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 search of an opportunity to integrate the two, she began volunteering to help children with various disabilities. Following graduation, Rocio worked for two years as an Early Stimulation teacher, working with visually-impaired and hearing-impaired children. 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. She worked as an English co-Guide in Mexico for a year and as a Montessori Guide in Vancouver for several years. Rocio believes that applying the Montessori Method in two different countries has deepened her understanding of the philosophy.

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 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

Guide, Sitka

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

Assistant, Jericho

Born and raised in Mexico, Ms. Lula has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and an AMI Casa Diploma. She worked overseas on different school programs and has been working as a teacher assistant in Vancouver for several years. Ms. Lula is also a Montessori mum. Having both of her children currently enrolled in an Elementary Montessori program has given her a parent perspective of the Montessori philosophy.

Lula Marin

Assistant, 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

Board Of Directors

Darin Cohen 
President (Jericho Parent)

Sergey Meshkov
Treasurer (Sitka Parent)

Molly Johnson
Secretary (Jericho Parent)

Daphne Lee
Vice President (Sitka Parent)

Mike Twining
Member at Large (Sitka)

Philip Hoy
Vice President (Jericho Parent)

Ilia Prokopenko
Member at Large (Jericho Parent)

Ed Mills
Member at Large (Jericho Parent)

Daphne Yew
Member at Large (Sitka Parent)