Kayleigh is a fully certified Montessori Casa level directress receiving her Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (M.A.C.T.E.) through her studies at The Canadian Montessori Teacher Education Institute. She has extensive and varied experience in childcare for both toddlers and preschoolers. Before becoming a founding partner in Educara, Kayleigh worked as a lead Montessori teacher for 4 years and has also enjoyed being a co-teacher and nanny. She is an enthusiastic teacher who fully embraces the Montessori philosophy. She truly loves working with and learning from children. Kayleigh is a nurturing, kind individual who enjoys traveling, yoga, fitness and nature, which she incorporates into her program whenever possible, enriching her students’ Montessori experience. Kayleigh is from the Ottawa area, but has spent many years of her life traveling internationally bringing a unique perspective to the classroom.
She currently lives in Nepean with her partner Shayne and their dog Chester.
Jody McCombe, Owner
Jody is a local entrepreneur who runs several successful businesses. She is very involved in the community and is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Proud To Be Me, a local non for profit that focuses on anti bullying and youth empowerment.
Miss Elvira- Preschool Teacher
Elvira came to Canada as a live-in nanny four years ago. Before that she work as an Au Pair in Europe which gave her the opportunity to travel around Europe visiting countries like Denmark, Norway, Malta and Germany. Working as a nanny helped her to realize that it was something that she enjoyed and wanted to pursue. She wanted to know more in order to be able to help to raise happier and better generation and contribute in our better future. She studied under Dr.Daniel Jutras`s supervision and graduated in 2015 with a MACTE diploma. In her spare time she likes swimming, jogging, reading a book and going for walks.
Miss Jill - Supply teacher Toddler/Preschool
Jill grew up in Manotick before going to the University of Ottawa where she earned a Bachelors degree in Social Sciences. A few years later Jill received her AMI elementary teacher diploma at the Washington Montessori Institute at Loyola College, in Baltimore, Maryland. Jill worked as an elementary teacher at Montessori schools in both Toronto and Ottawa before getting married in 2005.
Since that time Jill, her husband Radek, and their 4 children have lived throughout Canada, the U.S.A. and most recently spent 6 years living in the Czech Republic before moving back to the Ottawa area in 2015.
Jill considers herself very fortunate to have been able to spend the last 13 years at home, raising her 4 children but is excited for the opportunity to get back to teaching children, a profession she feels very passionate about.
Miss Sue- Toddler Teacher
Susan is a nurturing, caring, and passionate teacher, who thoroughly enjoys the toddler age group. She is a Montessori certified infant/toddler teacher, who has worked extensively with this age group.
Susan travelled throughout Europe and the United States with her husband and family, which was her introduction to the Montessori philosophy. After returning to Canada she settled into to a wonderful career in Montessori in the ottawa area.
Miss Kat- Toddler Teacher
Miss Kat has spent the last decade in childcare, working first as a swimming teacher before working as a private nanny. When she is not a toddler teacher she is working towards her degree in Early Childhood Education, and spending time with her family.
Miss Kat enjoys hiking, sharks, reptiles and scuba diving!
Miss Sari- Toddler Teacher
Sari is a fully trained Montessori teacher at the Infant/Toddler and Casa levels. She received her Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) at the Casa level from Montessori Teachers College in Toronto in 2011. While working as an Infant Montessori Assistant she took it upon herself to obtain the International Montessori Teaching Diploma for the Infant/Toddler level from the North American Montessori Centre in 2016. Before taking the Montessori teachers training courses, Sari taught in the public school system as an occasional teacher for a number of years and also had the opportunity to teach English as a Second Language to both adults and children in Japan. It is Sari’s mission to teach children in a positive, loving and nurturing environment which encourages them to be independent, confident and expressive individuals. She is very patient, dependable and a committed teacher who enjoys teaching children, at the same time learning from them.
Sari is originally from Bowmanville, Ontario (an hour east of Toronto). She moved here to Nepean in 2011 with her husband, Brent, and their dog Chloe. In Sari’s spare time she enjoys reading, walking, yoga, swimming and spending time with family and friends.
Mr Nick- Preschool Teacher
Mr. Nick has been working with children in daycares and with the OCDSB for almost a decade; it’s his first and strongest passion. He has worked with many different styles, mainly elect and Reggio, and is excited to be part of this wonderful Montessori program and meet all the amazing children who are part of it. With a passion for reading, songs, nature and animals, he hopes that it will inspire some fun conversations and learning experiences. He will be bringing the French language to their programs. When he isn’t in class, he is spending time with his 3yr old Twin boys, his new born daughter , his partner Hilary and their pets.
Miss Chelsea - Preschool Teacher
Chelsea has spent the past four years studying children, childhood and education at a Carleton University as well as St. Lawrence College. Chelsea graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree majoring in Child Studies, and with an Early Childhood Education diploma. Chelsea has spent several years working directly with children as a private nanny, an Early Childhood Educator, and as an Au Pair in Australia. During these years of working with children, she has created an environment where children have the right to share their opinion, be heard, but more importantly children have the right to be understood and taken seriously by adults, as well as providing children with opportunities to make their own choices within their lives. She encourages and empowers children to explore, think, ask questions, set goals and problem solve as independent children. Chelsea encourages outdoor playtime as an important part of the day, as she believes this is where children are able to explore more in-depth outside the box. Chelsea recognizes and appreciate differences within individual children, and can adapt to different learning styles and pace in order to assist the child in succeeding and having overall well-being. Chelsea enjoys spending her time playing ringette, snowboarding, eating sushi, and travelling the world.
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” –Aristotle