Our Team

At Atlantic Montessori School, we take pride in the unique abilities, interests and experiences that each member of our knowledgeable and dedicated team brings to our Montessori environment. From having speakers of five different languages on staff (English, French, Spanish, Arabic and German) to staff members with experience in the visual, culinary and performing arts, we feel that a variety of interests and abilities allows us to better understand and support the needs of our diverse group of students and their families.

Analia Lowe

Co-owner, Administrator and Inclusion Specialist

Analia Lowe holds a BSc degree in Psychology from Dalhousie University, a Master of Science in Early Childhood Special Education from Johns Hopkins University and a certificate in Montessori for Special Needs from the Center for Guided Montessori Studies. Since 2003, she has been working in the field of early childhood education in Canada, the United States and Asia. She spent over eight years working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, most recently through the IWK’s Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention program. Analia currently acts as Secretary for the Sackville-Bedford Early Intervention Program’s Board of Directors.

Analia enjoys keeping up her fluent Spanish by staying in touch with family and friends in Uruguay and the United States. She also enjoys dance parties with her husband and her twin boys, who are both graduates of the AMS Casa program. Analia is also known to take on the occasional do-it-yourself home décor project.

Andrea CavicchiAndrea 6

Co-owner and Head Montessori Guide

Andrea Cavicchi received her AMI Montessori teaching diploma from the Foundation for Montessori Education in Toronto in 2007 and holds a certificate in Montessori for Special Needs from the Center for Guided Montessori Studies. Andrea has been working with young children since 2003, in Nova Scotia, Ontario and Asia. She holds a BFA degree from NSCAD University and is also a TESOL trained children’s English teacher.

Andrea loves to travel and spend time with her husband and her daughter, who is a graduate of the AMS Casa program. She enjoys painting and writing and has published a children’s book, The Good Luck Dragonfly.

Isla Healy

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Casa Guide

Isla Healy is excited to join Atlantic Montessori School in September 2017 as a Casa Guide. Isla completed her second practicum placement in our Casa class and earned her AMI Montessori teaching diploma from the Foundation for Montessori Education in Toronto in May 2017. Isla is originally from the United Kingdom and, through her travels and growing up abroad, she has observed a number of different styles of education. She feels that Montessori education offers children a well-rounded and natural approach to learning.

Isla also has an interest in the performing arts and has a degree in Theatre Studies from Acadia University.

Marlyse Balin

French Speaking Casa Assistant

Marlyse recently immigrated to Canada from her home in Paris, France and is joining us as our French Speaking Casa Assistant for the next year.

While Marlyse’s background is in business and finance, she first became interested in working with children through her experiences at two French elementary schools in the Halifax area. After an observation at AMS, she found herself very interested in the Montessori philosophy and was happy to have the opportunity to become part of our team.

Marlyse enjoys running, dance and travel in her spare time.

Alissar ToulanyAlissar Toulany

Toddler Guide

Ally joined Atlantic Montessori School in 2014. She holds a Montessori Infant and Toddler Teaching dilpoma and an AMI Montessori Assistant’s diploma as well as a degree in Political Science and Administrative Sciences from Lebanon University. Ally has been working with young children for over fifteen years and ran her own home child care centre in Bedford for over ten years.

Ally loves to learn and, in her free time, she enjoys running, reading and meditation.

Jen Cantfell

Toddler Assistant and Aftercare Supervisor

Jennifer joined our school as Toddler Assistant and Aftercare Supervisor in September 2016. She has completed Montessori Beginnings training through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies and also has a degree in Child and Youth Studies and a Bachelor of Education Degree from Mount Saint Vincent University. Jennifer has over four years of experience working with young children.

Jennifer is a nature-lover who enjoys cooking, baking and working on art projects. She also loves to bring her passion for the arts into her work with children.