Staff

Making Roots Montessori School evolved from a dream, a vision, and a desire for a wonderful learning environment for children. Megan Turner turned that dream into a reality. She carries with her over 13 years of experience coupled with a broad range of early childhood learning and care.  Her search for superior, engaging and nurturing child care for her own child led to the opening of Making Roots Montessori Centre Inc.

Megan Turner, Founder / Director / Teacher Guide

Megan Turner

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 centre  of her world and her inspiration for developing a superior child care environment at Making Roots.

Sylviane Picyk, French Montessori Teacher Guide, French Kindergarten Teacher Guide and Yoga Instructor

Sylviane Picyk

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.

Vivienne Nickerson, Assistant Director

Vivienne Nickerson

Ms. Vivienne has an extensive background in working with children and families and a varied education, with two certificates in Montessori Teacher-Training for the Pre-School and the Infants/Toddlers level. She is currently completing studies in Early Childhood Education. With interests in the brain development of young children and attachment theory, Ms. Vivienne is inspired by Dr. Montessori's philosophy that fosters learning and growing while celebrating the independence and capabilities of young children. Ms. Vivienne delights in her three adult children and three grandchildren, and enjoys backcountry canoeing, traveling and cooking.

Samantha Lee, Child Care Assistant


Ms. Sam is currently enrolled in the Faculty of Education. She holds a Bachelor Generals in Science with a focus in Biology and has been involved in numerous community centre and summer sports camps.

Ms. Sam prides herself on her creativity and has a deep interest in the natural environment we live in. She wishes to cultivate the innate curiosity and creativity that all children have within them.

Deepa Dhakal, Montessori Teacher Guide in Training / Child Care Assistant

Ms. Deepa is a Registered Nurse and Child Care Assistant of Nepal. She completed her nursing degree in 2012, and after working for 4 years in a government hospital, she decided to pursue her career in the child-care sector. Her experience in caring and medicating children at the hospital has increased her passion for engaging in the local Montessori academy. She has gained extensive work experience as a Child Care Assistant before coming to Canada. Ms. Deepa has completed a CCA 40 hours course from Assiniboine Community College and is currently enrolled with NAMC to complete her Diploma as a Montessori teacher. Ms. Deepa is an ambitious and self-motivated person. She loves the challenges of working with a diverse team of people and children. She loves traveling, outdoor activities, and doing community service. She is delighted to be a part of the Making Roots family. 

Kelsey Capra, Child Care Assistant

Ms. Kelsey has been a Child Care Assistant for 4 years in Winnipeg and has a varied background in working with young children. She has a great desire to learn more in the Child Care field and to apply the knowledge she learns daily. She has a passion for helping children learn, and is committed to helping them accomplish tasks and feel proud of themselves, developing healthy self-concepts and self-esteem. Kelsey finds it rewarding to see children discover the world around them. She is looking forward to making a connection with the Making Roots team, children, and families.

Kelsey enjoys cooking with her husband, trying new foods, reading, soaking up the summer sun and a great cup of coffee. 

Elena Kostarelli, Child Care Assistant

Ms. Elena has more than 17 years of experience in the field of education and childcare. She is an ESL teacher and has taught English language to children of all ages in Greece. Ms. Elena has been working for the last three years as an Assistant Teacher at a Montessori Centre in Winnipeg and enjoys every single moment working with children, watching them grow and develop their skills. Ms. Elena loves to assist children in implementing the amazing Montessori Philosophy in their daily activities and takes great pride in watching how responsible and independent the children grow to be. She loves creating crafts and activities according to various themes and takes delight in watching the satisfaction of children when it comes time to create them by themselves. Ms. Elena loves spending valuable time with her family as she is also a mother of a 13 year old girl. She loves cooking, baking, listening to music and spending time with friends.

Julia Reyes, Child Care Assistant

Ms. Julia is very excited to join the Making Roots team! Her passion for teaching led her to receive Montessori Infant/Toddler Teacher Training, a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Manitoba, and an Early Childhood Educator II classification. Ms. Julia has over 25 years of experience working with children of all ages. Throughout all these years of experience, her passion and love for working with children continues to grow. Ms. Julia finds it rewarding to see a child learn, practice, and master a skill, and she strongly believes that children deserve a healthy, safe, caring, positive, and stimulating environment in which to learn and grow. She aims to provide diverse opportunities that allow children to grow and develop into their fullest potential. 

In her spare time, Ms. Julia loves to read, cook, walk, and spend time with her beautiful family and friends.

Sauda Cheema, Child Care Assistant

Ms. Sauda enjoyed a first career as a homeopathic doctor and after several years in this field, retrained as a nursery school teacher. She has a varied background and great experience as an educator of young children, having earned her Montessori Teacher Diploma through the North American Montessori Centre. Ms. Sauda has a keen interest in continuing education in child development and special needs of children, taking courses to further enhance her knowledge and skills as an Early Childhood Educator. She enjoys trying different activities with the children and loves to see them explore and grow in their learning and abilities. 

Ms. Sauda has three adult children all studying at the University of Manitoba in their professional fields. Her hobbies are cooking and spending time with her family.