Our Team

Our team holds a variety of degrees (B.A, B.Sc, M.A., M.Sc.) and certifications (BC Teachers, AMI diplomas, ECE, and Orton-Gillingham). Criminal record checks, First Aid, and ongoing professional development training are required for all adults working with our students.

Reflective of our diverse community, staff at Lions Gate hail from such places and cultures as China, England, France, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Reunion Island, Russia, and the United States.  They have all chosen to come together here, at Lions Gate, to collaborate and support each other in a way that models the Montessori approach.   

We offer through our staff and facilities, an exemplary Montessori education that meets Early Childhood Education licensing and British Columbia Ministry of Education requirements. We prepare beautiful and enriching environments, present appropriate lessons, and above all, respect and nurture our students’ holistic development. 

The staff and I invite you to visit us in person – We’d love to meet you and your family!
Riza Weinstein

Ms. Nazli Atiyeh: Ms. Atiyeh spends her time working at both our facilities as a Resource Assistant at North Creek and After School Club Supervisor at Anchor Point. Ms. holds a Master’s Degree in Art and enjoys inspiring students to engage creatively using a wide variety of materials.

Ms. Rosamay Conejos: Ms. Rosamay holds a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and an MA Certificate of Proficiency in English Language Teaching. She earned her AMI Primary Diploma and Early Childhood Certificate in 2015 from the Montessori Training Centre of BC. Born in the Philippines, Ms. Rosamay has worked with children at all levels including high school and university students. Education has always been her passion. She believes that learning is a lifelong interactive process where every day is a unique learning experience. Ms. Rosamay devotes most of her time to her family and draws great inspiration from her beautiful daughters whom she dotes upon!

Ms. Sara Daly: A native Newfoundlander, Ms. Sara teaches yoga to all students at LGMS. She is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher and is delighted to be able to teach yoga asanas to children. To her, the freshness, innocence, and energy that children bring to the practice is a real joy. Sara feels that having the opportunity to practice yoga at such an early age is truly a gift since it is a practice which can lead children to excellent physical health and mental well-being.

Ms. Olga Doronina: Ms. Olga is a graduate of York University with her Bachelor of Psychology, Honours Degree with a major in child development and their sensitive periods. Born in Moscow, Ms. Olga has worked with children of various ages throughout her life and is extremely passionate about educating children. Her interest in holistic education and a desire to work in a supportive environment naturally led her to career in Montessori elementary education.

Ms. Ashley Ewing: Ms. Ashley worked as a teacher in Oakville, Ontario with a focus on Special Needs. Her interest in sustainability on our planet led her to pursue an undergraduate degree in Geography from the University of Guelph, followed by a B.Ed for elementary students. A Montessori child herself, she has enjoyed returning to her Montessori roots as a member of the elementary team at LGMS.

Mme. Carmen Payet Gal: Mme. Carmen was born in Réunion Island, a French department located in the Indian Ocean and moved to France as a teenager. Mme. Carmen worked as a resource teacher at an elementary school in France where she helped with administrative and teaching duties. She especially enjoys teaching music, dance to the students and sharing French language and culture with students at LGMS.

Ms. Tarunya Gouthaman: Born and raised in India, Ms. Gouthaman discovered Montessori in 2009, after completing her Masters of Arts in Public Relations. Since then, she has undergone both her AMI Primary and Elementary training. Ms. Tarunya has worked with children at both levels is delighted to be able to share her broad knowledge and experience at LGMS.

Ms. Janice Lee: Ms. Lee obtained her AMI diploma from the Montessori Training Centre of British Columbia. She discovered her love for working with children as a student in Psychology at UBC. Ms. Lee has worked with children as Kumon instructor and looks forward to implementing her newfound love of Montessori and acapella singing at North Creek. She is also fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.

Ms. Yukimi Meki: Ms. Yukimi is originally from Japan and joined the LGMS community as Assistant and After School Club Supervisor at Anchor Point. She obtained her Montessori Assistant training in 2014 and has since enjoyed implementing Montessori as Assistant at North Creek

Mr. Hossein Mousavi: Mr. Hossein has been working as the school’s math specialist for the past four years. When not at Anchor Point, Mr. Hossein can be found tutoring university and high school students. Mr. Hossein is the author of over 40 high school and pre-university mathematics textbooks in Iran and has trained about 2000 Iranian high school Math teachers on how to effectively teach mathematical concepts. His current focus is on introducing problem-solving strategies to elementary and young adolescent students, especially to enable them to solve problems representing situations never encountered before, and problems for which students do not have ready-made algorithms for a solution.

Ms. Karla Sleightholme: A graduate of the University of Victoria with a degree in music, Ms. Karla has been a member of the LGMS community for the past decade as an assistant and general music specialist. Currently, Karla is taking the music world by storm by jazzing up new restaurants, clubs, galas and events with her solo/ tracks act and alongside world renowned DJ’s but manages to set aside time with LGMS as the music specialist.

Ms. Atiyeh Sotoudeh: Originally from Iran, Ms. Sotoudeh, currently works at our Anchor Point facility as Education and Resource Aide. She has a background in Education Management and having worked at an adaptive school in the past, appreciates the opportunity to work with children of all ages and abilities.

Ms. Silvia Talamonti: Ms. Silvia worked as a registered psychologist specializing in children with unique learning needs and abilities (dyslexia, Attention Hyper Activity Disorder, etc.) in her home country of Italy. She discovered Montessori upon moving to Canada and began her Montessori journey in the Primary environment. Her observations helped her realize the correlation between Montessori principles and her studies in neuropsychology. She is particularly interested in integrating and applying her neuropsychology experience with the Montessori approach. Ms. Silvia has since pursued Montessori at the elementary level and is delighted to be able deepen her understanding of child psychology while practicing Montessori at Anchor Point.

Ms. Sharmeen Tahir: Ms. Sharmeen is a certified Orton-Gillingham specialist with neuro-developmental training and has been working with LGMS elementary students for the past eight years. She takes delight in helping them make progress and supporting their continuing journey in Montessori.

Ms. Lili Wang: Ms. Lili began her career working with children in 1987. She has been Mandarin Specialist and Assistant at LGMS since its inception, working with students at all levels. She’s grateful to have the opportunity to witness the growth of our students from preschool and up for so many years!

Ms. Priscilla Yeung: Ms. Priscilla has a background in Art from Emily Carr University and has been a fixture at LGMS for over a decade. She is honoured to have had the opportunity to grow and learn with the students at LGMS, working as Assistant, Directress, Casa Program Head, and now, as School Administrator, sharing her love and understanding of Montessori beyond the classroom.