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Shona Salati

Ms. Shona, the head directress of the First Journey Montessori School was trained and certified by the North American Montessori Centre (NAMC). The NAMC was founded in 1996, and it provides certified Montessori teacher education programs that are recognized in schools throughout North America and abroad. NAMC is a long time member of the International Association of Montessori Educators (IAME).

Ms. Shona, NAMC, was born, raised and educated in England. Her previous experience includes working as a support assistant for both a high school and primary school while in England. She holds a certified diploma in special needs and multi-sensory techniques when working with dyslexic children. Since 1999 she has worked in the capacity of Toddler Directress, setting up and running Montessori classrooms in the Ottawa area. Her skills and dedication to the principles of Montessori education have gained her a highly respected reputation with Ottawa parents who have experienced her patient and loving approach with young children.

Ms Shona also holds her Montessori NAMC certificate for Casa 3-6 as well as experience working in the capacity of vice-principal. She has thirteen years of experience teaching the Montessori philosophy. And is thrilled to have the opportunity to further expand the Montessori movement by being a key part of the First Journey Montessori School.


Ms. Jeanette Kam – Toddler Assistant

Hi my name is Jeanette Kam. I’m a mother of three wonderful children and grandmother of two beautiful grandchildren. I was born in Liverpool, England and I moved to Canada 20 years ago with my husband and children. While bringing up my children, I volunteered and then went on to work at their school for a few years.

When I first came to Ottawa I worked as a live out nanny to twin boys for two years, after which I owned a restaurant with my husband. When the restaurant closed, I went on to work for another family and eventually started working in a Montessori school.

I have worked in the Montessori environment for thirteen years . For the past eight years I had the pleasure of working at Manotick Montessori where I was a Casa and Toddler assistant and where I built up a great relationship with both parents and their children.

I am looking forward to starting a new year at First Journey Montessori School and getting to know you and your children.