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 grow 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 to 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 Accredition 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.

Gabriell Lord

Gabriell Lord has eight years of experience in the childcare industry. She began her career as a teacher at Lil' Sprouts Childcare, and eventually took responsibility as the program supervisor. Originally from White Rock, BC, Gabbi has lived in Blaine for many years now and has strong ties to the local community.

In addition to her career experience, Gabriell has taken educational, training & certification courses on topics including child fitness and nutrition, child guidance, stewards of children training, developing and administering a child care and education program, behavior management, and foundations in literacy.

Additionally, Gabriell has attended several Focus On Children conferences over the recent years with a focus on providing excellence in early care & educational core competency areas such as growth and development, family relationships, program planning, curriculum, and learning environments. She recently added to her education by graduating from Age of Montessori, which fully certified her as an early childhood Montessori Teacher.

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.

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 request an enrollment application (a $25 application fee is required). 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 snacks, recess, breaks, and nap-time, if required for your child. To learn more about our programs, use the contact form below to get in touch with us at your convenience.

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