Ms. Shandel, Head of School, Teaching Grade 1/2 for 2023-2024

Shandel Larsson Gr. 1/2/3

I graduated from UBC-West Kootenay Teacher Education Program in 2012 with my Bachelor of Education. I began teaching at Summerland Montessori School (SMS) in 2015 and became the Head of School In 2021. I completed my Montessori Lower Elementary Teacher Training Program in 2021.

I believe that every child can be responsible for their learning with guidance along the way and with encouragement for children to be lifelong learners. Every classroom at our school is 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.

Ms. Eryn, Assistant Head of School, Teaching Grade 3/4/5 for 2023-2024

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Mme. Marie-Line, 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.

Ms. Kat, Junior Kindergarten/Kindergarten

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Ms. Gueda
Administrative Assistant

Ms. Lisa
Education Assistant

Ms. Kristy

Summerland Early Learning Centre Manager

Ms. Kayleigh

After School Program Leader