About Us

The West Mountain Montessori Approach

The classroom environment gives students room to explore their strengths, facilitates individualized attention while at the same time creating a collaborative, supportive, and nurturing atmosphere where students learn to value teamwork and to be role models to each other.

We aim to incorporate a great deal of experiential learning largely within the classroom and when possible outside as well whereby students can develop local and international community mindedness. The values of lifelong learning, open-mindedness and social conscience permeate through students’ daily activities.

Customary to the West Mountain Montessori School, there are many opportunities throughout the school year to ensure continuous parental engagement.

Contact us for further information regarding the daily schedule

Our Staff

  • Naznin Ladhani

    Teacher and Head Director of West Mountain Montessori School

    Mrs. Ladhani has been practising in the Montessori environment for over 20 years and has owned and operated the West Mountain Montessori School for the past 15 years. Mrs. Ladhani obtained her Diploma in Montessori education from Montessori St.Nicholas, London, England.

  • Zahra Ladhani

    Teacher and Curriculum Director of Lower Elementary Program

    Miss Zahra completed a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University and earned her Teaching Certification at The University of Queensland in Australia. She also holds a M.Ed in Educational Counselling from the University of Ottawa. Miss Zahra has had the opportunity to teach in Canada, Australia and Kenya, working with students in various settings. Through her educational and professional experiences rooted in the holistic development of students from elementary school to university levels, she understands the importance of developing resilient, accountable and emotionally intelligent individuals.

  • Paz Fortier

    Montessori Assistant

    Miss Fortier is a graduate student in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University and completed the Montessori Teaching Assistants’ Course at the Foundation for Montessori Education in Toronto. She is currently studying how and why children’s interactions with people and places around them influence their behavioural and emotional development.  She enjoys working with children as they learn and grow and sees Montessori as an important way of helping to naturally promote child development in its fullest capacity.

  • Dominique Caplier

    Suzuki Music Teacher

    Dominique is a graduate of Université Charles de Gaulle in Lille (in English and Italian), the Schola Cantorum in Paris and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto (both in piano performance).  She has received piano Suzuki training by Gail Lange (Guelph) and ECE Suzuki training by Dorothy and Sharon Jones (London, Ontario).  She has been studying piano from the age of five and has been teaching since her teenage years in France and in Canada, traditionally as well as according to the Suzuki principles.

  • Allison Cooke

    Suzuki Music Strings Teacher

    Allison began Suzuki cello lessons at the age of five with Jo-Anne Goyder. Inspired by her own Suzuki experience as a student, she decided that she wanted to become a Suzuki teacher at the age of 8. She graduated with an Honours Bachelors of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2012, where she studied with Paul Pulford, Simon Fryer, and members of the world-renowned Penderecki String Quartet.

    Allison has studied Suzuki pedagogy for Books 1 through 5 under Sally Gross, David Evenchick and Catherine Walker, and has taken supplemental instruction in teaching Suzuki group classes with Carey Beth-Hocket. She is an active performer as a soloist at various community venues throughout the Guelph/Kitchener-Waterloo Area and Hamilton, and as a member of the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra under Sabbatino Vacca.

  • Vivian Yang

    Mandarin Teacher

    Vivian Yang graduated from Teacher’s College in China with a certificate in Chinese Language Teaching. She comes with more than 10 years of experience in teaching Chinese as a Second Language.  In 2008, Vivian founded Happy Mandarin Learning Centre in Burlington, Ontario and is currently a Chinese teacher with the Halton Catholic School Board.  She is passionate about teaching preschool and elementary students and aims to make learning interesting.

  • Janice Ainsworth

    Zumba Instructor

    Janice has been a Licensed Zumba and Zumba Kids Instructor since 2012.  In that same year, she became certified as a Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer.  She currently runs Zumba in the Schools, All Ages Zumba & Zumba classes as well as large Group Fitness Bootcamps. Janice also received her  B. Ed. at the University of Ottawa in 1994.  Zumba is where Janice found her LOVE for fitness and healthy living.  Her goal is to pass on that love to others, adults and children alike, and show them that it can be fun to workout.  

  • Patrick Wu

    Martial Arts Instructor

    Patrick began training in Karate at age 7 with Wood’s Premier Martial Arts and has continued his practice throughout the past 20 years.  He achieved the rank of Black Belt in Karate at age 12 and Krav Maga at age 19.  He began teaching in the Kids Martial Arts program at Wood’s Premier Martial Arts by age 16 and moved into teaching the Adult Krav Maga classes at 22.

    His philosophy to teaching Martial Arts is to train both the body and the mind.  There is much more to be gained from training than just kicks and punches and by educating students in Focus, Confidence, Respect and many other positive mental traits, the goal is to create the best version of those students possible, both in and out of the school.