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 / Director / 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.
Vivienne Nickerson, Assistant Director
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.
Indima Silva, Montessori Teacher Guide
Ms. Indima has taught preschool children since 2001. She has trained as a Montessori Teacher Guide in Sri Lanka and is a member of the Good Shepherd Maria Montessori Teacher's Guild. Ms. Indima has a diploma awarded by the Association Montessori International (AMI) Amsterdam, Netherlands. She has taught in Sri Lanka, India, the USA and Canada, and says it has been an amazing learning experience working with children of different ethnicities.
Ms. Indima finds joy in being a positive influence in a child's growth and development, and considers herself a life-long learner whose passion is to instil the love of learning in all children. Ms. Indima believes each child embodies a unique and wonderful spirit. Her aspiration is to see children grow into adults who are independent, responsible and compassionate innovators.
Ms. Indima believes the Montessori Method is the best philosophy available for young children to start their learning experience. Ms. Indima enjoys travelling, cooking, reading, volunteering, meeting new people, biking, and spending time with her 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.