Our Team

Seva Ganga - Director, ECE

Seva Ganga - Director, ECE

The Director of Inner Smile Montessori is Seva Ganga; he is a licensed ECE, has taught preschool full-time for 6 years and has worked with children in variety of capacities. He brings a gentle and caring male presence to the classroom and enjoys making art, exploring practical life skills, natural sciences and movement with children. He is a trained and experienced Montessori teacher, has worked in a Waldorf-inspired preschool and is experienced in teaching children yoga and music.

Natasha Robson - ECE

Natasha Robson - ECE

Natasha Robson has been teaching at Inner Smile Courtenay since February 2017. Previously she ran her own in-home center, Sweet n' Silly Daycare for 10 years. She completed her ECE in 2011 and is currently the vice-president of the Comox Valley Montessori Society.

Tonja Bjermeland - ECE, BFA

Tonja Bjermeland - ECE, BFA

Tonja is a mother, artist (BFA) and ECE.  She grew up on North Vancouver Island surrounded by the local rugged landscape which provided a vast inspiration for her creative interests and activities.  As an artist and lifelong student she is following a vocation which allows a full expression of her desire for continual learning, creativity, enthusiasm and her love of children.  She is passionate about conveying a love of nature and being outside to early learners.
 
She believes in learning through experience, exploration, discussion, creative expression and positive peer interactions.  Her goal as a teacher is to stir the inner excitement, wonder, creativity, compassion of each child.  She believes in meeting children where they are, teaching the whole child and providing a solid foundation for future exploration and learning.