Teacher Profiles

Teacher Profiles

The education and care of young children demand a high level of personal and professional integrity and enthusiasm. The teachers have diplomas in Early Childhood Education (ECE) or are working toward this goal. ECE teachers are registered with the College of Early Childhood Educators. Having ECE’s in the program ensures that its graduates learn about the social, cognitive, emotional, physical, and creative needs of children (twelve and under) and have the skills and knowledge necessary for planning and carrying out programming which optimizes individual development for infant, toddler, preschool and school-aged children.

These teachers have knowledge about how to:

  • provide a physically safe, mentally healthy, and intellectually stimulating environment for children five and under, by understanding psychological, sociological, and developmental theories and principles;
  • observe and interpret children’s developmental levels and reactions to situations by assessing and analyzing children’s behaviour;
  • implement a flexible curriculum which will meet the needs of individual children within the group and implement a combination of the children’s ideas along with the ideas taught in the curriculum so that children can expand their learning, and;
  • communicate positively and purposefully with children, parents, and other adults in the preschool setting.

2-Year-Old Program


Celina Whitehead, R.E.C.E., D.S.W.

IMG_3943_150 Celina has been with our school since 1992, bringing her wisdom and experience to all of our programs. Celina’s love of preschool children is apparent in her creative programming and she is dedicated to providing a stimulating and fun environment for children to grow and learn. Celina has taught the JK alternative program for ten years. Her ability to provide the Ministry curriculum in an innovative manner has made the Kinders program the success that it is.

Dorothy Webster, R.E.C.E 

Miss DorothyDorothy moved from England 12 years ago and considers herself fortunate to find BCCNS for her youngest son. Since then she attended Algonquin securing her Early Childhood Educator degree while working part-time at BCCNS. Since her graduation she has had so much fun working with young children of all ages in a preschool. Her last 4 years have been spent in resource centres working with families and delivering various workshops. We are thrilled to welcome Dorothy back to our school in the afternoon School Readiness program for 2016-2017!

Janis Leney, BA,  R.E.C.E 

Janis Leney Janis brings 15 years of Early Learning experience & knowledge from her time in a full-day lab school environment, where the focus on Early Childhood Education and student learning came a close second to the experiences, investigations & play of the children. Janis is excited to be here at BCCNS where she can practise her skills, learn more about the preschool environment & continue her own learning & growth as an RECE. We are excited to have Janis in our classes and it is obvious that she loves the children and the children love having her as their teacher.

3-Year-Old Program


Heidi Ward, R.E.C.E

Heidi is has been promoted to Program Director, but is also staying involved with the children in the 3s program through June 2017.  Heidi started her teaching career with BCCNS in 2008. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as well as innovative ideas. Heidi has the ability to make every child feel comfortable. Her natural and genuine interest in each child helps her quickly connect with them. She truly believes in Early Childhood Education by allowing children to learn through play. She has a wonderful way of making every child feel included and valued.

Karen Knox, R.E.C.E

KarenKaren joins us this year as a morning 3’s teacher. She has had her ECE since 1993 and has much experience working in a preschool setting. Her enthusiastic personality and exuberant sense of humour is a welcomed addition to the programs. She is often heard playing her ukulele during circle time and seen in the classrooms enjoying many teachable moments with the children. We are very proud to have Karen as part of the BCCNS teaching team.

 

Melanie Dupuis

Originally from the UK, where she worked as a nanny, Melanie has been working with children all her life. She has experience as a preschool teacher, child care educator and family resource worker – years of experience and professional development! Melanie is also a first time grandmother to a little girl and looks forward so much to be able to help her develop, too! She is looking forward to offering new creative ideas for BCCNS while helping our children continue to learn through play. We welcome Melanie to the BCCNS team.

 

 

School Readiness Program


Karen Knox, R.E.C.E 

KarenKaren joins us again this year as a morning 3’s teacher. She has had her ECE since 1993 and has much experience working in a preschool setting. Her enthusiastic personality and exuberant sense of humour is a welcomed addition to the programs. She is often heard playing her ukulele during circle time and seen in the classrooms enjoying many teachable moments with the children. We are very excited for Karen to be a part of the BCCNS Team.

