Headwater Hills Montessori School

Our Staff

"But an adult if he is to provide proper guidance, must always be calm and act slowly so that the child who is watching him can clearly see his actions in all their particulars." - Maria Montessori

Expand on the below to read about the amazing staff at Headwater Hills Montessori School.

Velisa Samaroo - Administrative Assistant

Velisa is our school's Administrative Assistant. 

Nancy Ernst Richards - Principal and Middle School Teacher

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 Swail-Duke - Elementary Teacher

Carrie is our Elementary teacher, with over 20 years of Montessori teaching experience.

Suky Kaur - Elementary Assistant Teacher

Suky grew up in England and immigrated to Canada in 2001.  She graduated from Humber College completing her ECE with Honours.  She subsequently discovered that her passion resonated with the Montessori philosophy and she went on to receive her training and diploma through the Montessori Teachers College in Toronto.  With over 12 years of experience in education, Suky brings innovation and creativity to her teaching.  She thoroughly enjoys the challenge of educating the whole child and believes in the importance of guiding children in an engaging and inspiring learning environment.  She makes a priority of recognizing the many different learning styles of the children in her classroom, taking into account their strengths and challenges, their differences and similarities and allowing them the freedom and confidence to become part of the classroom community. 

Regan Ross - CASA Teacher

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 Hampton - Casa Teacher

Danielle is a co-teacher in our Casa classroom.

Dalanda Bah - French Teacher

Since October 2012, I have been teaching French to the students from age 2 and up at Headwater Hills Montessori. French is my first language and teaching it to young kids is such a joy for me. Through songs, rhymes, games and role play I make French an enjoyable learning experience. Working with the students at Headwater Hills Montessori School makes it easy for me to come to the school every day because as much as I love teaching them, I also enjoy learning from them. I appreciate the support of the administration, the faculty, and the parents at Headwater Hills Montessori School. I am here because everybody makes me feel welcome.


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