Mississauga Campus Teachers

Bozena Nowicka-Lipa

Bozena Nowicka-Lipa

Director, Mississauga Campus

Bozena Nowicka-Lipa is the Founding Director of Prince Edward Montessori. Bożena holds a Masters Degree in Psychology from Poland and an AMI Diploma from The Foundation for Montessori Education in Toronto, Canada.

She is a mother of two children.

Elizabeth Szczepanska

Elizabeth Szczepanska

Director, Mississauga Campus

I was born and raised in Poland and immigrated to Canada 30 years ago. After finishing my BA at York University, I worked as a visual designer for store and window display throughout the GTA. I later worked as a professor in the visual arts program at Seneca College for 10 years.

In 2007 I joined Bozena Nowicka-Lipa as a co-owner of Prince Edward Montessori School – Port Credit. Running this school and working closely with students has given me a lifetime of joy and satisfaction. My goal is to provide the best education, and nurturing environment, for your children.

I’m a mother of three boys.

Lisa Kessler

Lisa Kessler

Mississauga Campus

Ms Lisa Kessler holds her AMI diploma from the Foundation for Montessori Education, where she completed her training in 2003. Always fascinated by children’s love of learning, Lisa has found her calling, and her passion, in the Montessori Casa classroom. In her free time, Lisa competes in national Scrabble tournaments, loves travel, and is an avid movie buff.

Puja Tyagi

Puja Tyagi

Mississauga Campus

My name is Puja Tyagi. I graduated from Sheridan College in 2010 with my Early Childhood Education Diploma. I am also registered through the College of Early Childhood Education. I am currently employed with Prince Edward Montessori School as a Montessori Teaching Assistant. I have had previous experience working in a montessori environment and working with various age groups of children. Each child has their own qualities and I have learned that over the years in my career. Working for Prince Edward Montessori has truly been a blessing and a wonderful experience as I am a very outgoing and positive person with a personality to bring positivity in my role at the school with the children and staff. I look forward to growing and learning more as an individual and I look forward to continuing to work with Prince Edward Montessori School.

Amy Estrela

Amy Estrela

Mississauga Campus

I am Ms. Estrela and I have earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Kinesiology from York University. After a while I decided I needed to find a profession I would enjoy and be passionate about. While living downtown Toronto for a year,  I decided to gain experience with children and worked part-time at a near by Montessori. I was blown away by how independent the children were and felt that the Montessori classroom was warm and had many natural elements, as there were plants and flowers that the children would take care of.  I concluded that the Montessori environment is truly amazing and definitely different from traditional classrooms. That year I decided to take the Casa Directress training at the Foundation for Montessori Education and graduated with an A.M.I. diploma in 2013. The program was truly inspiring and has changed my perspective on children forever. The Montessori philosophy and the classroom materials are unique and each has multiple purposes catering to child development. 

I am appreciative that I found a great school like Prince Edward Montessori and the staff are truly great. 

Alona Ovdiy

Alona Ovdiy

Mississauga Campus

My name is Alona and I am a Toddler teacher at Prince Edward Montessori School. I started my career as an educator almost 22 years ago teaching college students biology. I had completed a Master’s in Biology in Ukraine.

Upon immigrating to Canada I decided to make a change in my career because I’ve always loved working with young children. In the process of completing my Honours Diploma in Early Childhood Education I worked in childcare as an assistant with toddlers and preschoolers. In addition to that I volunteered in an elementary school helping special needs children.

After graduating, I was offered a job in a Montessori school. I came to admire and love Maria Montessori’s unique way of teaching and her philosophy.

I joined Prince Edward Montessori School over eight years ago and started my journey here as a CASA Teacher Assistant. Following that I was offered a position as a Toddler Teacher. I enjoy the time I get to spend with my Toddlers everyday. Seeing them grow and mature, experience their small victories in our daily routines, learn independence, develop new skills, and have fun throughout the day! It is a joy to be a part of such an amazing and supportive team! I look forward to many more years in Prince Edward Montessori School.

