Welcome to Peace Arch Montessori

A Higher Level of Preschool Education

Education

We provide an intellectually stimulating, self-directed learning environment based on the proven and tested educational principles of Maria Montessori.

Montessori Preschool Education

Activities

Watch your child grow through a variety of social, sensory, language, and other enriching activites presented in the traditional Montessori Method.

Preschool Activities

Inspiration

See your child's self-confidence grow as they pursue their own artistic and intellectual passions in an inspiring educational & social environment.

Intellectual Inspiration

Introduction

WHAT MAKES US SPECIAL

Montessori Preschool Learning

Learning is key part of your child's preschool experience, and the skills they learn at Peace Arch Montessori help them grow & develop intellectually and give them a future advantage in elementary, high-school, college, and beyond. We provide a rich, diverse learning environment that allows your child to begin mastering the sensory, motor, social, and other modes of childhood learning, along with the alphabet, numbers, and other critical preschool skills.

Our learning programs follow Maria Montessori's model for preschool-aged children, taking into account the nature of the young, absorbent mind and provide intellectual stimulation in the key areas for each of the sensitive periods that preschool child go through during normal childhood development. In Montessori education, learning is largely self-directed, which fits well in a well-supervised, educationally enriched preschool environment by allowing your child to explore and learn.

Indoor and Outdoor Play

For children, play is learning too! We provide healthy indoor & outdoor playtime activities to help your child to continue their exploration of the world, satisfy their need for fresh air and physical activity, and help them to express themselves socially as they interact with others in our outdoor play area.

In the Montessori environment, self-directed learning and play go hand-in-hand, and at Peace Arch Montessori we make sure that your child is not only getting an educationally enriching preschool experience, but also has a safe, fun, and socially-rewarding environment to play with others as they grow.

Playtime helps children to relax, decompress, and experience rewarding social interactions with other children as they develop physical competency and get necessary exercise to help them stay in shape, stay healthy, and continue to learn and grow into successful, well-adjusted children.

Preschool Growth and Development

The early-years of your child's life are some of the most important to his or her growth and development, both intellectually as well as physically. Maria Montessori described this time as a series of "sensitive periods" during which growth happens rapidly, and your child effortlessly absorbs knowledge from the environment around them. As a parent, don't you want to make the most of these crucial growth years in your child's life?

Our montessori preschool curriculum recognizes the sensitive periods for child development, including the "acquisition of language", "interest in small objects", "order", "sensory refinement", and "social behavior" - and our educational program is designed to help your child grow in an environment that caters to their natural growth needs at each stage of development.

Children who are educated in a Montessori environment go on in life to achieve great things. The founder of Amazon.com, both founders of Google, and countless other achievers all began their education in a Montessori environment, which helped to prepare them with the skills for independent learning & problem solving required to excel in life.

Children who begin in a Montessori educational environment not only achieve more as adults - they also perform better on standardized tests, get higher grades, and achieve more honors when they eventually transition back into a traditional K-12 school or college environment. Montessori Education also provides children with a rich, diverse exposure to social interactions, so parents who have concerns about how their child will fare after they eventually outgrow Montessori education can rest assured that children are not only on-track, but in fact ahead of their peers in the traditional educational establishment.

Our Mission

HELPING CHILDREN ACHIEVE MORE

The mission of Peace Arch Montessori, located in Blaine, WA, is to provide children with the highest quality Montessori preschool experience, while offering parents a local, affordable choice in the North Whatcom County area, including Blaine, Birch Bay, Lynden, and Custer. We believe that giving your child the best education possible shouldn't require a long, difficult commute to school or dealing with waiting-lists for enrollment, and we're doing our best to change that with a quality school that helps your child to blossom with a higher level of preschool education.

