TERRAVIVA’s COMMUNITY OF EDUCATORS IS SUCH A DIVERSE AND MULTICULTURAL TEAM AND WE ARE PROUD TO EMBRACE THE TRUE CANADIAN IDEAL!
ANDREA C. LOPEZ MARTHEYN FOUNDER MONTESSORI DIRECTRESS/NATURE EDUCATOR When I came to Canada 20 years ago, I felt as if I came into a very special land with a very special mission. Deep in my heart I knew I wanted to teach children about the Natural World and assist them in their journey, inspire them and get inspired by their simplicity and love for learning. I went to York University and studied Environmental Studies with emphasis in Education. I worked for 5 years as a Nature Specialist at Camp Robin Hood in Markham, Ontario, developing Nature and Recreational activities for children 3-12 years. I found the Montessori Philosophy in 2009 and I felt in love with this wonderful way of teaching. I decided to enrolled in the Toronto Montessori Institute; I became a Montessori Teacher in 2010 and found my first job as a Directress at one of the Montessori Schools here in St Catharines where I taught for 4 years. During my years of teaching at Beyond Montessori, My classroom was enhanced with the Spanish Language and my students would participate in outdoor educational activities on a daily basis. When the time was right, I decided to step out in faith and bring about the vision I always kept it dear to my heart: My own Montessori and Nature Program! We have been in operation since 2016, serving many families of the Niagara Region through our unique Spanish Montessori and Nature programs. My three children and my husband have been my companions in this great journey, supporting me, teaching me the great life lessons as a mother would learn. I am very grateful for this -one of a kind- opportunity to assist parents with their children's education and most of all I am honoured to have such a trust and support from our families and the community alike. I strongly believe that “You can only do small things with greater LOVE.” And although our school community is growing, in our hearts we will continue to keep the Flame of Love burning with passion and commitment to all our children in our care!
SANDRA HOLDERNEY RECE /SUPERVISOR Hi! I graduated from Niagara College for Early Childhood Education. And became a Registered Early Childhood Educator in 2010. I have worked in a variety of childcare centres throughout the Niagara Region, I have learned useful skills that have helped me along my journey in the Early Childhood Education Field.
Beginning at an early age I knew I wanted to work with children. I am married and have a dog who is a beagle named Charlie. We enjoy taking walks around the Niagara Region. I look forward to being part of the Terra Viva team!
ROSEMARY NELSON BILINGUAL KINDER CASA MONTESSORI DIRECTRESS IN TRAINING
I am originally from Nicaragua. My native language is Spanish, I have lived overseas in England and Spain where I studied different courses in business. 1982 I came to Canada and decided to study Early Childhood Education in British Columbia and the Montessori Philosophy in Toronto. I have been a preschool teacher since 1992. I have fond memories of all the children I have taught in the past. I am a mother of twins. Have a husband and have 4 grandchildren, who are all a blessing to me. I am also, so thrilled to currently being enrolled with the Montessori Teacher's College in the Early Childhood Montessori Diploma and become a fully accredited Montessori Directress in June 2023. I have been with the Terra Viva family since 2020. I am happy to be a part of this team of educators, and look forward to meeting all the new Terra Viva children and their families!
Hola parents! I am Belen and I am from Argentina!. I have been living in Canada for the last 12 years. I have gained experience over 6 years working with children as Early Childhood Assistant at Grapeview Public School in the Before/After school program and at the Walker YMCA Active Kids division program. In my last training, I have also obtained my Montessori Assistance certificate from the Montessori Teachers College and I am more than ready to apply what I have learned this year with my children. I have been a part of the Terra Viva Montessori as a Bilingual Assistant, helping children to strengthen their foreign language since 2020 and I am very happy to be a part of this program. I am also, a mom of two kids, seven and three years old boys whose names are Arthur and Thomas. We are a beautiful family. I am married and I have a dog who is a black lab named Zeus ! We love being outdoors and enjoy playing sports all year round!. We speak Spanish at home giving our children the ability to speak our native language not only with us but with my family who are all in Argentina. I believe Bilingual children are more open to acceptance and tolerance to different cultures. And that is precisely why I have chosen to be a part of this wonderful and unique school. I can't wait to meet all my friends and make wonderful memories! See you soon!
