The child is truly a miraculous being, and this should be felt deeply by the educator.- Maria Montessori

Our teachers create a nurturing atmosphere and carefully prepare the environment to meet the social, emotional, physical, and academic needs of your children. Although BIMS is a Montessori program at heart, we seek and hire staff based upon our vision: BIMS is a progressive and integrated early childhood educational program, embracing current practises and ideals. We believe this open and flexible approach helps us to meet the ever-changing needs of children and families. At BIMS, we blend, mix and match philosophies to create a fun-filled, interesting and dynamic place for the children of Bowen Island to spend time. Our staff are fully qualified and trained, both Montessori and ECE so our program is a well-balanced combination of philosophies.


  • BC Montessori
  • ECE Certification

Helen Davenport

Helen Davenport has been with in the Montessori community for more than 20 years; 10 years here at BIMS. She has her ECE certification, is Montessori trained plus is a BC Certified Montessori elementary educator. Helen started working with preschool aged children, and then supported a group of parents to start an independent Montessori school then taught elementary aged children for 9 years.

Brynn Matthews

We are ecstatic to welcome Brynn Matthews to our team! "I have lived on Bowen island since I was a teenager and have the privilege of being part of Bowen Island Montessori Preschool. I have always loved working with children and find myself now completely immersed in the world of early childhood education. Watching my own young son explore the beautiful forests, beaches and hikes on this beautiful island has been so magical and is a constant reminder of how important it is to be in the present moment. My own preschool years started in West Vancouver where I still remember leaf rub printing, nature walks, and cozy corners on the reading run on rainy days. I hope to bring my own warmth, sense of wonder, and love of learning to this wonderful little preschool." -Brynn Matthews-Brynn Matthews