MONTESSORI IN
THE MOUNTAINS

Welcome to Western Montessori's Alberta Home Page

Western Montessori's seminar location in the
foothills of Bragg Creek 40 minutes west of Calgary,
provides a perfect retreat for students.

  To visit our B.C. home page, click on the following image...


Staff, students and alumni of Western Montessori Teachers’ College are experiencing an exceptional year with a record number of graduates and unprecedented interest in our programmes and the special events planned to celebrate this anniversary year!

As the growth of interest in Montessori education continues world-wide,  Western Montessori’s graduates continue to display an exceptional level of employability and help meet the serious shortage of trained teachers. Feedback from receiving schools continues to be so very encouraging. “I have no hesitation in ever recommending WMTC to anyone who is seeking a solid Montessori training. I feel confident that they would be an asset to any organization after learning from you and being mentored by you.”

In Fall 2004 two new programmes will be initiated in Alberta including the much-needed To Educate the Human Potential - Montessori and the Special Child: early recognition of, intervention and accommodations for, the LD/exceptional child 4-9 yrs.  This course will be launched as part of an exceptional personal and professional retreat experience in Bragg Creek in early October. Plan to attend this first in Canada experience! 

Outreach professional development, parent education and community education seminars at all levels are being offered in response to area interest!   Fall 2004 will see revisions in our website to include Montessori Matters and Teacher’s Bag of Tricks with articles, reviews, lesson plans and curriculum development ideas to help refresh and enrich classroom experiences and reconnect with Montessori theory. Our Quote-of-the-Month programme will also go on-line for you to print off and add to your community bulletin board.

Please contact WMTC immediately if you wish to host a Curriculum Day. Special days to cover specific areas are planned with Mathematics for BC in fall 2004 and Language for Alberta in spring 2005. Attendance carries college credit with professional development certification. We are presently booking sites for practical life, sensorial education and cultural studies. All sites, at home and abroad are under consideration.  Plan your professional development needs now –  limited bookings are available – call now to reserve your curriculum, date and location of choice.

Through our international affiliates, area representatives, associates and alumni we again have a record number of teaching positions on file.  Whether you wish to teach at home or abroad there is a real opportunity for you to make a difference!  With limited spaces remaining in all programmes in both Alberta and B.C., please contact us soon to discuss your professional development or future staffing needs.

It’s only too late if you don’t act now!

We are very pleased to announce effective June lst, 2004 the following appointments of alumni associate members of the college. Shelley Debaar, Calgary, AB. Cynthia Dyer, formerly of Calgary and now on Vancouver Island, Karen McDaniel and Margie Lal, of the B.C. Lower Mainland.   The Associate group of some 20 alumni and related professionals provides invaluable world-wide liaison and support for our activities. 

Western Montessori’s alumni continue to plant seeds of discovery in their respective communities. Our congratulations to Vivian Chen on establishing Harvest Montessori, Richmond, BC., and to Athena Dritsas on opening Kensington Child Care, Burnaby. To Kathleen Boraas for Jack & Jill Preschool/Daycare, Pitt Meadows and  Valerie Brousseau of Creekside Montessori, Vernon. To Elena Madularu on founding Discovery Quest Montessori School, Surrey, B.C. and to Annette Boulet (FYP 93) on opening her second location of Global Montessori, Surrey.

“The Best Way to Plan Your Future is to Create It!”


We at Western Montessori Teachers’ College look forward to sharing our 25th anniversary with your community.  Special events are planned for September 2003  - December 2004 with outreach professional development/parent education/community education seminars at all levels being offered in response to area interest!  Contact WMTC immediately if you wish to host an event.  All sites, at home and abroad are under consideration.  Plan your professional development needs now –  limited bookings are available.   

As the growth of interest in Montessori education continues world-wide,  Western Montessori’s graduates continue to display an exceptional level of employability and help meet the serious shortage of trained teachers.

