*Away the 2020/2021 school year for maternity leave* Marley Cummings is a Montessori Preschool Educator from Vancouver Island who has been working with children for 10 years. She completed her Montessori Preschool training in 2014 and received her Early Childhood Educator Diploma with a specialization in Inclusive Care (Special Needs Educator). She has worked in a variety of school settings, from large private institutions to small in-home daycares. Through this experience, Marley has discovered what really works for children and what needs to evolve in order to continue offering “best practice” in education.
Marley is committed to the families and shares her knowledge and insight into the child’s world with home caregivers. Marley has had experience working with children from all walks of life, and she has always been able to connect, support them on their personal journey to reach their goals, and provide unconditional acceptance and love.
Marley is also a multi-talented educator, who brings life and excitement into the classroom through sharing her passion for verbal story-telling and performance. She has taught classes of the arts for children and enjoys incorporating this element with weekly opportunities for the children including dance, music, theatre, and multi-media art. Marley has also spent a few years in Montreal and shares her knowledge of the French language with children in the form of games, songs, and stories.
Kayla McBride was born and raised on the island. It brings her great joy to watch children explore the world through natural discovery of their environment, while following their inner guide. With her love for gardening, sewing, and baking, she is always eager to find a way to incorporate her hobbies into the children’s daily learning.
Kayla has been providing care for children ages 3-5 for the past 12 years. She graduated from Camosun College in 2010 with a certificate in Early Childcare Care and Education. In 2017 she received her credentials in Montessori Early Learning through Age of Montessori. Kayla has been an educator at a large Montessori private school for the past 8 years. During this time she took on many different roles such as classroom assistant, CASA directress, and pre-school directress. Through this she has experience in time management, classroom management, scheduling, and curriculum planning. During her time as a classroom assistant she has worked alongside children with higher needs such as Down’s Syndrome, Autism, and learning differences.
Her love for each child and their family is always shown by creating strong personal relationships that include open communication. She sees each and every child as their own special being and is always observing them to help foster their interests and support their needs.
Kateryna Lobak is a dedicated Early Childhood Educator who has been working with children for 5+ years. She was born in a small town in Ukraine and moved to Toronto when she was 9 years old. A love for the beautiful Canadian wilderness brought her to Vancouver Island, and after visiting Victoria she decided to relocate permanently to the city.
Kateryna has worked in a variety of educational settings, including childcare centres, camps, tutoring, and even English (ESL) lessons. Kateryna received her credentials from Ryerson University, with a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Studies. She completed the Bachelor of Education at the University of Ottawa. She is an Ontario Certified Teacher and looking to continue her training and formally study Montessori Philosophy.
Kateryna works to create an inclusive, warm, and nurturing environment, where children feel safe and loved. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, creating art, spending time outdoors, and practicing yoga. Kateryna uses her artistic talents in her activity planning for the children. She was deeply influenced by the beauty of Waldorf education, having spent two years at Toronto Waldorf School and being part of the community. From this experience, she brings with her an appreciation for beauty, unique games and songs, and a love for nature and animals. She has a strong desire to provide a quality, nurturing environment that is in the best interest of the children and their families. Kateryna is so pleased to join Blue Heron Montessori on her journey as an educator.
Caitlyn Neufeld is an Early Childhood Educator Assistant who is passionate about providing children with a nurturing, loving and inclusive learning environment. She was born and raised on the mainland and island trips from her own childhood formed her love of Vancouver Island at an early age.
After receiving her credentials from Camosun College, she continues on her own educational journey with a dedication to expand her formal practice. Caitlyn has a multifaceted background, receiving a diploma in Illustration & Design from Capilano University in 2013 followed by years of work on organic farms locally and abroad to develop an intricate understanding of the nourishment we receive from nature. During this time, a variety of volunteer opportunities allowed her to contribute to communities growing food with children. She has volunteered her time in learning gardens to connect children to their land, aiding them in developing a sense of place and belonging.
Caitlyn is committed to share her artistic sensibilities, naturalist insights and sense of wonder with the children she meets on her journey as an educator. Outside of the classroom, Caitlyn loves practicing yoga, running, painting and tending her garden in Metchosin.