Early Childhood Education in Surrey




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The Maria Montessori School

8597 156 Street Surrey B.C.  (school entrance 86th avenue)


Classes begin:  9:00 AM and 12:30 PM

(Extended hours for Kindergarten students)

The Maria Montessori School does not offer before, after or daycare programs. Our School offers you an authentic three year Montessori (International - AMI) Preschool and Kindergarten education program. Please call if you would like more information, to leave a call-back time, or to book your time for a personal observation of the classroom. 

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Notes to Parents:

The Maria Montessori School is an associated training facility for Montessori practicum students enrolled in the MONTESSORI TRAINING CENTRE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA – (AMI). Every year student teachers learn to apply Montessori International principles and methods within our school under the guidance of our Directress. 

Families have been associated with The Maria Montessori School now - in some cases - for more than 20 years.

Maria Montessori herself, and the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) she founded in 1929, never sought to legally protect the name “Montessori”. And so today - the word “Montessori” is no assurance of authenticity or qualification or method - and parents are advised to carefully research before choosing. It is especially instructive to observe children within an actual working classroom.

The Maria Montessori School participated in this years 28th International Montessori Congress in Prague (CZ).


The Maria Montessori School: Staff

Directress: Mrs. Rosa van Meel

The classroom AMI Directress Rosa van Meel - born and raised in Vancouver B.C. - holds a Bachelor Degree of Science (BSc Agr), the Association Montessori Internationale Diploma (AMI),  ECE Certification, and she is a member of the Montessori Society of Canada. As the mother of three young adults, Rosa has always been passionate about working with children. As a teacher she uses the pedagogical methods pioneered by Dr. Maria Montessori to guide and develop the unique gifts and abilities of each child.

Assistant teacher: Harpreet K. Bains (On Leave)

Harpreet Bains was born and raised in India where she received her Bachelor of Arts with studies in Management of Creche and Nursery. After moving to Canada in 2005, she fulfilled the requirements to attain her ECE and Montessori Diploma (NAMC). Harpreet is the mother of two young daughters.

Assistant teacher: Elaine (Suling) Xu

Elaine Xu was born and raised in China. She has a Masters Degree in Education and an undergraduate degree in Engineering.  Elaine has 12 years experience working in these fields and has just completed her AMI Montessori training. Elaine is fluent in English and Mandarin and we are delighted to welcome her to our school.

All staff are ECE and First Aid Certified.


See links below for MORE:

Please Note: The first link below quotes writings of Dr. Montessori now over 100 years old - terminology in common usage at that time is now considered archaic and is no longer used. The quotes do however, very clearly show her working towards a method which would benefit all children - a quite radical thought at that time.

What is the Montessori Method?

Dr. Maria Montessori

The Montessori Training Centre of BC

The Montessori Society of Canada

Association Montessori Internationale

The Founders of GOOGLE

Why Montessori?