Help Me Do It Alone

"The greatest sign of success for a to be able to say 'The children are now working as if I do not exist.' Maria Montessori

A Tactile Environment

"Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment" Maria Montessori

Follow The Child

"And so we discover that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being." Maria Montessori

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 The Montessori Philosophy

The Montessori approach to education is grounded in the belief that children have a dynamic inner desire to explore and learn about their environment. In the words of Maria Montessori,"Education is not something which the teacher does, but is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being. It is not acquired by listening to words, but by virtue of experience in which the child acts on his environment... We must offer the child the help he needs, and be at his service so that he does not have to walk alone." Montessori believed that all children have within themselves the power to achieve their full potential. Given the proper measure of guidance and freedom, the children's inner spirit enables them to focus on what they need to know. Children then learn with wonder, confidence, and joy ("joyful, happy" is the root meaning of the Italian word allegro, the name of our school).

An Environment for Learning

An important part of Montessori's approach is an orderly and pleasant environment.  This environment includes learning materials designed to meet the particular developmental needs of each child.  Ideally, it also includes easy access to their outdoor surroundings and the world of nature.  Children are encouraged to explore the activities that interest them most, and to experience the deep inner sastisfaction of having achieved what they set out to do. 

Each child is given guidance according to his or her needs and personal capability, allowing for indivudually paced development in a non-competitive atmosphere.  The grouping of mixed ages in one classroom permits cooperative interaction and mutual assistance among the younger and older children. 



Roland Michener School
#4215 Degeer Street
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Phone: 306.931.4000

Fax: 306.931.4000


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Maria Montessori    (1870 - 1952)

Montessori education began a hundred years ago with the work of Maria Montessori (1870-1952), Italy 's first female physician and one of the great educators of the past century. Her detailed observation of a group of children committed to her care led her to design unique learning materials, to train others in her teaching methods, and then to open schools, first in Italy and then in numerous other countries. During the war years, Montessori's educational approach was known as the movement for peace, for she saw the child as the hope for a new world. By the time of her death, Maria Montessori's philosophy of education had become influential internationally, and schools under her name had been established around the world.


Our Founders  

Allegro Montessori School was founded by four families in the fall of 1987 to serve a small group of Montessori-trained elementary-age children. The first teacher/director of the school, Ursula Hodgson, guided Allegro through a most successful initial year at its first location, Bethlehem Lutheran Church of the Deaf. In 1988, Margaret Hurst joined the staff and became director of the first preschool classroom.


Allegro Montessori moved to John Lake School , and the student enrollment rose to twenty-six. In 1989, Allegro Montessori began a full-day program for the preschool level, some thirty-five children aged three to eleven formed the student body, and the staff doubled in number to four. In 1991, Allegro Montessori opened a second preschool classroom, the enrollment rose to sixty students, and the staff increased to six.


By December 1995, office staff had been hired and enrollment stood close to 90 students with 10 staff members. At this time the Separate School Board graciously offered us the use of St. Patrick's school. During the 5 1/2 years there the school continued to thrive and grow, until September 2000, when Allegro Montessori moved to Spadina Crescent.  This downtown location, while easily accessible, was not ideal so we moved to 2410 Haultain and for the next 5 years we grew in numbers and enjoyed 5 exciting years of learning.

In June of 2007 our lease expired but the Public School Board has accommodated us at 4215 Degeer Street in the East College Park area. The staff here has been so welcoming, the classrooms bright and spacious and the gym and playground well equipped. We look forward to many years in this location.





Staff Summary

The Montessori approach to education is grounded in the belief that children have a dynamic inner desire to explore and learn about their environment.


The Classroom Director 


An adult well trained in Montessori philosophy and teaching methods is the key link between the child and the environment.  In Montessori classroom, the term director is used to describe the role of the guiding adult. The director, specially trained in observation of child development assesses when to offer a new challenge to the child and demonstrates the use of materials.  The director assists the child's progress with attentive care, fostering a positive, loving atmosphere for the child.


  • Liz Reynolds
    Head of School

    Liz has her B. Ed in English and Theatre from the University of Saskatchewan and her Montessori Lower Elementary training from North American Montessori Association.  She has been associated with Allegro Montessori School for over 20 years now.  She found and fell in love with the Montessori way of teaching when she began as a Casa and Elementary Aide and Office Assistant.  Over the course of her life Liz has worked cleaning toilets, teaching, waitressing, managing restaurants and dinner theatres and much more.  She is currently in her dream job of choice as Head of School for Allegro and is looking forward to watching this school grow in its devotion to the Montessori Philosophy of Education.

  • Gayle Kidd
    Office Manager

    Gayle moved to the Saskatoon area when she was fourteen and graduated high school in Martensville.  Gayle has worked in many areas of fast food, retail and management.  In 2000 she went back and got a diploma as a medical office assistant and has worked in several doctor offices. She moved back to Saskatoon almost three years ago and started subbing in the office here at Allegro and is now working as the full time office manager.  Her best part of the day is watching the children come running into the school with their faces full of smiles.  Gayle is still learning more about the Montessori way, but loves how the children and directors embrace it.

  • Lynn Eremondi
    Lower Elementary Director

    Lynn has been working with Allegro Montessori School since the 2006/07 school year.  She started out teaching our French program and moved to Elementary Director in the 2009-10 school year.  Lynn’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English and History and a Bachelor of Elementary Education, (with distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan, as well as MACTE accredited Montessori Elementary I and II diplomas from Montessori Live Teacher Training Centre.  She has just completed her Masters of Arts in Montessori Leadership with Sarasota University in Florida.  


