Velisa is our school's Administrative Assistant.
I began teaching in 1996 at the pre-K CASA level and, along with my students, moved up through the grade levels. I now take great joy in teaching the middle school level for the past 15 years. I’m grateful that no one wants to graduate me! Being a part of that mysterious unfoldment of each child is deeply rewarding. More than what children can ‘produce’, or ‘show’ us, I care deeply about each child’s inner experience and see that the environment we provide for children teaches them as much, if not more, than the actual lessons we teach. I love to explore the juncture where best practices in education meet with the inner being of each child. One of the greatest delights has been the opportunity to witness the development of my own son, who began Montessori at the age of 13 months and graduated from our middle school program. The curiosity, compassion and strength of character fostered at our school are serving him so well in university now. It is, additionally, an ongoing pleasure to provide support to the school community in the leadership and administrative capacity of Principal at Headwater Hills School.
Carrie is our Elementary teacher, with over 20 years of Montessori teaching experience.
Like so many CASA teachers before me, I came to the Montessori Method later in my working life. I worked in the mining sector (assistant geologist) and the consulting engineering world (environmental analyst) before staying at home to care for my three children. A coincidence introduced me to the Montessori method and my life was changed. I loved the way the method assumed that children were already intelligent and capable and how it focused on the whole child. So many of my questions and concerns about children, our public school system and our culture were answered by Maria Montessori. I only wish that my own children could have had a Montessori experience.
Prince Edward Island is where I began my training as a CASA directress/teacher at Island Montessori Academy. I quickly became certified as a CASA Directress through the North American Montessori Center. When we moved to Ontario, I trained at the Toronto Montessori Institute and worked at a Montessori school in Brampton to become MACTE accredited. I was thrilled to be asked to join the team at Headwater Hills, the staff, the property, the children and their families work together as a wonderfully supportive Montessori community - I actually sing on my way to work.
Danielle is a co-teacher in our Casa classroom.
Noni is our music teacher.