Our team of caring and dedicated teachers are all Registered Early Childhood Educators committed to providing the best possible support for children and their families.
Helen is a Registered Childhood Educator with over 30 years of experience working in a variety of childcare settings ranging from non-profit, private, multicultural resource programs and high-risk childcare settings. Helen brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as well as innovative ideas to her role as Director/Head Teacher for GCNS. Through her years of experience, she understands that getting to know the individual learner in your classroom is essential as well as inspiring children to reach their maximum potential by providing them with the tools needed to be successful. Through inquiry-based learning and open-ended questions, children can be inspired and challenged while finding deeper meaning through their ability to personally connect with materials. Learning only happens once children feel they are in a safe and nurturing environment and this is evident at GCNS as children have the confidence to take risks and grow without boundaries.
Helen believes that Early Years Education is an extension of the family unit and true quality is achieved through experiential learning opportunities for the child and establishing a genuine collaborative relationship with families. Working and learning alongside families as they see firsthand how their children are growing and developing is one of the many benefits of being part of the GCNS family. Through participation in a co-op, families develop a strong sense of responsibility that carries over into many aspects of community life.
Helen has been married to her high school sweetheart for 31 years and together they have two wonderful sons, a beautiful daughter-in-law and recently welcomed their first grandchild.
Helen is grateful to have a job she absolutely loves. It is always so rewarding as an educator to see that every year children come in with “big eyes” and some apprehension, but walk out of the classroom in June a bit taller, wiser, feeling confident and “ready” because of all the knowledge and skills they have acquired.
Kim is a Registered Early Childhood Educator here at GCNS with a degree in Child Studies and over 20 years experience. She has enjoyed supporting, working, and learning alongside children and their families in several different environments. Her broad experience includes serving as an educator in licensed childcare settings, in home childcare, and as an E.C.E. in the public school system. These experiences have shaped her into the professional she is today.
Kim has been married to her high school sweetheart for 17 years and together they have 3 beautiful daughters and 2 yorkshire terrier pups. As a family they love playing games together, cottaging, and spending time with extended family and friends.
From going to a Cooperative Nursery School as a child herself, to sending her daughters to Cooperative Nursery School, to working at a Cooperative Nursery School, Kim sees the tremendous value they offer the whole family. It is in this environment where early learning in all developmental domains is fostered. This is where children meet their first friends, explore the world outside their home in a safe environment, and develop an early love of learning; this is the start to each of their own journeys in learning.
Melanie considers it a privilege to have joined the Glebe Cooperative Preschool team in 2019. A graduate of Algonquin Colleges Early Childhood Education program, she also possesses a B.A. in Social Science from Ottawa University. She has been active in the Glebe community for over thirty years as a caregiver, community centre worker, preschool teacher for other local schools and a Girl Guide leader.
She enjoys her work at the preschool fostering and nurturing creativity and imagination through play and the use of all the tools and resources the school has to offer. She loves the sense of collaboration and ingenuity of her co-workers and is inspired by the school’s foray into the areas of loose parts in the classroom as well as natural materials to supplement learning. She also embraces a love of music and drama, as she has been a member of several choirs and theatre groups over the years.
Melanie believes that children are capable, natural, and loves their spontaneous qualities that make them a pleasure to teach. When she is not teaching Melanie enjoys being with her family, baking, singing, watching her daughters as they compete in Allstar cheerleading, and she also is fond of taking advantage of the many nature trails located in Ottawa to get exercise. She looks forward to many more years enriching young children’s lives at the preschool.