We have an amazing team of support staff; including a counsellor and classroom assistants. Our classroom assistants all have a solid foundation of Montessori knowledge, enabling them to assist in the Montessori environment.
Please see our full support staff list below.
Alex Garneaux has worked at MMA since 2014. She works as a classroom assistant in Alpha and Gamma. Miss Alex finished her community support and education assistant program at Camosun college. When she is not working at the school she is hiking or painting. Miss Alex values inclusion in the community.
Ali Paul has been at Maria Montessori Academy since 2012 and her role in our community is primarily as a Classroom Assistant. In the past five years however, she has worked with all ages and continues to spend time with our preschool and kindergarteners before and after school. She pursued her Early Childhood Education, after completing an undergrad in creative writing. When she’s not at Maria Montessori Academy; she’s tediously working on her novel, taking photographs, practicing yoga and enjoying nature!
Allannah Montgomery-Spelt began at MMA in 2018 as a Classroom Assistant in Delta. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from UVic and is also a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. After completing her university education, Allannah worked in Cambridge, England for a year as a classroom assistant, which ultimately inspired her to pursue joining the community at MMA. In her spare time, Allannah enjoys cooking, studying nutrition, exercising, and playing her piano.
Miss Brenda started at Maria Montessori Academy in 2021 and her work with children has spanned over several decades and multiple continents! She has a joyful spirit and brings many gifts to her work with children, including her certification in the two leading International Early Childhood Music and Movement programs, Musikgarten and Music Together as well as her experiences as a professional musician. You can hear her joyfully singing on the playground as she lovingly leads the preschoolers in song.
Faith Ryan joined the Sigma team at MMA in September 2021. Faith is an avid reader and occasional writer who received a BA and an MA in English from the University of Victoria. When she is not at school she is usually gardening, baking, or spending time in nature.
Gabriella Rose began at MMA in 2020 as a Classroom Assistant in the Lavender class. Miss Gabriella is currently in the process of completing her ECE-A and is eager to share her passion for early childhood education. Born and raised in Victoria, BC, Gabriella loves to explore all the beautiful wildlife the island has to offer. On rainy days she can be found baking, cooking, and always starting a new art project.
Jaz Grewal began her journey at MMA in 2018 as a Classroom Assistant in Lower Elementary. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Youth Care from the University of Victoria. After completing her university education, Jaz worked as a Youth Worker with Immigrant and Refugee children and youth. She facilitated various programs that supported children academically, socially and emotionally. In her spare time, Jaz enjoys photography, being outdoors, singing, painting and spending time with her loved ones.
Laura Hofmann joined MMA in the spring 2015 and in the 2020/2021 school year, took over the role of Librarian. Miss Laura comes to us from Germany with a background in Office Administration. Miss Laura loves the community of MMA and is proud to be Mom to Lucas and Anton, who are also fortunate to attend MMA. When Laura is not at school, she enjoys the outdoors and is busy working on her hobby farm tending to her bees, chickens, dog, Henry, and garden with her loving husband Paul.
Louise Goodwin lived and worked on both sides of the Atlantic; ophthalmic/aural nursing in Britain, and later obtaining a B. Ed and a Dipl. Sped from U.B.C. She has worked as a teacher and therapist with children with deaf-blindness, sensory needs, Learning Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder. More recently she obtained a post-graduate diploma in Mental Health and undertook the Maria Montessori Academy Classroom Assistant Course. Miss Louise tries to keep up her French and sign language and joined the MMA family in 2014; she enjoys working with and supporting children in this caring environment. Miss Louise enjoys her family of eight siblings, continuing to support/raise her three children and granddaughter.
Mia Curtis joined MMA in 2018 as a classroom assistant with Sigma after finishing her Education Assistant certificate at Northern Lakes College. When she is not at school, Miss Mia is active with her two children supporting them in their many extra curricular activities, sewing, knitting or seeking adventure outdoors.
Nicole Oei (pronounced like oui) joined the MMA community in 2018 after graduating from a BSc in Psychology and BEd from UVic, finishing her elementary Montessori credential in 2021.
As a self-proclaimed life-long learner, Nicole can be found completing free online courses, playing piano, practicing Aikido (a Japanese martial art), or attempting to become a polyglot (currently Spanish and Japanese). She also loves exploring the world outside with her hiking boots, the world online with her PC, and the worlds in her mind with books.
Patricia Garner began at Maria Montessori Academy in October 2019 and can be found in the Lambda and the Sigma classrooms. She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Victoria and has worked with the WITS Anti-Bullying Program Foundation. She is passionate about the learning process, positive classroom culture, and individual thriving. If she is not at MMA, Patricia may be creating music, practicing yoga, having take-out at home with cat (Captain) Crunch or exploring Vancouver Island nature.
Wolfgang Zilker joined MMA in the 2021/2022 school year as part time Technology Support. Mr Wolfgang is originally from Germany with a background in IT. When Wolfgang is not at school, he follows his other passion doing bioenergetic work and subconscious coaching, or hiking the surrounding hills with his dogs.