Faculty & Staff

Family Montessori School Society is a non-profit society and is governed by a parent-run, volunteer Board of Directors.

Staff & Faculty

Rocio was born and raised in Mexico. In 2003, Rocio obtained a Bachelor of Psychology. During her studies she realized that children and education were her main passions. In 2006, Rocio completed a Masters of Education. The following year, she decided to move to Canada to begin a new adventure. Rocio encountered the Montessori Method in 2008, and was excited to find a coherent, structured and effective way of giving children the tools they need to live – something she had been looking for since her days as a psychology student. It was this discovery that led her to study at the Montessori Training Centre of BC, where she obtained her AMI diploma and her Early Childhood Educator Diploma in 2009. In 2013 Rocio earned her Independent School Teacher Certificate allowing her to deliver the provincial curriculum to kindergarten students.

Rocío Montenegro

Principal & Co-Guide, Jericho

Jean grew up knowing that she wanted to be a teacher. As a child she loved sharing new discoveries and information with others. Jean began her teaching career as a high school mathematics teacher in Hong Kong. Jean became interested in the teachings of Maria Montessori after seeing the development of her daughters as they progressed through the three-year Primary program. She was amazed at the confidence and independence they exuded as young children. Jean earned her AMI Primary Montessori Teaching Diploma and Early Childhood Education Certification in 2004. Jean has also earned her Independent School Teacher Certificate, allowing her to deliver the provincial curriculum to kindergarten students. Jean has over ten years of experience as a co-Guide. In the future, Jean hopes to expand her education through studies on childhood brain development.

Jean Wong

Co-Guide, Jericho

Born and raised in Honduras, Maria has a social Worker undergraduate degree; she worked for several years for institutions on improving education for children in communities. She served as teacher for her two home-schooled sons since preschool until 9th grade. Maria and family moved to Canada in 2012. Following her passion of teaching children, Maria decided to take the AMI assistant training and was approved as an ECE Teacher Assistant in 2014; since then she has worked in several Montessori schools in Vancouver.

Maria Lagos

Teacher Assistant, Jericho

Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, Julia moved to Vancouver, Canada in her early 20’s upon achieving a Bachelor of Arts with a desire to study abroad and to broaden her perspective of the world. After obtaining a Diploma of Nursing Assistance and working with young children as a caretaker, she completed her AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) Montessori Training in 2014. Since then, she has enjoyed working with children and families as a Montessori guide in Vancouver. Julia also holds an Independent Teacher Certificate and delivers the provincial curriculum to kindergarten students. She believes her strengths as a Montessori guide are a strong connection with the children and her detailed-oriented personality. Her primary focus is on character education to help shape children into kind-hearted individuals with a solid academic foundation following a child-centric Montessori Pedagogy.

Julia Kim

Co-Guide, Sitka

I was born and grew up in Casablanca Morocco. This is where I accomplished my medical studies in the faculty of medicine of Casablanca. I came to Vancouver and I took sciences in Capilano College. I started teaching French in different AMI Montessori schools and this is where I encountered The AMI Montessori universe. I started learning about it and found it in osmosis with my medical background, I fell in love with the very scientific and medical approach of this philosophy. I decided to take the 3 to 6 years old training at the Montessori Training Center of BC. I am currently enrolled in the training from 6 to 12 years old and intend to finish it as well. I enjoy hiking, learning about different cultures and expanding my knowledge about the Montessori universe and studies. Working with children and helping them develop themselves in every aspect that their inner needs demand is my real passion.

Bouchra Dahbi

Co-Guide Sitka 
Agi is a native Vancouverite and a UBC graduate with a double major in French and Spanish. As a young adult, Agi spent 2 years in Europe (France and Spain) perfecting her foreign language skills. She is fluent in four languages including Hungarian. She believes that when you are raised bilingually, your ability to learn more languages comes naturally. She is also fascinated by how easily young children are able to absorb a second language.

Agi MacLeod

French Teacher

Catherine is a classically trained soprano with over 25 years of voice performance. Like many singers she started singing in choirs at a young age. She holds a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from the Vancouver Academy of Music. She has sung with opera companies and choirs across Canada. Catherine debuted and recorded the role of The Woman for Modern Baroque Opera’s production of Powers of Two by local composer Barry Truax. She currently sings with the Phoenix Chamber Choir and is the resident soloist for the First Church of Christ Scientist in West Vancouver. As a music educator, Catherine began working with elementary school choirs in 2009. She is passionate about bringing music to young people through the joy of singing. Over the years she has conducted choirs in numerous schools across the west side of Vancouver, she currently has 6 choirs in 3 schools. Her children’s choirs have performed for Canadian dignitaries, on radio and TV, at Bright Nights in Stanley Park, VanDusen Gardens, FlyOver Canada, The Vancouver Maritime Museum and several retirement homes. Along with her school choirs, Catherine also conducts the Piccolo and Partita level choirs at the Vancouver Bach Children’s Chorus, a post she has held since 2011.

Catherine Campolin

Choral Music Educator

Pamela comes to us as both a parent of a former Jericho Kindergarten graduate and board member with Family Montessori. As a graduate of UBC in Psychology, she has experience working with autistic children and spent many years working in Human Resources for London Drugs as an Employee Relations Advisor.

Pamela Nam

Office Administrator

Sharon grew up in Vancouver and has two daughters who both attended False Creek Elementary School so she knows the area well. She enjoys a variety of outdoor activities such as skiing, biking, hiking and is an avid walker. She volunteers with the SPCA as a dog walker and will soon be a coordinator there. Sharon also loves to travel and spend time with her family. Sharon has been with FMSS since 2003 supervising the kindergarten children, a.k.a. The Lunch Bunch. In the classroom, Sharon helps organize and participate in the special lunches and activities that the children so earnestly enjoy. In the neighbourhood, Sharon takes them on outings and participates in such events as The Festival of Trees and Keep Vancouver Spectacular.

Sharon Thompson

Sitka Square, Lunch Supervsior

Nife's full name is Oluwanife, meaning God is love! She was born and then raised by her grandmothers in Ondo-State, Nigeria until her college years. Just a few months after one of her grandmothers passed, she moved to Toronto. She relocated to Vancouver to further her education in Business Management, in which she found Vancouver’s chill lay-back vibes conformed into her true self, and Toronto is still her second home! While Nife was living by herself, she discovered various cultures, values and met different people through education and jobs. Through hands-on training from volunteer positions such as house sitting/cat sitting, babysitting, childminding, child care assistance, a local Church children ministry coordinator, youth mentor, a community youth outreach leader, bookstore cashier, and shoreline clean up crew these experiences contributed to her desire to care for people of all age, most importantly the Children. Knowing her strength and passion in caring for Kids, she obtained a Certificate in a Child Care Setting, which led her to today's path. Out of Nife’s many hobbies including baking, dancing, listening to music, and volunteering, she still enjoys alone time as well as keeping in touch with friends and family. Nife is still not done with schooling, she believes there is more room for personal growth and knowledge

Nife Aroh

Jericho Hill, Lunch Supervisor

Board Of Directors

Darin Cohen 

Christa Shunney

Chris Fu