Brenda Brown
Principal and Phys. Ed. Teacher

Brenda grew up in the Fraser Valley and completed a Diploma in Social Work at the University of the Fraser Valley. After briefly working as a Teacher’s Assistant, she transferred to Simon Fraser University and completed her Bachelor of Education. While working as a Grade 2 teacher in Vancouver, she decided to complete her Elementary 6 to 9-year-old Montessori teacher-training. She then worked as the Teacher/Principal of Madrona School for seven years. After having two boys, she knew that they would attend a Montessori preschool, and chose FMSS. She served on the Board for over two years before becoming the Principal of FMSS in 2008. She left FMSS in 2013 to stay home with her daughter. She is happy to be back and part of the FMSS staff. Outside of school, she enjoys reading, playing soccer, fitness training, and going on nature adventures with her family.

 

Christine Cooper
Head-Guide, Sitka

Born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, Christine taught at the elementary level for several years before migrating to Vancouver. After working as a nanny and gaining her citizenship, she completed her AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) training in June 1989, with an ECE certification in the following year. Chris started at Family Montessori in 1995. She really enjoys seeing the complete family cycle with siblings registering for the program as well as the visits from ex-pupils.

Rocio Montenegro
Co-Guide, Jericho

Rocio was born and raised in Mexico. In 2003, Rocio obtained a Bachelor of Psychology. During her studies she realized that children and education were her main passions. In search of an opportunity to integrate the two, she began volunteering to help children with various disabilities. Following graduation, Rocio worked for two years as an Early Stimulation teacher, working with visually-impaired and hearing-impaired children. In 2006, Rocio completed a Masters of Education. The following year, she decided to move to Canada to begin a new adventure. Rocio encountered the Montessori Method in 2008, and was excited to find a coherent, structured and effective way of giving children the tools they need to live – something she had been looking for since her days as a psychology student. It was this discovery that led her to study at the Montessori Training Centre of BC, where she obtained her AMI diploma and her Early Childhood Educator Diploma in 2009. Rocio worked as an English co-Guide in Mexico for a year and as a Montessori Guide in Vancouver for four years. Rocio believes that applying the Montessori Method in two different countries has deepened her understanding of the philosophy. Most recently, Rocio earned her Independent School Teacher Certificate.

Jean Wong
Co-Guide, Jericho

Jean grew up knowing that she wanted to be a teacher. As a child she loved sharing new discoveries and information with others. Jean began her teaching career as a high school mathematics teacher in Hong Kong. Jean became interested in the teachings of Maria Montessori after seeing the development of her daughters as they progressed through the three-year Primary program. She was amazed at the confidence and independence they exuded as young children. Jean earned her AMI Primary Montessori Teaching Diploma and Early Childhood Education Certification in 2004. Jean has also earned her Independent School Teacher Certificate, allowing her to deliver the provincial curriculum to kindergarten students in the extended-day program. Jean has over ten years of experience as a co-Guide. In the future, Jean hopes to expand her education through studies on childhood brain development.

 

Beverly Dobrinsky
Music Teacher

Beverly has been teaching Kodaly music classes for Family Montessori since 1988. Beverly has a Bachelor’s of Music from UBC, and she has completed coursework in Kodaly pedagogy and theory from the University of Victoria and the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Ms. Beverly is active in the field of music – she conducts three community choirs, she is the Musical Director of the women’s musical ensemble ZEELLIA, and was hired by the Vancouver Parks Board to be the Artist in Residence at the Carnegie Centre for 2009.

 

Agi MacLeod
French Teacher

Agi is a native Vancouverite and a UBC graduate with a double major in French and Spanish. As a young adult, Agi spent 2 years in Europe (France and Spain) perfecting her foreign language skills. She is fluent in four languages including Hungarian. She believes that when you are raised bilingually, your ability to learn more languages comes naturally. She is also fascinated by how easily young children are able to absorb a second language.

 

Sharon Thompson
Sitka Lunch Supervisor 

Sharon grew up in Vancouver and has two daughters who both attended False Creek Elementary School so she knows the area well. She enjoys a variety of outdoor activities such as skiing, biking, hiking and is an avid walker. She volunteers with the SPCA as a dog walker and will soon be a coordinator there. Sharon also loves to travel and spend time with her family. Sharon has been with FMSS since 2003 supervising the kindergarten children, a.k.a. The Lunch Bunch. In the classroom, Sharon helps organize and participate in the special lunches and activities that the children so earnestly enjoy. In the neighbourhood, Sharon takes them on outings and participates in such events as The Festival of Trees and Keep Vancouver Spectacular.

 

Rebecca Anderson
Office Administrator 

Rebecca moved to Vancouver at the age of five, and grew up in the Point Grey area. She took an Administration Diploma course shortly after high school, and has worked in administration for over 20 years. With two children of her own at Queen Mary Elementary School, Rebecca spends a great deal of volunteer time as a member of the PAC, on the Emergency Preparedness Committee and helping with the Hot Lunch program. She loves to be around children, so working at Family Montessori was a natural choice. After family and friends, her main hobby is scrapbooking. She loves walking and feels lucky to be able to live, work and play all within walking distance of each other in lovely Point Grey!