lannaman

Infant Toddler Program Director

Katie graduated from Western University with a B.A. in Childhood and Family Relations and went on to receive her Early Childhood Education Honours Diploma from George Brown College. 

Katie is the Director of the Infant Toddler Diploma Course at Montessori Teachers College, where she also works as a lecturer. She holds a diploma in Montessori Infant Toddler education from Montessori Teachers College and has been working in Montessori Toddler environments for the past 7 years. 

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Sowmya Kannan

Lecturer

Sowmya holds a Master of Arts in Psychology from the University of Madras in India and holds a diploma in Montessori Early Childhood education.

Sowmya has been involved with Montessori Teachers College since 2015, leading the Early Childhood Education Program.

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Wendy Agnew

Guest Lecturer

Wendy Agnew is a graduate of University of Toronto’s Ph.D. program in Holistic Learning, has a Master’s Degree in Global Education and a Bachelor’s of Education from York University.

She also holds Montessori Diplomas from Toronto Montessori Institute for Primary Teaching (MACTE), Lower and Upper Elementary Teaching (MACTE), Teacher Educators, Training of Trainers, as well as a Primary Montessori Teaching Diploma (AMI).

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Lisby Castillo

Guest Lecturer

Lisby Castillo holds a Bachelor’s of Education and a Masters of Early Childhood Education. She also holds an Infant Toddler Montessori Diploma (MACTE) and Early Childhood Montessori Diploma (MACTE).

Lisby has spent over 5 years as an Infant Toddler guide and now is a Supervisor of a Montessori school in Toronto.

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Elana Simaitis

Guest Lecturer

Elana graduated with a Diploma from Mohawk College for vocal performance and pedagogy. She taught music to young children and adults for 15 years and owned the Hamilton Academy of Music.

To further her journey working with children, Elana graduated from the Infant Toddler Montessori Diploma Program (MACTE).

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Jason Rybak

Guest Lecturer

Jason Rybak is a graduate of University of Ottawa, University of Victoria and Brock University.

Jason has been providing curriculum-enhanced Physical Education programs to the independent school sector across Ontario since 2003. This includes his role as a workshop facilitator at numerous CAMT Conferences, as well as a lecturer for Montessori Teachers College since 2015

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Suzanah Lazzaro

Guest Lecturer

Suzanah Lazzaro holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Native Studies and a Primary Montessori Diploma (AMI).

She is an Internationally Trained Yoga Instructor, and loves incorporating Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness into the Montessori curriculum.

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Mussarat Ziaee

Lecturer

Mussarat Ziaee holds a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Arts degree. She also holds a Primary Montessori Diploma (AMI).

 Mussarat has over 20 years’ experience in both guiding children in a Montessori classroom and also as a Supervisor, mentoring other Montessori teachers.

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Michelle Lane-Barmapov

Guest Lecturer

Michelle Lane-Barmapov is the founder of the Montessori ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) program for children with autism. As the Premier’s Award (2005) recipient, she has lectured on her work in Montessori and Autism, and has been an International keynote speaker for many years.

Michelle is currently working on her Doctorate in Health, has her certification in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for children and youth, is an R.E.C.E and holds a Early Childhood Montessori diploma (MACTE). Michelle has been lecturing on Montessori and Inclusion at Montessori Teacher’s College since 2013. 

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Kate Hemblen

Guest Lecturer

Kate Hemblen is a graduate of George Brown Theatre School and is currently studying Sculpture and Installation at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) University.

Kate has had the privilege of being the Art Teacher at Bannockburn Montessori School since 2011.

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Jelena Misura

Lecturer

Jelena holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Italian Language and Literation. She is also holds an Early Childhood Montessori Diploma (MACTE) and has been working in Montessori Early Childhood classrooms since 2012.

Jelena assists with the Early Childhood Montessori Diploma Program.

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