- Bachelor of Child Studies (Applied) degree – Mount Royal University
- Children’s Mental Health Certificate – Mount Royal University
- Child Development Supervisor (Level 3) – Government of Alberta
- Montessori Classroom Assistant Certificate – Montessori Teacher’s College (Instructor-Sherin Alibhai)
Deepa was born in Fort McMurray, AB and grew up all around Alberta until her family settled in Calgary over 25 years ago. At a young age, Deepa recognized that she enjoyed working with children and youth and so her journey began at the age of 12 when she started babysitting for her close family friends and neighbors all around Calgary. This led her to start volunteering for various agencies such as AHS, Malayalee Cultural Association of Calgary and many more.
Deepa’s passion for advocating for and working with children led her to complete the Bachelor of Applied Child Studies degree at Mount Royal University. This amazing education then finally launched her into first job in her career at a Montessori child care centre where she was privileged to be mentored by none other than Ms. Sherin Alibhai. Deepa was mentored and took on the role of Program Director and thereafter was recruited to Mount Royal University (College at the time) where she began her 8 year career as the Directed Field Studies (practicum) Coordinator for the Bachelor of Applied Child Studies degree. It was there that she was able to help direct and lead students of the program into their child and youth care careers. Her role consisted of teaching a Professional Development Course to 2nd year students, partner with agencies around Alberta to facilitate work experience opportunities for students, as well as sit on many in-house committees as well as facilitate provincial conferences through MRU.
This role also helped her to realize that she was missing being in the front line-which is why she is honored to be in the role of Program Supervisor at Montessori Learning Centre since May 2017, again under the guidance and mentorship of Ms. Sherin. She enjoys this role very much as she gets the best of working with both the children, their families as well as continuing to learn the Montessori philosophy.
Deepa has also been fortunate to have both her boys attend Montessori Learning Centre for their preschool and kindergarten education and she is a firm believer of the Montessori philosophy as it fosters, empowers and respects the rights of the child.
Deepa’s interests include: dancing, cooking (and eating!), badminton, and spending quality time playing board games and card games with her friends and family!