Principal's Message

“Whoever touches the life of a child, touches the most sensitive part of a whole which has roots in the most distant past and climbs toward the infinite future.”  Dr. Maria Montessori

Grace Chou


The purpose of opening Monarch Montessori is to provide an enriched environment for children to learn, an environment for parents to build a Montessori community, as well as an opportunity for Montessori teachers to practice and refine their skills. Grace believes that the Montessori method has proven to be useful and insightful when guiding the development of children. The focus of social and emotional development in the Montessori pedagogy is the key foundation for learning in young children. With a calm mind and peaceful environment, the children are invited to acquire skills and learn lessons that will assist them in becoming social members in our society. One of the key elements in the practice is to help children embrace their environment during their time and their century. The children are encouraged to be creative and solve problems on their own as well as with each other.

Grace has had the opportunity to be involved in the Montessori field for twenty years. She has taken on different roles and titles during this time, and each has taught her more about this method of education. As a Montessori teacher, she is privileged to experience the milestones in children’s early development. These experiences have contributed to her success as an academic director, a Montessori trainer, and a leader in Montessori community in Canada and China.  



Our Teachers





Montessori Guide

Alemitu (Ally) Hill is a passionate educator who has been working with children professionally for the past 18 years. She pursued the education field and obtained an associate degree in early childhood education in 2013 and worked and taught preschool and pre-K settings at different institutions in the USA. She moved to Vancouver, BC from Seattle, WA and received the AMI primary certificate in 2016. Education was very important in her family, and she knew from an early age that she wanted to be an educator. She has a natural ability to connect with children. Ally believes in Montessori’s philosophy and pedagogy approach to education for young children. Creating an environment for children that is enriching, which encourages curiosity, exploration and freedom of movement is critical towards their development. The prepared environment should lead towards bringing out each child’s innate potential. She is excited and looking forward to working at Monarch Montessori School with all the amazing teachers, children, and parents.


Taylor Dupuis

Montessori Guide

Taylor is a firm believer in the Montessori Method and can’t wait to put her skills and education into action. She has recently graduated from the AMI training center here in Vancouver and has over 10 years of experience working with children in many different opportunities, and this, she is sure, has only strengthened the passion and joy she gets from working with them. In her undergrad she studied sociology, which she believes has given her a better understanding of people and allowed her to gain an understanding and appreciation of the complex and simple ways people interact and progress, she believes this goes hand in hand with education. Her goal is to be that dynamic link between environment and the child, so that they can independently develop intellectually, socially, physically, and emotionally. She is so thrilled to be part of the team at Monarch Montessori.

Rachel Chen

Montessori Guide

Rachel has completed her bachelor’s degree with a focus on Cultural Studies in 2021, after which she entered the field of early childhood education and discovered the Montessori method. Rachel finds great joy in interacting with children and has been truly amazed by how these little human beings thrive within a Montessori environment. She was particularly impressed by the interconnectedness of the Montessori curriculum areas and how the curriculum facilitates the development of independence, concentration, coordination and order within children. Driven by her passion, Rachel took her AMS training and has graduated recently. She is now thrilled to join the Monarch Montessori family. As a guide, she is excited to continue fostering the growth and development of young minds, empowering them to reach their full potential.

Anita Wu

Montessori Assistant

Anita completed her AMI Montessori Teacher Assistant training in 2018 after both her children went on to pursue their own aspirations. She joined the Montessori team three years ago, helping create teaching materials and keeping the school clean and safe. Anita respects the individuality of every child and enjoys working with their various characters. Her wish is for all the students to be able to have a safe environment in which to learn and play

Laura Dutch

Montessori Assistant

Laura was born and raised in England, where she took her undergrad in dance, performance and teaching and then went on to study a postgrad in Education to peruse her passion in working with children. During her 3-year kindergarten teaching experience, Laura always dedicated herself to provide a nurturing, caring, and stimulating environment for children. Laura moved to Vancouver in 2022 and was introduced to the Montessori way which she was enthralled with therefore, she completed her AMI Training. She thoroughly enjoys watching children independently develop and thrive in their own unique way. Laura is joyous to be part of the Monarch Montessori team.

Emma Lyon

Montessori Assistant

Emma's passion for guiding and supporting child development has driven her eight-year journey of working with children. Her commitment to personal growth and nurturing young minds at every opportunity reflects her dedication. With a genuine appreciation for the beautiful personalities of each child, Emma firmly believes that each kid shines in their unique way. Emma aspires to make a lasting impact in the lives of the children she encounters, just as each child leaves a lasting impression on her. She is very excited to be a part of the Monarch Montessori team. 

Mouna Tambert

French Teacher

Mouna was born and raised in Nice, France, where she worked as a school teacher.  In September 2021, she arrived in Vancouver with her family to start a new adventure. She loves to travel and discover new cultures and new languages. She is very enthusiastic to be a part of the team at Monarch Montessori and contribute to their development and learning. She fell in love with the Montessori method when her son attended the program in France. Mouna is passionate and focused on creating positive environments where children can learn and grow. She looks forward to sharing her passion for speaking French with the Monarch students. 

Angel Lo

Music Teacher

Angel began studying the piano when she was five years old. She worked at a music studio while pursuing a degree in music education. She then began a new chapter when she spent 10 years as a teacher in Hong Kong at the Baron School of Music and International Christian Quality Music Secondary & Primary School. Angel came back to Vancouver and enrolled at the Etiquette School in order to broaden her perspective on education for children. More individualised music classes for small groups have been introduced to support young people. She is eager to put her skills to use in the Montessori school learning environment, where young children may learn music and much more through their senses and movements.


Denise Urcola

Art Teacher

Denise is an arts professor with a major in sculpture and a Diploma in Set Design (Argentina). Her local work experience includes instructing Clay Sculpture and Immersion Art Start at Arts Umbrella, Art Summer Camps at Seymour Art Gallery, beArt After - School Art Programs at Lynnmour Creative Child Care Centre, JBCC and NSNH. Denise's passions are stimulating creativity and inspiring children to love art. In teaching the program, Denise has found that children produce more than just a painting or sculpture - they provide us with a glimpse of who they are.