Since I was the same age as the children I guide today I wanted to be a teacher. I would come home sit my dolls in a row and start teaching them everything I learned at school that day. After my Bachelors in Education and Psychology from Karachi University my destiny lead me to Mario Montessori, who was visiting my home town. I had read all about his mother, Dr. Montessori, who believed in simply guiding the child and 'helping them help themselves'. A year later I graduated as an AMI Montessori Directress from the Association Montessori International and since then have not looked back.
I love to see children growing step by step and becoming more independent.
After I received my teaching degree I had two options, either work in human resources or in a school. Fortunately, I was able to work in both of these fields and gained valuable experiences in each. However, I couldn't compare anything to the rewarding life working with children has brought me. To see their faces every day and feel their tokens of affection, I can happily say becoming a teacher was the best decision I ever made.
I went to Sheridan College and graduated with a diploma in Early Childhood Education. I got my first job at a child care center in Milton. I than started at Kaban in February 2017 and have learned so much through these experiences! I am really enjoying the Montessori School setting.
What I love most about working at Kaban is that they care about the development of their students, the parents and their teachers. Kaban Montessori School has a unique ability to make you feel at home. I had discovered the Early Childhood Education program in the early 2000s, during that time I made the decision to begin my studies in this field. My passion for learning and development grew when I discovered the Montessori program. Maria Montessori’s philosophy is about observing child behaviour and having the child choose what they would like to learn. Having worked at Kaban for over 9 years now, I have noticed how successful this philosophy is when applied to the classroom. I continue to have great passion for working with children and developing my skills as an educator.
I always knew I wanted to be a Biologist, I grew up in a home of scientists and teachers. After graduating I had an opportunity to work with children in an Environmental Education Center in Mexico City, this opportunity gave me another vision of what I wanted to do with my life; plant the seed of love for nature in children, giving them tools to enjoy and protect their environment. After I became a mother I decided to develop and implement a program teaching the children how to grow vegetables and relate some science concepts with hands–on activities in the garden. The program was a success for 11 years and I left Mexico with the hope that in Canada I was going to be able to continue my journey. I can say that it was Kaban that gave me my first opportunity with my program and it was also here where I found the missing piece, Maria Montessori. My life changed since then, and it all became connected. I went back to school to become a Casa Directres and now I have the opportunity to be back at Kaban!
All my life I have been fascinated by language. As a child I was encouraged to embrace opportunities to increase my knowledge of languages and it expanded my world. When I became a teacher language was always central to my passion, but I struggled to find a way to share this passion effectively in the classroom. Teaching in a Montessori school was the answer I was looking for. Kaban provides the environment and philosophy that allows the children to lead; when children are exploring is when they will find joy in language and expression. Following the interests of children during work, play and discovery allows me to guide them towards a love of languages and in turn, the children teach me new things every day. Kaban has both fulfilled and fueled my desire to encourage a passion for language and learning.
As a Montessori advocate, I have had the privilege of working with young children for over 7 years. I began with taking the Montessori Assistant's course. The course exposed me to a world that I needed to learn more about. I had the privilege to begin my practicum and by far, the students would teach me more things than I would have ever imagined. I had the deepest desire to learn, so I decided to enroll for the Montessori Casa diploma which allows me to teach children from 2.5 years of age to 6 years of age. Being a mom only strengthened my desire even further. During my journey as a Montessori teacher, I began working with younger students, so I enrolled to take the Toddler/Infant Montessori diploma. I am humbled by the opportunity, faith and trust parents have in us. I take my job with much pride and understand the importance of early childhood education. I want all of you to know how important each and every parent or caregiver's role is in this education, and together we can ensure each child reaches their fullest potential.
I like to work at Kaban because it provides the most natural way to encourage the love of learning in children from a very young age, which gives me the opportunity to watch them grow and succeed in a natural and stimulating environment. I was born into a family of educators who instilled in me a love of teaching. I did my AMI training in 1999 and have been working with children for over 2 decades. I believe that every child embodies a unique mind and soul. My aspiration is to see them become independent, responsible and humble in their lives.
Artemisa grew up in Mexico City, where she worked in traditional private schools in Mexico and the US for over 15 years. With a background teaching in English and Spanish Artemisa has joined Kaban in 2013.
“I enjoy Montessori because of the relationship that students, families and teachers form as they learn and grow. We want our children to think for themselves, learn at their own pace; guiding them through their own discoveries and to acquire great skills they will use the rest of their lives”
Hello, my name is Marsela Mujaj. I was born in a small european country,called Albania, where I completed my Bachelor Degree in History. I decided to become a teacher because I believe in helping children reach for their dreams through their education, and I think Kaban is just the right place for it to happen. I feel very fortunate to be working in a place where children are valued and treated with respect. I'm looking forward to contributing to the future of your child.
I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I am a mother of three boys. Since Secondary School I have been interested in working with children, especially playing and learning from them. By the time I began my Post-Secondary studies I was volunteering at a high-risk children school. Later, my family and I moved to Canada where I started my studies again and completed my RECE (registered Early childhood Educator). I also have a certificate in the Montessori Assistant course, WHMIS Training and AODA Training. I have been working at Kaban since 2015 and love that it feels like home!
