Our Staff

  • Meet Our Educators

  • Preschool

    • Ms. Sarah Gatiss-Brown
      Head Directress, Co-Founder

      Ms. Sarah is the Head Directress of WMA Preschool and the Principal/Licensee of the program. Sarah directs both the morning and afternoon classes. Sarah holds her St. Nicholas Montessori Teaching Diploma (0-6) and her…
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    • Ms. Maureen Boudier
      Preschool Directress, Music Instructor

      Ms. Maureen has 15 years experience as a Montessori Directress. Ms. Maureen holds diplomas as a certified Montessori educator (0-6 yrs. and 6-9 yrs.), an Early Childhood Education (ECE) diploma, and an Independent Teaching Certificate. In… Learn more about Ms. Maureen

    • Ms. Tanya Rowlands
      Preschool Directress
      Ms. Tanya is an AMI trained Montessori teacher and Early Childhood Educator. An old friend of WMA, she taught with Ms. Sarah twenty years ago at Westside Montessori School and they have been friends ever since. Ms. Tanya will also be teaching Enrichment on Friday mornings.
    • Ms. Trenna Clarke
      Preschool Directress

      More info coming soon.

    Elementary

    • Ms. Andrea Nardi
      Founding Principal, AM Kindergarten Directress, Elementary Educational Support

      Andrea has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Sociology. She also completed her Bachelor of Education at UBC with a focus in Early Literacy and has her Foundation Montessori…
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    • Ms. Pam Woronko
      Upper Elementary, Principal

      Pam has a wealth of experience with teaching in both Lower and Upper Elementary classrooms using the Montessori method. Prior to her work with WMA, Pam was the Vice Principal of Roots and Wings Montessori School…
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    • Ms. Catherine Williams
      Upper Elementary / Vice Principal

      Ms. Catherine is an experienced classroom teacher, committed to quality education, with over ten years of experience. Ms. Catherine has a Bachelor of Arts – English Major, Special Needs/ECE Minor, a Professional Teaching…
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    • Ms. Elena Madularu
      Lower Elementary Co-Directress
      Ms. Elena has 14 years experience as an Elementary School Teacher in Europe and another 18 years experience as a Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten Directress and Montessori Program Manager in BC. In addition to her University Degree, she holds…Learn more about Ms. Elena.
    • Ms. Jen Brown
      Lower Elementary Co-Directress

      Jen has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario. Jen is currently obtaining her Montessori diploma for Lower Elementary.  Jen has seven years experience supporting children with special needs and is excited to begin the 2017 school year as a Directress in the Lower Elementary.

    • Mr. Kareem John
      Lower Elementary Director

      Kareem has been teaching since 2010 and joined our staff in 2014 bringing with him a background in Physiotherapy and Occupational therapy. He also has a B.A in Psychology, a Bachelor of Education degree and a Montessori diploma for Lower Elementary.

    • Ms. Nancy Barton
      Kindergarten Directress

      Ms. Nancy has been with Westside Montessori Academy since 2014 as an Assistant in the Upper Elementary classroom. With over fifteen years experience working with children from infancy to age 12, she holds a Bachelor of Arts…
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    • Mr. Mark Curry
      Kindergarten Assistant Director

      Mark Curry is an AMI trained Montessori Assistant and will be continuing in the Kindergarten class as the Assistant Director. Mark has a BA in Psychology from the University of Alberta and a degree in Fine Art from Emily Carr University. He has worked with at risk youth and taught classes through various arts organizations for the past 20+ years.
      Learn more about Mr. Mark

    • Ms. Michelle Siegel
      Upper Elementary Support Worker

      Michelle is the Upper Elementary support worker for WMA. She completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Victoria and has always been drawn to working in children’s education.

    • Ms. Noushaba Nousheen
      Lower Elementary Directress

    Specialists

    • Ms. Maureen Boudier
      Preschool Directress, Music Instructor

      Ms. Maureen has 15 years experience as a Montessori Directress. Ms. Maureen holds diplomas as a certified Montessori educator (0-6 yrs. and 6-9 yrs.), an Early Childhood Education (ECE) diploma, and an Independent Teaching Certificate. In… Learn more about Ms. Maureen

    • Mr. Michael Charrois
      Theatre Arts

      A professional actor (Equity, Actra/ UBCP), Michael has been teaching drama classes for ages 5 to adult for over 20 years. He studied acting, play-writing, and directing at the University of Alberta and the Banff School of Fine Arts. He has taught for the City of Surrey, Vancouver School Board, the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, and Stage Polaris Academy of Drama in Edmonton.

    • Coach Dave Gatiss
      Guitar teacher and Table Tennis coach

      More info coming soon…

    • Ms. Carolina Bergonzoni
      Italian & Yoga Instructor

      Originally from Italy, Carolina is privileged to be a dance artist and a PhD student in Arts Education based on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Since 2011, she has been working toward building communities of movers and thinkers, with people from 0 to 99+ years old.

    • Ms. Rebecca Salters
      Preschool Theatre Arts

      Drama Bugs Director Rebecca has studied how the arts enhance children’s learning in cross curriculum activities for over a decade. She is a certified ECE instructor and designs her younger classes to help students be prepared to enter preschool and kindergarten. Rebecca has found that participating in arts activities helps children to gain the skills necessary for adapting to and respecting others and their ideas, as well as understanding human experience.

    Administrative

    • Ms. Lil Henriques
      Web & Communications

      Ms. Lil holds a diploma in Fine Arts and Audio Engineering. She also has experience in event production, running youth technology programs and online marketing.

       

      She is part of the team that built the current WMA website and looks forward to continuing to improve WMA’s online experience and connectivity.

    • Ms. Lorelei Poulin
      Office

      Ms. Lorelei joined the staff of WMA in November of 2016, after taking some time off work to spend it at home with her children.

       

      Ms. Lorelei also holds a coordinated diploma in Education Assistant, with experience in both elementary and high school environments.