We believe that a Montessori education will give your children the groundwork for enthusiastic learning and discovery.  We hope that you will embrace the timeless teachings of the Montessori approach as we guide your children in these most significant years of schooling. 

I along with many families, have decided to send all our children to Montessori for one reason, the excellent education and care they receive in the hands of both Maryanne and Janet. They have both taught my children that knowledge is a great and fun thing to acquire. The manner in which they run their classrooms inspires the children and encourages an atmosphere of peace and decorum.
— Syma

We strive to provide a “home away from home” that fosters kindness, good habits, independence and academic skills. Assisting your children to learn is our privilege and we make every effort to provide an inspiring, caring and beautiful environment.

Janet and Maryanne’s knowledge and skills as educators for young children are outstanding. They have an incredible understanding of children’s strengths and challenges. They have a an unbelievable nurturing side that mixes beautifully with their focused teaching style.
— Mara and Neil

Snowdrop Montessori School is set in an expansive, sunlit Great Room. Both Janet and Maryanne are AMI trained teachers who work collaboratively in the classroom.  The beautiful, open concept environment gives children the gift of autonomy with the freedom to balance their academic interests, their creativity and resourcefulness, and time with friends.  This harmonious environment fosters a close community of children, teachers and families.

Maryanne and Janet welcomed my children with affection, understanding, care and support. They provided a rich, interesting, and challenging learning environment and clear, reasonable expectations for their classes. They have awakened a love of learning in both of my children that I am sure has started them on a life long path of joy. Janet and Maryanne both come with a great amount of experience in working with young children, but also in working with parents and families to ensure the smooth operation of the school behind the scenes.
— Jennifer and family

Maryanne Ortega and Janet Hume realized their dream of establishing their own school and opened Snowdrop Montessori School in September 2015.  They possess a strong dedication to educating children using the Montessori method.  They also bring a wealth of knowledge in childhood development and years of classroom experience to Snowdrop Montessori.
Janet and Maryanne have a passion for Montessori education having each taught at various Montessori schools in Etobicoke and impacting the lives of hundreds of families.
They share not only a longtime and amazing friendship but also successful teaching careers that both span more than 20 years.  They are lifelong residents of Etobicoke.  Janet and Maryanne are proud mothers and they each have three grown children all of whom enjoyed a Montessori education.

Each of our sons was extremely well prepared for grade one, not only possessing the skills necessary to work well in a classroom setting, but also having developed a deep love of learning extending beyond the classroom and into the world around them.
— Daria

Maryanne trained as an Early Childcare Worker at Humber College and worked in nursery schools for several years. Having enrolled her own children in Montessori, her fascination led to her continued education and she received her Montessori Primary Diploma (Association Montessori Internationale) in 1992.
Janet received her BSc. at the University of Toronto and worked in the business sector for three years.  She realized that working with young children was her true passion and so she returned to school and obtained her Montessori Primary Diploma (Association Montessori Internationale) in 1983.

 
Although the classroom was comprised of students at three different age levels, Janet was able to work individually with each student, focusing on individual learning needs and encouraging cooperation and critical thinking when necessary. Sitting with the class and eating lunch together allowed them further opportunities to teach students behaviours such as engaging in social conversation while sharing a meal.
— Debbie and Patrick