Founder and Principal
Saraphina Yung is the founder and Principal of Penpals Montessori Children’s House in Vancouver. She has been appointed as a board member of the Soong Ching Ling Children foundation of Canada. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, USA. Upon graduation, she taught at St. Paul's Convent School, an elite school in Hong Kong. Saraphina received her diplomas in AMI Montessori Primary Training and Early Childhood Education in 2010. She possesses over 19 years of experience tutoring and helping ESL students at elementary and high school levels.
Saraphina became intrigued with the Montessori Philosophy for children after the birth of her first daughter. She is proud of being a Montessori parent to her 4 and 6 year old girls. She recognized that children have the potential to reach amazing heights if given the opportunity. She aspires to make a real difference in each child’s educational experience. She has an abiding passion for education. Her goal as a teacher is to instill a passion for learning within her students while providing them with a safe and prepared environment. She is committed to partnering with parents and working positively towards the education and future of the children.
Mimi was born in the city of Macau, an administrative region of the People’s Republic of China. She immigrated to Vancouver with her family when she was 11 years old and have lived here since. Miss Choi speaks fluent Cantonese and English; well versed in communicating in Mandarin and basic French.
She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in year 2009 at University of British Columbia and completed the A.M.I. Montessori Primary Diploma in year 2010.
Mimi is driven by a strong and genuine interest in the well being of children and people in general; she firmly believes that by assisting a child and giving him/her a chance to reach his/her potentials through a rich, lively and realistic environment is to aid society as a whole.
Miss Burnie attended Mount Saint Vincent University in Nova Scotia with a graduate degree in Child Development and Psychology in 2012. After her education, she moved to British Columbia to pursue a position where she could teach children while learning from them and fellow co-workers.
Miss Burnie's interest in the education field began when she started her training through the Early Childhood Education program in 2010. She was intrigued by the fundamental children learning skills and the application as to how teachers can facilitate and guide their cognitive growth.
Her philosophy is grounded in full inclusion for all children; Sharlie strives to meet children on their level and introduce them to experiences that help prepare them for the next phase in their life. It is important to her that every child be given the best opportunities, environment and resources to reach their full potential. Sharlie's approach to teaching is to remain divergent; Children have their unique way of learning and it is her goal to help them succeed in the world around them.