I was born in Kitchener, Waterloo, but I am originally from Edmonton, Alberta.
I started working at Kaban in 2012, where I opened up the infant classroom. I enjoy working at Kaban because it is a friendly environment where we are encouraged to learn new things and work as a team with parents and staff members. Kaban is a place where it feels just like home!
When I was in High School, I was inspired by my cousin after she let me volunteer in her classroom. I felt very passionate working with children, teaching and guiding them. It was this moment I decided to become an Early Childhood Educator.
Hello, my name is Aurora Ujka. I am married and have three children. I worked as an assistant teacher for many years back in Albania and I have been an assistant teacher at Kaban for three years now. My love for children plays a big role in why I love working at Kaban, but it is also the welcoming, calm and caring environment that Kaban offers that makes me happy. Being able to assist and prepare children for their future from such a young age is why I decided to become a teacher. It gives me great pleasure to be there for them and experience milestones throughout their journey at Kaban.
I love working at Kaban, it is a happy place, where children and adults enjoy the day together. The staff is amazing, we learn everyday from each other, and exchange experiences that help us grow as a person. You will always see a smile on our faces, we know we are lucky to be able to observe the growth and transformation of the children! I decided to learn more about Montessori when my older daughter was about to start elementary in a Montessori School. I fell in love with the Philosophy and Methodology very quickly and decided to start the training to be a Montessori Teacher myself. I've been a Montessori Teacher for the past 20 years of my life and I am enjoying every moment of it!
I was enrolled in Early Childhood Education at Sheridan. I have currently completed all my courses and will graduate after completing another 2 of my placements. I previously worked at a childcare in Milton and now I have the wonderful opportunity to be part of Kaban Montessori. I can't wait to learn and grow in such a natural setting.
Growing up, harmony in the family was something I saw as precious and beautiful. As an adult I constantly strive to find ways to achieve this goal. Child psychology courses left me wondering how I could help children before a breakdown occurred in their family life instead of afterwards. It was only after I was introduced to the Montessori philosophy that I understood there was a way for me to reach out and help children and their families strengthen their relationships. Maria Montessori looked at the family as a unit and the child as a part of that unit, each person needs to be treated with care and respect in order to keep the harmony in the family. I looked to teaching in a Montessori environment in order to continue with my own personal dream of seeing children raised in loving, caring and peaceful families.
As a child I had the opportunity to grow in a natural environment; limited toys and no television meant I spent most of my time outside in the garden. It was here in these young stages of my life that I developed my sensitivity for nature. Throughout my life I have nurtured my respect and love for the environment and as I see it deteriorate in my lifetime. I feel it is my responsibility and purpose to rehabilitate and strengthen the connection between the child and the natural world. The more I understand and learn about myself, the stronger my desire becomes to fulfill my purpose and help heal the world through and for the children. I believe I am called to serve and help guide children in their developmental process so that they may achieve their full potential for their own life and the world they are inheriting.
I was born in Lahore, Pakistan. I was blessed with a family who encouraged us to learn through the experiences gained in life and travel. I moved to Singapore while I was still a teenager, graduated from an art college and started teaching as a hobby. Along the way I discovered how much I loved teaching. I then carried on exploring more possibilities and took up art and expressive therapy training. I then took up a job in a British international school in Singapore as an Art Specialist. I worked with artists and illustrators, and have used my love for art to achieve educational and developmental milestones with children. I've also worked with learning disabilities, motor and fine motor skills, as well as building up confidence through art .I have been working with children for over 12 years now and seeing a child's progress over time is what touches my heart. I always see unlimited possibilities in children as they learn, grow and teach us how to teach them better, I am so excited to explore the possibilities at Kaban!
On May 2019, I came back from a 7-month TAPIF contract, teaching English in France. Upon my arrival, I immediately missed being in a classroom and seeing the potential in each student. Luckily enough, Kaban Montessori School has provided the answer to my yearning. It’s been a pleasure working with the children over the summer and I look forward to seeing their growth during the school year!
I was born and raised in Mexico city where I got a degree in speech and language therapy, as well as a degree to be a kindergarten teacher. I have 20 years of experience working in different schools in Mexico and USA.
I enjoy working with children and now being a part of Kaban Montessori School makes me really happy! I love being able to guide the children in their growth, independence and self esteem. Seeing them becoming the best versions of themselves is amazing! And I love that at Kaban we are making a better world.
Pilar is a visual artist, author and illustrator for children’s books. Ever since studying graphic arts in Lima, Peru, she was drawn to work with children and began her artistic journey as an illustrator for educational pamphlets that aided children from distraught communities.
Upon arrival in Canada, Pilar studied fine arts at OCAD and has since then opened her own studio where she facilites lessons for children and adults. She believes in artistically motivating children through the art of story telling and music.
Today, she is overjoyed to bring her love and passion for children as an artist at Kaban.
My name is Maribel Noblecilla, I was born in Lima, Peru, where I got a college degree in education with a focus in behavioral issues. I‘m married and have 5 kids, and a big extended family.
One of my biggest joys is to spend time with children; I strive to instill in them love and care for others and to awaken their imagination, so that they can become free human beings who will serve the world through their deeds. I feel blessed to have found Kaban Montessori School, and I look forward to be part of your children’s lives!