Meet our Staff



Tannis Jeffers

Red Deer Montessori is happy to introduce our new Executive Director, Tannis Jeffers. Tannis joined our team at the end of January 2019. Tannis has enjoyed a lengthy career in childcare but found her life-long passion in Montessori education in 2010 when she received her Teaching Diploma through NAMC.

Tannis is responsible for the overall business operations of RDM and leads our team of teachers, and the school to provide a high-quality program. Tannis looks forward to this new journey of serving families and continuing to support children within the community in achieving their highest potential. If you haven’t already met her be sure to stop in and say hello!

Grace Bysterveld

My name is Grace, I am married with 2 boys. I was born in Red Deer and raised in Delburne on a farm. I moved from Delburne to Red Deer in 2004.

I joined the child care industry in March of 2005. I started off by doing a licensed daytime. While doing daytime I completed my Child Development Assistant certificate, Step ahead provider training, child psychology diploma and administrative legal computer. Once my 2 children were in school full time, I decided to seek work outside of the home where I started working in a daycare centre here in Red Deer.
I have gained so much knowledge since being in a daycare setting. I am always finding ways to expand my knowledge and learn different ways to positively impact our next generation.

I joined the Red Deer Montessori team at the beginning of April 2019 and attended the Montessori conference. I was very inspired by the information at the conference and am eager to continue learning and educating myself with the Montessori Method. I am looking forward to this journey and what it will bring to my life.

Sarah Lewis

My name is Sarah. In September 2019 I joined Red Deer Montessori’s team.

I received my CDA from RDC in 2007 and have worked in a child care centre as well as my own day home in the past years. I have a passion for nurturing and supporting children in their amazing growth and development. Feeling very privileged and blessed to be part of team Red Deer Montessori. I am eager to learn more of the Montessori method and to see future results that this wonderful program will facilitate. Here’s to a great future ahead.