Our Staff

Caring & Qualified

The Schoolhouse Playcare Centre, in accordance with the Child Care and Early Years Act, is staffed by qualified Early Childhood Educators, with additional training in First Aid and CPR. 

Early Childhood Educators who are employed with Schoolhouse Playcare Centre also have to be registered with the College of Early Childhood Educators in order to practice as an Early Childhood Educator. The Early Childhood program is a two year college course in which a diploma is obtained at completion of studies. In the two year program, child development, curriculum planning, and observations are studied for children infant to adolescent. 

The staff/child ratio is complemented by Early Childhood Education students who assist in such areas as: creative art, music, drama, and other learning experiences provided in an early childhood setting. 

Schoolhouse Playcare Centre

Wanda Collins
Executive Director
RECE, AECEO.C
Leila Nagy
Pedagogical Lead
RECE, AECEO.C
Lina Maclam
Pedagogical Lead
RECE, AECEO,C BA BEd

ST. James School Site

Brenda Walkoski
Head Educator
RECE, AECEO.C
Kennedy Gemmel
Early Childhood Educator
RECE
Lauren Dewar
Early Childhood Educator
RECE
Rachelle Minthorn
Early Childhood Educator
RECE
Carissa Sanderson
Early Childhood Educator
RECE
Bobbi Abraham
Early Childhood Educator
RECE
Jen Kesner
Early Childhood Educator
RECE
Selena Martin
Educator
Jacklyn Calabrese
Student Support Worker
Carly Baratta
Early Childhood Educator
RECE
Emily Merenda
Early Childhood Educator
RECE
Shalyn McKillop
Student Support Worker
Terry Scocchia
Food Preparer

Ecole elsie Macgill site

Lindsey Richardson
Head Educator
RECE
Don McMahon
Early Childhood Educator
RECE
Natasha Agostino
Early Childhood Educator
RECE
Megan Ahtila
Early Childhood Educator
RECE
Madison Myrefors
Early Childhood Educator
RECE
Jessica Chikoski
Early Childhood Educator
RECE
Madi Osbourne
Educator
Cassandra Sheedy
Early Childhood Educator
RECE
Hailee King
Early Childhood Educator
RECE
Katja Chasty
Educator
Julie Harris
Food Preparer

ST. Martin school site

Jen Tervo
Program Coordinator/Head Educator
RECE, AECEO.C
Liz Brock
Educator
Cameron Hansen
Educator
Paige Cameron
Educator
Keara Fiset
Educator

Westmount school site

Lindsey Richardson
Program Coordinator/Head Educator
RECE
Cristy Kuokkanen
Early Childhood Educator Otherwise Approved
SSW
Alesha Spirka
Educator
Manpreet Kaur
Educator
Bsc BEd MEd

CORPUS CHRISTI school site

Brenda Walkoski
Program Coordinator/Head Educator
RECE, AECEO.C
Miranda Lange
Early Childhood Educator
RECE
Sara Whitehouse
Educator

St Thomas aquinas school

Jen Tervo
Program coordinator / Early Childhood Educator
RECE AECEO.C
Shayla Hartley
Educator
Reena Hull
Educator
BEd BMath BSc

On Going Professional Development for Staff

We believe in encouraging and providing ongoing learning and professional development for our educators in our programs. This occurs in many different formats. Educators participate in weekly team meetings where we deconstruct our observations and develop programming for the children. Monthly staff meetings incorporate learning communities which allow us to further study our philosophy and guiding principles. Book studies, presentations, workshops, article reviews, reflective conversations, and more are some of the ways we continue to challenge ourselves as early childhood professionals.


Professional Developement Project for 2021 to 2022

This year's educational project is to focus on our 'Image of the Child'. Through out this year we will be using staff meetings and team meetings to reflect on our views and how these influence our time with children.

"There are hundreds of different images of the child. Each one of you has inside yourself an image of the child that directs you as you begin to relate to a child. This theory within you pushes you to behave in certain ways; it orients you as you talk to the child, listen to the child, observe the child. It is very difficult for you to act contrary to this internal image. For example, if you image is that boys and girls are very different from one another, you will behave differently in your interactions with each of them"

- Loris Malaguzzi


We are proud to have hosted an event put on by Schoolhouse Playcare Centre Educators:

"A Community Learning Event...The Inquiry Cycle"....Saturday, April 29,2017

Schoolhouse Playcare Centre put on an all day professional learning opportunity for the E.C.E. community and all those working with and caring for young children! It was held at our St. James School location. It was an exciting day where participants were involved in discussion and interactive workshops regarding the observation, provocation/putting it into practice, and documentation of children's learning. There were interactive displays that focussed on early childhood environments, children's representations, light and transparency and more!