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Upper Elementary 1 Teachers


Mrs. Gina Purvey - Directress

I graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1993 with a B.A. in Sociology. While at U.W.O., I decided to become an educator so that I could inspire children to learn and foster a love of knowledge. I was introduced to the Montessori method and philosophy while at university, and I was hooked. Upon graduation, I attended the Toronto Montessori Institute where I received both the Primary and Elementary Diplomas, qualifying me to teach students from ages three to twelve.

During my 16+ years of teaching, at both the Casa and Elementary Levels, I have had many different teaching experiences and opportunities. In addition to classroom teaching, Music, French and Art instruction was also given. I directed a drama club for six years as well as develop a summer camp program of three years. Individual learning styles and approaches were created and implemented for students with ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, Autism Spectrum and Giftedness.

I am a versatile, dedicated and student-focused educational professional that guides students and fosters a love of learning in an inspiring, secure and motivating learning environment.

When I’m not teaching, I love spending time with my husband, my daughter and our crazy lab, Brandi. Since 1995, I have been a Percussionist with the Oakville Wind Orchestra, rehearsing and performing to large audiences on a regular basis. I also enjoy Zumba, gardening and camping with the family.

I am excited to be a part of the Northstar team and look forward to the coming year!


Mrs. Mona Elkhadem - Directress

In 2000, I graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in History and Political Science. In the following year, I attended the American University in Cairo taking courses in Middle Eastern and go into work with children. I began working with children during high school as a tutor within the public school system and continued to do so throughout University. I was introduced to the Montessori philosophy in 2005 and I fell in love with what it advocated. That same year I enrolled in the Toronto Montessori Institute’s Elementary program. During my time at TMI, I realized that Montessori is truly the most effective way to aid children in their growth both academically and socially. In my spare time, the remaining time I have left after I spend time with my husband and three children, I write non-fiction books. During the past two years, I have completed writing a book (I am in the processes of trying to get it published). I am looking forward to my time at Northstar and I wish the best to those who aspire to be the best.


Did You Know?

Not all Montessori schools follow the proper guidelines set out by Dr. Maria Montessori, the founder of this method of teaching.

What Other People Said...

"As a parent of two children who have had the privilege of attending Northstar Montessori for several years, I couldn't be happier with their development. I can say with certainty that Northstar played the leading role in shaping them into the intelligent, independent and conscientious students that they have blossomed into. The teachers and administration are competent and skilled in their craft and a warm and nurturing atmosphere resonates within the school. As I look back and weigh my decision to choose Northstar as the building blocks in my children's educational journey, I can rest assured that this decision will pay dividends for years to come." - Ahsan Zaidi


About Us

Celebrating our 20th Anniversary!

We, at Northstar Montessori, take very seriously our responsibility to guide your child through a world of discovery on the path to constructing a secure, balanced personality with an active, competent mind. The happy balance of freedom to explore and work within a prepared, orderly environment, filled with specially designed mind-engaging sensorial materials and activities, is the hallmark of the Montessori learning environment. The art of the directress is to respect the freedom of each child to forge his own unique path of learning and growth energized by his natural curiosity; but vigilant to inspire and encourage each child to take in hand a rich enough wealth of activities and experiences to ensure successful development. At Northstar Montessori, our directresses are dedicated to guiding your child in the right direction!

Northstar Montessori Private School Inc.

4900 Tomken Road
Mississauga, Ontario

Tel: 905-890-7827
Fax: 905-890-6771