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The Team

Each member of our professional team is qualified in the field Education. Our team members hold a Bachelor of Education (OCT) or an Early Childhood Education (ECE) diploma. Equally important, our staff is carefully chosen not only for their experience but also for their warmth and enthusiasm.




Ms. Marijana is the Founder, Director and Educator at The SMLLL Academy. She graduated from the University of Toronto and then completed her Bachelor of Education at Trent University. She believes that the foundational years are most important in building strong literacy and numeracy skills. Ms. Marijana has been teaching since 2013 and strongly believes that teaching is not a profession - it is a passion.



Ms. Sladjana is an Educator at The SMLLL Academy. She recently completed her Master in Teaching at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (primarily focusing on primary and junior grades). Her love for teaching began from at an early age when she started working as a Math and English tutor at Kumon. Ms. Ms. Sladjana recently established her own tutoring program 'Marvel Minds' and teaches within SMLLL's extra curricular program.



Ms. Lorena is a Kindergarten teacher at The SMLLL Academy. She holds a Masters of Teaching degree from the esteemed OISE teaching program from the University of Toronto. She began her journey into education ten years ago when she discovered her passion for teaching through tutoring. Lorena has experience in teaching and supporting young learners through her many years of experience. Lorena believes in the power of play-based learning to foster not only academic growth but also essential skills like self-regulation, coping strategies, and mindfulness.



Ms. Tanja is The SMLLL Academy’s ‘Wellness Wednesday’ Yoga Teacher. She is a Certified Yoga Instructor and advocate of self-love. Her journey of self-discovery led her to complete her Yoga teacher training in Costa Rica where her desire and dream to help and guide others to heal became a reality. Ms. Tanja works with all ages in a variety of places; specializing in traditional yoga, with a focus on self-awareness. She hosts retreats, workshops, classes, private group and individual sessions for kids, teenagers, adults and seniors. Her love for Yoga and its philosophy shines through her teaching. Ms. Tanja incorporates The SMLLL Academy program themes into her sessions with the children. 



Ms.Giselle is The SMLLL Academy’s Creative Arts Instructor. She has over twenty years’ experience working with children in various settings in both Montessori schools as well as the private sector. Working with children brings her great joy and inspiration. Maria Montessori once said: “The Education of even a small child does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life”.  She believes that instilling a love of learning will prepare children for their journey in life.  Her goal is to help each child develop an interest in various forms of art through creative expression and exploration. Ms. Giselle uses a variety of different mediums and levels of various techniques such as drawing, painting, splattering, molding and more.

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