Our Teachers

Every teacher at our schools are qualified and shares the Montessori Educational Philosophy. Each teacher is a skilled professional chosen for the special gifts they bring to this important work. An intuitive love and understanding of children is on the highest list of prerequisites.

Rhonda Ward

Rhonda Ward has been teaching at Aberdeen Hills Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten for more than 10 years. She graduated from the Early Childhood Education Program at UCC in 1999 with honours. She has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education as a preschool teacher and as the Children’s Program Coordinator for Parents Anonymous for the Kamloops Family Resource Society. In March 2008, Rhonda completed her Montessori Foundations course at the Western Montessori Teacher College in Port Coquitlam, BC. Rhonda is a mother to two beautiful daughters – Addison who is 5 and Brielle who is 3 year3 old.

Jessica Edwards

Jessica Edwards is on her second year of being a fully qualified Early Childhood Educator. She had many years of experience with children as I had cared for children within my home before attending school at Sprott Shaw College.

She has always had a passion for preschool as the children is at an exciting age, full of curiosity and adventure. She is very excited for this new chapter in her life with Montessori preschool. She knew the moment she stepped foot in the classroom it was where she needed to be. 

Jessica moved to Kamloops 5 years ago with her husband and four beautiful children.

As a family they are enjoying all that Kamloops has to offer from indoor activities to all the beautiful hiking trails.

Heather Peltier

Heather has her certificate in early childhood education and 10 years of experience in the field. Heather discovered Montessori when she sent her own child to a Montessori preschool. She is a member of the BC Montessori Teachers Association and participates in their conferences to further her knowledge of the philosophy. Heather also brings a wealth of knowledge from her experience as a supported childcare worker with Children’s Therapy and Family Resources. She earned her certificate in Montessori Foundations Level 1 with Western Montessori College. She is fully qualified for Early Childhood Education. She truly enjoys all children and guiding them through their learning process. 

Danika Nelson

Miss Danika is an enthusiastic and caring individual who looks forward to meeting and working with your children. Miss Danika obtained her Early Childhood Educator Diploma in 2014 from TRU and joined us in March 2016. She is excited to be a part in your child’s education.

Malia Magnusson

Malia earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree, With Distinction, from the University of Victoria in 2004. She received her Diploma in Early Childhood Education in October of 2013. She is also a certified Orton-Gillingham Therapeutic Tutor, and has worked extensively with children with language based learning difficulties. Malia completed her Early Childhood Education Practicum at Sunhill Casa Montessori, under her mentor Cheryl Weatherhead. It was this practicum that sparked her interest in Montessori. In addition to the hands on experience, Malia is currently working on her Montessori Training Certificate. Malia is a passionate and motivated teacher, dedicated to inspiring a love of learning in children.

Malia is also an animal lover and horse enthusiast. She is a certified Level One English Equestrian Coach and enjoys coaching children and riding horses during her summer months. She is very much involved with the local Pony Clubs and coaches at their summer camps annually.

Collins Labad

Collins Labad is a qualified Early Childhood Educator, she graduated with honours at Sprott Shaw College in 2018. She believes her calling is to teach children. Collins finished her practicum at Montessori Preschools.

Family time is watching sensible movies and doing creative arts. Cooking and baking with her tween age daughter make her days go faster.

Collins Labad is proud to be part of Sahali Montessori Preschool and the after-school care program.