Our Team

 

At AMS, we take pride in the unique abilities, and experiences that each member of our knowledgeable and dedicated team brings to our environment. From having speakers of many different languages on staff (English, French, Spanish, Urdu, Gujarati, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, Telugu, Mandarin, Cantonese and Shanghainese) to staff members with experience in the sciences, and 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.

All AMS team members have current First Aid Certification, Clear Criminal Record Checks and Child Abuse Registry Checks and complete regular professional development courses.

Analia Lowe

Co-owner, Administrator and Inclusion Support

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.

Analia enjoys family time with her husband and twin boys, who are both graduates of the AMS Casa program. She often takes part in networking events with a focus on women in leadership, and enjoys keeping up her fluent Spanish by staying in touch with family and friends in Uruguay and the United States.

Andrea Cavicchi

Co-owner, Administrator 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 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 two books for children, The Good Luck Dragonfly and The Crow’s Voice.

Isla Morrison

Casa Blue Jay Montessori Guide

Isla Morrison joined AMS 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.

Joanna Fan

Casa Blue Jay French Assistant

​Joanna Fan joined AMS in March 2022, shortly after moving to Halifax. Joanna studied French and became fluent in the French language during the three years she spent living in Montreal with her family. She has worked in the field of language learning since 2014, including developing English graded learning libraries for children in her home country of China.

Joanna has an AMI Montessori Assistant’s certificate from the Montessori Center of Minnesota. She also has a BSc in Human Resources from the University of Manchester and a Diploma in Public relations from Jiangsu Wuxi Commercial College in China. 

Asma Begum

Asma Begum

Casa Cardinal Montessori Guide

Asma Begum joined Atlantic Montessori School in summer 2022 and will be our Casa Cardinal Guide in September 2022. She earned her AMI Montessori Diploma from the Montessori Training and Research Centre in Hyderabad, India. She has a Bachelor of Education degree from the Anwal Ul-Uloom College and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the St. Anne’s Degree College, also in Hyderabad.

Asma has been teaching in the field of early childhood education in India and Saudi Arabia for over ten years and is now looking forward to having her own classroom in Canada! In her spare time, she enjoys reading and henna design.

Mehreen Amin

Hummingbird Room Toddler Guide

Mehreen Amin joined AMS in September 2020 . She has been working in the field of early childhood education for the past six years, as both an early childhood educator and child care centre administrator in her home country of Pakistan, and as an early childhood educator since moving to Canada.  Mehreen has a Montessori Beginnings certificate through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies. She also holds a Masters degree in Business Administration and is currently enroled in the MACTE accredited Montessori Infant and Toddler program through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies.

Sapna Ramnath

Hummingbird Room Toddler Assistant

Sapna joined AMS in December 2021. She has over eight years of experience working with young children in her home country of India. Sapna completed Montessori training through the Indian Montessori Training Courses and spent four years running her own Montessori focused child care and kindergarten program.  She has a Montessori Beginnings certificate from the Center for Guided Montessori Studies and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Joseph’s College of Arts and Science in Bangalore.

Sapna is excited to continue her Montessori journey in Canada and is now enroled in the Montessori Beginnings training course through the Center for Guided Montessori studies to prepare for her new role in our Hummingbird Room!

Nerisha Merchant

Casa Cardinal English Assistant

Nerisha Merchant joined the AMS team in January 2022, beginning in our Hummingbird Room. She is now happy to join Casa Cardinal.

Nerisha has spent over five years working with young children, in Canada and in her home country of India. Nerisha has a Montessori Beginnings Certificate through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies. She also has a Bachelor of Education degree from Mumbai University, as well as a diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education from Indira Gandhi National Open University.

Kelly Jackson

Montessori Consultant and Substitute Montessori Guide

Kelly Jackson joined Atlantic Montessori School in 2019 as a substitute Montessori Guide, after recently moving to Nova Scotia. Since that time, Kelly has been invaluable to our team as a Montessori consultant, bringing the knowledge of over thirty years of Montessori experience in British Columbia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia to AMS. Kelly has an AMI Montessori diploma from the Toronto Montessori Institute, where she completed her training under Maria Montessori’s granddaughter, Renilde Montessori. Kelly also holds a BA from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.