At Clanmore Montessori School we put the children first, every time. To do this successfully we need a team of wonderful teachers; teachers who are personally warm, observant, thoughtful, respectful, committed and very well trained. All of these characteristics are needed to do the exacting and delicate job of educating the children in their care. We are pleased to introduce you to our exceptional team of teachers, the people who work with your children every day:
OUR TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF
Cathy Sustronk, BA, AMI
Cathy was born in Montréal, Québec. She came to Toronto and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario. She attended Sheridan College, taking courses in Early Childhood Education and then graduated with an Association Montessori International Montessori Primary (3 – 7 years of age) diploma, where she studied under Renilde Montessori. Cathy is married and is the mother of two grown sons, both graduates of Clanmore. Cathy is a co-founder and owner of Clanmore Montessori School.
Tania Schmidt, RECE, TMI
Tania was born in Toronto and grew up in Oakville. She received her Early Childhood Education from Sheridan College in 2006. Tania has many years of teaching experience and was at her former school for seven years. Tania recently attended the Toronto Montessori Institute, where she earned her Montessori Toddler diploma.
Anna Ossott, Medico Cirujano diploma, AMI (Casa Assistant Course), TMI, ECE (completing)
Anna was born, raised and educated in Caracas, Venezuela. She went to medical school and specialized in Pediatrics. Seven years ago, with her husband and five children, she moved to Canada and began a new life, one that came with many changes and challenges. Having her pediatric credentials certified in Canada represented a very long, complicated and uncertain route so, being that her passion has always been small children she decided to begin a new path in Early Childhood Education. Anna initiated her contact with the Montessori Environment six years ago when she was fortunate enough to find her way to a ten-week placement at Clanmore. From that moment on her decision about getting into this new professional field became clear to her. Anna is loving, caring and passionate about small children as well as enthusiastic when being around them.
Hailey Marwick, Hon. BA, CYW, RECE, MTC (Casa Assistant Course)
Hailey was born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario and recently moved to Burlington with her fiancé and dog, Luna. She graduated from Brock University with an Honours BA in Child and Youth Work and a minor in Sociology. Since then she has taken the Casa Assistant Course at MTC and finished her ECE diploma studies with St. Lawrence College. She has worked with both Casa and Toddler age groups for the past six years in a Montessori environment.
Jamie Bosompem (nee Corsaro), BA, B Ed., AMI
Casa Program – On Maternity Leave
Jamie Corsaro has a BA in Sociology, a post-graduate degree in Primary Education is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers, and is an AMI certified Casa Directress. Jamie started her teaching career with training in the public system, but shortly thereafter found and fell in love with Montessori. Jamie has a deep passion for sharing knowledge and feels very fulfilled knowing she is helping children through their development to grow and flourish. Jamie enjoys painting, cooking and spending time with friends and family.
Carrie Caldarone, AMI
Carrie was born in Toronto and continues to live there with her husband. She graduated from the Foundation for Montessori Education in 2003. Carrie has taught at her former school for ten years and was nominated for teacher of the year 2009 in the Toronto Star Newspaper! Carrie enjoys spending time with her family, art, and travel.
Hillary Casalinuovo, RECE, MTC
Hillary grew up in Alberta, and now resides in Burlington with her husband and two
daughters. Hillary received her Early Childhood Education diploma from Sheridan
College, graduating with high honours. Hillary recently attended Montessori
Teachers College where she earned her Montessori Infant Toddler Diploma.
Kim Ellis-Valicek, BA, TMI
Kim was born in Montreal, Quebec and moved to Toronto permanently in 1993 after graduating from Western University. After five years of working in the Institutional Equity Trading Department at Nesbitt Burns brokerage firm, she realized she needed a career change. Kim enrolled in the Toronto Montessori Institute, where she received both her Primary and Elementary Montessori diplomas. She has been living in Oakville for the past six years with her husband, daughter and son. Kim has twenty years of teaching experience and has been at her former school for nineteen of those years. She loves the outdoors, gardening and running. Kim hopes to be completing another half marathon this Fall.
