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




Paige Ketchum

Montessori Guide

Paige has worked full time as a guide for the past ten years in Vancouver. Through her experiences during that time she has observed that children in Montessori settings are happy, independent and confident. She dedicates herself to guiding and caring for children in proactive ways that enable them to gain mastery over themselves and their environments. Paige is delighted to be part of the team at Monarch Montessori and is looking forward to meeting and working with all the families and children.

Milly Xiao

Montessori Guide

Ms. Milly received her AMI Primary and ECE training from the Montessori Training Centre of BC. The Montessori approach inspires her and resonates with her deeply. She cherishes and respects each child’s uniqueness. The most rewarding part of being a Montessori guide for her is to witness children unfolding their personalities and reaching their fullest potentials. Milly is excited to be a part of the Monarch community and looking forward to teaming up with all the fabulous teachers and families in guiding children to flourish.

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

Yukiko (Boja) Chang

Montessori Assistant

Yukiko was born and raised in Japan, where she worked as a school trip organizer for 4 years. Here she found a passion for interacting with children and observing how they learn from the surrounding nature and culture. Since settling in Canada, she has been working in a licensed preschool and a language school for 3 years, with children aged 2 to 6. She felt deeply impressed by the Montessori method, and she wants to deepen her understanding of it and grow as an Early Childhood Educator assistant. She loves to maintain a homey, warm, neat and friendly environment for every child to feel safe and comfortable.

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. 

Marie Calvent

Music Teacher

Marie Calvert has been teaching piano and music classes in the Vancouver area for over 20 years. Marie teaches piano using both the Suzuki and traditional methods, and is well versed in Kodaly, Orff, Colourstrings, and other classroom methods. Marie believes that children learn best when they are happy, relaxed and engaged, and she incorporates imaginative play and creativity into her lessons. Marie holds a MMus degree, a Professional Teaching Certificate, and a C.A.T.M.K. in Colourstrings Music Kindergarten. Marie has taught at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music (VSOSoM), and the Vancouver Academy of Music (VAM). Although Marie teaches all ages, she enjoys specializing in early childhood music, and is delighted to be on the staff at Monarch Montessori School!

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.