Jenny Peters, Acting Head of School
I have been working and playing with children of all ages since graduating from UBC in 1977 with a B.Ed, majoring in Early Childhood (Education). With some years off raising our two children to school age with my husband Ken, I resumed teaching in Summerland in 1992. I have been on staff at SMS now since 2009 and find it a wonderful environment for learning.
I love being with young children at this exciting time in their development. To engage and nurture their curiosity, wonder, imagination, respect for themselves and others, their sense of fun and to encourage them to be life-long learners is my dream job. I believe in teaching age-appropriate material with essential blocks of playtime – guided and free- as well as providing enrichment for those who are ready. SMS is a whole and organic environment with excellent, caring staff and many programs.
The children and their families and the staff have many opportunities to be together in a real community. It is truly said that “it takes a village to raise a child” and I believe SMS and our families together create such a village. It is an honor to be part of it.
Shandel Larsson, Acting Head of Curriculum & School Operations
I graduated from UBC-West Kootenay Teacher Education Program in 2012 with my Bachelor of Education. I started my career teaching Junior Kindergarten for Kids Connection. I began teaching at SMS in 2015.
I believe that every child should be responsible for their learning with guidance along the way and with encouragement for children to be lifelong learners. Every classroom should be a safe, respectful, supportive and caring place for students to grow. When students feel a sense of belonging and ownership in the classroom, they are willing to contribute and participate. All students can be successful, but students themselves need to believe they are successful.
I enjoy the community-based atmosphere here at Summerland Montessori School, with the interaction between teachers, students, and families. I enjoy the diversity that SMS has to offer.
I was born in Paris, France. I moved to the UK in 1993, and then to Penticton in 1997. I have 2 daughters.
I have been working here at the Summerland Montessori School since 2000. In 2004 I trained in the AIM method and started to implement and develop the AIM program.
Since then, I have used this method with all ages and grades (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 5). I teach French more as a means of communication rather than a class subject. This is why all communication between the students and myself, from Grade one on takes place in French only, whether it be in the classroom or outside.
I find it is very rewarding to see a child come to Kindergarten without any knowledge of French and leave our school at the end of Gr5 being able to hold a conversation in French. I’m still as excited about this as when I first started teaching. I also enjoy teaching in our small family-friendly school where communication between teachers and families is open and straightforward.
(New to our team this year, bio coming soon…)
Early Learning Centre Manager, Head Early Childhood Educator
When I first started my career as a teacher, it was at Giant’s Head School that I had one of my first practicum experiences. Since obtaining my professional teaching degree, I have lived and taught among many indigenous cultures around the world, in cities both large and small, from 500 people to 12,000,000. My master degree is in Applied Linguistics (the study of how language patterns communicate messages). I have become a good listener who cares deeply about children and their discoveries in learning.
I started in the Early Childhood Education field as an ECE program instructor at Sprott Shaw College and then moved onto educator/manager at select places in the valley. The variety of programs in action have enriched my knowledge and fed my curiosity. With the coming of a new Early Learning Curriculum, I look forward to the sharing of how our perspectives change when we are able to explore new ways of looking at the world. The future is in good hands.
There is beauty in the way youngsters view their unfolding world. This is what makes teaching this age group immensely rewarding.
I have been an Early Childhood Educator for 23 years, working in a variety of settings such as daycares, Infant toddler programs, special needs support, and preschool. I have been working at Prairie Valley Preschool since 2008 and also currently work in the after-school program. I received my E.C.E diploma from Northern Lights College which includes my certificate in Infant/toddler care and special needs support. I enjoy my days working at the P.V.P teaching all the wonderful children and getting to know all the families.