Marzanna Kosciolek - Notarangelo

Marzanna Kosciolek - Notarangelo

Mississauga Campus

My name is Marzanna Kosciolek – Notarangelo and I am a Casa Teacher Assistant at Prince Edward Montessori School for 12 years . I have  bachelor degree in Nursing .
I love self – confidence that emerges in Montessori children because they are given the opportunity to learn and grow at their own pace , explore what they are interested in and help one another .
Connie De Witt

Connie De Witt

Mississauga Campus

It has been 20 years since I began working with children. I started out volunteering with children from toddler age to teenage. I tutored older children in math, reading and writing skills. Along the way, I also worked as an Educational Assistant, teaching children with special needs in a Montessori environment. I had completed my B.A. in English Literature and Psychology at this time and knew that I wanted to work in Early Childhood Education. While in the process of completing my Honours Diploma in Early Childhood Education, I fell in love with Maria Montessori’s philosophy. As I continued to work in a Montessori School for several years, I witnessed the results first hand, of the education of the “whole child”. Montessori truly honours the child’s individuality, paying attention to the intellect, spirit and the social emotional growth of every child. The children are encouraged in their independence, and through their independence, they develop a sense of confidence. This confidence is the key to each child’s continuing growth and success in all areas of development. The exploration of the environment through sensorial learning, further allows the child to have a clear and direct understanding of the world around him/her. It is a truly beautiful method of education! Needless to say I went on and completed my Montessori training at the Foundation in Toronto, where I received an International Diploma, enabling me to teach children from 2 ½ – 6 + years of age. I was recommended to a school in Brampton directly from my placement and worked at both their campuses for many happy years. I joined Prince Edward Montessori School just over a year ago and am really enjoying being part of a caring and supportive team! It is truly a delight to work with the children and families of Prince Edward, and I look forward to the future here!

Bozena Nowicka-Lipa

Bozena Nowicka-Lipa

Director, Mississauga Campus

Bozena Nowicka-Lipa is the Founding Director of Prince Edward Montessori. Bożena holds a Masters Degree in Psychology from Poland and an AMI Diploma from The Foundation for Montessori Education in Toronto, Canada.

She is a mother of two children.

Elizabeth Szczepanska

Elizabeth Szczepanska

Director, Mississauga Campus

I was born and raised in Poland and immigrated to Canada 30 years ago. After finishing my BA at York University, I worked as a visual designer for store and window display throughout the GTA. I later worked as a professor in the visual arts program at Seneca College for 10 years.

In 2007 I joined Bozena Nowicka-Lipa as a co-owner of Prince Edward Montessori School – Port Credit. Running this school and working closely with students has given me a lifetime of joy and satisfaction. My goal is to provide the best education, and nurturing environment, for your children.

I’m a mother of three boys.

Lisa Kessler

Lisa Kessler

Mississauga Campus

Ms Lisa Kessler holds her AMI diploma from the Foundation for Montessori Education, where she completed her training in 2003. Always fascinated by children’s love of learning, Lisa has found her calling, and her passion, in the Montessori Casa classroom. In her free time, Lisa competes in national Scrabble tournaments, loves travel, and is an avid movie buff.

Puja Tyagi

Puja Tyagi

Mississauga Campus

My name is Puja Tyagi. I graduated from Sheridan College in 2010 with my Early Childhood Education Diploma. I am also registered through the College of Early Childhood Education. I am currently employed with Prince Edward Montessori School as a Montessori Teaching Assistant. I have had previous experience working in a montessori environment and working with various age groups of children. Each child has their own qualities and I have learned that over the years in my career. Working for Prince Edward Montessori has truly been a blessing and a wonderful experience as I am a very outgoing and positive person with a personality to bring positivity in my role at the school with the children and staff. I look forward to growing and learning more as an individual and I look forward to continuing to work with Prince Edward Montessori School.