Gysel Matos, B. Edu, RECE, AMI (Casa Assistant Course)
Casa Program Support, Playground Support
Gysel was born and educated in Caracas, Venezuela. She went to Teacher University and specialized in Early Childhood Education. After she graduated and before moving to Canada she had the opportunity to work for more than 10 years as an International and private school teacher. Her passion and love for education continued to grow and pushed her to accomplish the required equivalence to be recognized as an ECE Teacher in Canada. She is currently working as a teacher for International Language program, and as part of her continued education she did the (AMI) Casa Assistant training to become part of the Clanmore Family.
Beatriz Narvaez, BA, AMI (Casa Assistant Course)
Casa Program Support, Playground Support
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Beatriz was fortunate enough to have lived and studied in Italy as a child, in France as a young adult, and as a post-graduate in North America. She is a proud mother of two children and aunt to 15 nieces and nephews. Beatriz graduated from University having studied Human Resources and completed post-graduate studies in Logistics Management. With a passion for teaching and a genuine love for children, she has had the wonderful experience of working with children aged 18 months to 15 years since she was young, and in Canada, since 2012.
Charlene Roberts, BA, AMI
Charlene has a BA in Sociology and Gender Studies and is AMI certified through the
Foundation for Montessori Education. She began her journey in education by teaching
kindergarten children English as a second language for four years in South Korea. After
becoming passionate in Montessori Education, Charlene returned back to Canada to pursue her
AMI diploma and to be closer with her family. She enjoys painting, cooking, baking new
recipes, and traveling.
Michelle Robin, NNEB, HNC, ECE, TMI
Michelle moved to Canada from Scotland in 1995. She has diplomas in Nursery Nurse Education Board, Higher National Certificate in early childhood education and Early Childhood Education from Sheridan College. Michelle has also received her Montessori Teacher’s Diploma at the Casa level from the Toronto Montessori Institute.
Leila Sairally, BA, AMS
Leila has lived and worked in Oakville the majority of her life. She went to St. Mildred’s Lightborn School and studied Communications and Economics at Wilfred Laurier University. Upon completion of her BA, Leila enrolled in the Montessori postgraduate program at Sheridan College here in Oakville. Leila has over ten years of experience in the field of education. Leila is married and has two boys, in her spare time she enjoys reading, hikes, and traveling.
Grace Kidney, AMI
Grace was born in Dublin, Ireland. She attended Holy Child Convent and graduated from the AMI Montessori Teacher Training College, Sion Hill in 1975 (Primary level 3-6 years of age, Elementary level 6-9 years of age, and Benincasa Diploma – education for children with special needs). Grace has training in teaching Speech and Drama and Early childhood and Kodaly Music for Elementary children. She has travelled and worked in Asia, Europe, and North America. Grace is a past President of the Canadian Association of Montessori Teachers, has presented at the annual Teachers’ Conference in Toronto and is currently a surveyor for the CCMA Montessori schools accreditation programme. Grace is married and the mother of one daughter, a graduate of Clanmore. Grace is a founder and owner of Clanmore Montessori School.
Gayle Barrow, BA, AMI, TMI
Elementary Program Support
Gayle was born in Sunderland, England. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and a Diploma in Assistants to Infancy (0 – 3 years) from the Association Montessori International Montessori Institute in Denver Colorado. Gayle pioneered one of the first A.M.I. Toddler programs in Canada here at Clanmore and has presented at the Canadian Association of Montessori Teachers’ conference in Toronto. Gayle is also a graduate of the Toronto Montessori Institute and holds a diploma in Elementary Education. Gayle is married and a mother of two young children, both of whom attend Clanmore. She has been part of Clanmore since its beginnings.
Emma Ber, BA, RECE, MT, OCT
Emma was born and raised in Oakville, Ontario and attended Clanmore as a Casa student. She received her Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Child Studies from Concordia University in Montreal and her Master of Teaching degree from the University of Toronto. She is also a Registered Early Childhood Educator and an Ontario Certified Teacher. Emma has previously been present at Clanmore in both the summer camp and after-care program as a staff member throughout her post-secondary education journey and is now a member of the Upper Elementary Program. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and baking, spending time with friends and family, and being outdoors.
