Sheena Fowlie, Head of School
Grade 2/3

Sheena FowlieI graduated from UBC-Okanagan in 2006 with my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I received my Montessori training in 2009 from the North American Montessori Center. I first started teaching here in 2007 in the Junior Kindergarten/Kindergarten class. The next school year I started teaching the grade 2/3 class and have been doing that ever since. I became Head of School in 2014, overseeing the school, as well as the preschool, after school, and summer programs. I continue to teach grades 1-3 in addition to my administrative duties.

I am very passionate about the Montessori method. I believe that the most important skills I can help the children develop are critical thinking, self-responsibility, and respect for others, and I think the Montessori method is the best way to do this. I love spending time with the children all day, watching them become more independent and taking pride in their accomplishments. I feel very lucky to be teaching at this school, as its small size and family atmosphere creates a wonderfully positive learning environment.

Marie-Line Collis
French Teacher

Marie-Line Coulis, French TeacherI 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.

Jenny Peters
Jr. Kindergarten/Kindergarten

Jenny Peters, Jr. Kindergarten/KindergartenI 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 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 honour to be part of it.

Amy Boef
Gr. 4/5

Amy Boer Gr. 4/5I graduated from the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George. Before working here I was working at Johnson Bentley Aquatic center as a lifeguard and swimming instructor. I also worked for school district 57 as a substitute teacher. 2015 was my first year at SMS. I am the grade 4/5 teacher.

I believe in a positive atmosphere. Students are called upon to discuss questions, but mistakes are treated as opportunities to explore misconceptions, not as a reflection of a student’s abilities. I view myself primarily as a facilitator of learning, rather than as an expert who simply delivers information to students. I have a real passion for Assessment for Learning and project based teaching. I believe the students benefit exponentially from this and will become more engaged independent learners.

I am looking forward to seeing the progression and development of students as they learn. I really like the atmosphere of our school, the way we all treat each other is like one big family. Working here is a wonderful experience.

Shandel Larsson

Shandel Larsson Gr. 1/2/3I 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.

Chrissy Travers
Preschool Teacher

Chrissi TraversI 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.

Charleen Brilz
Preschool Assistant

Miss Catherine
Educational Assistant

I was born in Liverpool, England and came to Canada when I was 6 years old.  After living across Canada from Mississauga, Ontario to Victoria, B.C., Penticton became home in 1994 along with my husband and 3 children.  In 2001, I became a Certified Education Assistant with an Autism Specialty.  My professional experience also includes an office administration and retail merchandising background.  As part of the dedicated teaching staff at the Summerland Montessori School, I am consistently inspired to help students reach their highest potential, which I find both challenging and rewarding.

Miss Pat
After School Program

Ms. Pat

Westley Harbinson
Education Assistant

Jesse Epps
Kindergarten/Gr. 1