Ida observing some Montessori Racks and Tubes math work.
Frans Van Leeuwen, from Holland, and Ida Arnesen, from Norway, are visiting Dundas Valley Montessori School for two weeks as part of their training at the Fondazione Centro Internazionale Studi Montessoriani (International Centre for Montessori Studies Foundation) in Bergamo, Italy. They are observing in our Elementary program.
They were kind enough to sit down and answer a few questions about their training, Montessori, and how they came to observe in Canada
Note: in the transcription of their interview I tried to retain a degree of their accents so you hopefully hear their individual voices in text (so if you find any typos, I’m going to say I meant to do that).
I have a special place in my heart for Noeleen. You know how there’s just some people that get your ridiculous sense of humour, who pick up on carry on your lame jokes, well Noeleen’s one of those people for me. She’s also a phenomenal Montessori guide. Get to know Noleen: where she’s from, how she got here, and her thoughts on the present and future of Montessori. Maybe one day we’ll publish the full interview, including all of our childish jokes and digs at each other.
DVMS Montessori Dad Dr. Neeraj Lakhanpal, MD, is the Co-Chief of Anaesthesia at Milton District Hospital. The Lakhanpal family have three children at DVMS and are always willing to volunteer at events, as drivers, or to slog through organizing the Scholastic order forms. They are also strong supporters of Montessori education, and of holistic, peaceful development — a wonderful match.
Neeraj is a busy man, with a demanding job and three active kids, but he’s always so calm whenever we see him at the school. Read on to find out how he does it, why he and his wife chose Montessori at DVMS for their kids, and how you, too, can learn to be as calm as Neeraj.
Janice Egan is the French Language Specialist at the Upper Elementary level at DVMS, and for the adolescent students at Strata Montessori Adolescent School. One adolescent girl describes Janice as her favourite because she is “feisty.” We couldn’t think of a better description… well, maybe smart as a whip, dedicated, and uber-reliable would work, but we’ll just stick with feisty.