Management Team

Paula Glasgow, Dean

Positions: Paula was Principal of the St. Nicholas Montessori College and School in Dublin, Ireland. She was Dean of the Toronto Montessori Institute from 1999 – 2004 where she developed new courses, including a Training of Trainers’ course. Subsequently, she was Director of the Studies at the Montessori St. Nicholas Centre, London, UK. In this position she carried out examining quality assurance duties at many International locations. She also sat on the Montessori Examination Board in the UK.

Paula is an International lecturer, examiner and accreditor of Montessori schools since 1983. Prior to co-founding Montessori Teachers College she provided Montessori training at many International locations including Ireland, UK, Sweden, Singapore, Zimbabwe, the US and Canada. She has accredited Montessori schools in Ireland, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Paula has been involved in the Montessori Method of Education since 1971. She holds Montessori Diplomas at Early Childhood and Elementary levels. She also holds a BA and an M.Ed. in Education Management.

Florene Shuber, President

Florene commenced her professional career as an elementary teacher with the Toronto Board of Education.

In 1975, Florene entered Osgoode Hall Law School, was called to the Ontario Bar in 1980 and practiced law in the City of Toronto.

A strong supporter and advocate of Montessori education since 1966, Florene was employed by Toronto Montessori Schools from 1994 to 2003 as Principal and CEO of both Toronto Montessori Schools and Toronto Montessori Institute.
Florene was Chair of the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators for five years.

Florene has attended the Montessori Based Dementia Programming® at McMaster University, Montessori Dementia Program at Montessori Teachers College and various dementia related workshops at Baycrest Health Sciences and Kensington Gardens in Toronto.

Shela Minhas, Director of Program Development

Shela has sixteen years of experience as a Montessori educator and entrepreneur. She owns and operates two Montessori Schools, Bright Scholars Montessori and Pre-School Inc. and Heritage Montessori Inc., at three locations in Mississauga and Oakville. Shela has a BA degree in philosophy, political science and history as well as a Montessori Diploma in Early Childhood Education.

Shela’s voluntary contributions to the community are extensive. She is an Executive Board Member of CDRCP (Child Development Resource Connection Peel), ADCO (Association of Day Care Operators) and EFFORT (Extended Family Forum Offering Relief and Trust), as well as Chair of ADCO’s Walkathon supporting Children’s Hospitals in Ontario.

Shela is a member of CCMA (Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators), MTANA (Montessori Teachers Association of North America), Mississauga Board of Trade, Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre and Chamber of Commerce. Shela was involved in ADCO’s Book Project ‘APPROCHES TO EARLY YEARS LEARNING’. Shela’s experience include International projects with Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, ‘Learning through Play’, towards developing mental health of young children and their families. Her passions are her family, universal well being of children, community outreach, and life-long learning.


Dr. Raza M. Mirza

Dr. Raza M. Mirza received his MSc & PhD degrees from the Graduate department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Toronto’s Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. His areas of expertise & teaching interest include research methods, medical decision-making, the socio-behavioral determinants of health in persons aging with a chronic illness, health promotion, health policy, and factors influencing late-life social, mental and physical well-being.

He has been an invited speaker at national and international conferences, workshops and symposiums, and has consulted with various levels of government on a diverse number of issues. Dr. Mirza is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Toronto and the Network Manager for the non-profit organization the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE), an international knowledge transfer network in the field of aging.

As part of the Montessori Dementia Program, Dr. Mirza teaches the “Dementia Overview” lecture and facilitates the “Responsive Behaviours” session.

Nandita Agarwala

A passionate and true Montessori Educator and a loved directress, Nandita Agarwala has dedicated her life to the development of children. She completed her Diploma in Montessori Education in 1987. She subsequently completed the Toddler Montessori Training and Lower Elementary training in India. She continues to teach and learn, all at the same time.

Nandita completed her MACTE certification (Casa) after she moved to Toronto in 2006.She completed her Trainer of Trainers’ Course from  Montessori Teachers College, Toronto in 2015 and also gives lectures at the college. She has completed the Montessori Dementia training and leads workshops to Montessori Educators and Health Care Providers on the application of the Montessori philosophy when caring for people living with dementia.

She is the Director of Programming of the Canadian Association of Montessori Teachers (CAMT) and is also associated closely with the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (CCMA). Nandita is the proud mother of two boys aged 29 and 26.