Laurie Chapman, B.Sc. (Life Sciences), B. Ed., AMI Montessori Diploma
Co-Founder and Supervisor

With a B.Sc. and a B.Ed. from Queen’s University in Kingston, Laurie Chapman began her career as a French, science and mathematics teacher in the public system. Several years later, she visited the Montessori classroom in her daughter’s school. Amazed by the inner discipline of these young children, Laurie fell in love with the Montessori philosophy and obtained her AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) diploma the following year.

Shortly afterwards in 1997, Laurie opened our school with her fellow AMI classmate, Sujata Kanianthra, and has been shaping the development of young children ever since. The Montessori philosophy continues to impress Laurie and serves as a source of inspiration for her own life. Laurie is an ardent nature lover and enjoys skiing, biking and canoeing.



Kalpana Gananathan, B.A. (Economics), AMI Montessori Diploma
Administrator and Casa Directress

Kalpana was a senior marketing executive in the tourism industry in India. When she moved to Canada, inspired by her aunt, an AMI trained Montessorian, she got her Montessori Diploma from AMI in 2007. She has been a Casa Directress since then.

As chance would have it, Kalpana walked into Church Street Montessori in 2007 when the school agreed to host her as a student-teacher as part of her AMI diploma. She maintained her relationship with the two founders of the school and that made their bond stronger over the years. With her profound love for children and for making a difference in their lives combined with her belief in the Montessori pedagogy, she took over Church Street Montessori in 2013 from the founders.

Both her children are Montessorians. She loves to travel, blog, write poems and short stories. Kalpana holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Montessori Diploma in teaching from AMI (Association Montessori Internationale).



Giuliana Sevareid Bockneck, B.A. (Language and Literature), B. Ed.
Casa Assistant

Raised in California, Giuliana moved to Canada several years ago. She taught as a grade one teacher in a traditional school setting for many years. When her children were ready for schooling, Giuliana became interested in Montessori and she discovered Bloomington Montessori (now Church Street Montessori).

When her youngest child graduated from our school, Giuliana became an assistant at our school. She took a break from our school in 2010 to experience supply teaching and working with a Speech Language Pathologist as a communication disorders assistant. Giuliana returned in 2013 with an even greater respect for Montessori education.

Giuliana loves to read, and paint. She obtained her B.A. in language and literature from University of California and her B. Ed. from University of Western Ontario. She holds a Montessori Diploma in teaching from Toronto Montessori Institute (TMI) as well as a certificate in Montessori Assistants Course from AMI (Association Montessori Internationale).



Lida Kashani, B.A. (Fine Art), AMI Montessori Assistants Course
Casa Assistant

Lida Kashani has been nurturing children at art camps with the Town of Richmond Hill for many years. She has also been teaching art in many Montessori schools in the Toronto suburbs and is now a valuable part of our team. Her love for children and for art complement one another.

In her spare time, Lida loves to read and garden. She holds an undergraduate degree in Fine Art as well as a certificate in Montessori Assistants Course from AMI (Association Montessori Internationale).



Sujata Kanianthra, B.A. (Economics), AMI Montessori Diploma
Co-Founder and Advisor

Sujata began her career in the hospitality industry in India. When she moved to Canada, she started in the banking sector but, as destiny would have it, a conversation with a customer sparked her interest in Montessori. Sujata met Laurie during her Montessori training at AMI and the pair started Bloomington Montessori in 1997. Together, they shaped the lives of adorable children in Aurora, until Sujata retired in 2013.

Although Sujata is currently pursuing her interest in cooking, she continues to passionately advise us on administration, curriculum and other matters. In addition to her Montessori Diploma from AMI, Sujata holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from University of Calcutta, India.