Consulting Team-AMI Consultants
WMA invites AMI consultants to provide ongoing teacher training and parent education programs to ensure the quality and authenticity of Montessori and Mandarin curriculum.
Our AMI consultants have more than 20-30 years of experience in both 0–3 years and 3–6 years old Early Childhood Education. 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.
In Wonderworld, every child is loved equally but taught differently based on each of their personalities and paces of growth.
Debbie Marette is the Operating Consultant at WMA. She graduated from the Montessori Training Centre of BC. in 1994 with an A.M.I. (Association Montessori International) 3-6 Primary Montessori Diploma and a Diploma in Early Childhood Education. In addition, Debbie has an E.C.E. Administration Diploma, and is currently enrolled in a BC Provincial Instructors Program. She has an inherent interest in Education and the development of the young child, which has led her to discover the Montessori Method of Education.
Pami Le Tallec
Pami Le Tallec is the Supervisor at WMA. Originally from the UK, she moved to Canada in 2006. Pami obtained an A.M.I. 3-6 Primary Montessori Diploma and a Certificate in Early Childhood Education from the Montessori Training Centre of BC. in 2016. She has experience working in a Montessori School as the Head Guide, in addition to implementing a Montessori environment at home with her son.
Pami and her son love to explore the nature within local parks and the beautiful hiking trails in BC. In her free time, she enjoys visiting new coffee shops and restaurants, reading new Children’s books, and various outdoor activities such as snowshoeing, camping and traveling. As a Montessori mom, she’s able to bring new Montessori activities and materials, that she has explored with her son, to the classrooms.
Amy is the Head Administrator at WMA. After obtaining her Early Childhood Educator and Special Needs Diploma from Douglas College in 2007, Amy became an early childhood educator and was soon involved in school management. A passionate educator, she believes greater responsibilities in school management brings greater impact on the children. She has overseen several schools during her 14 year career. In the past seven years, she operated a daycare centre, where she has built rewarding relationships with the children, families and staff. She believes efficient communication is vital to the smooth operation of a school. She is dedicated to providing the children a safe, inclusive and engaging environment in which they can learn, play and thrive.
In her spare time, she enjoys exploring new parks, beaches and hiking trails with her husband, her 3-year-old daughter, and their dog.
All of our teachers are AMI certified
Infant and Toddler Lead Guide
Yue (Alice) Chen is an Infant and Toddler Lead Guide (Teacher) at WMA. She is a registered Early Childhood Educator (ECE) and Infant Toddler Educator (IT) in BC, with more than eight years of teaching experience with 0-3 years old children. She is currently enrolled in the A.M.I. 0-3 Primary Diploma training program at the Montessori Training Centre of BC. Alice 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 she herself writes for leisure. In 2019, she published a book about children and their early learning experience in Beijing, China.
Infant and Toddler Lead Guide
Zina Yang is an Infant and Toddler Lead Guide (Teacher) at WMA. She is an A.M.I. accredited 0-3 IT Montessori teacher and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from UBC. Before joining WMA, Zina worked at B.C. Children’s Hospital, focusing on behavior therapy for children and conducted neuroscience research. Currently, she is enrolled in a 3-6 Primary Montessori training program. Her great passion is to assist in early children’s growth and she loves to read and collect unique objects, such as child-size furniture, and materials for her classroom.
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.
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.
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.