BCMTSA 2019 Annual Conference:
Montessori Rocks- Digging Deeper for a Better Understanding
Friday, October 25, 2019, Maple Ridge, BC.
Hammond Elementary School.
This year’s focus is on Geology, timelines and human behaviour. Renowned geologist, Mika McKinnon is our keynote speaker, Michael Piper will share her Montessori knowledge and Anjeanette Dawson, our aboriginal weaver will be returning for a full day of weaving. Claudia Mann, from Fossilicious will be present and Betsy A. Lockhart will share strategies on classroom management in a Montessori environment.
It will be an exciting day of learning!
8:00 - 8:30 Check in, market place and coffee
8:30 - 8:45 Welcome/First Nations Recognition
8:45 - 9:45 Keynote Speaker
15 minute BREAK
10:00 - 12 First Session
12:00 - 1:15 AGM and LUNCH
1:15 - 2:45 Second session
2:45 - 3:00 Raffle and Wrap up
BCTF / Independent School Teachers = $125.00
2019/20 membership only = $25.00
UBC/SFU Teacher Candidates and retired teachers = $50.00 (Please email us to receive an online coupon code)
All prices include annual membership to the PSA.
All registrations need to be done online. There will be no registration the day of the conference.
Only BCTF members have voting rights at the AGM. However all attendees will become members and will have access to all resources and professional development opportunities.
Parking is limited so please use roadside parking or carpool
Remember to print your receipt at time of purchase
Please email us ahead of time if you require proof of attendance.
Thanks for your understanding.
To purchase your 2019 - 2020 $25 PSA membership only, please choose the link below.
About the Presenters
Keynote Speaker: Mika McKinnon
Mika McKinnon received her Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2005. She received her Master of Science in geophysics from the University of British Columbia in 2010. After graduation, she pursued a career in science communication that included popular science writing and continuing her consulting role on the television shows. She was a contributing editor for Gawker Media, providing coverage on popular science topics and later became a science writer for Gizmodo.
Montessori education has been the gift of a lifetime! From my first experience as a young musician sharing music with Montessori children to my retirement from LePort Encinitas Head of School in 2018, I’ve seen the many benefits of Montessori in changing lives of children, young people and adults. I received Elementary I (Xavier University), Elementary II (CMTE/NY) and Secondary I (Houston Montessori Center) certifications between 1987 and 2003. After its beginnings in Cincinnati, OH, my teaching career took me to many places as guide, administrator, and teacher educator. I participated in the founding of two Montessori schools: Montessori de Santa Cruz in Tubac, AZ and Chaffee County Montessori School (now Salida Montessori Charter School) in Salida, CO. My work with Montessori teachers has included teacher training, mentoring, and coaching since 1988. It brings me great joy to be able to serve teachers, administrators, schools, and parents as they strive to live the Montessori vision.
Ha7lh skwayel, Spelexilh Kwi en sna, my English name is Anjeanette Dawson. I am from the Squamish Nation and I’m the Elementary Home School Counsellor. I have two children and two grandchildren that I love to share my teachings and knowledge with. I’ve been working in Aboriginal Education for over 30 years and I have been a Traditional Wool Weaver since 2005. I have a blanket hanging in the Squamish Lil-wat Cultural Centre in Whistler, two blankets hanging at SFU (FN Atrium) and I made a shawl that was worn in the 2010 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies, I have made many pieces such as speakers blankets, head bands, shawls, sitting blankets and quarter bags. I’ve facilitated workshops at the UBC Math Symposium, Elders Gathering, Gathering Our Voices Youth Conference and many schools in the lower mainland. I am a very involved in my Squamish Culture and ceremonies. I will continue to educate myself and continue to learn and share my teachings with those coming behind me.
I have been a Montessori teacher in Prince George, B.C. for twelve years, and have taught lower and upper elementary. I am currently an upper elementary teacher at Polaris Montessori. I received my 6-12 Montessori training from Centre for Guided Montessori Studies in 2015. In 2019, I became an instructor for teachers taking CGMS training. Some of my interests as a Montessori teacher are bringing local ecology into the classroom, and helping students discover and pursue their personal passion work. I appreciate my opportunities to make meaningful connections with my students, and to help them discover who they are, and what interests them.
Betsy is an elementary instructor at the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder, Colorado, where she currently teaches Classroom Leadership, Math, and Geometry. She is a regular presenter at The AMS Event and regional Montessori conferences. During the school year, she consults with schools throughout the western US, providing coaching and professional development workshops. Her passion is helping Montessorians reconnect confidently with the materials and philosophy that defines our practices.
Rayne Beveridge has been coaching singers, performing, and studying the academics of the voice since 2005 and is comfortable working with youth, university applicants, and recording artists. He has lead the RM orchestra and the OTC summer camp and taught for BAMA, The MRPM Arts Council, PM Elementary, Hammond Elementary, Weyburn Comprehensive, and Meadowridge for major projects and workshopped for MRSS, Garibladi, and Kids Zone. He has been recognized and funded by the Canada Council for the Arts and is a committed educator.
Melissa Krahn has taught in public Montessori classrooms in BC for the last 15 years. She has a B.A. and B.Ed. from UBC, AMS Montessori training (ages 6-12) from VTI, and a Masters in Montessori Education from St. Catherine's University. She has been a teacher sponsor for three student teachers in the UBC Montessori cohort. She is a member-at-large on the BC Montessori PSA executive.
Michael Piper has been a local Montessori teacher for 15 years. He was the past Montessori PSA president and continues to be a member of the executive. Michael was the Montessori Department Coordinator for district 43 and has taught in both lower and upper level classrooms. As a fan of the Montessori math materials he has had the opportunity to facilitate many workshops around British Columbia.
We are very excited to have Mindset Tools for Learning, Kinder Books, Usborne Books, Montessori Materials by Lakeview, Puzzleheads, and Fossilicious join us in our market place for the day. Make sure you visit their tables!