Rise & Shine Montessori

About the Teachers

Rise & Shine Montessori was established in 1990. It was one of the first child care centers to offer an academic teaching program along with child care. The program is taught by two proficient teachers:

Shyrose Nurmohamed


Program designer

lead teacher

Shyrose is a qualified and licensed Early Childhood Educator as well as a certified Montessori  teacher. She serves as the Vice-Chair of the city of Richmond’s Child Care Advisory Committee for the past twelve years and has been a longstanding member of the Richmond Child Care Resource and Referral Service as well as Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia.

Shyrose constantly engages in ongoing professional development to pursue excellence in education, organizes and presents workshops and also provides parents with updates on child development through the Center’s newsletters.

Shyrose has mentored several student teachers at Rise & Shine in the past. She holds open houses and often hosts meetings at her center for other early childhood educators, thus encouraging colleagues to work in a team environment.

Ms. Rose, as she is respectfully known by the children, dedicates many hours to support the development of children and their education. Committed to her field, she seeks innovative approaches to encourage and educate the children in her care, whilst engaging the families in a strong sense of community.

Read about Shyrose’s teaching awards


Mabel Chan


Mabel brings important skills to the centre such as fluency in Cantonese as well as English and has been working and teaching in the field for over 25 years.

Ms. Mabel, as she is fondly known by the children, has her Early Childhood Education Certificate, Montessori Training. She brings valuable skills to Rise and Shine with her Infant/Toddler Certificate as well as Special Needs Training. 

Through her varied experience and continued commitment to professional development of current practices, Ms. Mabel is always striving to make learning fun and more interesting.   Ms. Mabel is a loyal, hard- working teacher, dedicated to the betterment of our students. She is an excellent asset to Rise & Shine.

All staff are trained in First Aid and undergo a regular criminal record check.

In November of 2014, Shyrose Nurmohamed, Director of Rise and Shine Montessori, was one of five Early Childhood Educators across Canada to win the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education for her work with children and the community as well as her center’s unique programming and environment.She spent 5 days in Ottawa attending receptions at the Prime Minister’s residence at 24 Sussex; Parliament Hill with Members of Parliament; Rideau Hall with the Governor General.  As part of this honour, Shyrose  also made a presentation regarding her teaching philosophy as part of the “Best Practices” panel.  Government award page.


In May of 2012, Shyrose was honored with an award from the Province of British Columbia, Ministry of Children and Families for Excellence in Teaching Innovation.  This award recognizes Rise & Shine’s unique program, environment and teaching practices.







(Above: Former Member of Parliament Alice Wong visits Rise & Shine Montessori.)