    Outside of School Lynn enjoys outdoor adventure activities as a 21 year member of Scouts Canada, as well as member of a family of avid backwoods campers and white-water canoeists.  


  • Mona Eremondi
    Casa #2 Director

    Mona received her Bachelor of Education at the University of Saskatchewan in 1987.  After working several years as a Montessori assistant under the mentorship of Margaret Hurst, she completed the North American Montessori Teaching Diploma for Casa in 2002.  Mona has been with Allegro since the 2001/02 school year.

  • Carrie Kroeker
    Casa #3 Director

    Carrie has been directing at Allegro Montessori since 2008.  In 2005, she received her Montessori Diploma from the Angela Martin Montessori Training Centre in Victoria BC.  She proceeded to work as a Casa director for six years at Westmont Montessori in British Columbia until she moved to Saskatoon to become a director of one of our casa environments.   She loves working with children, watching them grow and become independent.  

  • Jill Haverstock-Regamy
    Toddler Director

    After working as an assistant to Patty Soltys in Allegro’s Toddler Environment for six years, Jill became the Toddler Director in the 2014/15 school year.  She completed Montessori Infant and Toddler training with the North American Montessori Centre in 2012 and valued her experience working under Patti.  Jill loves working with children and is looking forward to meeting her new students each year.  

  • Claire Anderson
    Music and French Specialist

    Claire studied music and humanities at the University of Saskatchewan from 2000-2005.  She became a member of the Canadian Armed Forces in 2001, performing the changing of the guard ceremonies in Ottawa.  In 2008 she moved to St John’s to complete the remaining courses of a performance degree in music.  She has taught English abroad and travelled performing trumpet for Norwegian cruise lines.

  • Diane Kemp
    Lower Elementary Director

    Diane was born in Kenora, Ontario and grew up all across Canada, before moving permanently to the Saskatoon are in 1986.  She studied at the University of Saskatchewan and obtained a Bachelor of Education in 1992 and a Bachelor of Arts in 1994.  Diane joined the Elementary learning environment in 2011 and this will be her first year as co-director with Lynn Eremondi.  Diane has just completed her MACTE accreditation for Elementary I and II through Montessori Live Teacher Training Centre.  She has also just completed her Master’s degree in Montessori Education from Sarasota University in Florida.  

  • Fatima Mumtaz
    Casa #1 Director

    Fatima was born and grew up in Pakistan.  She graduated from the University of Karachik, with a major in education and received her Casa training from AMI Pakistan.  She has taught in different Montessori schools for over thirteen year including working as the Montessori Head of School for Casa and Lower Elementary at the Stanmore Public School in Pakistan.  She has been working with Allegro since February 2013 and is starting her first year as a Casa Director with the 2015/16 year.  

  • Jessica Iris
    Casa #2 Aide

    Jessica graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in the spring of 2015 with her Bachelor of Education.  She is excited to experience and share the Montessori Method in the classroom setting and hopes to work towards one day being a director.  In her spare time Jessica enjoys politics and drama.

  • Maya Mishra
    Casa #3 Aide

    Maya joined the Allegro Montessori family in 2012 and has enjoyed her time here thoroughly.  She began her passion for education at a young age.  She has her Bachelor’s Degree in History and Master’s Degree in Sociology from Tribhuvan University. She worked as a teacher in the Learning Realm International School in Kathmandu prior to moving to the United States.  


    Taking the time out to raise her own children full time greatly influenced her love for and commitment to early childhood education.  She also enjoys gardening, cooking and reading in the sunshine as well as spending quality time with her family.  

  • Heather Groat
    Toddler Aide and Office Aide

    Heather has been involved with Allegro for many years, first as a parent, followed by subbing, then as a staff member in the Toddler Program, since 2010.  She finds that each day with toddlers can be an interesting experience as the children discover something new or they finally master a challenging skill.

    When Heather finds some spare time, you will likely find her in the Great Outdoors or travelling somewhere.

  • Venus Dirin
    Allegro In Between and Extra Care Aide

    Venus started with Allegro as a substitute in the 2014/15 school year.  She has subbed in all corners of our school but has settled into working full time in our Allegro- In-Between and Extra Care program.  In her spare time she enjoys camping, playing badminton and baking for her family.  

  • Anna Haverstock
    Allegro In Between and Extra Care Aide

    Anna has been with Allegro since the 2012/13 school year.  During her time with us she has been an aide in both the Casa and the Allegro- In-Between environments.   She has also been one of our afternoon extra care coordinators during this time.  Anna is also an artist/designer and musician in her spare time.  

  • Brandy Kwok
    Casa #1 Aide

    Brandy came to Saskatoon in 2014. After five years of working in the elementary and high school level of Good Spirit School Division, she discovered Montessori Education and received her International Montessori Teaching Diploma (NAMC). She founded the first Montessori school in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, and directed the Casa program three years, before relocating to Saskatoon. Brandy has had the good fortune of working within Montessori schools in Saskatoon as a directress, mentor and aide and feels the experience gained from seeing the classroom from all vantage points is invaluable. American Sign Language, Cantonese, music, yoga and meditation are passions that she feels blessed to integrate into her classrooms. She is honoured to be working with all of the incredible staff at Allegro Montessori School and eager for the year to start!

  • Heather Martens
    Physical Education Specialist

    Heather is a mother and entrepreneur and  believes in healthy active lifestyles through fun, fitness and sport.  She grew up in a small town and recently relocated to Saskatoon.  She enjoys working with all ages as a sports & fitness educator and plans to continue her goal to receive a degree in Kinesiology.  Her passion is sports & fitness and she has multiple certifications and training in areas such as Artistic Gymnastics, Cheerleading, Kickboxing, Personal Training & Group Fitness.