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Kelowna’s First Choice for Early Childhood Education

Coronation Montessori PreSchool

As an authentic Montessori preschool, we create a peaceful, yet inviting environment where young children learn and thrive. Our students progress at their own pace using carefully chosen materials surrounded by beauty and order. Children also enjoy our safe outdoor playground area where they exercise large muscles, socialize, plant gardens, and enjoy the natural beauty of the changing seasons.

We are currently accepting registrations for Fall 2021. We invite you to call and book a tour of our preschool. We are following the latest COVID guidelines (see more). Appointments can be booked by calling the office at (778) 484-3121 or by emailing We will get back to you within 24 hours.

Judith Lanaway

Meet Judith Lanaway

Owner/Preschool Director/Montessori Teacher

For the safety and protection of everyone, I am fully vaccinated with 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and fully support and have put in place the required COVID-19 policies and procedures.

Judith is a graduate of the Early Childhood Education Program with a Special Needs Certification and an Infant Toddler Certification from the University of the Fraser Valley. Judith also has Certification in Early Intervention Speech and Language, and Certification in the Orton Gillingham Learning Abilities Therapeutic Tudors Program. After returning to the North Okanagan, she worked as a family counsellor, then opened her own preschool, earning her Montessori Teaching Diploma at that time. Currently, she lives in Kelowna where she has now designed and opened Coronation Montessori – a new preschool that resembles an old-fashioned schoolhouse.

The grand opening for Coronation Montessori Preschool will be in September 2021, where she looks forward to getting to know her new students and their families. Judith has extensive experience teaching preschool for over 20 years, and feels blessed to be included in the process of a child’s early education.


We Are a Fully Licensed Authentic Montessori Preschool

Coronation Montessori offers gentle guidance by certified teachers who understand Maria Montessori’s vision of a carefully planned environment, developmentally suited to the sensitive periods of a child’s life between 3 to 5 years of age. Our three-hour classes, scheduled three times per week are ideal for preschool-age children.

At Coronation Montessori children enjoy:

Developing a lifelong joy and excitement for learning

Developing a lifelong joy and excitement for learning

Multi-age classroom setting

Multi-age classroom setting

Uninterrupted work periods

Uninterrupted work periods

Montessori materials and Montessori-trained professionals

Montessori materials and Montessori-trained professionals

Developing cooperative social skills

Developing cooperative social skills

Offering early learning classes for children ages 3, 4, and 5 years old from September through June each year. For more information, download our PARENT BOOKLET.

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Our daughter Milli was a graduate of Mrs. Lanaway’s former pre-school in Vernon. I believe that being with Mrs. Lanaway laid the foundation for Milli’s further education and helped her transition smoothly into the school system. Mrs. Lanaway gave the children structure and stimulation in a such a safe and fun environment. She embraced all her students with kindness and compassion and got them excited and engaged about learning whilst teaching them social skills. Milli now lives back in Australia and the day she was accepted into university to study Law one of the first people she called was Mrs. Lanaway. That gives you an insight into how highly our family valued Mrs. Lanaway’s contribution to Milli’s education.

The Grant Family

My daughter was instructed in pre-school by Judith, and I feel the instruction she received that year coupled with Judith’s skills directly resulted in my daughter starting Kindergarten with not only better academic skills and habits, but also better social and interactive skills than other children her age. I would recommend Judith’s school to any other parent looking to give their children a good head start to their school years.

The Cucheron Family

My name is Jered Dennis and both my boys attended Judith’s preschool spanning more than 6 years.

It was our experience that Judith Lanaway facilitated a safe, professional, caring, educational and nurturing environment for both our boys to learn, play and thrive. Judith has numerous systems in place to ensure the safety of the children encompassing; drop-off, in school attendance and student pick-up. Judith ensured healthy snacks and appropriate play and learning activities, targeted to our boys specific developmental stages. Judith Lanaway puts the best interest of the children in her care first. She is a genuinely caring and nurturing soul, with the patience only a dedicated and professional preschool educator can possess. Judith’s preschool is an amazing preschool which I would recommend to any parent. The peace of mind knowing that your children are safe and preparing developmentally for kindergarten is PRICELESS.

The Dennis Family

Who is Judith Lanaway?

  • She is that teacher my children will always remember for the positive and loving introduction to learning.
  • She is the teacher that I will always remember for the guidance that I needed to be a better parent.
  • She is modest, non-judgmental, patient, honest and dedicated
  • She is the person who adopts a family (and sometimes more) at Christmas and gathers donations, food, gifts, and clothing on their behalf. What most people don’t know is that she stores, supplements, and delivers the donations throughout the year so that the family isn’t without at the ‘forgotten’ holidays like Easter and other celebrations.
  • She is the person who traded a car load of non-perishable food items for 10 cabbages from a single mother.
  • She is extremely diligent, working long hours yet remaining enthusiastic and positive each and every day.
  • She is a wonderful leader and will give advice when asked for but with love and in the best interest of the child-even when it’s not what the parents want to hear.
  • She greets each child and parent with a big smile and a “Good Morning”
  • She is that person who remembers everyone’s name
  • She is that person who has found her calling

Submitted for the Woman of the Year Award