Our Team

Consulting Team-AMI Consultants

WMA invites AMI consultants to provide ongoing teacher training and parent education program to ensure the quality and authenticity of Montessori curriculum and Mandarin curriculum.
AMI consultants have more than 20-30 years of experience in both 0–3- and 3–6-year-old early childhood education. Also, they will evaluate our teaching principles and approach to ensure that WMA follows AMI principles and guidelines thoroughly. In addition, WMA works closely with MTCBC (Montessori Training Centre of BC) and AMI Canada to provide continuing education to all teachers and assistants on a regular basis.

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Management Team

In Wonderworld, every child is loved equally but taught differently based on each of their personalities and paces of growth.

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Debbie Marette

Operating Consultant

I graduated from the Montessori training center of B.C. in 1994 with an A.M.I. (Association Montessori International) 3-6 Primary Montessori diploma and a diploma in Early Childhood Education. I also have an E.C.E. Administration diploma, and I am currently enrolled in a BC Provincial Instructors Program. I have an inherent interest in Education and the development of the young child, and it was this interest that led me to discover the Montessori method of Education.

Pami Le Tallec

Supervisor

Pami Le Tallec is a supervisor of WMA. She moved to Canada from the UK in 2006. After obtained the A.M.I. 3-6 Primary Montessori Teaching Diploma and Early Childhood Education Certificate at the Montessori Training Centre of B.C. in 2016, she spent four years at a Montessori school. She worked as the Head Guide at that school for the last few years there.

She later became a Montessori mom when her son came to the world in January 2019. Since then, Pami spends a lot of time trying out new coffeeshops, restaurants and books for children. She also brings her son to explore the nature like local parks and beautiful hiking trails. Snowshoeing, camping and traveling are also her favourites. As a Montessori mom, she has the advantage of sharing the new Montessori ideas that she has explored with her son to the classrooms. She is delighted to be part of Wonderworld community and looking forward to meet the children and their families.

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Our Teachers

All of our teachers are AMI certified

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Alice Chen

Infant and Toddler lead teacher

Yue Chen is an Infant and Toddler lead teacher of WMA. She is a registered Early Childhood Educator (ECE) and Infant Toddler Educator (IT) in British Columbia with more than eight years of teaching experience with 0 to 3-year-old children. She is currently receiving the training of A.M.I. 0-3 at the Montessori Training Centre of B.C. Yue also holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from UBC. As a mother and a teacher, she likes to collect children’s books and write for leisure. She published a book about children and their early learning experience in Beijing, China, in 2019.

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Zina Yang

Infant and Toddler Lead Guide

Zina Yang is one of the Infant and Toddler guides (teacher) of WMA. She is an AMI-accredited 0-3 Montessori teacher and will work in the Infant and Toddler class. Zina received a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from UBC. Previously, she worked at B.C. Children’s Hospital, focusing on behavior therapy for children and conducted neuroscience research. Currently, she is receiving the Montessori primary training for 3 to 6-years-old children. With her great passion to assist early children’s growth, she loves to read and collect unique objects such as child-size furniture and materials for her classroom.

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Sahar Rakhshandeh

Zumba Dance and Music Instructor/

IT Classroom Assistant 

Sahar Rakhshandeh is a Zumba dance and music instructor and an IT classroom assistant of WMA. She has over seven years of experience as an Early Childhood Education teacher. She loves to work with children, particularly coordinating activities with other educators, such as storytelling and handcrafting. Being able to help the children and their families is her favourite–also the most rewarding–moment she enjoys in school. Sahar is also talented in music and dancing. She plays several musical instruments and was an International Zumba Instructor in 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education in 2018. In her leisure time, she likes cycling, skating, skiing, dancing, running, playing table tennis and basketball.

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Elsie Bermudez

Infant and Toddler Assistant

Elsie Bermudez is an Infant and Toddler Assistant of WMA. She is passionate to teach and share her love with children as early as she started her work with children since the age of 15. What holds Elsie in teaching Montessori is the goal to help children to become independent human beings and peaceful citizens of the world.

After obtaining her Montessori Diploma in Mexico in 2008, she pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Preschool Education (graduated in 2012). The rural, indigenous and diverse working environments in Mexico pushed Elsie to relocate to Canada as a Montessori teacher to learn more about teaching skills and experience. Nowadays she holds valid ECE certificate in British Columbia and always seeks opportunities to better herself as a woman and a teacher.

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Justin Cheng

Infant and Toddler Assistant

Justin Cheng is a Montessori assistant of WMA, specializing in children aged 3 to 6. He obtained his A.M.I. Montessori Assistants Certificate from the Montessori Training Centre of B.C. in 2021. Justin enjoys playing with children. He plays piano, drums/percussion and volleyball and would like to share the joy of music and sports with them. He also loves reading and storytelling.

A fond history-lover, Justin holds a Master of Arts in History from UBC, focusing on Hong Kong and Chinese history and culture. At UBC, Justin is also a Student Associate of Hong Kong Studies Initiative (HKSI). He received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior coming to Vancouver, Justin grew up in Hong Kong and had lived in Los Angeles and Berkeley, California. With his academic and transnational background, Justin hopes to enrich children’s understanding of Chinese culture and language in WMA classrooms.