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

Photo and bio coming soon!

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, Teaching Junior Kindergarten/Kindergarten for 2023/2024

Born and raised in Australia, I’ve now been living in Canada for 9 years. I graduated from Griffith University, Australia in 2009 with a Bachelor of Education, where I had experience with multi-age classrooms and teaching Kindergarten. I have a passion for teaching in the early years, and helping to inspire life-long learning.

I believe every child is unique with their own talents, interests and goals; their own place in our community. Using my own unique life-skills my goal is to guide, foster and develop each students’ interests and abilities through discovery and inquiry based learning. I am excited to learn and grow with my students as we co-create our classroom together.

Some of my interests include sewing, embroidery, crochet, card making and other crafts. I started pottery a year ago and look forward to introducing my class to clay. I also enjoy tap-dancing, baking and skiing in the winter. A goal of mine is to learn ASL alongside my students.

Ms. Gueda
Administrative Assistant

Ms. Lisa
Education Assistant

Ms. Kristy

Summerland Early Learning Centre Manager

Ms. Kayleigh

After School Program Leader