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. Laila Daou was born in Manchester, England and shortly after moved to the United Arab Emirates where she spent most of her childhood. She came to Canada with her family in 1998 and has lived in Ottawa ever since. Ms. Laila graduated from Carleton University with a degree in Psychology in 2004; at this point Laila was very interested in child psychology and knew she wanted to pursue a career working with children. Ms. Laila's passion for working with children was deepened when she volunteered at several local high schools working with children learning English as a second language.
In 2006, Ms. Laila decided that early childhood education was the direction she wanted to take her career and began to study the Montessori philosophy at the Canadian Montessori Academy in Ottawa. The following spring she received her AMS certification for the Casa Program and also the Special Needs Program.
Ms. Laila brings with her six years of experience working as a Montessori Directress in a Casa classroom. Her passion for the Montessori approach creates an ideal learning environment, while her attitude and enthusiasm allows her to have a nurturing approach with children. Through her professionalism, Ms. Laila has built excellent relations with parents, and has stayed in contact with many of them long after their child has moved on to elementary school. Ms. Laila is one of two teachers in the Toddler program.
Ms. Shannon Mongeon was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada. She is fully bilingual, having attended school in a French environment. Over the course of two school placements in the public school board she worked to provide additional help, resources and learning strategies to children with learning disabilities. Ms. Shannon has been working with children for the last 10 years. She started working in a daycare and private school setting with toddlers and young children aged 18 months to 6 years old.
In 2007, she started working in a Montessori school as a supply, while also creating materials. As a Montessori employee, she also worked in the role of pre-care and after school staff and organised their summer camp for several years. She took her Montessori Assistant training course in 2008 and has been a toddler assistant for 5 years.
She received her Early Childhood Educator Diploma from Stratford Institute in 2011. Because she loves the Montessori philosophy she took her training as a Montessori Toddler Directress and was certified by the North American Montessori Centre (NAMC) in 2012. Ms. Shannon is one of three teachers in the Toddler program.
Ms. Bibiana Delgado was born and raised in Costa Rica. Having the opportunity to attend a bilingual school and high school, she came to Ottawa in 2010 to start her studies at Algonquin College, receiving her Developmental Services Worker Diploma, and Early Childhood Educator diploma.
She has received her Teachers Assistant Diploma MACTE from the Montessori Teachers College in Toronto and is undertaking her Teachers Training in Ottawa. Ms. Bibiana is one of three teachers in the Toddler program.