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.

 

* 2017-2018 new Teacher Profiles will be updated at the end of August.

2-Year-Old Program


Celina Whitehead (Lengacher), 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.

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.

Tabatha Porteous, (R.E.C.E status expected this fall)

Tabatha is very excited to join the staff at BCCNS this year covering a maternity leave. It has been her lifelong dream to become a teacher and she has worked hard the last two years to achieve that goal achieving her RECE this summer. Tabatha brings with her new fresh ideas and looks forward to forming caring and nurturing relationships with her students while she encourages them to explore their learning through innovative play experiences. Welcome Tabatha!

3-Year-Old Program


Karen Knox, R.E.C.E

KarenKaren continues with 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.

Sue-Ellen Nevala, R.E.C.E

Ms. Sue-Ellen has been an Early Childhood Educator for many years.  She takes pride in developing programs where young children can learn through new challenges, happily and at their own pace.  She believes in creating classrooms that will inspire and educate preschoolers.  Most strongly, Sue-Ellen believes that children must  be having fun while learning.  In our community Ms. Sue-Ellen’s professionalism is recognized through her ten years of work at Fernhill School in Rockcliffe Park.  She has also been the Director for the Good Morning Co-Op Preschool and the Westboro Village Co-Operative School.  Ms. Sue-Ellen is looking forward to being a part of the Bells Corners Co-Operative team.

 

School Readiness Program


Sue-Ellen Nevala, R.E.C.E

Ms. Sue-Ellen has been an Early Childhood Educator for many years.  She takes pride in developing programs where young children can learn through new challenges, happily and at their own pace.  She believes in creating classrooms that will inspire and educate preschoolers.  Most strongly, Sue-Ellen believes that children must  be having fun while learning.  In our community Ms. Sue-Ellen’s professionalism is recognized through her ten years of work at Fernhill School in Rockcliffe Park.  She has also been the Director for the Good Morning Co-Op Preschool and the Westboro Village Co-Operative School.  Ms. Sue-Ellen is looking forward to being a part of the Bells Corners Co-Operative team.

 

Step-By-Step Program


Karen Knox, R.E.C.E 

KarenKaren continues againagain 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.

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.

Tabatha Porteous, (R.E.C.E status expected this fall)

Tabatha is very excited to join the staff at BCCNS this year covering a maternity leave. It has been her lifelong dream to become a teacher and she has worked hard the last two years to achieve that goal achieving her RECE this summer. Tabatha brings with her new fresh ideas and looks forward to forming caring and nurturing relationships with her students while she encourages them to explore their learning through innovative play experiences. Welcome Tabatha!

Kinders Program


Celina Whitehead (Lengacher), 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.

 

Currently on Maternity Leave



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.