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 on Holistic and Global Education. She began her Doctor of Education candidacy in 2012 at the University of Liverpool, UK, eventually returning her focus to her practical work at VIS.

    Marie 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 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 many 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 VIS, 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.

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    In response to the horrific and fatal incident of bullying that occurred at a Hamilton, Ontario school on Monday October 7th, 2019, we urge you to read the following article from Marie Lardino about creating a culture of safety and respect.  
    “A Discussion About Bullying”
    This article and more can be found on Marie Lardino’s blog called ThePave:  “Articles…Thoughts…Insights… and Quotes on Education”
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    A leader in bullying prevention, Marie Lardino can be made available for consultation and program development in educational environments. 
    Please contact the school for more information.

    “No child should go unseen.”