Founder and Director


An integrative education is lived and felt. It thrives on a mandate to educate children from the inside out, with an eye on their future and a healthier future for our planet. This mandate does not neglect the need for academic achievement.  To the contrary!  An integrative education immerses academics in a relevant and timely context and gives them a purpose for being.

— Marie Lardino



The founder and director of VIS holds a B.A., B.Ed., and M.Ed. in curriculum with a focus in Holistic and Global Education. She began her Doctor of Education candidacy in 2012 at the University of Liverpool, UK. Despite her success in the Ed. D. program, she eventually decided to focus all of her energy on VIS.

She began her career in education at the Toronto District School Board, where she taught for eleven years. She holds qualifications in all primary, junior and intermediate divisions with additional Principal’s Qualifications (Part I) from OISE.

Marie has conducted workshops for teachers in the U.S. and Canada with the aim of helping them establish peaceful school environments. She served as an Adjunct Professor at York University’s Faculty of Education for several years, and has given seminars at three of Toronto’s faculties of education on Global and Holistic Education. She developed guidelines on the topic of conflict resolution for the Toronto District School Board, and has published curriculum on children’s rights and other materials on global education for Primary Voices K-6 (1990-1994), UNICEF (1995), and for the Institute of Global Education at OISE/UT (1992-2000). In addition, Marie was a board member for the Children’s Own Media Museum (COMM), and served as a Liaison Administrator for the Faculty of Education/Master of Teaching program at OISE/UT.

As of September 2017, Marie has stepped down from her role as principal of Voice Integrative School, which she held for 17 years. She is now pursuing her passion for painting throughout Europe and will continue to champion the integrative education model through professional development and teacher training around the world.


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