Dorothy Webster, R.E.C.E 

Miss DorothyDorothy moved from England 12 years ago and considers herself fortunate to find BCCNS for her youngest son. Since then she attended Algonquin securing her Early Childhood Educator degree while working part-time at BCCNS. Since her graduation she has had so much fun working with young children of all ages in a preschool. Her last 4 years have been spent in resource centres working with families and delivering various workshops. We are thrilled to welcome Dorothy back to our school in the afternoon School Readiness program for 2016-2017!

Step-By-Step Program


Heidi Ward, R.E.C.E

Heidi is has been promoted to Program Director, but is also staying involved with the children in the Step-By-Step program through June 2017.  Heidi started her teaching career with BCCNS in 2008. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as well as innovative ideas. Heidi has the ability to make every child feel comfortable. Her natural and genuine interest in each child helps her quickly connect with them. She truly believes in Early Childhood Education by allowing children to learn through play. She has a wonderful way of making every child feel included and valued.

 

Melanie Dupuis

Originally from the UK, where she worked as a nanny, Melanie has been working with children all her life. She has experience as a preschool teacher, child care educator and family resource worker – years of experience and professional development! Melanie is also a first time grandmother to a little girl and looks forward so much to be able to help her develop, too! She is looking forward to offering new creative ideas for BCCNS while helping our children continue to learn through play. We welcome Melanie to the BCCNS team.

 

 

 

Kinders Program


Celina Whitehead, R.E.C.E., D.S.W.

IMG_3943_150Celina has been with our school since 1992, bringing her wisdom and experience to all of our programs. Celina’s love of preschool children is apparent in her creative programming and she is dedicated to providing a stimulating and fun environment for children to grow and learn. Celina has taught the JK alternative program for ten years. Her ability to provide the Ministry curriculum in an innovative manner has made the Kinders program the success that it is.

Janis Leney, BA,  R.E.C.E 

Janis LeneyJanis brings 15 years of Early Learning experience & knowledge from her time in a full-day lab school environment, where the focus on Early Childhood Education and student learning came a close second to the experiences, investigations & play of the children. Janis is excited to be here at BCCNS where she can practise her skills, learn more about the preschool environment & continue her own learning & growth as an RECE. We are excited to have Janis in our classes and it is obvious that she loves the children and the children love having her as their teacher.

 

Currently on Maternity Leave


Kate Hubble, R.E.C.E., D.S.W. 

KateKate joined BCCNS in 2009 after having graduated from the ECE program at Algonquin College in 2008. Her understanding of emergent learning and her creative ideas enhance the 3’s program.  She brings a fresh and cutting edge knowledge of the importance of the early years.  Her enthusiasm and energetic nature shows in her programming and her genuine love of the children makes for a fun filled and exciting environment.

Rhonda Ferguson, E.C.E. in progress 

IMG_3940_150Rhonda joined the BCCNS family in 2011.  She is most known for the amazing classes that she ran at Gymboree. Her enthusiasm, energy, fun and genuine interest in both the children and the families have made her unforgettable for so many who were privileged to have her at Gymboree. She is gifted in interacting, playing and teaching children. Her programming is child centered, fun filled and creative.

Svetlana Fee, R.E.C.E

Lana joins us after a wonderful experience at BCCNS as an Algonquin College student in the E.C.E program and is new this year to the morning 3 year old program.  She has worked in all our other programs in past years! She brings with her a wealth of new ideas, creative approaches and a passion for working in the childcare field.  Lana’s enthusiasm and caring demeanor have children naturally gravitating towards her.  She is a wonderful addition to the BCCNS team.

Currently on Sick Leave


Sharon Madigan, ECE in Progress

IMG_3957_150Sharon has been a teacher and program assistant in our school for the last 9 years.  She has an innate ability to nurture and stimulate children in all programs.  She comes to BCCNS with enthusiasm and dedication to the children.  She is returning to the program this year and we are thrilled to welcome her back into this position and know she will continue to bring many skills and fresh new ideas with her.