About Us

Name of school

The name of this school is quite interesting. There are a couple of different reasons for using this particular name. Zebra crossing is known as a crosswalk in some parts of the world. Children usually cross the street using a crosswalk to get to school, so it is very fitting. This term also came about from an African Safari where the Wildebeest and the Zebra travel together through the Serengeti to the Masai Mara parks and meet at a river to cross it. This is a very dangerous task for them and much planning is required, as they trample over one another or drown or get eaten by crocodiles. Once they have crossed the river, they have been successful and can celebrate, but not quite yet, as they are very tired from the task just performed and still have to be alert for carnivores ready to attack. This is an annual occurrence where many tourists travel to see this great event of millions of animals and is known as the 7th wonder of the world.
 

Director

Aliya Khakhi:

I graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 2004 with a degree in Business, majoring in Human Resources and Industrial Relations. She worked for four years in this field gaining tremendous management experience and expertise. Aliya is married and has two sons and 1 daughter. Iliyan is ten years old and in grade 5. Aryan is seven years old and in grade 2 and Saphira is five and will be starting her final year at Montessori. She started her own home-based business, a day home, as she enjoyed children very much. She then wanted to expand and provide more educational services with quality materials and an environment to thrive in. It was at this time that Aliya received a diploma as a trained Montessori teacher through the North American Montessori Centre due to the strong belief in the Montessori philosophy and understood the importance the first few years of a child’s life really are important. Aliya has seen first-hand the results of Montessori and education at young age. It is vital that children have the opportunity to seek education and be well rounded individuals. Aliya, since a young age has had a passion for teaching and for children. She has brought her life’s work and love to Zebra Crossing Montessori and offer what has not been done before. Zebra Crossing Montessori is unique and has an edge over any child care facility in Calgary. It really sets a new standard in this industry. Children are our future and legacy, they deserve nothing but the best.
 

Teachers

Miss Mahrukh:

I have my Montessori teacher's certification from the London school of Montessori Teachers Training in Karachi, Pakistan. I follow the philosophy and method of learning of Dr. Maria Montessori. I have been teaching Montessori for more than ten years now. I have two daughters. One is in High school and the second in grade 2. Both my girls attended the Montessori program and thrived from it. I love working with children and the Montessori way of teaching. I am very excited to work at Zebra Crossing Montessori and contribute my knowledge and expertise. I am level 3 child care worker as well.

 

Miss Marisela:

I am a dedicated bilingual professional (English-Spanish) commited to providing early child development. Highly skilled in developing classroom environments that are stimulating, fun and diverse to accommodate all learning styles. Demostrated capacity to teach and direct students while maintaining high levels of interest and achievement. Able to establish positive relationships with students, parents and coworkers. Strong planning, organizational and leadership abilities.

 

Miss Shahbano:

I am an AMI trained Montessorian with more than ten years of work experience in a pure Montessori environment in different capacities. I have also earned my Masters in English Literature form the University of Karachi (Pakistan). I am married and have 3 amazing boys. Montessori to me is a way that leads to a complete transformation of a young fragile soul into a self-sufficient and independent adult. The "Montessori Method " helps the children to “help themselves “to discover their strengths and potentials. A Pure Montessori Environment is very rightly called a “HOME EXTENSION" meaning the young ones are not allured by the artificialities rather they are given opportunities to manipulate and work with the real-life objects thus gaining hands on experience.
My observations over the period of time have made me a firm believer that a "Montessori Child" is a "Happy Child".

 

"The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, "The children are now working as if I did not exist."

 - Maria Montessori