Staff

 

The Academy employs teachers who are specially trained professionals in the Montessori method and certified as Early Childhood Educators. In addition, First-Aid is a requirement for all of our teachers. Our educators are knowledgeable in child development and are available as a resource to you. We have Spanish, French and Cantonese specialists and an Art assistant are also a member of our teaching staff.

All of our staff is hired on the basis of character, dedication, experience and professionalism.

Adhering to the Child Care Ministry regulations, all teachers, assistants and staff must clear a criminal check to ensure your child’s safety.
Our staff is committed to serve the best interest of each child by modeling respect and kindness.

Our staff has affiliations with the Early Childhood Educators of BC, BC Montessori Association and Association Montessori Internationale (AMI ).

Staff Profiles

Moniz

Catherine Moniz
Boundary Road Campus
Directress - Toddler Program

Catherine has assisted administratively at Reach for the Stars Montessori since 2008. In 2011 Catherine moved into the toddler program. Catherine possesses her Montessori Assistant to Infancy, Infant/Toddler Education Certificate, ECE certificate, and First Aid. Catherine is loved by her students for her caring and approachable nature. Along with her organization and creativity and leadership, she is a wonderful asset to the program. She is excited to be part of the team at Reach for the Stars Montessori.

Mirjana Brezo
Boundary Road Campus
Assistant - Toddlers


Mirjana began by substituting at all of our locations in 2010. She joined our team at Boundary Rd. on a permanent basis in 2011 as an assistant in both the toddler and preschool programs. Mirjana brings with her a very caring nature and big smile to class each day. She attends to the children’s needs and assists with guidance and careful observation. Mirjana obtained her AMI Montessori Assistant certificate from the Montessori training centre of BC and holds her Bachelor Degree from Sarajevo. She also holds a current ECE and First Aid Certificate. We are very happy to have Mirjana as part of the Reach for the Stars Montessori family.


Romi (Saerom) Park
Boundary Road Campus
Assistant - Toddlers

Romi joined Reach for the Stars Montessori Learning Academy in 2012. She holds an Infant Toddler diploma, Early Childhood Education Certificate and a Bachelor degree in business management. Romi also holds a First Aid Certificate. Romi is delighted to be part of the Reach for the Stars team. She enjoys spending time with children, sharing her heart and her creativity with them. Romi is happy to be part of the Reach for the Stars Montessori school team.


Farideh Jashnasar
Boundary Road Campus Assistant

Jacqueline Booth
Boundary Road Campus
Directress

Jackie moved to Vancouver, in 2016 to pursue her passion for Montessori through the AMI training program at the Montessori Training Centre of British Columbia. Jackie’s Montessori journey began in Upstate New York, where she discovered her interest in the Montessori approach while working as a teacher in primary and elementary classrooms at a local Montessori school. She is excited to continue her Montessori journey as a certified Directress, with her ECE and first aid, working closely with parents and the Reach for the Stars team.

 

Charlene Yu
Boundary Road Campus
Directress

Charlene began her work with Reach for the Stars Montessori  as a substitute teacher at the Boundary Road and Nanaimo Street campuses in 2014. She holds her current ECE License, First Aid Certificate, as well as an AMI Primary Diploma from the Montessori Training Centre of BC. She enjoys working with children and adores the uniqueness that each child carries. Her interests include listening and playing music, making arts and crafts, taking pictures of the sceneries, and learning random facts about nature. Charlene is excited to be part of the Reach for the Stars Montessori team, and she looks forward to work with the group of amazing staff members and the children!

 

 

  




Jackie Wilson
Kitsilano Campus
Directress

Jacqueline has over fourteen years of experience guiding and caring for young children. She graduated from the Montessori Training Centre of BC with a diploma to teach three to six year old children. Jacqueline also holds a current ECE and First Aid certificate. She completed the ECE Special Needs Program as well as the Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders.

Jacqueline continually strives to provide the highest quality care and education to each child in her program. She believes that every child is born with unlimited potential and is driven to discover each child's unique interests and gifts.

Jacqueline was raised and currently resides on the Westside of Vancouver with her two beautiful children and is thrilled to be part of the Reach for the Stars team and to serve the children and families in her own community.  

Sandra Dominguez
Kitsilano Campus
Directress


Sandra was born and raised in Mexico. In 2003, Sandra obtained a Bachelor Degree in Preschool Education at Escuela de Educadoras Laura Arce in Monterrey, Mexico. She has over ten years of experience both in Mexico and Canada working with children, teaching preschool and kindergarten. She also taught English to young children while in Mexico.

Looking for new opportunities, Sandra moved to Vancouver in 2005, where she encountered the Montessori Method. She both volunteered and then worked as an Assistant in a Montessori preschool in Vancouver. It was then that she decided to pursue her education and career further through the Montessori Approach. She graduated from the Montessori Training Centre of BC with an assistant diploma to teach three to six year old children. Sandra also holds a current ECE and First Aid Certificate. As an educator Sandra enjoys the satisfaction of being an integral role in the development of children and she truly feels the rewards of her career. Sandra lives with her husband and four year old son. She loves reading, cycling and cooking. She is happy to be part of the Reach for the Stars Montessori family.