Kevin Gough, BA, GradDipT, TMI
Kevin was born in Chatham, Ontario, and was raised in Stratford, Ontario. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from The University of Windsor with a major in English Literature and a minor in Psychology, and his Graduate Diploma of Teaching from the University of Canterbury, in Christchurch, New Zealand. Kevin is also a MACTE accredited Elementary Montessori Teacher from the Toronto Montessori Institute. He has over ten years of teaching experience throughout parts of Canada, South Korea, and New Zealand, with these past two years spent teaching as an Upper Elementary Montessori Director. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys travel, playing sports, playing music, and being outdoors.
Tarunya Gouthaman, BBM, MPR, AMI
Born and raised in India, Tarunya has a degree in Business Management and a post-graduate degree in Public Relations. She shifted careers to pursue her passion for teaching, trained with AMI at both the primary and elementary levels and worked in Montessori schools across India and Canada for nearly 7 years. She feels every day is a fun learning experience for the children and herself! She loves travelling, cooking, yoga, and art.
Joanne Grassi, BA, Pan America, TMI
Joanne was born and raised in Woodbridge, Ontario, and has a BA in psychology from York University. Joanne found her passion for Montessori education in 2002 as an Assistant at Maple Montessori School. She obtained her Casa training from Pan American and taught for 5 years before deciding to further her Montessori training, receiving her Elementary qualifications from TMI. She loves her students who teach her so much and provide priceless memories. She and her daughter, who currently attends Clanmore, live in Caledon.
Susanne Koutoulakis, BA, TMI
Susanne is returning to Clanmore after taking time at home following the birth of her two children, both of whom are longtime Clanmore students. With one daughter currently in the Upper Elementary program and the other in Middle School, she is thrilled to once again be a part of the Clanmore Teaching Community. After completing a Combined Honours Bachelor degree in Art History and Studio Arts from the University of Western Ontario, she went on to study at the Toronto Montessori Institute and received both her Casa and Elementary teaching diplomas. Over the years, Susanne has had the opportunity to teach Casa, Lower and Upper Elementary children both here in Oakville and in New Zealand where she opened the first New Zealand Upper Elementary classroom in Auckland in 1998. With a strong belief in the importance of lifelong learning, Susanne fills her time with reading, drawing, and travel.
Daniel Manly, BA, M.S.Ed, CHRM, AMI (in progress)
Daniel was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario and has received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Master’s of Science in Education, a Certificate of Human Resources Management and is a certified member of the Ontario College of Teachers. He has been teaching for over ten years throughout Ontario and has spent the last few years being a Montessori Middle School and Upper Elementary Director. Daniel has always injected his love of science and the written word into every lesson that he teaches. He is in the process of completing his AMI, Montessori certification. When he is not in school, he enjoys travelling, photography, movies, reading and spending time with friends and family.
Renée Osterback, BA, AMI
Renée was born in Oakville, Ontario. She received her Bachelor of Arts, with a major in Sociology, from Bishop’s University. After travelling abroad and living in Vancouver for two years, Renée came back to Toronto where she studied and received her AMI Casa Diploma from the Foundation for Montessori Education. She then went to school in Dublin, Ireland for a year and received her AMI Elementary Diploma from Mount St. Mary’s College. Renée worked in a Montessori school in Toronto for seven years before she came back to Oakville to raise her family. Renée has one Clanmore graduate and another daughter who currently attends Clanmore.
Lauren Pratt, BA, GDE, M.Ed., AMI
Elementary Program – On Maternity Leave
Lauren was born in Toronto and raised in Oakville. She has a B.A. in Political Science from McMaster University and a Grad. Diploma in Education from the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. She travelled and taught ESL and yoga for a couple years. Lauren returned to Toronto and spent 2 years working in Montessori schools. Captivated by the Montessori method she moved to Portland, Oregon to obtain her AMI Elementary certification and M.Ed. from Loyola University Maryland. She most recently started a new Upper Elementary classroom in Salem, Oregon and is now back in Toronto, working at Clanmore. Lauren also enjoys teaching and practicing yoga, reading non-fiction, painting, dancing, and anything outdoors such as running, hiking, and gardening. She also intends to keep bees in the near future.