Through our international affiliates, area representatives, associates and alumni we again have a record number of teaching positions on file. It is an exciting time to enter the profession with graduates achieving their goals world-wide.  Whether you wish to teach at home or abroad there is a real opportunity for you to make a difference!  With limited spaces remaining in all programmes in both Alberta and B.C. please contact us soon to discuss your professional development or future staffing needs.  It’s only too late if you don’t act now!

To Shelley Debaar of Calgary’s Montessori Children’s House Academies I & II and her staff, our thanks for hosting the very successful outreach programme for Alberta this past year and again to Holly Karpluk and staff of Kamloops Montessori for hosting the B.C. programme. Feedback from both projects was very positive and the hospitality outstanding - we’ll be back! 

Our best wishes to Brigitte Lochhead and Jocelyne Wetzel (FYP/BC graduates 2002) who are returning to Shanghai this coming year to continue their teaching assignments begun in 2002. We are looking forward to spending summer studies with alumnus Bettina Tioseco who will also be returning to the Beijing International School in September to continue her work there.

Congratulations to BC alumnus Heidi Cameron on the opening of Salt Spring Island’s first Montessori school situated on “15 acres of farm and forest” and also to alumnus Margie Lal on her launching of Sunshine Coast Montessori preschool in Gibsons, B.C., where plans are already underway for a future elementary class. 

To the children, staff and parents of Roots & Wings Montessori Place, Surrey, B.C. and their principal and founder WMTC alumnus Kristin Cassie, our congratulations on the grand opening of your Montessori Erdkinder (children of the earth) expansion project.. 

Alberta’s developments include the opening of a second campus of Children’s House Montessori Academy in Calgary’s south-east by advanced course alumnus Shelley Debaar and  congratulations to alumnus Marilyn King on the spring 2003 opening of Little Acorns Fine Arts preschool in Chestermere, Calgary.

“If you can dream it…you can do it!”


WESTERN MONTESSORI TEACHERS COLLEGE
CERTIFICATE IN MONTESSORI ELEMENTARY
EDUCATION AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT (6-9 years)

The Elementary Teacher Education Programme is comprised of six independent modules. Each module requires registration, with a Professional Development Certificate issued upon completion. Montessori Certification is granted when all modules are completed. Students may enter the programme at any time and have two years from the date of entry to complete the programme. Where graduates provide evidence of 500 hours successful post-graduate elementary teaching experience within two years of course completion a certificate endorsement is available.

Pre-requisite requirements include a recognized Montessori Foundation Diploma, WMTCs Level I introductory certificate or following Prior Learning Assessment the permission of the Director of Studies.


MONTESSORI  TEACHER EDUCATION
WESTERN MONTESSORI TEACHERS’
COLLEGE
SCHEDULE OF CLASSES – ALBERTA
Summer & Fall 2004

Summer 2004:

Summer Institute 2004 – Stampede Week!
Now Fully Enrolled!
(Calgary Northwest)
Foundations Level I  (3-5 years)
(pre-requisite or equivalent for all WMTCAB courses)
5 seminar days 9:00 – 5:00
July 14, 15, 16 (Wed thru Fri)
July 20, 21   (Tues & Wed)
Click here for course details!

Cultural Studies  - Level III(5-9 years)
Redwood Meadows – Bragg Creek
Now Fully Enrolled!
Monday July  26 – Friday July 30.
5 seminar days 9:30 –5:00 PM
Children’s camps available – link to Camp Rivendel
l!

Fall 2004:

New  Foundation Studies  - Casa - Level II
Module I
Introductory Theory & Classroom Practice.
Bragg Creek Seminar Site

4 Seminar Saturdays  9:00 – 4:30 + internship
(September
1
8, October 30, November 27, December 11)

New To Educate the Human Potential: Montessori and the Special Child
Professional & Personal Development Retreat
– Oct 1-3 (Fri 4 PM thru Sun 4 PM)
High Country House, Bragg Creek
Following participation in this retreat there is the option to continue to
special needs certification thru spring 2005.
Limited registration now available
.

