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Our Team

Our teachers are the foundation of our school.  With their combined experience and love for children, they ensure your child gets the maximum learning from our program.

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Ms. Bunmi Falowo

Program Director &  Casa Teacher

My name is Bunmi Falowo. I am originally from Nigeria. My family and I immigrated to Calgary in 2015 as permanent residents. It has been a pleasant experience so far. I am a mother of three lovely children and a wife to a caring husband. I enjoy singing, cooking, reading, and traveling in my spare time. I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Arts (Education) in Nigeria. In addition, I received a MACTE-accredited Montessori Early Childhood Diploma Credential, I also have an Alberta Child Care Supervisor Certificate (Level 3), and my Alberta Teaching Certificate is in progress.

Teaching and childcare have been an integral part of my life as I have about twenty years of teaching experience both in Canada and internationally. I have been in Montessori environments for about seven years in Calgary; I currently work as a junior casa teacher at KVMA. My love for Montessori Lifestyle developed from childhood as my Mom is also a Montessorian. I love being around kids and watching them learn and grow. I am delighted to be a positive influence in your child’s class, fostering independence and a love of learning in your child. I look forward to using my skills and expertise to nurture every child to be the best they can be.

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Ms. Shiranka Hewawasan

Administrator and Program Coordinator.

I am Shiranka, a Head Teacher by profession. Guiding and nurturing children is my passion in teaching. I am coming from the beautiful Island of Sri Lanka, received a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Colombo and currently reading for my Masters at the same University.  In addition, I am a certified teacher of Early Childhood Education. I am equipped with a Diploma in Montessori and Child Psychology.

 I’m also a mother of two teenage sons who are 17 and 18. Along with the expertise and exposure in working with children from tender years to High School, I am completing my 21st year in teaching profession. I have a true passion for working with early learners. Helping each child to learn and grow is a challenge that I have encountered in the decades of teaching. My future goal is to create a KMA community of young children with proper guidance in a positive, fun environment.

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Ms. Marium

Bambini Teacher

Ms. Marium holds Bachelor's Degree in Art and; Montessori Diploma.

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Ms. Leena

Jr. Bambini Teacher

My name is Leena. I hold a Master of Engineering degree in Electronics from Pune University India. I have ECE Level 1.  I work as an Education Assistant for the Jr. Bambini classroom. I have more than 10+ years of teaching experience. I worked as an assistant professor at Engineering College Pune India. Mother of 2 children, my aim is to provide a fun and warm environment for children of all backgrounds; for them to be happy and to want to come to school! I love painting and art activities. I love spending quality time with family and friends. I believe to reach real peace in the world, we will have to begin with the children.

"Early childhood education is the key to the betterment of society."

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Ms. Mikeltie Pitre

Int. Casa Teacher

Ms. Mikeltie holds BSW Diploma from Mount Royal University; Child development Worker Government of Alberta; Montessori Assistant Certificate. MACTE/AMI Montessori Diploma in progress.

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Ms. Anula Bedekar

Jr. Casa & Casa Teacher

My name is Anula Bedekar.  As an undergraduate, I received a Bachelor's of Fine Arts from the prestigious Faculty of Fine Arts at MS University, India. I spent several years travelling with my husband and eventually settled down in the picturesque city of Calgary to start a family. My hobbies include painting, culinary arts and yoga. I completed my Early childhood Montessori Diploma with MACTE accredited Montessori Teachers college, Calgary. Having spent more than 10 years of my career teaching children in reputed schools in multiple countries, I feel confident and well-poised to lead my classroom at Kindervalley Montessori Academy. I am deeply passionate about carrying forward the life and work of Maria Montessori, who is a pioneer and a shining light in the universe of early child development. The one thing I always attempt with the children in my classroom is to kindle their curiosity. I believe being curious is the golden key to an interesting and fulfilling life. I am excited and wish to be a positive force in the growth we anticipate at Kindervalley in the coming few years.

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Ms. Carmela

Jr Casa & Casa Teacher

My name is Carmela, a Licensed Teacher – (Bachelor of Elementary Education) in Philippines and Member of Math Teachers Association of the Philippines.  Twelve years of teaching experience both in Canada as a Montessori Teacher and back home Philippines as Public School Teacher for Grade Six. I have also a certificate of Foundations in the Montessori Method, Alberta and Level 3 – Alberta Child Care Supervisor

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Ms. Akemi

Bambini Teacher

My name is Akemi, I'm from Japan. I'm glad to have a opportunity to teach and guide wonderful children.

I work as an Education assistant for the Jr. Bambini class, I have ECE Level 1.