Amy Estrela

Amy Estrela

Mississauga Campus

I am Ms. Estrela and I have earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Kinesiology from York University. After a while I decided I needed to find a profession I would enjoy and be passionate about. While living downtown Toronto for a year,  I decided to gain experience with children and worked part-time at a near by Montessori. I was blown away by how independent the children were and felt that the Montessori classroom was warm and had many natural elements, as there were plants and flowers that the children would take care of.  I concluded that the Montessori environment is truly amazing and definitely different from traditional classrooms. That year I decided to take the Casa Directress training at the Foundation for Montessori Education and graduated with an A.M.I. diploma in 2013. The program was truly inspiring and has changed my perspective on children forever. The Montessori philosophy and the classroom materials are unique and each has multiple purposes catering to child development. 

I am appreciative that I found a great school like Prince Edward Montessori and the staff are truly great. 

Alona Ovdiy

Alona Ovdiy

Mississauga Campus

My name is Alona and I am a Toddler teacher at Prince Edward Montessori School. I started my career as an educator almost 22 years ago teaching college students biology. I had completed a Master’s in Biology in Ukraine.

Upon immigrating to Canada I decided to make a change in my career because I’ve always loved working with young children. In the process of completing my Honours Diploma in Early Childhood Education I worked in childcare as an assistant with toddlers and preschoolers. In addition to that I volunteered in an elementary school helping special needs children.

After graduating, I was offered a job in a Montessori school. I came to admire and love Maria Montessori’s unique way of teaching and her philosophy.

I joined Prince Edward Montessori School over eight years ago and started my journey here as a CASA Teacher Assistant. Following that I was offered a position as a Toddler Teacher. I enjoy the time I get to spend with my Toddlers everyday. Seeing them grow and mature, experience their small victories in our daily routines, learn independence, develop new skills, and have fun throughout the day! It is a joy to be a part of such an amazing and supportive team! I look forward to many more years in Prince Edward Montessori School.

Marzanna Kosciolek - Notarangelo

Marzanna Kosciolek - Notarangelo

Mississauga Campus

My name is Marzanna Kosciolek – Notarangelo and I am a Casa Teacher Assistant at Prince Edward Montessori School for 12 years . I have  bachelor degree in Nursing .
I love self – confidence that emerges in Montessori children because they are given the opportunity to learn and grow at their own pace , explore what they are interested in and help one another .
Connie De Witt

Connie De Witt

Mississauga Campus

It has been 20 years since I began working with children. I started out volunteering with children from toddler age to teenage. I tutored older children in math, reading and writing skills. Along the way, I also worked as an Educational Assistant, teaching children with special needs in a Montessori environment. I had completed my B.A. in English Literature and Psychology at this time and knew that I wanted to work in Early Childhood Education. While in the process of completing my Honours Diploma in Early Childhood Education, I fell in love with Maria Montessori’s philosophy. As I continued to work in a Montessori School for several years, I witnessed the results first hand, of the education of the “whole child”. Montessori truly honours the child’s individuality, paying attention to the intellect, spirit and the social emotional growth of every child. The children are encouraged in their independence, and through their independence, they develop a sense of confidence. This confidence is the key to each child’s continuing growth and success in all areas of development. The exploration of the environment through sensorial learning, further allows the child to have a clear and direct understanding of the world around him/her. It is a truly beautiful method of education! Needless to say I went on and completed my Montessori training at the Foundation in Toronto, where I received an International Diploma, enabling me to teach children from 2 ½ – 6 + years of age. I was recommended to a school in Brampton directly from my placement and worked at both their campuses for many happy years. I joined Prince Edward Montessori School just over a year ago and am really enjoying being part of a caring and supportive team! It is truly a delight to work with the children and families of Prince Edward, and I look forward to the future here!

robyn arthur

robyn arthur

Mississauga Campus

Robyn teaches French.  She has been a dedicated Montessori teacher for over 20 years.  Robyn has an Honours B.A. in French Literature, her A.M.I. teaching diploma as well as her A.I.M. language teaching certification.  Robyn’s passion for teaching and guiding children inspires her to create lessons that are dynamic and purposeful, in a compassionate, gentle environment.  Robyn and her husband have 2 young children at home and a Golden Retriever.  During her personal time, she enjoys the outdoors, travelling, yoga and spin class.