Anna Stefanopoulos
Kitsilano Campus
Co-Directress


Anna is thrilled to be teaching here at Reach for the Stars. Anna was born in Vancouver and resides in Kitsilano. She has an extensive background in childcare, working with children of all ages. Anna possesses her Early Childhood Education and her AMS Montessori Certificate. Her aim is to provide a warm, creative atmosphere that allows the children to explore and learn, while preparing them for elementary school with early learning strategies via Montessori education. Anna is honoured to be part of the team at Reach for the Stars Montressori, and will achieve to bring the children just as much joy over the years as they will bring her!

Maria Garcia
Boundary Rd/Nanaimo St Campus
Assistant


Maria joined Reach for the Stars in 2015. Maria has a Bachelors Degree in Education and is certified with an Assistant AMI and ECE Diploma, as well as her First Aid Certificate. Maria has an extensive enriched background. She was one of the few selected International Teachers in Dubai, United Arab Emirates to lead as a Physical Educator/Sport Official in the Internatinal Group of Schools. Some other noted skills include gymnastics and ballet. She also published a book for little children as she wanted to share her talents and knowledge about these subjects. She also enjoys doing lots of Arts and Crafts with little children as she is married to an artist! She is proud to be part of the Reach for the Stars Montessori family!


Lily (Yanli) Li
Nanaimo St Campus
Directress


Lily was born and raised in China. She graduated from Simon Fraser University with a degree in Early Childhood education. She also holds an AMI diploma for teaching children from 2.5 – 6 years of age, a current First Aid Certificate and an ECE license.

Lily has been working with children in various settings. Through her work, she realized that each child has different interests, potential and tendencies towards different things. Given the right guidance and environment, children will develop to their fullest potential. After observing the amazing impact the Montessori teaching method has on children, she decided to further her education through the Montessori approach.

Lily is passionate about working with young children. She is excited to join the Reach for the Stars team to help children learn, and thrive on their life journey.



Yi Xiong
Nanaimo Street Campus
Directress

Yi was hired on with Reach for the Stars Montessori Academy in 2015. She graduated from Montessori Training Centre of British Columbia with an AMI primary teaching diploma. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education. She loves children and is passionate about Montessori Pedagogy. She is willing to provide children a safe and nurturing environment in which they can reach their fullest potential in the intellectual, emotional and social aspects. In her spare time, she loves travelling, home decoration and outdoor activities, such as hiking, snowboarding and biking.

Angela

Angela Katelouzos
Directress
Main Street Campus


Angela Katelouzos joined Reach for the Stars Montessori Academy in 2010. She has an extensive background working with preschool aged children as well as over four years of teaching the Montessori method. She holds her A.M.I Casa Certificate, E.C.E License and First Aid Certificate. Children are drawn to Angela's enthusiastic patient and compassionate personality. Her passion in guiding children to succeed and reach their fullest potential gives her great joy and gratification.

Andrea Jones
Directress
Main Street Campus

Andrea is pleased to be an integral part of Reach for the Stars Montessori Learning Academy.

She joined the school in 2008.

She graduated from the Montessori Training Center of B.C. with a diploma to teach 3-6 year olds. She also holds a current ECE and First Aid Certificate. Her passion for teaching is motivated by the constant rewarding experience. Her enthusiasm for the Montessori method, coupled with her positive energy makes Andrea a wonderful team player. Under the guidance of an experienced Montessori teacher, Andrea began as a teacher's assistant and fell in love with the Montessori Method.  With a strong belief in the philosophy of Montessori education, Andrea went into the training to become an A.M.I. Primary Directress. 


Ashley Speed
Main St. Campus
Directress


Ashley is thrilled to be back in the classroom at Reach for the Stars Montessori, after being at home with her daughter for the last 18 months. She is an experienced Montessori guide and passionate about diverse, empathetic and inclusive education. She sits on the board of the British Columbia Montessori Association, is a popular Montessori mommy blogger and maker of Montessori materials, and lives in East Van with her husband, daughter, and an assortment of pets (including Seven the snake).  She is happy to be back with the team at Reach for the Stars.

Elisabeth Krajicek
Boundary Rd Campus
Assistant


Elisabeth has had extensive experience working with children, since 1985.  Elisabeth was pleased to join the team at Reach for the Stars Montessori in 2006.  She brings with her many assets, including her artistic expertise.  She feels that encouraging exploration in learning is the way to foster a love for lifelong learning.  She holds her Montessori certification and has attended many workshops, conferences, and classes at UBC to further her professional growth.  She has been educated in Autism, Developmental Disabilities, and sign language.  Elisabeth also holds her First Aid.  Elisabeth is enriched culturally and is also Italian, German and French speaking.

 

Yolanda Korompai
Spanish Language Specialist


Helena

Helena Diogo
Founder and Principal
Director of Administration

Helena holds a degree in Business Administration and certificate in Management Science and Liberal Arts, with a background in Communications.

Helena became intrigued with education for children prior to the birth of her first daughter.  She quickly concluded that children have the potential to reach amazing heights if given the opportunity.  In the last 14 years, Helena has had 3 children and has opened 6 reputable and well recognized schools in Vancouver and Burnaby, with an AMI certified teaching staff. Helena is responsible for managing all facets of the organization.  

Helena aspires to make a real difference in each child’s educational experience.  She accredits the success of the school to the support she has received from her family, the students and their families, the cooperation from the Montessori Training Centre of BC and of course the dedicated and hardworking teachers at Reach for the Stars Montessori.

Helena continues to be passionate about improving educational opportunities for children and she looks forward to serving the children of the community in providing enriched programs.