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 Intaraprasert

Fawn is the founder of Peace Arch Montessori Preschool, and has over 15 years 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 Hafich

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.

Taylor Andrews

Taylor joined the staff this year for our summer program in 2021 and will be staying on as lead teacher with us! She grew up in the rural farmlands of Snohomish County Washington. She was raised loving to explore the outdoors, garden, play with the neighboring farm animals, do crafts, and play music – all things she still loves to this day! Both of her parents are teachers and she has always loved to interact and teach children, often helping in their classrooms throughout the years.

After graduating with her BA from Western Washington University in 2017, Taylor and her husband moved to Blaine where they have established a tight knit community and hope to raise a family. She has worked teaching and leading children in her job at a local church, and has had the joy of teaching at other churches before she moved to Blaine.

Grace Turner

Grace E. Turner was born and raised in Davao City, Philippines. She graduated 1-year IT at Southeastern Mindanao Institute of Technology 2016. She worked as a nanny and tutor for a preschool student who is studying at Davao Montessori School in Philippines.

In 2014 she worked in Singapore as a nanny for 3 adorable little ones. Ever since she has always gotten along with children. She helped in raising her nephew’s and nieces, especially school projects and homework.

Grace loves camping, fishing, crafting and her favorite hobby is rock painting. She paints rocks then hides them during spring and summer for the kids and adults to hunt. It’s fun!

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Learning is 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 throughout their careers.

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