Meet the Preschool Teachers

Daniella

ECE Teacher

Bashful Class

 

Rubab

ECE Teacher

Bashful Class

Jasmina

ECE Teacher

Sundance & Sungold

Rubab began her teaching career as a grade-school teacher in Pakistan, where she taught math and accounting to grades 7 & 8. She recently just completed her ECE here in Canada and has experience of working in Early Childhood Education at several different schools and daycares in North Vancouver. Rubab sees children as independent, curious, active citizens who are interested in building a relationship with the environment and the people around them. She enjoys co-constructing knowledge with children, supporting them to become confident beings who can reach their full potential. She loves travelling, hiking, and spending time with friends and her husband & three children.

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.

I have been teaching since 1988. As well as Sunflower, I teach at University Hill Preschool and have done for the last 27 years. I graduated from SFU with a BA in French Literature and minor in Early Childhood Education. I attended the North American Tour to Reggio Emilia, Italy, in March 2009. I was very inspired and apply many aspects of the Reggio approach in to the curriculum. I speak Farsi, English and French. I am very excited to build relationships with all the Sunflower families.

Sydney

 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.

Alice

 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.

Karen 

ECEA Teacher 

Sungold Class

Karen is an ECEA and has been working and volunteering with young children and their families in the local community for over 8 years, she is currently completing her ECE diploma at UBC.

 

She believes in providing a safe, inclusive, and rich environment for children to explore and develop ideas and relationships, while having fun along the way. To do this, Karen sees the importance of actively listening to children and getting to know each child in her care to better understand their interests and learning styles. She sees all children as full of knowledge, and her role is to help them to achieve their goals. She is especially interested in creating positive childhood learning experiences through the transition from preschool to kindergarten.

Atoussa

Lead ECE Teacher

Sundance Class

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.

Teacher A

Lead ECE Teacher 

Sungold Class

Natalie

Music Teacher

Atoussa

ECE Teacher

Sundance Class

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.

Saba

ECEA Teacher 

Chianti Class

Saba is a current ECE Student at Capilano University. Saba is so excited to join our Sunflower community! Many curriculum elements at Capilano are congruent with the philosophy at Sunflower so Saba is looking forward to translating theory to practice on her ECE journey. 

Natalie

Music Teacher

Karen

Yoga Teacher

Laurel

Clay Teacher