Learning is a 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 providing 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.


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.


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, 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


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 school, college, and their careers.


Meet Our Staff


Fawn Ventura

Fawn 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.

Chel Hayfich

Chel is an assistant teacher 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.

Jacquee Sovereign

Jacquee 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

Summer 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.

Sabrina Gomez-Vannelli

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. Sabrina is also a certified Brain Compatible Dance Educator and a member of the National Dance Education Organization. In 2003 she founded the Day-to-Day Dance Program in Blaine, and she is also a current member of the local Latin Jazz Band called Bilongo.

She has a lifetime of experience in sports, music, dancing and teaching. Her experience teaching the arts began in Walla Walla Washington as a lead preschool teacher for First Flight Childcare and Preschool on the Walla Walla Community College campus. It is there where she completed her Associates Degree and many early childhood education classes including Art for Young Children and Music for Young Children.

Sabrina Gomez-Vannelli has lived in Washington State since the age of 4. Her family moved to central Washington from Southern California in 1977. Since then she has lived in different parts of Washington State and settled in Blaine with her family in 2000. She values family and community and loves sharing her passion in the arts. She believes that the arts should be fun for and accessible to all.

Wijitta Saia

Wijitta, or Ms. Ung, is originally from Thailand. She graduated with High Vocational Certificate of Accounting from Phangkhon Technical College in Thailand. She married her husband, Andy Saia, and moved to Washington state in 2006.

She has two sons; her youngest graduated from Peace Arch Montessori in 2017. Ms. Ung has been volunteering at our school since 2016, and loves to play and take of our children.

She worked at Totally Chocolate for 2 years, and Chuckanut Bay factory for 3 years before having children and becoming a stay-at-home mom. Ms. Ung is happy to help the children at Peace Arch Montessori.

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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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