Lavanya Suresh, AMI
Born and raised in India, Lavanya holds a bachelor’s degree and double masters in
Commerce and Accounting. She was drawn to the Montessori Method of
education as a parent and became deeply inspired by it by observing the amazing
effects it had on her children. Subsequently, she pursued and completed the AMI
elementary training in India in 2010. She has ever since been teaching in
Montessori elementary classrooms in India, the US, and BC, Canada. She enjoys
being with elementary children and her passions other than teaching include
singing and cooking.
Kate Barrack, BA, M.Ed., AMI
Middle School Program Co-ordinator
Kate grew up in Houston, Texas and began her education at Pines Montessori School. She received her B.A. in literature from the University of Houston at Clear Lake and immediately joined a local school as an 8th grade English teacher for seven years. During this time, she met and married her Canadian husband and began her move to Toronto. Since 2012, Kate has completed the AMI primary diploma from Houston Montessori Institute, the AMI Adolescent Orientation in Australia and her M.Ed in Montessori through Loyola University. She has worked in both Montessori Primary and Elementary environments but specializes with adolescents.
Kristina Wright, BA, TMI, AMI
Middle School Program
Kristina grew up in Simcoe, Ontario. She attended Carleton University in Ottawa where she attained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. Upon graduating she taught English for three years in South Korea. She completed her Primary and Elementary Montessori Diploma in 2000 and taught Lower Elementary for nine years. In 2009 she completed the Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies in Cleveland, Ohio and has been teaching in an Adolescent Program since. She was also the Supervisor of the Elementary program at her last school. She now resides in Oakville with her husband and two daughters, one of whom attends Clanmore and the other who is a Clanmore graduate.
Elaine Kerr-Morgan, Art Dip., Textile Design & Craftsman Dip.
Art Specialist, Casa Program Support, Playground Support
Elaine was born in Sarnia, Ontario. Her life passion has always been the creative process. She studied fine art at Lambton College and then at Sheridan College’s School of Craft and Design. She has taught art and craft for over 30 years in various settings, the past 21 in Montessori environments. Elaine longed for quality and diverse art programs as a child, so now endeavours to give that gift to the children she teaches today. Most recently Elaine joined the Casa staff as an assistant. She has assumed responsibility for developing and presenting an art programme to the children of the Casa classes, as well as the Elementary and Middle School children.
Anna Lafarge, BMOS
Anna is thrilled to have joined Clanmore as the French Specialist. She was born and grew up in Paris, France, and studied Literature (ancient languages; Latin and Greek). Anna graduated with a Bachelor of Management from European Management school Alliance Européenne and has been teaching French, from JK to grade 12, since I arriving in Canada in 2013. She uses the AIM method which she feels combines very well with her high expectations while providing an interactive approach which makes the learning enjoyable for children and communication in French quickly attainable. Anna lives in Hamilton with her husband and 5 children and she enjoys playing the Cello (graduated from Conservatory of Music of Orleans, France), reading and travelling with her family.
Cosima Grunsky Loranger, AMI (Casa Assistant Course)
Music Specialist, Casa Program Support, Playground Support
Singer, songwriter, business owner, artist and Montessorian
Cosima studied Fine Art at OCAD University in Toronto. After her studies, she worked at the YMCA in Toronto with children ages 6 months to 6 years. There she started a music and art program which laid the foundation for her business ‘Cozy Music’ and ‘Cozy Art’. Her ‘Cozy Music’ programme is now included in the Prologue To The Performing Arts catalogue and has had her performing her show in schools all around Ontario for over a decade. She was a Montessori student at the Toronto Island Montessori and has come full circle completing the AMI Montessori assistant course. In her spare time, she writes songs, paints, and tours with her father Jack Grunsky.