WMTC reserves the right to revise this schedule should it prove necessary.
All courses are scheduled according to demand and are subject to minimum
and maximum enrolments.
Call now to register your interest and to receive registration information.
Contact Carol Scarratt, Director of Studies, AB. 403-949-2238


PLANNING  YOUR  OWN  PRESCHOOL?

Unique  South  Surrey  property  for  sale 

-Zoned CHILD CARE/RESIDENTIAL

-Almost 1/2 acre creekside lot

-2108 sq. ft. home with many upgrades

-Situated on a quiet cul-de-sac

-Close to schools, shops, bus routes

-Minutes from the freeway, Peace Arch border crossing, and White Rock beach

-Previously operated a licensed Montessori preschool (10 AM and 10 PM students). 

-Potential for up to 20 students 

Phone  604-531-4174 for  further  information 


Carol Scarratt, Alberta Director of Studies and
advanced course students from around Alberta
Teacher Preparation - June 2001


The Job Spot!

For a current copy of WMTCs Employment Opportunities Bulletin, listing openings in the west and internationally, contact our BC office through the link at this site.

Dust off your resume and plan to
attend our next
Resume Building Workshop!
Free of charge to all
Students and alumni. Send us an email
and add your name to the waiting list!

All current students and alumni of Western Montessori Teachers College are eligible for membership in the Canadian Association of Montessori Teachers. Membership applications available through our offices in BC or AB. Support your professional association and connect with other professionals nationwide!


       

Meet Carol Scarratt, Director of Studies, Alberta.

Carol's involvement and experience in the Montessori movement spans more than two decades. During this time she has founded two schools and assisted in the formation of numerous others. As a Montessori nursery and elementary teacher trainer and an accomplished adult educator, she brings to her courses unique abilities and experience.

"Thank you for guiding and sharing... learning has been wonderful" 
" Our director was great! She was encouraging and inspiring" 
(comments from past students)

An advocate of alternatives within the public school system, Carol was instrumental in the initiation of Canada's first Montessori publicly funded alternative programme in Coquitlam British Columbia. As Director of Studies at the Western Montessori Teachers' College she has mentored many Montessori nursery and elementary teachers.

A frequently requested speaker and past-president of her professional organization, she has presented seminars on all aspects of Montessori theory and curriculum at conferences in England, Ireland, the USA and China.

For her work in International Education and following a successful lecture tour and presentation to the Shanghai Kindergarten Teachers' Association in 1995, she was awarded an Honorary Professorship by the Child Welfare Institute of China and continues as an advisor to the first Montessori school there.

Carol has recently been appointed North American Representative and School Advisor to the Chiang Rai Montessori School, a community-based, non-profit school in beautiful northern Thailand for 3-l2 year old children.

Community Outreach assignments in Canada this past year have included presenting at Toronto Montessori Institute, the Lethbridge Montessori School and initiating a foundations level course in Edmonton.

As Director of Studies Alberta, Carol regularly conducts courses at both the foundation and advanced levels and co-ordinates WMTC's annual conference for western Canadians. She regularly returns to Vancouver as senior lecturer of WMTC's Elementary Teacher Education Programme and programme advisor/ external examiner of the Foundation Year Programme.

She and her husband Malcolm live with Casey their Chesapeake Bay Retriever in west Bragg Creek, a rural community located in the foothills between Calgary and Banff.

"You can't cross a chasm with small steps."
Carol Scarratt


Our appreciation to Reg Martell of
Grandpa's Refurbishing and
Montessori Material Supplier

for continued support of our
25th anniversary celebration events.
Visit
www.grandpas.ca
and
www.glen-net.ca/grandpas


Click on the following image to 
learn more about Bragg Creek!


Please click here to sign our guestbook,
or email us at wmtcab@telus.net!
 


Western Montessori Teachers College, est. 1979
A non-profit educational organization.
Serving the Montessori community of
British Columbia, Alberta and the Yukon