Holly Schafer,  Owner

Holly is a licensed Early Childhood Educator and Montessori Primary Teacher with over 25 years of experience working with young children in many different capacities. 

Prior to attending the Early Childhood Education Program at Okanagan University College, Holly taught preschool in New York, NY where she ran a program for two to three year old's called the "Two Group." Upon completion of her studies in the Early Childhood Education field in 1993, she was hired as an Assistant Teacher at the Okanagan Montessori Preschool in Kelowna, B.C. This was a wonderful experience! Having been exposed to many preschool and daycare environments, Holly found, what she believes, to be excellence in Early Childhood Education. Holly found her niche in the Montessori classroom and could never imagine a career that could be as fulfilling and inspiring as working with children in a Montessori environment. 

Holly went on to take her St.Nicholas practical training and examination at the Pacific Montessori School in Victoria during the summer of 1995. In March of 2002, she completed The Montessori Foundations Level 1 Certificate at the Western Montessori Teachers College in Port Moody, B.C. Because of her dedication and love for children, appreciation of the Montessori Method, and the desire to offer such a program to the families of Kamloops, she made the decision to open the Kamloops Montessori Preschool/ Kindergarten and Kamloops Montessori Academy in 1998. After 18 years of providing excellence in Child Care in the Aberdeen and Sahali areas of Kamloops, Holly was excited to extend her Childcare Centers into the Juniper community. 

Grace Gorman, Manager/Head Teacher in 3-5 Program

Grace was born in Kamloops and attended Kamloops Montessori as a child herself. From a young age Grace knew she wanted to pursue a career with children. After graduating from South Kamloops Secondary School, Grace completed her Early Childhood Education diploma at TRU and has received her Montessori level 1 training. Grace is very interested in the development of children and learning how their creative minds work. Going through the Montessori program as a child, Grace knew that she wanted to work in a Montessori classroom and share her knowledge and experiences with her students. Grace is the Manager at Juniper Early Learning Center, as well as, the Head Teacher of the Full Day Program.

Lin Roth, Head Teacher in the Infant/Toddler Program

A friend introduced Lin to the Montessori Method when her sons were preschoolers. She identified with the philosophy and began using many of the Montessori activities at home. Lin began teaching the Montessori method at Kamloops Montessori Preschool/Kindergarten in 2000.  She brings many years of experience to Juniper Early Learning Center, where she continues to delight in sharing this positive method with the children at school, and finds it very rewarding as the Head Teacher of the Toddler Program.

In addition to a Bachelor of Arts degree, Lin holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education, including specialties in Infants and Toddlers and Children with Special Needs, completed in 2002 at TRU (formerly UCC). Lin has a Montessori teaching Diploma and a Library Aid Certificate with experience in elementary school libraries, and a background in teaching music. She has been a member of the ECE Program Advisory committee at TRU since 2000 and is a recipient of the Childcare Award of Excellence for the Interior Region, 2012.

A highlight for Lin was a trip to Italy in 2009 where she visited several Montessori schools in Rome and Naples. It was inspiring for Lin to see the site of the original Montessori school in the San Lorenzo district of Rome, which Maria Montessori began over 100 years ago, and to observe the classes there. Montessori truly is a universal philosophy of education dedicated to the whole development of children in all areas of life!

Pyper Tull, Head Teacher in Preschool Program

Pyper has always loved being around children and has a passion for helping others. She decided to pursue her dream of teaching and working with children in 2016, when she moved from her hometown of Squamish to Kamloops, attending the Early Childhood Education Program at TRU. Pyper has been working in our Preschool Program since October 2018, and has since gone back to school to obtain her Infant and Toddler Certification. She plans to continue her education to work towards her Special Needs Certificate as well. Pyper’s favourite moments throughout the day are the results of each child’s exploration and discovery in ordinary happenings.

Wendy Johnson

Jen Randall was raised by a musical family in William’s Lake, BC, until worldly travels took her elsewhere, and ultimately landed her in Kamloops. While maintaining an active role in Kamloops’ music scene, Jen completed a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2009, and subsequently settled down with her husband to start a family. Over the past year and a half, Jen has enjoyed teaching in a preschool setting, as well as developing and facilitating a successful music education program for children under five. Over the summer of 2016, Jen completed her Level One of The Foundations in Montessori Education, and in the fall Jen plans on acquiring her Music Together Teacher Certification, which will provide her even greater skills for instilling early music literacy within her students. Jen is thrilled to be working as a music specialist in the field of early childhood education, as she believes that early musical exposure creates the foundation for basic music competence, and contributes to the intellectual, emotional, and social development of the child.

Whitney Jarratt

Karyn obtained her Early Childhood Education Certificate in Kamloops at UCC (now TRU) in 1999. After starting her family, she returned to school in 2008 and obtained her Infant and Toddler Certificate. She has worked with a variety of aged children in different settings. Karyn finds that she is drawn back to the Montessori classroom as she enjoys it the most. Karyn plans on completing her Montessori training in the next few months. She looks forward to getting to know all of the children and families at the center.

YounNam Lee

YounNam holds an Early Childhood Educator Assistant Certificate and Level One Montessori Foundations Training Certificate. She has worked in Montessori Education environment for over a year and found her joy of working with pre-schoolers. Prior to working with very young children, she volunteered in childminding and after-school programs for 3 years in Kamloops. She attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and taught kindergarten, elementary, young adults and adults for decades back in Korea. She completed a Diploma program in Applied Linguistics with University of Victoria, where she enjoyed learning how to teach languages. She is currently working with children in our Preschool, Full Day and Toddler Programs. She arrives each day with the goal of taking care of all children as if they were her own.

Lisa Gilroy

Arlene was born and raised in the Philippines. She worked in Bangkok as a learning support teacher for Special Needs Children and also worked for many years as an English teacher for Primary Students. Arlene just moved to Canada in February and is now working as an Office Administrator for Kamloops Montessori and Juniper Early Learning Center. She is excited for her new journey in Canada!