Eleanor is the guide for the afternoon class and the assistant for the morning class. She was born and raised in Hong Kong until she immigrated to Vancouver in her elementary school years. She was always interested in working with children, so in high school she started first volunteering, then working with children in various capacities. After she obtained her bachelor’s degree from SFU, she pursued her career in early childhood education. She studied at the Montessori Training Center of BC and in 2012 graduated with an AMI Montessori Teaching Certificate for 3-6 year olds and an Early Childhood Educator Certificate for BC. Since then, Eleanor’s work experience at Montessori preschools has strengthened her teaching abilities and her love for the Montessori philosophy. In her spare time, she likes to: travel, scrapbook, read, bike, and snowboard.
Laurie is the school owner and director. Laurie founded Monkey See Monkey Do Montessori in 2007 and has enjoyed running it ever since. She is passionate about the Montessori pedagogy and takes immense pride and pleasure in watching the children develop in the classroom. She isn’t currently acting as a classroom guide; instead, she does the school administration and cares for her own 2 children. Laurie has been working with preschool aged children for over 20 years, including 9 years as a Montessori preschool guide (both in Vancouver and in Switzerland). She has a BA from UBC, an AMI Montessori Teaching Certificate for 3-6 year olds, an Early Childhood Educator’s Certificate for BC, first aid training and many hours of professional development. She is a member of the North American Montessori Administrators Association as well as the International Montessori Council. She grew up in Vancouver and is pleased to be able to make a positive contribution to her community by running the school.
Julia is the guide for the morning class and the assistant for the afternoon class. She is a master teacher with over 15 years experience teaching in Montessori preschools. Julia holds an AMI Montessori Teaching Certificate for 3-6 year olds from Toronto, an Early Childhood Educator’s Certificate for BC, and a Master’s Degree in Education from Loyola College in the USA. She is passionate about working with children from diverse cultures and takes great pleasure in observing and discovering all that children are capable of achieving. She loves children and is dedicated to the Montessori philosophy of education. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, seeing family, and taking zumba classes.