Principal, TMI, Infant and Toddler, MACTE
At the age of fourteen, I was given the unique experience of becoming an Au Pair for a family in Montreal. This is when my passion for child development began. That passion continued to grow and as a result, I entered the Early Childhood Education program at Centennial College. I was most interested in child development and child psychology. I soon began the life long journey of motherhood and through my study of child development, I understood the importance of the first six years of life and the impact that the environment has on human beings. I applied the Montessori pedagogy at home with my own children as well as with those in my care.
My passion for both education and child development was strong and I wanted to do more. I studied business through Laurentian University and worked in both the education and the business world while I raised my children. I am now a mother of two bilingual adult children whom are both teachers. My daughter is a Montessori teacher and she also has a Business Degree. My son is an elementary school teacher, a French Major and a father of two darling little girls.
– Qualified in First Aid/CPR.
Early Childhood Educator, RECE
I am a mother of two boys, ages 10 and 14, and have been working with children for over 20 years.
I received my diploma in Early Childhood Education, with Honours, from George Brown College (Toronto) in 1999. Since acquiring my ECE, I worked in high risk/inner-city childcare centres in Toronto and operated a very successful in-home daycare program in Newcastle during which time I became a Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE). Prior to my position at AMA, I was employed at a childcare facility in Whitby. I am also First Aid/CPR qualified.
I became interested in the Montessori philosophy and, after researching its methodology, came to the realization that it is in my nature to provide the same educational instruction, guidance, and nurturing care that Montessorian’s provide. This is a natural fit for me!
– Qualified in First Aid/CPR.
Bonjour, my name is Kristen Redshaw. I began learning the French language in kindergarten and continued to study the language throughout my university career. My passion for teaching and sharing the language began when my younger brother attended a French immersion school and I was the only person who could assist with his homework as neither of my parents speak French. My passion for teaching and working with children has continued to grow through my time as an Au Pair as well as through tutoring and volunteer work at a prestigious private school, The Country Day School. I am an Ontario Scholar and I hold both a “French Certificate of Studies” as well as an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto. All of this has brought me here and I am excited to teach and inspire young minds. Salut.
Bonjour, je m’appelle Madame Redshaw. J’ai commencé à apprendre la langue française à la maternelle et mes étudies de la langue ont continué tout au long de ma carrière universitaire. Ma passion pour l’enseignement de la langue a commencé lorsque mon jeune frère a fréquenté une école d’immersion et j’étais la seule capable de l’assister avec ses devoirs car aucun de mes parents ne parle français. Ma passion pour l’enseignement et pour travailler avec les enfants a continué d’agrandir grâce à mon travail comme au pair ainsi que par le tutorat et le bénévolat dans une école privée prestigieuse, The Country Day School. Je suis un boursier de l’Ontario et je possède à la fois un «Certificat D’études Français» et un baccalauréat spécialisé en arts de l’Université de Toronto. Tout cela m’a amené ici et je suis ravie d’enseigner et d’inspirer des jeunes esprits. Salut.
Standard First Aid, AED, and Level 'C' CPR
During all of my early years, from as far back as I can remember, my mom provided childcare at our home. I truly believe this experience lead to my love of children and to my keen interest in child development and early education. I studied Recreation and Leisure at Fleming College and received my diploma in 2011. I am currently working toward my Child Development Practitioner Certification as an Apprentice through Durham College. Being able to spend time looking after my niece and nephews, as well as the children here at Authentic Montessori Academy, has given me a great look into being a parent one day myself.
I became a Montessori teacher because of a deep appreciation and respect for the child. Through Dr. Montessori’s teachings I am able to provide the environment and guidance that cultivates the child’s independence and desire for a lifetime of learning. Dr. Montessori said, “You must find the work that satisfies your spirit.” This work renews my spirit daily and I am honored to guide the children as they grow. It’s amazing to see the world through the eyes of a Casa student as she excitedly discovers the carefully prepared environment. I find the Montessori Method to continually meet the child where she is and helps her to soar. I have always had a passion for working with children. I have over 20 years of experience working in the Montessori field, including running two of my own successful Montessori schools within Durham Region. What inspired me to apply at Authentic Montessori Academy is that I immediately felt a connection to the school and the unique sense of community that exists among the parents, teachers and students. I am thankful for the opportunity to work in a nurturing, loving environment where children can learn and experience new challenges that will help build their confidence while they work and explore. I look forward to success and new discoveries with an amazing team of teachers at Authentic Montessori Academy.
Education is a natural process carried out by the human individual, and it is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment.
– Maria Montessori
Culinary Arts, FSC
I am a mother of four children, one girl and three boys, and I have over 15 years of experience safely and efficiently preparing meals for large and small groups in fast paced environments. I have a Hotel and Restaurant Management Diploma and a Food Safety Training Certificate. I am also certified in sanitation and food handling. Children are the most precious gift for parents and I believe Authentic Montessori Academy provides the best foundation for learning. We serve some of the most nutritious meals in any school or daycare environment.
– Qualified in First Aid/CPR.
The uniquely designed Montessori materials engage the natural curiosity of a child.
Our music sessions provide an excellent opportunity to explore rhythm and movement.
The playground is completely fenced with two safely secured gates and a 900-square-foot patio.
Young children are attracted to numbers which are all around them at our Montessori school.
Being bilingual structurally changes the brain. Studies show the effect is strongest in people who had learned a second language before age 5.
Montessori students behave politely, interact respectfully and work together to problem solve.
We are pleased to be able to help so many families with their child care needs and are grateful for their wonderful feedback. Please take a moment to read what some of our families have said about our school.