Team

Victoria Kubica

Principal

  • MACTE Infant, Toddler, and Pre-Casa Montessori Diploma
  • Business Development Training
  • First Aid/CPR Certified
  • Food Handler Certified

Victoria Kubica

About Victoria Kubica

I believe that I found my calling when at the age of six, I begged my mom to let me help care for my newborn sister and my interest in child development had begun. I attended the ECE program at Centennial College with great interest in child development and child psychology. My passion was strong, but I wanted to learn more. I took a business course through Laurentian University then worked in the banking industry, and later sales and marketing. During this time, I realized there were many people struggling with one thing or another due to their experiences and environment while growing up. I understood the importance of the first six years of life and the impact that environment has on human beings and I followed the Montessori pedagogy when raising my children so I new that this was how I could make a difference.

After receiving my Montessori diploma and teaching for several years I was encouraged to open a new school and had the support of my family to do so. I have two bilingual adult children who are both teachers. Jay is an elementary school teacher, a French major, a husband and a father to their two darling little girls. Danielle is a Montessori teacher with a business degree. She is a wife and a mother to their adorable little boy. My husband, on his days off, is AMA’s awesome handy man!

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About Katie Furlotte

Supervisor, Toddler Directress
  • Early Childhood Education, RECE
  • First Aid/CPR Certified

As a child I remember playing “School Teacher” using my dolls and stuffed animals as students. I obtained my Early Childhood Education Diploma with Honours in 1999 from George Brown College in Toronto, and for 22 years now have been working with young children. Having grown up in Toronto, I had the good fortune to work at Inner City, “high risk” Centres. This experience has helped shape me into an open minded and resilient individual.

I am the proud mother of two teenage boys aged 19 and 15. After the birth of my first son, I opted to open my own home daycare and ran it as a successful and reputable business for 6 years. I also spent several years teaching at Childcare Centers in Toronto with families from all cultures and walks of life.

I am now in my 7th year with AMA. I became interested in the Montessori philosophy several years ago. After researching its methodology, I came to the realization that it is in my nature to provide the same educational instruction, guidance, and nurturing care that Montessorians provide. This is a natural fit for me!

– Katie Furlotte

About Jennifer Turner

Casa Directress
  • A.M.I Montessori Diploma, Casa dei Bambini
  • First Aid/CPR Certified
  • Food Handler Certified

I have been teaching as a Montessori Directress for 20 years! Three of those years here at AMA.

Studying at the University of Toronto, I earned my BSc. in Anthropology and Ancient Civilizations then shortly afterwards I worked as a Montessori assistant teacher at a school in Toronto. I was encouraged by the staff to go back to school and earn my Montessori diploma. I took their advice and earned my A.M.I. diploma. I have been working as a Casa Directress ever since!

I am married with two children. I have a 16-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter. Both attended Montessori schools until grade 3.

I admire the Montessori philosophy and I have seen it teach peace, harmony, and respect to children. The self-confidence and independence each child gains always astounds me. Personally, my Montessori training has helped me be a better teacher, a better parent, and an overall better person.

– Jennifer Turner

About Lily El-Timany

Pre-Casa Directress
  • Early Childhood Education, RECE
  • First Aid/CPR Certified
  • CRC/VSC

My name is Lily El-Timany. I am married and devoted to my husband and we are proud parents to two beautiful children, our son who is six and our daughter who is four.

I received my Registered Early Childhood Education Diploma and Training in Montessori and have been devoted to the Montessori Education ever since. My passion is working with children. It brings me joy to see their learning capabilities and watch them develop, grow and learn. I strive for our children’s learning and love working with the children and staff at Authentic Montessori Academy! Mrs Watson and I taught together before coming to AMA. After I joined the team here, I knew that she would love it here too and that she would be a great fit. We were both welcomed onto the AMA team with open arms. I am heading into my second year here and look forward to continuing to be a part of the team for many more years.

– Lily El-Timany

About Breanna Buzzell

Assistant Casa Directress, Senior Summer Camp Director
  • Early Childhood Development Practitioner
  • First Aid/CPR Certified
  • Food Handler Certified

During all my early years, from as far back as I can remember, my mom provided childcare at our home. I honestly believe this experience led to my love of children and to my keen interest in child development and early education. Originally, I studied Recreation and Leisure at Fleming College and received my diploma in 2011. I began teaching here at Authentic Montessori Academy six years ago and worked 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, had given me a great look into being a parent one day myself. Now I am happily married and mother to our precious, fun filled daughter!

– Breanna Buzzell

Shanice Baksh

Assistant Casa Directress, After School Program Director and Junior Summer Camp Director
  • Nursing Student
  • First Aid/CPR Certified

This is my sixth year with Authentic Montessori Academy. I began my journey here as a Supply Teacher and a Camp Teacher, then later became AMA’s After School Director and Junior Camp Director, all while attending University. I am a nursing student at UOIT. My goal in life is to become a pediatric nurse and one day work at The Hospital for Sick Kids. Prior to COVID, I volunteered at the RMG art gallery where I did activities with children of various ages. I love working with children! My years at AMA have been, and continue to be, a great experience! The opportunity has solidified my decision to develop a career working with children at Sick Kids.

– Shanice Baksh

About Roxanne Bruno

AMA Cook, ECE, Supply Teacher
  • First Aid/CPR Certified
  • Food Handler Certified

I received my ECE Diploma in 1993. Over the years I was a Teacher’s Assistant at the elementary school level and an ECE at a childcare centre in Whitby. I have been here for five years now. Initially I was an assistant to the Casa Directress. When there was a need for another Toddler Directress, I happily took over that role. A few years after I joined AMA my husband retired so I decided to spend more time at home with him but did not want to stop teaching all together, so I stayed on as the supply teacher. After the short school closure (March through June 2020) AMA’s previous cook was unable to return. It was a great fit for me. I love to cook, I love to teach, and the role requires fewer hours, so I can spend time with my husband too. We have three children who are adults. While my husband and I were raising them I was a homemaker, and I operated a nurturing in-home day care (primarily when my children were in their teenage years). I love working with children of preschool age. I enjoy creating interesting and fun crafts and I especially enjoy being outdoors where there are countless learning opportunities for children. I also like to coordinate games and other types of outdoor activities.

– Roxanne Bruno

About Nancy Watson

AMA Teacher
  • Teacher Aide Diploma
  • First Aid/CPR Certified
  • CRC/VSC

My name is Nancy Watson. I am from Peterborough, Ontario. I received my Educational Assistance Diploma in 1994 and have been in this field, particularly in Montessori Education for fifteen years. I have also been married for fifteen years and have two beautiful girls, Alexandria twelve and Cheyanne nine.

I had the desire to work with children since I was a little girl. I would place all my dolls on the floor like it was my classroom. Watching a child grow and using their senses and self control, gave me the passion to assist them with their development.

I enjoyed working with Mrs El-Timany prior to joining AMA and am happy to have had the opportunity to make the leap over here shortly after she had. I love working with the children and staff at Authentic Montessori Academy Academy!

– Nancy Watson