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-Adams, co-founder
Kristen Shipman-Adams 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 is 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
Megan Turner is a MACTE (Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education) accredited teacher with extensive experience in early speech, literacy, and language development strategy. Megan has worked social services for over 20 years. She has also taught and implemented English as an additional language programs overseas while working as a Kindergarten/Grade 1 Math, Science, and English teacher in Thailand. 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. Working closely with The Forks and community Elders, Megan continues to educate children and students about First Nations culture.
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 Montessori Centre Inc.
Manal Helal, staff
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.
Sara Dutchyshen, staff
Sara is an ECE II and NAMC Montessori teacher. She has worked in childcare professionally since 2013. Sara graduated from Assiniboine Community College with her Early Childhood Education diploma. She has completed the NAMC Montessori Training to become a trained Montessori Teacher. Sara has always enjoyed working with young children and now enjoys learning with them in the classroom as well! In her spare time Sara enjoys reading, cooking, camping, fishing, being outdoors and spending time with family and friends. Sara is looking forward to meeting and working with you and your family at Making Roots!
Sylviane Picyk, staff
Sylviane holds a baccalaureat in French language from Universite de Sciences Humaines in Strasbourg, France and is currently enrolled in her MACTE Montessori training. She is certified to teach Yoga and has worked as the resource coordinator/children's programming for the French community. Miss Sylviane has worked with Making Roots to develop and implement our French and Yoga programs. She hopes to share her other joys of cooking and physical fitness with the children of Making Roots!
Amarpreet Basra, Program Coordinator
Amarpreet has extensive training and experience from England. She holds a Masters in Childhood Studies and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the University of Birmingham. She is Montessori trained through NAMC. She has several years’ experience working as an Early Childcare Lecturer within the further education sector delivering the National Vocational curriculum in Childcare. In order to compliment her UK qualifications she has embarked on Montessori training with NAMC. 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, staff
My name is Vaishali Kotak. I was born and brought up in India. I moved to Canada in 2002 with my husband and a son. We moved from Calgary last summer and now call Winnipeg our home. I love reading, cooking, yoga, making aromatherapy products and spending time with my family and friends.
I am excited to be a part of Making Roots school community. The school offers a warm and welcoming environment for children, their families and the staff. As a Montessori Teacher, feel very fortunate to be able to offer children, a comprehensive and rich Montessori Education based on Montessori Philosophy, utilizing the Montessori Materials to develop their unique personality. As each child awakens to the world around them, I find myself rediscovering the world as well.
I look forward to continuing this rewarding career at Making Roots for many years to come.