The Montessori method is a proven educational model based on principles of human learning and early childhood education developed nearly a century ago by Dr. Maria Montessori. Parents of children enrolled in Montessori schools swear by it, and the college performance of Montessori students stands as a testament to it's effectiveness. It best when children enroll in a Montessori program at a young age, while their minds are the most open. Simply put, children who begin Montessori education during preschool go on to perform better in grade school, college, and the workforce.

Meet Our Staff

FULLY CERTIFIED & ACCREDITED

Fawn Ventura

Fawn Ventura is the founder of Peace Arch Montessori Preschool, and has over a decade of experience in early childhood education. She originally immigrated from Thailand to study teaching, and holds a bachelor's degree in Social Services & Administration from Khon Kaen University. She's also a fully certified Montessori Teacher by Age of Montessori, founded by Dr. Elizabeth Caspari - a Montessori Accreditation Council (MACTE) approved program.

Fawn loves children, and has worked closely with preschool-aged children in the United States and abroad. She strives to apply the principles of Maria Montessori to help engage children age 3 to 6 years old in the preschool learning process, and help them to achieve more learning than in the traditional Pre-K environment.

In addition to being the lead teacher & program coordinator Fawn also works in the local community, and coordinates extracurricular and enrichment activites for the school's students, including field trips, special guest speakers, and dance & karate classes. She is also a Washington State certified Thai language interpreter.

Sabrina Gomez-Vanelli

Sabrina joins Peace Arch Montessori as the school's art director, and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Walla Walla University and a Master's of Fine Arts in Arts Leadership from Seattle University. She is also certified as a Brain Compatible Dance Educator and has taken master classes in dance with legends such as Bill Evans, Wade Madsen, Gina Sorenson.

She is well known in the local Blaine community as the founder of the Day-To-Day Dance program, which she created in collaboration with Whatcom Fitness back in 2005. She believes that dance and the arts should be fun for and accessible to all, and enjoys sharing her love and passion in the art of dance with the community.

Sabrina has a lifetime of music, dancing and teaching experience beginning with the Walla Walla Dance Company, Walla Walla Dance Foundation, Walla Walla Community College ASB Dance Club, Walla Walla Community College Foundation Summer Musical Productions, L.A. Dance Force, Cheney Parks and Recreation and Whatcom Fitness. She is trained in jazz, modern, creative dance, contemporary, Latin, and hip hop.

Jacquee Sovereign

Jacquee Sovereign is our afternoon substitute teacher, who also puts together the monthly newsletter. In past years she volunteered at the school, implementing and writing the monthly newsletter, organizing school benefit events, and providing a special spring chick project.

Before moving to Blaine, Jacquee owned a music business company in Seattle, she booked and managed pacific northwest bands for 10 years. While working in the Seattle music industry she decided to go to college to fine tune her skills. She studied at Berklee College of Music, with a music business major. During this time Jacquee was also an assistant preschool teacher and nanny, and has always enjoyed teaching children.

In 2011 Jacquee, and husband Caleb, decided to move back to Whatcom County to start their family. She’s now a mother of two, and enjoys being a “domestic engineer” & homeschool teacher. She has several hobbies; raising chickens, gardening, crafts, event planning, volunteering for the parks and rec. department, and of course concerts. Both of her daughters attended Peace Arch Montessori School in the past, where they received a wonderful foundation for their education. Jacquee is very grateful to have the opportunity to be a substitute afternoon teacher at Peace Arch Montessori, and expects it to be an enriching experience.

Summer Tan

Ms. Summer Tan is a volunteer at Peace Arch Montessori. Summer was born, raised, and educated in Dalian China. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Shenyang Liaoning University majoring in Industry Design. She moved to Birch Bay with her husband Jeffrey in 2016. They have a 4 year old son Francis, that attends Peace Arch Montessori.

Summer left China, her friends, her family and her career as a Banker in 2016 and is looking forward to a new life in America. She is a stay at home mom and enjoys spending time with her family, ballet dancing, reading and travelling. She is excited to serve and support Ms. Fawn at Peace Arch Montessori.

