Co-founders Megan Turner and Kristen Shipman-Adams have been friends for over ten years. Their interest in starting their own child care facility arose from their personal challenges in finding trustworthy child care for their young children. Their goal became to create a child care centre that met and exceeded their expectations for their own children. What began as a friendship became a business partnership - and yet they will be the first to tell you that their friendship has strengthened and flourished as they experienced the challenges and victories of navigating the choppy waters of starting a new business together. They love going to work every day; that is the key to creating a healthy, nurturing, happy, engaging and respectful environment for a child's development.
Kristen Shipman, Co-Founder and Montessori Teacher Guide
Kristen Shipman has a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Psychology, with a focus on Child Development. She has also completed Play Therapy Training through the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy, and was a Registered Professional Counsellor. She was the supervisor of Aboriginal Headstart for children ages 3-5 years, and spent seven years counselling youth and children in both one-on-one and group sessions. She also has extensive experience in social services, including Art and Play Therapy for children and youth. She has worked extensively with child development as well as children with attachment disorder, and has facilitated curriculum designed to increase self awareness, educate, and empower youth.
Kristen has two inspiring and incredible young daughters that are the light of her life, and they are the main reason she embarked on the journey that led to the opening of Making Roots Montessori Centre Inc.
Megan Turner, Co-Founder and Montessori Teacher Guide
Megan Turner is a MACTE (Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education) accredited teacher with extensive experience in early speech, literacy, and language development strategy. She has also taught and implemented English as an additional language program overseas. She was the Program Director of the Graffiti Art Program Inc. for four years, where she developed curriculum, worked with artists and instructors, and worked as a mentor, while overseeing several other administrative tasks. Her passion for arts therapy is also reflected in her private consulting business “outside the lines” which empowers children to use art as a tool to express themselves and develop a pride in their heritage. She has been trained in the Abecedarian approach which encompasses teaching and learning enrichment strategies for use in early childhood education settings. Megan also was involved in overseeing over 125 volunteers with Frontier College which focused on early literacy.
Megan has a spirited young son who has taught her many life lessons. He is the center of her world and her inspiration for developing a superior child care environment at Making Roots.
Manal Helal, Assistant Teacher Guide
Ms.Manal holds a teaching Diploma from The Industrial Technical Institutes in Egypt, as well as a certificate from "Managing the learning process" workshop. She is Certified CCA from Red River College and has over 13 Years of experience working with children as a Kindergarten teacher at Salam Advance School in Egypt. Manal enjoys making hand crafts, baking and spending time with family. We welcome Manal to our Making Roots family.
Sylviane Picyk, French Montessori Teacher Guide, French Kindergarten Teacher Guide and Yoga Instructor
Mme. Sylviane moved from France 9 years ago. She had worked in Europe as a school assistant and a Physical Education Teacher over the years. She enjoys outdoor, nature and sports. She has a University degree in French language and a Degree in physical education. Since moving to Canada she worked in a French Childcare. Shortly before joining Making Roots she was employed as a French resource coordinator for the Winnipeg French community.
She accomplished her NAMC diploma as well as a diploma in Yoga for children. At MakingRoots Mme.Sylviane provide the Montessori curriculum in French as well, as our French Immersion kindergarten program.
Amarpreet Basra, Montessori Teacher Guide, Art teacher and Program Coordinator
Ms. Amarpreet has extensive training and experience from England, UK. She holds a Masters in Childhood Studies and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the University of Birmingham. She has several years experience working as an Early Childcare Lecturer within the further education sector delivering the National Vocational curriculum in Childcare. To compliment her UK qualifications, she has completed Montessori training with NAMC and is an Early Childhood Educator II. In addition, she has been working with children in numerous public and private educational settings. Amarpreet has a love for musical theatre, Arts and reading. She is very excited to continue her life journey across the Atlantic bringing her passion for Childhood education at Making Roots.
Vaishali Kotak, Lead Montessori Teacher Guide and Lead Montessori Kindergarten Teacher guide
Ms.Vaishali was born and brought up in India and holds a Master's Degree in Home Economics from Gujarat University, India. After coming to Canada with her family in 2002, Ms.Vaishali earned an AMI Primary Teacher Diploma for 3-6 years from The Foundation for Montessori Education, Toronto in 2003-04. Since then Ms.Vaishali has been working as a Casa Montessori Teacher in different Montessori Schools in Toronto and Calgary before moving to Winnipeg in 2016. Vaishali is also qualified as Early Childhood Educator level II by Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care Program.
Vivienne Nickerson, Montessori Teacher Guide and Fundraising Coordinator
Ms.Vivienne has an extensive background in working with children and families, Ms.Vivienne joined Making Roots Montessori as a Montessori teacher guide in training and has since become the fundraising coordinator. She has education at the graduate level and holds a Montessori Diploma with NAMC as a Montessori teacher, as well as completing studies in Early Childhood Education. Ms.Vivienne is very interested in the brain development of young children and is inspired by Dr. Montessori’s philosophy that preschool education completes their prenatal development laying the foundation for children’s lifelong learning and success. She delights in her three adult children and three grandchildren, and enjoys backcountry canoeing, traveling and cooking.