Nurturing one child at a time


Kalpana Gananathan, B.A. (Economics), AMI Montessori Diploma
Founder, Administrator, and Casa Directress

Prior to moving to Canada in 2003, Kalpana was a senior marketing executive in the tourism industry in India. Inspired by her aunt, an AMI-trained Montessorian, she got her Montessori Diploma from AMI in 2007. She has been a Casa Directress since then.

As chance would have it, Kalpana walked into Church Street Montessori in 2007 as a student-teacher as part of her AMI diploma. She maintained her relationship with both founders of the school, which made their bond stronger over the years. With her profound love for children and her making a difference in their lives combined with her belief in the Montessori pedagogy, she took over the ownership of Church Street Montessori in 2013. Kalpana founded KinderHaus Montessori in 2020 and moved the operations from Aurora to the present location in 2021.

Needless to say, Kalpana’s two children are Montessorians. She loves to travel, blog, write poems, and short stories in her spare time. Kalpana holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Montessori Diploma in teaching from AMI (Association Montessori Internationale).

Parastoo Zibaradrad, BA (English Translation), ECE Diploma
Toddler ECE

Parastoo Zibaradrad has over ten years of experience working with children. She loves children and understands that every child is unique and to bring out their capabilities fully, they need to be nurtured individually. When she moved to Canada, her passion for working with children drove her to obtain her diploma in Early Childhood Education (ECE). While Parastoo’s background is ECE, her approach to nurturing children aligns so well with the Montessori way.

In her spare time, Parastoo enjoys spending time with her young daughter. Parastoo is an active person who enjoys cooking, baking, gardening, and making crafts. She loves to incorporate these elements into her classroom, making learning more fun and enjoyable for her children.

Parastoo holds a diploma in Early Childhood Education (ECE) from Seneca College. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Translation from Iran.

Roopa Devanahalli, M.Sc. (Microbiology)
Casa Assistant

Roopa moved to Canada from India in 2018. Roopa loves working with children as they are brave and filled with energy and optimism. In India, she taught Science and English to children from ages 4 to 14 in private institutes. With her background in psychology and love for children, Roopa was drawn naturally to the Montessori philosophy and our school. She hopes to leverage her knowledge in psychology to guide children to develop confidence, empathy and gratitude to help strengthen their foundation for holistic development and discover their emotions and feelings using effective communication techniques.

Roopa has two teen daughters who are freshmen at university and high school. Her hobbies include travelling, collecting handmade sarees from different parts of India and watching informative documentaries.

Roopa has a Master of Science degree in Microbiology from Bangalore University (India) and a Diploma in Psychology and Counselling from Prerana Academy, India.

Christine McNamara, B.A. (Foreign Languages), AMI Montessori Diploma
Casa Assistant

Christine McNamara hails from Barbados. She met Kalpana in 2006 while they were both pursuing the AMI Montessori diploma. The two had an instant bond and, since then, have both continued to support one another’s love for Montessori.

Christine’s energy and vivacious personality are infectious to both children and adults alike, along with her passion for teaching the future of our world. She enjoys keeping fit and active, travelling, teaching French, learning anything new, and spending quality family time with her husband and two young Montessori children.

Christine has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Languages (French, German and Spanish) from Bishop’s University, Quebec and a Diploma in teaching from AMI (Association Montessori Internationale).

Daniela Ferrante, Honours B.A. (Phil), AMI Montessori Diploma
Administrative Advisor and Casa Consultant

Ms. Ferrante is an AMI-trained Casa Directress with over 17 years of experience. She has taught in a number of Montessori schools in the Toronto area, and for the past nine years, she has served as a Vice-Principal and Supervisor of a reputable AMI Recognized school.

Daniela loves to be occupied. She has been a tutor for children of various ages, a camp counsellor, and an ESL teacher in Italy. Daniela’s overwhelming love and compassion for children led her to also volunteer for missionary work in an orphanage in Albania. When she can find the time, she likes to keep fit and enjoys lifting weights. She also loves to travel and spend time on beautiful beaches around the world.

Ms. Ferrante holds several educational qualifications. She has an Honours B.A. (HBA) degree in Philosophy from York University, holds an AMI Montessori Primary Diploma and a diploma in Early Childhood Education (ECE). She was also awarded a certificate in Practical and Applied Ethics by York University.

Sujata Kanianthra, B.A. (Economics),
AMI Montessori Diploma (Co-Founder, Church Street Montessori)
Business and Curriculum Advisor

Sujata began her career in the hospitality industry in India. When she moved to Canada, she started in the banking sector, but, as destiny would have it, a conversation with a customer sparked her interest in Montessori. Sujata met Laurie during her Montessori training at AMI, and the pair started Bloomington Montessori in 1997. Together, they shaped the lives of adorable children in Aurora until Sujata retired in 2013.

Although Sujata is currently pursuing her interest in cooking, she continues to advise us on administration, curriculum, and other matters passionately. In addition to her Montessori Diploma from AMI, Sujata holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Calcutta, India.

Laurie Chapman, B.Sc. (Life Sciences), B. Ed.,
AMI Montessori Diploma (Co-Founder, Church Street Montessori)
Business and Curriculum Advisor

With a B.Sc. and a B.Ed. from Queen’s University in Kingston, Laurie Chapman began her career as a French, science, and mathematics teacher in the public system. Several years later, she visited the Montessori classroom in her daughter’s school. Amazed by the inner discipline of these young children, Laurie fell in love with the Montessori philosophy and obtained her AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) diploma the following year.

Shortly thereafter, in 1997, Laurie founded Bloomington Montessori with her fellow AMI classmate, Sujata Kanianthra, and shaping young children’s development ever since. After Kalpana took over the school in 2013, Laurie continued to serve with Kalpana at Church Street Montessori until 2020.

Laurie is an ardent nature lover and enjoys skiing, biking, and canoeing. Although enjoying retirement now, the Montessori philosophy continues to impress Laurie and serves as a source of inspiration for her. She keeps in touch and continues to advise us on administration and other school matters.

Nurturing one child at a time
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