Summer has been dancing Classical Ballet for 15 years. She plays a Chinese musical instrument call the Pi Pa. She Teaches young children in Sunday school (Church) and teaches young children Ballet dancing in Peace Arch Montessori.

Before working in China Construction Bank she was an executive in event coordinating and sales with the Shangri La Hotel Dalian and a volunteer as an assistant event coordinator with the Davos World Economic Forum of Dalian in September 2009.

Merel Scheepens

Merel is originally from The Netherlands and comes from a wonderful family living in a small community in the countryside. Growing up, she volunteered in children's summer camps and spent many hours riding and caring for horses at a local stable.

She is educated as a Speech Therapist and Drama Teacher, and has over a decade of experience working in Speech Therapy in The Netherlands, along with extensive training and experience as a voice coach.

Singing remains a big passion for her, she loves music. She raised her children listening to many styles of music, and maintains a small recording studio to record songs.

Merel and her family reside in Blaine, and she highly values the small town lifestyle that our community offers. She is also very enthusiastic about Montessori education. She fell in love with it after seeing firsthand how her younger sister flourished going to a Montessori School in Holland, and her son later attended Peace Arch Montessori and enjoyed the experience.

Rutchel Rentutar

Chel Hafich IS a volunteer at Peace Arch Montessori. She was born, raised, and educated in the Philippines. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree (BS Psych) in Psychology at Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan) in Cagayan de Oro City, Mindanao, Philippines. Ultimately though, her passion was to further her education and become a teacher. In 2007, she enrolled at Mindanao University of Science and Technology in Cagayan de Oro City, subsequently graduating with a Certificate of Teaching, and later a Certificate of Teaching Special Education. The culmination of her academic endeavors allowed her to obtain her Master’s Degree in Teaching Special Education (MAT-SPED).

Chel was a full-time instructor at Lourdes College, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, teaching Major and Minor Psychology subjects. Prior to that, she had several exposure and experience teaching special kids through practicums in various and areas of special education.

In 2012, Chel married her husband Daniel and moved to the United States. Since then, she has been a dedicated mother raising their three children. Her youngest daughter is entering Kindergarten this fall which will now allow her to pursue her original passion of education. In 2016, Chel became a proud naturalized United States citizen and currently resides in Birch Bay.

Michelle Hoving

Michelle Hoving works as a volunteer at Peace Arch Montessori. She moved to Birch Bay with her husband in 2010. They have been married for 28 years and have one son, aged 7, that attended Peace Arch Montessori (for 2 years).

Michelle left her career shortly after her son was born and is looking forward to her reboot in to the working world. She is a stay at home mother and home educator, who enjoys spending time with her family, painting, crafting, reading, the outdoors and her beloved canine companion. She is excited to serve in a support capacity to Ms. Fawn at Peach Arch Montessori.

Michelle enjoyed a very rewarding career in the travel industry for over 25 years. She has experience in customer service, accounting, employee and office management.

Testimonials

WHAT PARENTS SAY ABOUT US

Enrollment

APPLY NOW TO GET STARTED

We are currently accepting enrollment applications for children aged 3 to 6 years old in our morning & afternoon session preschool program. Please contact us using the form below to learn more about our programs, find out about tuition pricing, schedule a tour of the school, or you need help completing the enrollment application below. If you're interested in having your child in a Montessori learning environment, please contact us to learn how Peace Arch Montessori can benefit your child. To schedule a private tour of the school, please call Fawn Ventura for details at (360) 684-2926.

Our preschool is a half-day program with either morning (8:30am to 12:30pm) and afternoon (12:30pm to 4:30pm) sessions for parents to choose from, and we are able to schedule full or part-week attendance to work around Blaine Kingergarten scheduling. We do not currently accept DSHS students, and parents are required to provide their child with a lunch to bring to school with them on a daily basis. We do provide recess & breaks for the children during our daily class schedule. To learn more about our programs, use the contact form below to get in touch with us at your convenience.

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