Stef grew up in Hamilton and moved to Vancouver, where she obtained a B.Sc. at UBC in Sustainable Agriculture. Ten years later, she found her way back to Hamilton with a new appreciation for the area. Before returning, she worked as a tree-planting cook, drove through the U.S., and traveled in Central and South America, and Europe. Stef ventured into the world of Montessori after happening upon a dusty copy of Maria Montessori’s Own Handbook and reading it from start to finish in one evening. She was hooked and completed an assistant course a few months later, in 2012. After one year of working as an assistant in Thornbury, she decided to begin her teacher training. Stef was thrilled to complete her practice teaching at DVMS in Casa North with Dylan, in the winter of 2014. Now a MACTE certified Casa Guide through CMTEI (Canadian Montessori Teacher Education Institute), Stef has worked alongside Elizabeth Flenniken in Casa East and, after an extended maternity leave, has returned to take on a new role in our Learning Resource department. Stef’s baby is now a grown up member of our Toddler Community. She enjoys practicing her Spanish with those willing, math riddles, reading a good book, and cooking up a big pot of soup.