Staff

 

All of our teaching staff have the following credentials:

Standard First Aid and CPR training (including infant and toddler)

Vulnerable Sector Police Checks

Up to date immunizations

 

In addition to this our staff participate in regular professional learning activities so they can keep growing professionally and adding to their knowledge and skills. 

 

 

Christine Max, R.E.C.E

Director - Teaching since 1998

 

Fun Facts About Christine...

When Christine was 5 she wanted to be a theatre actress when she grew up.

If Christine is in the classroom you can usually find her on the carpet doing circle with the children.  "I love using my songs and stories to bring them up and have them all excited and silly and then bringing them back down again so they are settled before lunch.  It’s pretty amazing to be able to do that."

Christine's favourite memory from her own childhood was lunch! "I remember the sight of the cook carrying in that big yellow bowl of lunch and knowing it was my favourite meal and just being overwhelmed with happiness."

 

Alissa Timmins, R.E.C.E

Senior Supervisor - Teaching since 2010

 

 

Fun Facts About Alissa....

Alissa loves doing messy activities.  If you find her in the classroom it will usually be in the middle of the biggest mess having a fantastic time with the children.

Alissa enjoys traveling to sunny warm spots, watching hockey and baseball with her friends and reading LOTS of books!  She has even been spotting deep into a novel while walking to work.  

Alissa remembers every detail about our children, families and staff.  She is our very own encyclopedia of knowledge.  

 

Teresa Ramage, R.E.C.E

Supervisor - Teaching since 1995

 

 

Fun Facts About Teresa...

When Teresa was 5 she wanted to be a mom when she grew up. "I use to pretend my younger brother was mine and have him play house.  I would try and get him to call me mommy, he often wouldn’t and would just reply “no” and laugh."

Teresa has a love of empty boxes and all of the amazing things you can create from them.  You will often find empty boxes lying in wait in her office for the children to create with.  Her mom helped foster this love "My Mom would bring out two big card board boxes and would give them to my sister and I to decorate with paint. After we were done painting them she would put our dolls in the box with a blanket making a bed, she then connected it to our bikes using string. The box with the “Babies” would be pulled around as we biked around the block or to the park, until the box no longer had a bottom, my Mom would then get us more boxes to decorate and few extra for my friends to decorate as well."   

 

Tracy Humphrey

Kitchen Manager - Feeding our children since 2014

 

 

Fun Facts About Tracy...

Tracy's love of cooking stems from her memories of running up the driveway and smelling her grandma's cooking when she was a child.

Tracy is also an amazing gardener and grows many of her own vegetables in the summer time to use in preparing the delicious food she makes for the children.

When Tracy has the opportunity to visit in the classrooms you will often find her sitting on the floor with the children singing and reading books.

 

Sandy Jury

Early Learning and Care Specialist - Teaching since 2001

 

 

Fun Facts About Sandy...

When Sandy was little, she wanted to be a dancer on the TV show Solid Gold.

Sandy is an avid Tiger Cat fan.  You can find her at most of the games dressed up in her Tiger gear.  

Sandy has a song for every occasion.  When you walk into the centre often the first thing you hear is Sandy singing in the classroom.

 

Pam Kolne-Gordon, R.E.C.E

Early Learning and Care Specialist - Teaching since 2000

 

 

Fun Facts about Pam...

When Pam was little she loved playing street hockey with her brother and his friends.

Pam really enjoys doing sensory activities with the children.  The messier the better!

Pam has a huge love of everything about Canada. From her huge Canada Day bashes to celebrate the day, to her love of Hockey to her obsession with bears. 

 

Vanessa Howarth

Early Learning and Care Specialist - Teaching since 2010

 

 

Fun facts about Vanessa...

Vanessa did Highland Dancing for many years.  One of her favourite memories is the first time she won a medal during a dance competition. 

Vanessa wanted to be a Marine Biologist when she grew up. 

Vanessa's has a lot of great memories working in this field.  One of her favourites is when a child told her that because it snowed before Easter, Santa would have to come and deliver the eggs instead of the Easter Bunny.   A child's logic is an amazing thing to hear!

 

Bailey Rae-Ashton, R.E.C.E

Early Learning and Care Specialist - Teaching since 2012

 

 

Fun Facts About Bailey...

Bailey wanted to be a vet when she grew up.  She loved(and still loves) animals.

Bailey has been a member of the Scouting community in Hamilton for many years.  Bailey helps to organize and run camps throughout the course of the year for the children in this community.  

Bailey is bi-lingual and speaking English and French.  You will often hear her incorporating French into her classroom routine.

 

Katie Kastelik, R.E.C.E

Early Learning and Care Specialist - Teaching Since 2009

 

 

Fun Facts about Katie...

Katie loves having the opportunity to be able to work with children from a young age and watch them grow and develop until it is time for them to go to 'big school'.

Katie loves camping.  Her favourite memories as a child all relate back to camping and learning how to fish with her Dad. She carries on these traditions with her own family.

Katie wanted to be an artist when she grew up.

 

 

 

Jessica Suterski

Early Learning and Care Specialist - Teaching since 2015

 

 

Fun Facts about Jessica...

Jessica wanted to be a race car driver when she grew up.

Jessica really enjoys being in the creative area with the children.  She loves giving them different types of materials to create with and seeing where their imagination takes them.

Jessica had a passion for reading as a child and enjoys bringing great stories into her circle times with the children.

 

Jodi Walsh

Early Learning and Care Specialist - Teaching since 2010

 

 

Fun Facts About Jodi...

Jodi wanted to be a teacher when she grew up.  She was always playing 'school' with her friends as a child.

Jodi loves messy activities, whether it's finger painting inside or water play outside.

Jodi had a home daycare for many years so she could stay home with her 2 daughters as they grew up.

 

Natasha O'Neil

Early Learning and Care Specialist - Teaching Since 2016

 

 

Fun Facts About Natasha...

Natasha loves doing yoga and can often be found on a mat with the toddlers doing yoga poses for children.

Natasha wanted to be a teacher from a young age.  She would set up classroom in her tv room and hand out assignments to her parents.

Natasha has been a junior cheerleader for the Hamilton Tiger Cats.

 

Elise White

Early Learning and Care Specialist - Teaching since 2015

 

 

Fun facts about Elise...

Elise played violin as a child.

Elise wanted to be a Rockstar when she grew up.  It is no wonder she is often heard singing songs with the children in the classroom.

Elise's favourite part about working with children is having the opportunity to help children develop into the little people they become with their own very different personalities. 

 

Lori-Anne Oliveria

Early Learning and Care Specialist - Teaching since 2016

 

 

Fun facts about Lori...

Lori has a love of baking.  Her passion is baking fresh breads.

Lori loves dancing and being active.  You can often find her being active in the playground with the children doing a variety of gross motor activities.

Lori loves traveling. She traveled a lot as a child with her family and has fond memories of "Chasing waterfalls that consisted of fairy boats, train rides and falling asleep to Enya"