Co-Founder Isabelle Kunicki can trace her Montessori experience back to her own childhood when she attended Toronto’s High Park Montessori School. Those early years provided her with an enriched foundation and many wonderful memories. In addition, it helped cement a desire, many years later, to open her own Montessori school. After earning a degree in History and Political Science from the University of Western Ontario in 1994, she knew she wanted to pursue a career in education. Combining her love for children and a desire to teach in a holistic non-traditional setting, she returned to her roots and pursued her A.M.I. Montessori Teacher’s Certification in 1995. It was during this time that she met Sandra Dale with whom she connected immediately through their shared passion for Montessori education. Their friendship led to a business partnership in 1996 when they founded Forest Hill Montessori School in Toronto. As a mother of two girls, she understands the concerns of today’s time-strapped parents who seek a compassionate, yet challenging learning environment for their children – an environment that celebrates and respects each child’s unique gifts and learning style. A passionate advocate of the Montessori methodology, she is dedicated to sharing her experience and knowledge about its benefits with parents and caregivers in her community and beyond.
Sandra Bosnar-Dale, who co-founded Forest Hill Montessori in 1996, always knew she wanted to work with children. Her experience tutoring students throughout high school and university helped convince her of her calling to pursue a profession in education. After spending time at Penn State University for a track and field scholarship, she returned to Toronto to complete her B.A. in French Language and Linguistics. From there, she began her studies to become an A.M.I. Certified Montessori teacher. Immediately, she knew she’d chosen the right career path. During her training, she developed a lasting friendship with Isabelle, with whom she forged a business relationship in 1996 when they opened their own Montessori school. Now a mother, she recognizes the powerful philosophy behind Montessori more than ever and incorporates it into her own family life in Toronto where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She loves reading books about education and how to raise resilient, independent, and intelligent kids. She feels privileged to have Toronto families select Forest Hill Montessori School for the care and education of their children, and is committed to building awareness about the power of Montessori to enrich the lives of children and families everywhere.