Our Story

Shining Wonders Montessori Preschool and Childcare was first established in 2003 in Tuscany. In 2008 Shining Wonders moved to a new 2000 square foot location, also in Tuscany, with a capacity of 30 children, and offers children bright, well maintained classrooms and play areas.  In 2011 Shining Wonders became a provincially licensed childcare facility, the first such licensed childcare facility in the community of Tuscany. In 2013, Shining Wonders received accreditation by the Province of Alberta.

As Tuscany’s only licensed and accredited childcare facility, we are proud to be able to provide high quality care and education to the children of the community and its surroundings.

Meet the Team

Our certified and caring staff are passionate and committed to providing a sturdy foundation for a child’s developing mind, to enable that child to excel in the future.

Mrs. Buddhi Yatawara

Administrator and Montessori Program Supervisor

Mrs. Yatawara, a foreign Attorney-at-Law, has over twenty years of Montessori teaching and Pre-school experience, both in the US and Canada, and is Level III certified in Early Childhood Education and in the Montessori Method of Education. Mrs. Yatawara has held numerous positions in preschool and childcare facilities which range from Montessori Teacher to Program Director to Childcare Facility Director.

Mrs. Dianetha Kont

Facility Director

Mrs. Kont has a Master’s degree in Education and a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences. Mrs. Kont is Level III certified in Early Childhood Education (Child Develpment Supervisor), and has 10 years experience in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Kont has previously worked with the Calgary Health Region, and also has volunteer experience with the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

Mrs. Dilhara Pathirana (Ms. Dilhara)

Montessori Teacher

Ms. Dilhara is an Association Montessori Internationale (A.M.I.) qualified Montessori teacher with over 5 years of Montessori experience.

Mrs. Gurpreet Duggal (Ms. Gurpreet)

Assistant Montessori Teacher

Ms. Gurpreet has a Master’s of Education degree and is Level III certified in Early Childhood Education (Child Development Supervisor). Ms Gurpreet has over 5 years experience with preschool children.

Mrs. Cai Yee Xiong (Ms. Yuki)

Child Development Assistant

Ms. Yuki is a Childcare Development Assistant at Shining Wonders. She loves being around children and takes pride in teaching Mandarin to the children. Ms. Yuki puts great emphasis on ensuring that children are well taken care of on a daily basis. Ms Yuki has been with Shining Wonders for over 8 years.

Mrs. Jarin Taz (Ms. Jarin)

Child Development Assistant

Ms. Jarin is a Childcare Development Assistant at Shining Wonders. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with several years of professional experience in art and design in addition to childcare. As the primary art teacher, Ms. Jarin enjoys enhancing children’s creativity and motor skills, by guiding children through various arts and crafts activities throughout the school year.