Teresa McLean, MTC (Montessori Teachers College), RECE, Children’s Fitness Coach
Casa Program, Physical Education Specialist, Co-curricular/Extended Day/Summer Program Co-ordinator
Teresa was raised in a small town, but also loves the livelihood of a big city. She graduated from Montessori Teachers College and holds a MACTE diploma. Teresa is also a certified Children’s Fitness Coach. She graduated from Mohawk College with honours in Early Childhood Education. She completed an internship in Leadership and Theology, working in children and youth programs. She has also served through mission work in South America. Teresa has been a mentor with at-risk youth for 7 years and has completed training courses to support this work. Teresa enjoys exploring new cities, plays various sports, practices running and yoga, has a fondness for horseback riding and spending time at the beach. She is motivated by her enthusiasm for life-long learning and is inspired by the virtue of empathy. Teresa has been teaching in a Montessori environment for over 15 years, many years of which she has been a Montessori teacher in the classroom.
Geoff Tiller is very happy to be joining the teaching team at Clanmore. Previous to joining Clanmore he served on the Faculty of Music at Wilfred Laurier University, Mohawk College Cambrian College and Laurentian University. He has extensive experience working with a variety of students at various levels as a conductor, in private studio contexts, as well as teaching courses in Music Theory, Ear Training, and History. He is committed to creating a thriving, inclusive community by fostering a highly personalized, equitable, and inclusive environment in which all students experience a powerful sense of belonging.
Azza Daba, MA SpEd, CIT/AOGPE, SLI/CERI, OCELT
Azza Daba started out her career in the special education field almost 20 years ago. Through her work, she became fascinated by remedial pedagogy, especially language and literacy acquisition, and went on to specialize in dyslexia. Being bilingual has also given her the opportunity to study the differences between two orthographies, which has led to her deeper appreciation of the cognitive and linguistic demands of learning a language and its writing system. Azza has a master’s degree in Special and Inclusive Education, an Associate level certification as an Orton-Gillingham Practitioner and is also an IDA certified Structured Literacy Interventionist as well as an Ontario Certified English Language Teacher. As a life-long learner, Azza continues to actively seek further insight by staying informed about recent research, attending conferences, and workshops. She has experience as a mainstream classroom teacher, a remedial educator and an English as a second language teacher. She enjoys serving on the board of the Ontario branch of The International Dyslexia Association (ONBIDA) and passionately believes that all educators should be informed about evidence-based practices to help provide struggling students with a fair chance to succeed in their education.
Bev Galway, Liaison College
Bev is a graduate of Liaison College in Oakville, a college dedicated exclusively to training in the culinary arts, under the direction of Red Seal Chef Mark Duncan. Her training included the National Food Safety Training Program certified by the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservice Association. Bev has also completed the AMI (Association Montessori International) Teaching Assistant’s course.
Catered Lunch / Kitchen Program Co-ordinator
Wendy was born in Glasgow, Scotland and was raised in a small village called Tighnabruaich, Argyll, Scotland. Wendy graduated from Clydebank College, Scotland in catering and hotel management. Wendy’s love of children inspired her work for the past 20 years caring for children, including a two-year position as a nanny in Germany. Wendy moved to Canada in 1997. Recently she availed of the opportunity to attend the Foundation for Montessori Education in Toronto and has earned a diploma in teaching assistance.
Lucy Salas, BA, MS c.
Playground support, Supply
Lucy has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism with a Master’s degree in Telecommunications. She worked for more than 17 years as a customer service, loyalty and retention manager at one of the largest multinational telecommunications corporations in Europe, Latin America and Africa (Telefonica). While at Telefonica she received several high-performance awards and was promoted to Director-Customer Operations. She holds a Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate awarded by a top process improvement consulting firm in Buenos Aires, Argentina (GPS Consulting). She continued her process improvement and operational excellence training by completing COPC Standard Certification (Customer Operation Performance Center Professional). In 2013, she moved from Caracas, Venezuela to Oakville, Ontario with her husband and children, and in 2016 embarked upon a new career path, starting a partnership home daycare with a close friend/ECE in Bronte Creek, Oakville. More recently, Lucy was fortunate to find her way at Clanmore as Playground Support. Lucy is passionate about sports and has actively supported multiculturalism and diversity working as a volunteer at Halton Multicultural Council (HMC).
