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 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 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 two books for children, The Good Luck Dragonfly and The Crow’s Voice.

Isla Healy

Casa Guide & Aftercare Supervisor

Isla Healy joined 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.

Amanda Rooney

French-Speaking Casa Assistant

Amanda Rooney joined AMS in 2016 as our French Speaking Assistant. Amanda has always loved learning  languages. She attended a French Immersion program as a child and went on to complete a Masters degree in languages from Dalhousie University, studying both French and German. Amanda also holds a certificate in Montessori Fundamentals from the Center for Guided Montessori Studies and has experience working as a childrens’ gymnastics instructor.

In her spare time, Amanda enjoys taking part in outdoor activities with her family and pets.

Bobbie Holliday

Toddler Guide

Bobbie joined Atlantic Montessori School as our Toddler Guide in January 2020. Bobbie has a MACTE accredited Montessori Infant and Toddler Diploma from the American Montessori Society, as well as a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Walden University. She has spent time working on Kindermusik workshops for young children, and has also had experience with teacher training and offering parenting workshops.

Bobbie has spent the last 20 years working with young children in China. She is happy to be now continuing her Montessori journey in her home country of Canada.

Alissar Toulany

Toddler Guide & Aftercare Supervisor

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.

Jennifer Moore

French-Speaking School Assistant

Jennifer Moore joined AMS in February 2019 for a one year maternity leave position and decided to stay on as our part-time, French speaking school assistant.  Jenn studied French Immersion throughout her elementary and high school careers and now holds a Bachelor of Education Degree from The University of Maine, as well as a Montessori Fundamentals certificate from the Center for Guided Montessori Studies. Jennifer has had significant experience as a language instructor, having spent over seven years teaching both children and adults in North America, Asia and the Middle East.

In her spare time,  Jenn enjoys yoga and spending time with her family.