MARLA MIRANDA BILINGUAL CASA MONTESSORI DIRECTRESS IN TRAINING Hola, I am a Spanish native speaker from El Salvador with over 10 years of experience in Early Childhood Education and the Montessori method. Understanding this approach of learning has helped me in a great deal to develop the skills needed to communicate effectively with the children at their level and also encouraged me to embark in this educational journey as an owner and director of a Montessori Daycare in El Salvador. Thanks to my experience as an Early childhood Educator and business owner in El Salvador, I have acquired an excellent disposition for teamwork as well at working independently. Moreover, I love introducing children to the Spanish Language through creative circles that involve singing, dancing, playing and movement.
Growing up in San Salvador, El Salvador, I have fond memories with nature. Climbing volcanoes was my favourite thing to do! In 2018 I moved to Canada with my husband and my three children,13, 11 and 8 years old. Working with children is what I love and it is a way to make the world a better place. I enjoy reading, watching documentaries and travelling with my family. I love nature, and more specifically beaches and mountains. I have been teaching in Terra Viva for 1 year already and I can say that my Montessori journey is taking me to a new adventure, as I am now enrolled with the Montessori Teachers college in the Early Years Diploma program to become a Montessori Directress thus enriching my teaching career as I move along with our new Preschool Casa class!
ALVARO GLASER Bilingual Montessori Teacher in training Elementary Classroom
Hola, ¡qué tal! You can always call me Al, short for Alvaro! A native Spanish speaker who moved to the True North in 1994. Back in my native country of Colombia I completed a B.A in Economics, then here in Canada I graduated with a B.A in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Urban Planning. I also completed a degree in TESL and worked as a Spanish Instructor privately and for the Spanish Centre in Richmond Hill with focus on children, before I moved with my lovely wife Andrea to St Catharines. In the past I have worked in sales and marketing with organizations such as Best Buy and Sony electronics and managed retail stores like Henry's Camera and the Body Shop. I am currently enrolled with the North American Montessori Centre (NAMC) in the Lower Elementary Diploma program. And I will be teaching while doing my Montessori training, the Elementary Class at Port Dalhousie Location and the Forest program at Burgoyne Woods. I treasure my passion for nature walks and exploration with children, I also enjoy playing tennis and trying to be my 3 children's coach in their daily lives as they foray into hockey, basketball, soccer, drumming, piano and other wonderful activities. Children are without a doubt, the gift of life and I love to teach while learning from them because they are indeed little masters of life. As of late I have developed a fervor for drumming! Nothing keeps us healthier than a great sense of humor so you will hear many jokes from me!
STEF KRAMER Forest /Outdoor Recreation Educator Mr. Stef Kramer is an outdoor enthusiast and a father of two children, with vast knowledge in wilderness Camping, Fire building and safety, knife handling and sharpening, fishing, hiking, knots and the use of camp tools. Furthermore, Stef has also worked with children and youth coaching them in soccer and cycling. He has advanced knowledge in watersports; sailing, snorkeling, spear fishing, kayaking, canoeing and water safety. In the past Mr. Kramer has worked as a tour guide and a bicycle mechanic in Niagara, France, the US and Mexico. He also trained, raced and conducted bicycle repair clinics. Mr. Kramer is really thrilled to join our team and he is looking forward to the experiences that that come with this new challenge.
CHELSEA PITUL RECE CASA/MONTESSORI ASSISTANT
Hello, my name is Chelsea. I graduated from Niagara College’s ECE program in 2008. I have been working as a Registered Early Childhood Educator ever since. I have worked with children from infants to 6 years old. I love what I do and that everyday is different. I am excited to start my journey in Montessori education. I have lived in the Niagara Region my whole life. I am married with two kids ages 8 and 6, we have a crazy dog and a bunny. As a family we love to stay active hiking, biking, swimming and just recently skating. I love traveling with my husband, cooking, and snuggling in a blanket watching a movie or reading.
GUANNAN BIAN RECE TODDLER/MONTESSORI DIRECTRESS IN TRAINING
My name is Guannan Bian and I am from the north of China. I have obtained my bachelor of Art degree in China. I came to Canada in 2015 and studied in Niagara College of Early Childhood Education. Then I started my ECE career since 2017. And I’m currently taking my Montessori training to become a Montessori Directress. I enjoy listening to music and spending time in nature. I like going for nature walks, hiking,taking care of my plants. I enjoyed being around with kids,love to be a part of their growth and learning. I take pride in what I do,and I look forward to watching your children grow and progress in the program.