Meet the Preschool Teachers
Sundance & Chianti
Stephanie grew up in the Okanagan and moved to the coast after graduating from high school. She enjoys camping, photography and fossil hunting in her spare time.Stephanie graduated from Langara College with her ECE and Infant Toddler certification and since that time has taken many workshops and seminars on various aspects of the ECE field. She was the program supervisor in a 3-5 daycare in the West End for 20+ years before moving to the northshore where she have been a preschool teacher for the past several years.
Jasmina has been a preschool supervisor for over 20 years and is particularly experienced in parent participation. She strives to discover each child’s unique way of learning whilst providing the tools and stimulation to keep their love of learning alive. Most of all, she wants the children in her care to remember how she made them feel, and not just what they learned whilst they were at preschool. The child of an artist, she was brought up to enjoy various forms of art, play tennis, pickleball and loves to travel.
“Tell me and I’ll forget, show me and I’ll remember, involve me and I’ll understand”.
Daniella is creative and vocal and loves to bring this to her practice in preschool. She has a BA in Early Childhood Education and more than 10 years of experience working with children in daycare and preschool in both Mexico and North Vancouver.
She believes that when children feel safe, they are ready to learn and explore. She enjoys that children often notice the details of things, and are open to experiencing the small, every-day wonders of the world. She is an active Mom in our community in Pemberton Heights, always busy looking for ways she can support our school and other people. She enjoys going on adventures with her husband and two children.
ECE Teacher -Big Smile Class
Sydney has her Infant Toddler and Special Education certificates, and has worked with children in preschool, outdoor school, IB and School Aged programs over the last few years. She is an advocate for the Reggio Emilia approach, as well as giving children the opportunity to explore and investigate the outdoors. She loves playing the guitar, painting, wake-surfing, volleyball and travelling to new places.
ECE Teacher - Big Smile
& Chianti Class
Alice has worked in Early Childhood Education for the last 8 years, after leaving an established career in law. She believes that an adult’s actions can have a huge impact on a child’s life, and it gives her great joy and pride to support children in meeting their developmental milestones. She provides an environment that is fun, nurturing, interesting an open-ended, and loves experimenting with different pedagogies. She loves to spend time adventuring and trying new activities with her family.
Atoussa has been teaching since 1988. She has a BA in French Literature and minor in Early Childhood Education. She has been lucky enough to visit Reggio Emilia in Italy and was inspired to apply many aspects of this approach to her pedagogy.
Atoussa believes children have potential, curiosity, and a desire to learn. Each child is unique and has a different approach to learning. As a teacher my role is to provide the children with a range of possibilities and provocations. The wider the range of possibilities, the richer the children’s experiences.