Board of Directors



OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAVeronique Bodart, Secretary

Born and raised in Belgium, Veronique attended the University of Liège where she completed undergraduate and master degrees in biochemistry.  In 1990 she immigrated to Montreal, Qc, Canada to pursue a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences followed by post-doctoral studies in molecular pharmacology at the University of Montréal.  In 2001 job opportunities called her family to BC.

In 2003 she enrolled her three-year old son at Roots and Wings Montessori School and became progressively acquainted with Montessori education. In 2007, after several years spent working as a scientist in the pharmaceutical industry, she decided to change path and choose a career more in harmony with her desire to bring about concrete positive changes in the community. After one year of training she obtained the Association Montessori International Primary teacher diploma from the Montessori training centre of British Columbia in Vancouver and immediately began working as a primary teacher associate at Roots and Wings.  Her dedication to our school is outstanding!


mcaptureMichelle Wu, Director at Large

Michelle immigrated to Canada in 1994 and graduated from West Vancouver Secondary School in 1996. From 1997 to 1998, her work experiences include a full-time tour escort, sales person, and business manager. She decided to Logistics and she received her BCIT management certificate in 2001. She continues working as a business manager, construction site (commercial and residential) coordinator and legal advisor to her family owned construction company. Since marrying in 2003, she has worked with her husband to operate a greenhouse and farm related business, which grows annual plants and vegetables, and operates a nursery, with such products as u-pick fruit and free range eggs.

Michelle became interested in child care education at Roots and Wings Montessori. Impressed, she immediately enrolled her three sons in the preschool program.

In January 2012, she continued her commitment to Roots and Wings by joining the board of directors, intent on helping to prepare a healthy and positive environment for all children.


Susan Herman, Director at Large



Kristin Cassie, Founder & Principal, Director at LargeKristin Dec 14

Kristin has been a member of the school board of directors almost every year since it was first formed in 1991. Kristin holds a B.A. in linguistics and a Professional B.C. Teaching Certificate from Simon Fraser University.  In addition, she trained four years with St. Nicholas Montessori, based in London, England, attending branches in Coquitlam and Windsor, Ontario. Kristin taught public elementary school for ten years, specializing in French and including kindergarten to grade ten. After her Montessori training, she founded Roots & Wings in 1985, teaching at the primary level for four years. She also spent three summers, including an intensive six-week training course, on Montessori adolescent education. She regularly attends Montessori conferences to stay abreast of progressive thought.

Kristin is a member of the North American Montessori Association, the David Suzuki Foundation, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Greenpeace, Canadian Feed the Children, BC Camping and Recreation Guild, a local church and many other conservation and philanthropic organizations.