During her tenure as a teacher in Hungary, she came to deplore the heavy state control over education under the Communist government then in power. It was this lack of intellectual freedom that prompted her to seek a new life in the West, and, after a brief residence in Germany, she moved to Canada in 1987.
Having to learn a completely new language, Julia gained a unique perspective on the
difficulties in learning how to read and write English. (Unlike Hungarian, the spelling patterns in English are so varied that they form a singular challenge in learning to read and write.) With her own experience as a backdrop, and knowing that reading was the most important ability in all subsequent learning, Julia vowed that she would find and use the best methods for teaching children how to read and write.
Subsequently, she earned her Early Childhood Education Diploma from George Brown College in Toronto in 1990. It was shortly after this that Julia set up her first pre-school. After a divorce and with no other financial support, she was forced to develop a strong work ethic in order to raise her three children as a single mother. This meant working very long hours at additional jobs on top of her demanding work at the school.
With several years experience in teaching young children behind her, Julia immediately recognized the potential benefits to the children when she came upon the Montessori method of teaching. After a year studying, she earned her Montessori Pre-School Diploma in 1995 from the International Montessori Training Centre in London, England. In 2001, Julia started her first full-fledged Montessori school when she opened the Montessori Pre-School Academy in north-west Toronto. Two years later, with parents of pre-school children about to enter the public school system clamoring for a better education for their children, she added an Elementary school program.
In 2011, she was forced to move her established school when the Toronto District School Board did not renew her lease. It was at this time that Julia renamed the school as Alive Montessori & Private School, which is now operating at a more central location in the Forest Hill United Church at 2 Wembley Road, one short block north of the Bathurst and Eglinton intersection.
By making learning fun, and by giving the basic subjects of reading, writing and arithmetic the prominence they deserve, Julia’s students can excel in their education and establish a strong foundation for their future careers.