Our Amazing Team
Our diverse team consists of 20 amazing individuals, with various backgrounds, experience and education in the Early Learning and Care field. We have a number of staff who have been employed with West Oakville Preschool Centre for many years, and some that have even reached their 10, 20, and almost 30 year anniversary milestones! Each program has staff members who have been thoughtfully selected to work together to provide a well-rounded Infant, Toddler, Preschool or Kindergarten program, with character traits, skills and experience that compliment those of their team mates. We have 10 Registered Early Childhood Educators on our team, and at least one working in each room. We are committed to providing our staff team with a positive work experience and investing in their professional growth and development.
All of our staff members:
Have a current valid Vulnerable Sector Check (as per Ministry of Education requirements)
Receive annual re-certification in Standard First Aid and Infant/Child CPR – Level C
Have up to date immunizations
Review policies and procedures annually, and more frequently as needed
Are monitored, mentored and evaluated annually for their job performance
Actively participate in monthly staff meetings, professional development, and special events throughout the year
LAURIE KOKKINOS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (RECE)
I have worked as a RECE and supervisor at various centers throughout Halton and was supervisor for over a decade at a school in downtown Oakville. In my career, I was also appointed to the position of Director of a new centre in Georgetown. Here, I was involved in all aspects of starting a brand new daycare from the ground up. Previous to working in childcare, I was manager of a residential home that supported adults and children with developmental disabilities.
My passion is working with children and families. I love time spent with little ones and being able to support families with my knowledge of child development and resources in this community. I have lived in Oakville for most of my life and have raised my children here. My favorite pastime is hiking with my husband and two dogs.
OUR TEAM OF EDUCATORS
CHONA GONZALES – I am Chona Gozales, a child care worker at West Oakville Preschool Centre. I chose this field because it’s a rewarding and fulfilling career. The joy and smiles of the children, hearing their voices and seeing their faces light up with fervor each time they learn something new, brings joy and happiness to me. As I am a parent as well, it also brings fulfillment and gladness to support other new parents by relaying to them what their children have learned, and expressing my concern and support in their child’s developmental milestones.
JESSICA HUNTLEY, RECE – Hi, my name is Jessica Huntley and I am a Registered Early Childhood Educator working at West Oakville Preschool Centre. I completed my ECE diploma at Sheridan College and I have also completed an advanced diploma in Visual and Creative Arts. I love to combine art into the everyday, creating new and interesting art experiences for children of all ages.
AMANDA FENG, RECE – Hi, my name is Ms. Amanda. I’m a registered early child educator (R.E.C.E) working at West Oakville Preschool since February 2018. I have been working with children as an R.E.C.E in Toronto since 2014. My passion in early childhood is to provide exceptional quality early childhood education to children, parents and families in an energetic team environment. I have recently upgraded my qualification with a graduate certificate in Resource Consulting. My opportunity to work with children with special needs gives me the poise to work well with children with special needs, too. Also, I have been teaching Mandarin in Toronto Mandarin School for about seven years as my part-time job. I graduated with my Master’s Degree in education in China. Since then I worked in an educational institute in Beijing, China for more than 10 years as a Professional Education Specialist before I moved to Toronto in 2012.
ALEKSANDRA SERAFIN – My name is Alexandra S. I am an Early Childhood Assistant. I obtained my degree in Poland where I started working with children. I have been working at West Oakville Preschool Centre for 15 years and I have experience with all age groups. It is my passion to care for and assist children with their needs.
ANDREA REIDMAN, RECE – Hi, my name is Andrea Reidman. I am a Registered Early Childhood Educator working in the Preschool Program. I have been working in the centre since December 2014. I was born in Argentina and moved to Canada in 2001 with my husband and two daughters (13 and 11 years old). I have more than 20 years of experience working with children, especially with the little ones. I like working at West Oakville Preschool because we foster a positive, caring and respectful relationship with children and their families.
PROGRAM SUPPORT/CASUAL STAFF
JESSICA SERON, RECE
SKYLER VANDERWATER, CYW
JING BO YAN, RECE
ERIN WALDIE, RECE
ESRA HASKAN, RECE
JOSEPHINE ILAGAN, ECA