Principal's Welcome,


  A little background on me.  I graduated from the University of Toronto in 2005, with a B.A. in English.  I’ve been working with children for 20 years now, in various facets.  Some of the highlights of my career include serving as head foreign teacher at Corem Language Institute in Busan, South Korea for 2 years.  I taught English as a second language and assimilated the foreign teachers to their work and living environment.  Prior to working in Asia my experience in the role of floor supervisor at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada helped shape my path and brought out my interest in leading by example, quintessential for a teacher of a Montessori classroom.  

  After returning from my travels in Asia, I attended Montessori Teachers College in Toronto, where I graduated as class representative and valedictorian.  I worked as a Casa teacher for three years at Petite Maison Montessori, an accredited Montessori school, heading my own classroom and conducting the music program.  I left PMM to pursue owning a Montessori establishment in downtown Toronto.  I am co-founder and former co-owner of both Liberty Prep School and Liberty Prep Parliament, where I acted as supervisor, co-principal, and teacher for 3 years.  

 I am on double duty at Lodestar, filling the role of both school principal, as well as Casa teacher.  The love of learning that can happen in the Montessori environment is the blossom of an accomplished Montessori teacher.
  The Montessori method is very near and dear to my heart, and I have found the perfect setting to offer an amazing course of learning.  Lodestar follows the child’s interests in detail, honouring the very core of the philosophy.  


Erin Kerr

Erin Kerr


Christine Fishman is a mom of two wonderful children and wife to a very supportive husband. She is a Registered Early Childhood Educator with a lot of diverse experience working in the Early Years field with children and families in our Muskoka communities. 

Christine ran a successful, licensed home daycare for 5 years in Bracebridge. She has also worked for Community Living South Muskoka as a Resource Teacher Assistant and more recently worked as the School Age Program Supervisor at Macaulay Tree House. She missed working more closely with the children and was very excited with the opportunity that was presented to work in the Casa program at Lodestar. 

Christine is also a budding author and her first children's book "Sweet Honey Kisses For An Anxious Bear" will be published later this fall of 2018. Christine loves to travel and is always looking to bring culture and hands on learning experiences to the children she works with while supporting their individual learning and development in an engaging and inclusive way.

Hi! I’m Miss Thalia, and I’m the lower elementary teacher. I launched the program this year and I’m excited to see it grow! I have lived in Muskoka most of my life, leaving for a few years to live on Vancouver Island. I am happy to be back in my hometown, in a career I am passionate about. I discovered Montessori 3 years ago now and I am so excited to be sharing it with your children, guiding their learning journey through its methods!  My other passions include travel, literature, the great outdoors and my many pets.

I’m Hannah Strand, a visual artist, arts educator, and Expressive Arts Practitioner born and raised in Muskoka.  I run the art, yoga, and after-school programs at Lodestar Montessori for the Casa and Elementary students.  I’m a graduate of the North American Montessori Centre, and the Haliburton School of Art +Design, where I took three programs, including the Expressive Arts Graduate Program.  Drawing from my experience as a former Montessori Casa teacher, and the process-over-product approach of Expressive Arts, I design art curriculum focused on individualized exploration of art styles and mediums, allowing each child to produce their own unique interpretation of the lessons.  I am passionate about providing each student the opportunity to explore, discover, and express themselves through creative modalities encompassing visual art, music, movement, and dramatic play.  You may also see me around Muskoka and Haliburton leading workshops, classes, and community art projects under my studio name encouraging arts.  When I’m not working you can find me reading, taking photos, enjoying vegan food, spending time outside, listening to records, and working on my doll collection.  My mission statement is “encourage, empower, inspire.”