GROSVENOR MONTES­SORI SCHOOL

The Kids Post - - Registry of Educators - YASSMINA GANJI OWNER AND DI­REC­TOR

There is some­thing about build­ing a school from the ground up that makes you in­clined to al­ways go the ex­tra mile for it. Yassmina Ganji, the owner and di­rec­tor of Grosvenor Montes­sori School, makes sure she is in­volved in all as­pects of the school. “A typ­i­cal day for me be­gins and ends with mak­ing sure the school is all in or­der for stu­dents, teach­ers and par­ents,” she says.

When work­ing on her mas­ter of ed­u­ca­tion at the Univer­sity of Toronto, Ganji re­searched meth­ods to pro­mote the brain’s ex­ec­u­tive func­tion abil­i­ties in preschool­ers. It was there she came across the Montes­sori Method of en­hanc­ing th­ese func­tions. “This en­hance­ment has been shown to set chil­dren up for higher achieve­ment in all parts of their lives – whether it be aca­demic, so­cial or ca­reers,” she says, “This was my big­gest mo­ti­va­tor in be­com­ing an ed­u­ca­tor; the fact that I could help young peo­ple meet their po­ten­tial and set them up for suc­cess.”

Ganji re­calls the very first grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony at GMS with pride. “I had the priv­i­lege of wit­ness­ing how far our grad­u­ates had come since walk­ing in the doors for the first time. It was very spe­cial to see how much they had learned and grown. It was this mo­ment that made all the hard work feel like it was re­ally worth it.”

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