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Age
12 – 18 months

Academic Daycare Program

8:00AM – 4:00PM. Full Day
7:00AM – 6:00PM. Full Day And
Extended Care
7:00AM – 12:00PM And
12:30PM – 5:30PM. 5 Hours

From 7:00AM – 6:00PM

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Age
19 months – 6 years

Preschool Program

Morning Class : 8:00AM – 11:30AM
Afternoon Class : 12:30PM – 4:00PM

Age
6 – 12 years

Before & After School

BEFORE SCHOOL : 7:00AM – 7:45AM
AFTER SCHOOL : 2:30PM – 6:00PM

Name of Our 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.

Zebra Crossing has been operating since 2010. We are excited to expand our school, offering new learning experiences, with a lot of fun and unforgettable moments for years to come. Thank you to all the students and families for their support.

Our Staff

Director

Aliya Khakhi

Aliya graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a degree in Business, majoring in Human Resources and Industrial Relations. Aliya worked for A few years in this field gaining tremendous management experience and expertise. Aliya is married and has two sons and 1 daughter. Iliyan, Aryan and Saphira who have all been through the Montessori program. Children and their education have always been her passion from a very young age. She wanted to provide 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. Early childhood education is becoming a necessity in our world and the results prove how vital it is for children to have a good start and make connections in their brain at such a rapid rate from age 2-6 years of age. She has brought her life’s work and love to Zebra Crossing Montessori and offers 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

Mrs. 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.

Mrs. Marisela

I am a dedicated bilingual professional (English-Spanish) committed to providing early child development. Highly skilled in developing classroom environments that are stimulating, fun and diverse to accommodate all learning styles. Demonstrated 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.

Ms. Zahra

I graduated from Mount Royal University in 2012 with a level 2 certificate in Early learning and child care. I have always been around children growing up as my mother was a day home provider. Once I graduated high school I volunteered as a teacher at religious classes for elementary children. It was there I found my passion for teaching and educational crafts. Not only am I living my dream as a teacher, I am also embracing my creative passion for scrapbooking and cardmaking. I have had the pleasure of exploring both daycare and Montessori childcare, and truly believe the Montessori philosophy provides the best experience for young children. Working and seeing firsthand the results of Zebra Crossing Montessori has given me the passion to continue teaching children using the Montessori method. I am currently working on attaining my level 3 certification for Child development supervisor. The greatest sign of success for a teacher is when “the children are working as if I did not exist” Maria Montessori.

Mrs. Asma

I have an early learning and child care diploma from Bow Valley College, Calgary and earned my childcare development supervisor certificate (CDS) from Alberta Childcare Staff Certification. I have a Masters degree in Chemistry from Lahore, Pakistan. My family has moved to Canada eight years ago from UAE. I have two children and we love to travel, hike and explore. I have been passionate about teaching children and have been associated with the teaching profession for many years in Pakistan, Middle East and now in Canada. My goal is to make a difference in children’s’ lives every day as I believe early learning lays the foundation for child education and personality.

Mrs. Angelica

I am a graduate of Bachelor in Elementary Education with a Specialization in General Education at Nueva Vizcaya State University, Philippines. I am a Licensed Professional Teacher and worked with children in the Philippines. I am married and I have 1 daughter who is now in kindergarten. I love children and I believe that Montessori is the best way for a child to learn in becoming independent and reaching their full potential. I am very much excited to be a part of Zebra Crossing Academy family. I hope to gain a lot of experience working with the children who attend this school.

Ms. Namra

Hi, my name is Namra. I have completed a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Masters in JEFL from Pakistan. I have nine years of teaching experience in Pakistan, and five years of child care service in Canada. Teaching is not my profession, its my passion. I love to work in Montessori. I am excited to make this my best year yet!

Mrs. Charu

Aliya Khakhi

Director

Teachers

Our Teachers

Ms. Gagnon

My name is miss Melanie. I grew up in Montreal, Quebec and like a lot of people, I was only speaking French. I went to high school and did a 2 years Interior Design degree and  I decided to go visit Whistler in British Columbia. I felt in love with the west coast. I stayed there for 8 years. I learned English and discovered about all different cultures from around the world and the people. I snowboard, hike, bungee jumps and more… I love the outdoors and love animals. Also, I have been a Montessori Teacher for few years and love it, I love the Montessori way and I wish when I was a baby/toddler that I attended one in Quebec, but there is wasn’t a  Montessori there. In Whistler I was forced to learn English, so let me share that it’s not easy and it takes time and confidence to try to speak it fluently  and not be shy of mistakes, but I did it. This is the same for children in a new environment like a Montessori. After the Olympic 2010 I went back to Montreal and didn’t feel like home so I moved here to Calgary in 2015 for good! I love it! City stability and the beautiful mountains are only at 45 minutes from here, this is the perfect place to be. Let me work, teach French and have fun with your kids!  

Ms. Kainth

My name is Anupreet Kainth. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree, Graduate from India, and I also have an Early Learning Childcare Certificate(LEVEL 2,Early Childhood Educator) from Bow Valley College. I also have two years of experience working with Montessori professional experts. I have been in this profession for the past 6 years.

I have always been passionate to help children grow, since I was a young adult. At an early age, when I saw my own teacher guiding children in the right direction and showing them correct values and etiquette, I knew I wanted to be in the Childcare profession. I would like to create a good academic foundation for children at an early age, which will take them far in life.

I am a mother of two boys. One of which has graduated from the University of Calgary and the other is in high school. I enjoy going shopping and on road trips with my family.

Ms. Lopez

I was born in Bogotá, Columbia and raised in Houston. In 2009 my family settled in Calgary for better work opportunities. Eventually, I moved to Toronto and Ottawa to complete my Bachelors degree and earn experience working with children in a francophone environment. Recently, I moved back to Calgary to further my education and continue my work with children and infants. During my  free time I enjoy nature walks and hiking in the Canadian Rockies. I am also an avid runner and a curious book worm.

Ms. Rozeberg

I have been working with children for 13 years. I have a diploma in early learning and childcare from Mount Royal University where I graduated in 2013. I am currently at the highest level, which is level 3 in childcare, and currently finishing up my Montessori qualification.

I got married in 2018 to my lovely husband Chris. We also have 3 cats Ella, Alex and Max. I love to cook, make canned food and gardening.

Aliya Khakhi

Director

Teachers