Shazia Shahbaz, Director of Education

WEWednesdays! Women Empowering Women is elated to showcase Shazia Shahbaz, our Mystery Speaker in Thornhill. This female entrepreneur has been an educator for over 25 years, and recently opened her own school.

Welcome to Great Lakes Montessori!

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Our facility is designed specifically to enhance the educational precepts of our early childhood program. We welcome children aged 18 months through 6 years.

Through a traditional Montessori education we are a community committed to establishing the intellectual, emotional, and physical foundation that will develop the skills for your child to become a self-directed learner, flexible thinker, creative problem solver, and support their ever-increasing curiosity about the world in which they live.

Great Lakes Montessori is a school – not a “pre” school or daycare facility – that is child-centered within a nurturing environment where exceptional and experienced teachers support and guide each of their students with warmth and respect. Our single minded focus is to teach children the foundational skills they will need to succeed in each school they attend as well as in the larger context of their adult lives.

We invite you as parents to become active participants and we welcome your commitment to your child’s education.

We look forward to welcoming you and your child at Great Lakes Montessori!

shaziaAs Director of Education, Ms. Shahbaz leads our outstanding teaching staff in providing our students with the intellectual, physical and emotional foundations that they will need to develop the skills to be successful in all of their future pursuits.

With over 25 years’ experience and as a mother of two, she brings a plethora of insight and wisdom to Great Lakes Montessori. She first encountered Montessori when she enrolled her own son (who is now a young adult) into the program after exhaustively researching educational options for young children. She was so impressed with the methodology that she obtained her Montessori diploma and has been an enthusiastic advocate since.

Ms. Shahbaz believes that true to Maria Montessori’s philosophy, each child is unique, and a teacher should adapt to their specific learning styles to realize their full potential. Over the years, she has earned a reputation for bringing out the best in all her students by teaching with kindness, compassion, patience and wisdom.Ms. Shahbaz brings many years of teaching and leading at acclaimed Montessori schools within the GTA and embodies the vision of providing our students with an environment in which they can thrive academically and socially.


200 Racco Parkway Thornhill, ON L4J 8X9

Call: 905-881-4094

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