Leslie Austin, Hon. BA, AMI
Facility, Policy and Finance Co-ordinator
Leslie grew up in Mississauga and the Caledon area. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in French and German literature from the University of Western Ontario with one year of studies spent at the University of Nice, France. Leslie began teaching in 1994. She holds an Association Montessori Internationale Casa diploma and has completed the NAMTA Montessori Whole School Management course. She taught at private schools in Nobleton and Ottawa before coming to Oakville. Leslie and her husband are the proud parents of two Clanmore graduates.
Elaine Delsnyder, AMI
Elaine was born, raised and educated in Regina, Saskatchewan. She has a diploma in Early Childhood Education and a diploma from Association Montessori International Foundation for Montessori Education, where she studied under Renilde Montessori (3-7 years of age). In addition to many years’ teaching experience, Elaine has enormous experience in the field of children’s drama and performing arts. Elaine is a founder of Clanmore Montessori School.
Anne Mercer, LL.B., AMI
Communication Co-ordinator, Casa Program Representative
Anne was born in Toronto. After studying Political Science at McMaster University and Business Administration at Ryerson University, Anne received a law degree from York University and an Association Montessori International primary diploma (3-7 years of age) from the Foundation for Montessori Education in 2000. Anne has taught in Casa classrooms in Toronto and at Clanmore, and has lived in Vienna, Prague, and Calgary. She enjoys sports, travel, the out-of-doors, and the arts.
Veronika Overton, Hon. B. Comm., TMI
Event Co-ordinator and Admin Support, Elementary Program Support
Veronika was born in Toronto and raised in Beamsville, Ontario. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree specializing in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Guelph. Veronika studied the AIM method of teaching French as a second language and has taught all levels of the Elementary School. She has also assisted in the Lower Elementary room teaching spelling/Spalding and spent 3 years as the Elementary PE teacher. In 2008 Veronika joined the pre-school staff in the toddler community and in 2010 acquired her Infant/Toddler diploma from TMI. Veronika also assists with special events within the school. She is married and the mother of two Clanmore graduates.
Angela Patient, BA, AMI
Toddler Co-ordinator, Toddler Program Representative
Angela was born in Georgetown and raised in London, Ontario. She studied Sociology at Brock University and has two AMI Diplomas from the Montessori Institute of San Diego, Primary (Casa) and Assistants to Infancy (Infant/Toddler). She was the Supervisor of Early years at the YMCA of Oakville and developed Steps and Stages, free programs for parents with children prenatal to six. She is a certified Infant Massage instructor and is married with two children, both of whom attend Clanmore.
Quotes From Parents About The Clanmore Staff
Said by a parent after reading the staff bios: “. . . I was bowled over by the qualifications of the Clanmore Montessori teachers. Such a richness, a wealth of expertise for my children.”
“It seems impossible that there could be a better group of teachers anywhere. Clanmore attracts high caliber teachers who demonstrate extraordinary commitment. . .
“The teachers plan great curriculum meetings”.
“There is great communication between staff and parents”.
“Each child is treated as a unique being with unique needs – children are allowed to learn in the way that they learn best”.
“Staff teach the whole child – academic, emotional, creative, social”.
“Proper manners and sensitivity towards others are modeled, expected and achieved”.
“Clanmore experiences low staff turnover – there is great staff loyalty”.
“The staff inspires a love of learning – lifelong benefit”.
“The social curriculum at Clanmore has helped my children not only at school but also at home.”
“How teachers communicate with children is delighting to observe. They are constantly showing love and respect to them.”
“Here you see creative and intelligent teaching”.
“Children speak to adults with ease regarding guidance, social issues, etc.”
“Teachers create an environment that embraces collaboration where the learning process is interactive and fun”.
“Clanmore is a beautiful, enriched, safe and welcoming environment where each child is encouraged to meet his/her true individual potential.”
“The staff is harmonious, unified, patient, loving and very adaptable.”
“At Clanmore children are cherished. The teachers are genuinely interested in them and treat them with respect and trust”
“Teachers inspire a love of reading and an awe of language through the reading aloud and exploration of a rich variety of carefully selected literature”.
“. . . Just as parents choose Clanmore as the best place for their child’s education, we teachers chose Clanmore as the best place to work. The sense of respect is evident throughout the entire community and we teachers have sought out Clanmore because of the special place that it is”.