Type Of Business:
Calgary and the surrounding area
Protecting the integrity of the Montessori method; Specializes in training and mentoring all staff in adhering to the Montessori method that fosters independent growth, but also assists children to learn at their own pace though self-correcting lessons; Setting up courses for each campus and also workshops of development
Providing the Montessori method of schooling to children aged 2 1/2 to 6 years old
Going to the gym; Spending time with her family
Early Childhood Education, Granton Institute of Technology (1990); Montessori Education Pacific Oaks College (1989)
CMMA; CFC; International Group of Trained Montessori Teachers & Pedagogues
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What has been the most outstanding thing you have done thus far in your career?:
Mrs. Debaar's greatest accomplishments are her own children.
If you could solve one problem in the world today, what would it be?:
She would solve poverty and lack of respect for children in the way of not providing for them and protecting their innocence. "I want every child to have the opportunity to become all that they can be. I want them to be able to dream the big dreams," she says.
If you could have lunch with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?:
She would have lunch with Oprah Winfrey; she knows who she is and what she believes in. She dedicates her time and funds to help children in Africa and the United States. She is motivated, dedicated, strong, professional and, of course, very successful.
Her patient and supportive husband, Blair Debaar, has been the glue that holds together the home front in order to allow her to dedicate her time to her dream.
Corporate history: "Montessori Children’s House Academy was established Oct. 1, 1998 as an organization with the goal of meeting the growing needs for an authentic Montessori Primary Program. The founding student body was comprised of students ranging in age from 2.5 to 6 years of age. We have enhanced the program by introducing music, French, Spanish, Physical Education and in 2012, the Reggio program.
"We are committed to campuses that maintain a feeling of community. Ultimately, we hope for campuses consisting of 100-plus students. This number will allow diversity within both the student body and campus faculty. Thus we can maintain individual attention and foster the development of each child in the program."
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What Does He/She Attribute Success To:
She attributes her success to a passion for what she does and the children she educates.
Why did you become involved in your profession or industry?:
She became involved in her profession because she started her career in day care and wasn't happy with the lack of education provided for pre-schoolers. She took classes in early childhood at Granton Institute of Technology and bought and started her first academy, incorporating the Montessori method of teaching.
Extended Bio Profile:
Mrs. Debaar began her journey in early childhood education at the age of 14 and decades later remains in the industry working diligently at being a great advocate for young children.
Her goal is not only to promote and market her organization, but to promote the wonderfully intriguing Montessori method and philosophy. She established the Montessori Children's House Academy in July 1998 as an organization with the goal of meeting the growing need for an authentic Montessori Casa for Preschool aged children in Calgary. Montessori Children's House Academy has now expanded to three campuses and 300 students and 54 staff.
At the age of 18 and working at an early childhood facility, she was approached and invited to go to California to check out and take a course in this method called Montessori. With no real obligations or commitments, she thought why not; if nothing else, she would get to live by the ocean and go to Disneyland.
After taking the course, she knew that she could not be satisfied doing anything else and returned to help set up two programs. She sustained a back injury and had a lot of time to think about if she had the opportunity to open her own Montessori program what would she do and how would she protect the integrity and standard of this unique and wonderful program. When recovered, she chose to direct an inner city early childhood facility. But it just wasn't fulfilling to her, as she could not get the owner to embrace this wonderful method and philosophy called Montessori, so she chose to resign and follow her new passion.
Her dream came true when she started MCHA in 1998 with only $1,200, two babies, a new home and her husband changing companies. In the future, it is her dream to open more campuses in Canada, the United States, and in less-fortunate countries where the children definitely need that hand up in order to fulfill their potential of becoming anything that they wish to be.
Mrs. Debaar has done public speaking at Mount Royal College and her events as well. She has three galas per year.
Position Responsibilities and Duties:
Overseeing all daily operations of her three campuses that make up Montessori Children's House Academy, an academy that she started 15 years ago; Overseeing a staff of 54, as well as 350 students
Where Will You Be In 5 Years:
In five years, Ms. Debaar will be opening schools internationally.