Children from birth to 6 years old all have the Absorbent Mind to take in impression from their surroundings and use it to adapt to "the men of their culture, time, and place". It is of utmost importance to realize that these early years are the root years and will influence their adult lives. The Montessori method gives children the foundation for enthusiastic exploration and discovery. It is the number one chosen alternative method of education in the world. Guided by Dr. Montessori’s philosophy and educational methods, Edmonton Montessori School strives to be a center of excellence in Edmonton. Our staffs have the AMI Montessori International diploma and the required child development certificate, and they are enthusiastic in guiding each child to succeed independently by observing, planning, and presenting materials according to each child’s ability and interests. It is our greatest honor to guide your children in their most significant years of schooling.
About Wendy Yu (M. Ed., AMI Certified and Level 3)
Wendy originally came from mainland China. She worked as a middle school teacher while she completed her Master’s degree at Wuhan University, specialized in Information Resource Management (Library Science). After graduation, she worked as a librarian at Shanghai Jiaotong University. Five years later she moved to Edmonton where she finished her Master's degree in Education at the University of Alberta.
Inspired by her post-graduate adviser Dr. Cathy Adams and one of her classmates Sophie, she started her research on the Montessori Method. She visited AMI Montessori schools in Toronto and immediately fell for the method: the classes were well organized in an aesthetic manner; the beauty and order create tranquility and attracted children to explore in deep concentration; children chose activities, working with purpose and independently at their own pace; the guides (educators) moved gracefully and worked enthusiastically with children. However, there were no AMI-trained guides or AMI-recognized schools in Edmonton at that time. After long consideration, she decided to take AMI Primary Teacher training at Foundation for Montessori Education (FME) in Toronto and received her AMI Primary Teacher diploma. She has a few years of experience working with early years and school-aged children: She worked in Montessori schools in Toronto, Calgary, and Edmonton; the Early Years, and the Out of School Care program at the YMCA. In her spare time, Wendy enjoys spending time with her children, reading, making crafts, and hanging out with her friends.
About Sabine Macleod
I have taught the Montessori philosophy for over 20 years. I love watching the children grow, gain confidence and become learners for life. The Montessori materials set up children for success and no material is superior to another. I will enjoy meeting your children and feel privileged to be part of their education.
About Annie (Level 2)
Hello everyone, my name is Annie. At school the children call me Ms. Annie. I am an AMS certified Montessori teacher and Early childhood educator. I have been working in Montessori schools since 2005. I believe every child is unique and creative. I consider myself a guide for children to develop life experiences. During these years, I worked internationally in Hong Kong and Taiwan in addition to Vancouver and Edmonton. I enjoyed experiencing different cultures and life. This understanding helps me relate to how children view and understand the world around them. It's my pleasure to join the EMS and be part of your child’s life.
Isabela Ramos, a resident from Edmonton, Alberta Canada, is an aspiring handbell and choral conductor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Physical Education from Concordia University of Edmonton. She is a multi-instrumentalist who on a lark registered for a beginner handbell ensemble and ended up entering a whole world of sound that shifted her life’s focus. She studied under the direction of internationally admired conductor, Deborah Rice, past president and honorary lifetime member of the Handbell Musicians of America. She then embarked on a journey to study the handbells and now holds the honour of being the first student in Canada to major in handbell performance. She is currently the choir and handbell director at Hosanna Lutheran Church. Isabela continues to pursue her love for music and education at the University of Alberta where she is currently finishing her Bachelor of Education after-degree.
FME (Foundation for Montessori Education) is one of the two Montessori Training Centres in Canada to offer the AMI Montessori diploma endorsed by Dr. Maria Montessori as well as AMI Certificate programs. It has a strong connection to the Montessori family as it was founded by Renilde Montessori, Dr. Montessori’s youngest granddaughter, in 1989.