I love playing and talking with children. My aim is to be a good role model, encouragement, emotional support, and physically support children, to help them grow and become a good citizen. In my spare time, I like baking, making fermented foods, gardening, hiking, and spend quality time with my family.

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Ms. Jin

Teacher

Ms. Jin have more than 10 years of teaching experience as a child care worker. She holds Montessori assistant teacher training certificate. 

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Ms. Vasudha Pokhriyal

Int. CASA Teacher

My name is Vasudha Pokhriyal and I am an early childhood educator with 16 years of experience with children, and have a postgraduate degree in Arts.  In my view, the child is a powerhouse of energy and curious by nature who always wants to learn and grow. Every child has a different potential to explore and learn new things.  Children are a great source of knowledge and I learn so much from them.  I am passionate about kids and love to see them grow and develop into fine citizens. I came from India and have devoted a big chunk of my life to developing kids which has inspired me to opt for this course for my professional development

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Ms. Hiromi Hughes

Bambini Teacher

My name is Hiromi Hughes. I am originally from Japan, I hold a diploma in Office Management from a Japanese college, and a certificate as a Counselor of Psychology from the Japanese Ability Development Association (2014).  I also hold Level I in Early Childhood Education (ECE) as well as the Infant Toddler Montessori Certificate.   Having lived in various countries, I bring a wealth of cultural experiences and a global perspective to my work with children. I desire to make a positive impact in my community and that has led me to volunteer extensively wherever I have lived whether it is in Japan, Saudi Arabia or here in Canada. I am committed to continuously expanding my knowledge and skills, ensuring that I provide the best possible care and education to your children and see them as wonderful young learners.  As a proud parent of three children, I deeply understand the joys and challenges of parenthood and continually work to expand my dedication to creating fun and wholesome environments where children can grow, learn, and thrive.

Special Education Teachers

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Ms. Soon Young Esther Kim

Music Teacher

I am Soon Young Esther Kim who is the music Teacher at Kindervalley Montessori Academy. Studied at the University of Calgary (Bachelor of Music) and the City University of New York (Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts). I got the opportunity to study with Daniel Ferro, Patricia McCaffrey and Gäit Sirguey during my stay in New York. I am a level 3 Kodály Teacher Certificate Master of Music Education from Western University and is a published journalist at Kodály Society of Canada Journal, Alla Breve, 2019. A highly-trained singer, educator and mentor and patient teacher who is able to help students find their interest and talent in music to accomplish their potential. Some of my students who have excelled well have been recognized for having won local voice and piano competitions in Calgary. I have also performed on many stages around the world, including the United States, Canada, Italy and Korea. I am an active participant in diverse communities. Sang Claud Choi’s compositions with K pop star Kim Bum Soo in the concert, ‘We Are Together’ at the Jack Singer Concert Hall in Calgary to celebrate the friendship between Canada and Korea. On behalf of Calgary, the Japanese consulate requested me to sing The Canadian Anthem in 2015. I am also a part of the Calgary Korean Choir. In 2016, I was given the opportunity to sing in the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey, during the Annual Conference Clergy Meeting in the US. I was also invited to sing the National Anthem at Jack Singer’s Hall at the graduation ceremonies of Bow Valley College in 2018 and 2019. Currently I am conducting the children's chamber choir while directing the children in musical theater.

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Mr. Aymeric

French Teacher

My name is Aymeric and I am teaching French at Alliance Française de Calgary. I have been teaching French for 10 years now in different places such as the USA, Australia and even Latvia!

I work with every type of student: adults, teenagers, kids, toddlers but I mostly enjoy the little ones 

Passionate about soccer, I try to incorporate its values when I teach as I want my students to always be in movement. I’m very glad to join the Kindervalley Montessori Academy Teaching team form this year

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Ms. Jinny

Chef 

My name is Jinny and I am from Korea. I am working as the chef who prepares delicious and healthy food for our children at Kindervalley Academy and also working as a helper teacher for the Toddler class. I also have ECE level 1 and Safe check advanced Food safety Certification. I am a positive person who can relate and blend with children of all age groups with my Tender Loving care. I love cooking, traveling and being with my children during my leisure time.

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Ms. Julia

Sports Teacher

Hello, my name is Julia, and as someone who has worked with both children and seniors, I have developed a passion for helping others thrive. During the winters, I serve as a ski racing coach and previously worked as a camp counsellor. Currently, I am a sports teacher at Kindervalley, and I am thrilled to be a part of this  community. I'm excited to bring my passion for education and athletics to the kids. My goal is to continue making a positive impact in the lives of those around me and to help empower the next generation of athletes.

It brings me joy to witness the growth and progress of those I work with, and I am eager to contribute to the success of this group of individuals.

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