Bayside Montessori School is a private preschool and kindergarten in Kingston, Ontario. Founded as a Montessori school in 1989, Bayside Montessori School provides its students with the highest calibre of education.
We are a child-centered Community
Our Montessori classroom is made up of children of mixed-ages, ranging from 30 months to 5 years and each child usually has the same teacher for three years. The mixed-age grouping corresponds to Maria Montessori’s theory of child development, which is based on three-year cycles.
In our multi-age setting, the children learn from each other, and because of each other. Younger children get a chance to look ahead to what is coming next by watching the older children. Older children have the opportunity to reinforce their knowledge by sharing it with the younger children.
Because of their interaction, the children learn to take responsibility for themselves and for each other. They also learn to get along with children of differing ages and abilities, to respect each other’s work and work space, and to treat one another with courtesy. They learn to excuse themselves, to greet each other, and to phrase requests politely. They also take an active role in maintaining their classroom by, among other things, putting materials away in their proper place, ready for the next child to use. In short, the classroom becomes a thriving community where children are treated with respect and dignity and want to treat others with the same respect and dignity.
Meet our wonderful teachers
Owner | Teacher & Administrator
Melissa Coy is formally trained by St. Nicholas Montessori College, London, England, in the Montessori Method of Education. Also, she holds a Liberal Arts degree from Jefferson Community College, Watertown, N.Y..She began her Montessori career at Child's Garden Montessori in her hometown of Lowville, N.Y.. Melissa has worked at BMS for the past 26 years. She has taught and administrated for the past 25 years. Melissa was a teacher trainer for the American Montessori Society, and has done numerous presentations on the Montessori Method for various pedagogy professionals, as well as interested parents. Currently, along with her administrative duties,she assists the head teacher in the classroom and teaches music and movement to the students.
Katherine is a recent graduate of the Early Childhood Education Program at St. Lawrence College and is a Register Early Childhood Educator. Her journey at Bayside Montessori began as a placement student in her last year of the Early Childhood Education program. She has worked as a school age teacher and a supply teacher at daycares within the area.
Beginning her 11th year at Bayside Montessori School, Janice Ducharme is the Head teacher in our classroom. She received her Montessori Education Certification from the American Montessori Society and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Brandon University.
Enthusiastic about teaching, Miss Jan is dedicated to providing individualized programming for each student in her care, recognizing that each child has their own unique strengths, interests and goals.
Miss Jan enjoys working with the children and celebrates their achievements with them as they learn and grow in the Montessori environment.
Susan Bruce is entering her fourth year as our chef at Bayside Montessori and is a graduate of St. Lawrence College's Culinary Arts Program. Susan comes with a wealth of experience in the food service industry and prides herself on providing nutritious lunches and snacks for the children.
Susan is involved in all aspects of the job from menu planning and shopping to serving of the meals. She assures careful attention to dietary requirements such as food allergies and cultural diets is always a priority.
Susan derives a lot of satisfaction from observing our finicky food connoisseurs expand their tasting palates throughout the school year. ?
Beginning this year, Susan will be assisting in the classroom during the afternoons and is enrolled in the Early Childhood Program through St. Lawrence College.
Susan is always available and will happily answer any questions parents may have regarding the menu and their child.