Chelsea Cowles

Hi! My name is Chelsea Cowles and I am the Elementary Preparatory head teacher at Brackendale Montessori.

I have been working with children for 10 years and been with Brackendale for almost 7 years now.

I am a registered Early Childhood Educator along with having my Montessori diploma, first aid, CPR and WHIMIS training.

In my free time I enjoy reading, doing jigsaw puzzles and long walks with my mom and dog.

The most amazing thing about working with children is watching them explore their environment, use their imaginations, ask thoughtful questions and of course watching them grow in so many ways.

Rachael Chin

Hi! My name is Rachael Chin and I am the Casa assistant teacher at Brackendale Montessori.

I have been working with children for 3 ½ years and been with Brackendale for 2 ½ years.

I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and my Montessori Assistant Certificate.

In my free time I enjoy reading mystery novels, hiking, and spending time with my family.

The most amazing thing about working with children is seeing their smiles and sense of pride when they achieve new milestones.

Christina Moniz

Hi! My name is Christina Moniz and I am one of the Toddler room head teachers at Brackendale Montessori.

I have been working with children for 5 years and been with Brackendale for 5 months.

I have my diploma in Early Childhood Education.

In my free time I enjoy being adventurous.

The most amazing thing about working with children is knowing that you made a differ-ence in their lives.

Cassandra Arsenault

Hi! My name is Cassandra Arsenault and I am the Head teacher in Casa 1 at Bracken-dale Montessori.

I have been working with children for 9 years and been with Brackendale for 8 years.

I have my Montessori assistant training and am working towards my full Montessori cer-tificate.

In my free time I enjoy shopping and being around family.

The most amazing thing about working with children is being able to witness every step of their growth. Each day brings new excitement!

Meghan Ferguson

Hi! My name is Meghan Ferguson, and I am the Lower Elementary head teacher at Brackendale Montessori.

I have been working with children for 6 years and been with Brackendale for 4 years.

I have my AMI Montessori Diploma from The Foundation for Montessori Education, a MACTE Lower Elementary Diploma from The Canadian Montessori Teachers Education Institute, and a Photography and Media Studies Diploma from Humber College.

In my free time I enjoy hanging out at the park with my son and playing guitar.

The most amazing thing about working with children is the “a-ha” moment. When the child you have watched try to master a skill finally does it independently, and you see the look of pride on their face. I honestly cry every time a child first ties their shoes or reads their first word!

Michelle Nigli

Hi! My name is Michelle Nigli, and I am the Site Supervisor here at Brackendale Montessori.

I have been working with children for 9 years and been with Brackendale for 2 years.

I have a diploma in Early childhood Education with a background in Child psychology.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with family, especially trying out new food togeth-er.

The most amazing thing about working with children is my days are filled with fun and laughter.

Beverly Pryke

Hi! My name is Beverly Pryke, and I am the Vice-Principal here at Brackendale Montes-sori.

I have been working with children for over 20 years and been with Brackendale for 15 years.

I have received my Montessori diploma from The Canadian Montessori Teachers Edu-cation Institute and a diploma in Early Childhood Education from George Brown College.

I enjoy going for walks with my family and trying new arts and crafts, in my free time.

The most amazing thing about working with children is getting to know new families and learning the best way to teach each child. Seeing children achieve new milestones and be excited about learning is one of the best rewards.