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

ADMINISTRATION

MINDY WILLIAMS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (RECE) – I was welcomed into my role as the Executive Director of West Oakville Preschool Centre in May 2017, after 20+ years in the field working with children and families of all ages and diversities, and 16 of those years working in the City of Toronto in various Supervisory capacities. I’m very passionate about, and am a huge advocate for, the Early Learning and Care profession! I love to build relationships and share stories with others about my personal and professional experiences, after all, I too am a mother!  It brings my heart great joy to be able to collaborate with, and make a positive impact on the lives of the children, families, co-workers and professional partners I work with every day, however big or small.

NUTRITION

 

ARSENIA MENDOZA – Hi!  My name is Arsenia and I’ve worked at West Oakville Preschool for 22 years.  I love my job!  I love cooking and I love the children…especially their hugs!  I love playing sports (volleyball, basketball and golf) and I really love walking!  I do a lot of volunteer work for my church and enjoy catering for my church for special events.

INFANT PROGRAM

ANDREA REIDMAN, RECE – Hi, my name is Andrea Reidman. I am a Registered Early Childhood Educator working in the Infant Room.  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.

JESSICA HUNTLEY, RECE – Hi, my name is Jessica Huntley and I am a Registered Early Childhood Educator working in the Infant Room 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.

CHONA GONZALES – I am Chona Gozales, a child care worker and specifically now assigned to the Infant Room.  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.

KATHY BLAAK – Hi!  My name is Katherine Blaak.  I am married and have 2 children of my own.  I love to work with children.  I love their minds, as they are always positive and can easily trust you.  I have worked in child care for 10 years now.

TAHIRA SHAUKAT, RECE – My name is Tahira Shaukat and I have been working in the Early Learning and Care Field for over 8 years, with 2 of those years as a Registered Early Childhood Educator.  I find that this is one of the most interesting and rewarding fields, and I enjoy every minute of it because there is never a dull moment.  The children are constantly learning new things and find a way to impress you every day.  What I find the most amazing about West Oakville Preschool Centre is that some staff have devoted their life to the centre for 10-20 years, which shows dedication, passion and integrity.

ALEKSANDRA BOCHENEK – My name is Alex Bochenek. I graduated in 1998 with a profile of Educational Support Teacher, and I have supported children with special needs for over 7 years. I joined the WOPC team in February 2017. Observing, encouraging and helping children grow is a very unique and special experience. Exploring the world with kids can bring unforgettable moments. That’s exactly what I love about the work I do!  Why West Oakville Preschool Centre? It’s a small center with a family atmosphere where people care about each other…with amazing experienced teachers, and absolutely fantastic parents.

NANCY BAYLON – Hi!  My name is Nancy and I have been working at West Oakville Preschool since 2015.  I work to support the programs by implementing program activities, and helping children in their daily routines.  I have my Safe Food Handling certification and am often involved in cooking and food preparation for the centre.  I have experience as both an air-craft (?) groomer, and a caregiver, which has helped me to become a more flexible, dependable and passionate individual.

AMANDA FENG, RECE – Hi, my name is Ms. Amanda. I’m a registered early child educator (R.E.C.E) working in the Koala room (Toddler 2) in 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.  I am currently in the Koala Room – Toddler 2.

SHIRLEY IRELAND – Hello there my name is Shirley and I am an ECA here at West Oakville Preschool. I am a very proud mother of four beautiful children who are the light of my life. I come with many years of experience working with children and with children with exceptionalities. I enjoy watching children learn, grow and discover the world around them.  I look forward to working with you and your children.

PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS

 

RACHEL HEADLEY, RECE/ASSISTANT SUPERVISOR – My name is Rachel.  I am a Registered Early Childhood Educator, graduated from Sheridan College.  My family and friends are very important to me and I enjoy travelling and exploring areas around me.  I have been working at West Oakville Preschool Centre since June 2014.  I love working at WOPC; interacting and engaging with the children and families – watching the children reach new milestones and develop new life skills.

KIM ROSS – Hi!  My name is Kim.  I’m a proud mother of 2 grown boys.  I love the outdoors, love to travel, love gardening and love bonfires!  My family is very important to me.  I’ve been here for 28 years, and WOPC is like a 2nd family to me.  I’ve had a lot of great mentors and learned a lot over the years.  WOPC is like a close-knit family…we all look out for one another.  I think of the children I work with as my own children.

CHRISTINE HUELMA – Hello my name is Christine, a mother to an 11-year-old son, and wife to my husband, John.  I work with Preschoolers here at WOPC, and have been employed with this Centre since 2007.  Before working with the children, I worked for 6 years as a midwife and Nursing Assistant in Neonatal intensive care unit. I started working with children in 2001 and have been in the field ever since, I enjoy children and the opportunity to watch them grow and flourish very much.  I make it a goal to make sure that each child receives the best care and love that they all deserve.  I enjoy singing, playing with children and listening to their stories, biking with my family and volunteering, serving and helping people in the community.

BRENTHA SEGATHEESAN, RECE – My name is Brentha S.  I am a Registered Early Childhood Educator and obtained my diploma in 2011.  I also have background in Community Justice Services.  I have 7 years experience working in Montessori and play-based Child Care Centres.  Within these centres, I have worked with Preschool, Toddler and School-Age children.  Currently, I work in the Bear Club Room at WOPC.

ROS WARDROP, RECE – Hi! My name is Ros.  I have been an R.E.C.E. teacher for 26 years. I am also qualified to work with children with additional support needs. I have three children and two granddaughters. I immigrated to Canada from Scotland 7 years ago and I have been working at West Oakville Preschool Centre since then.

PROGRAM SUPPORT/CASUAL STAFF

 

JESSICA SERON, RECE

SKYLER VANDERWATER, CYW

JING BO YAN, RECE

ERIN WALDIE, RECE

ESRA HASKAN, RECE

JOSEPHINE ILAGAN, ECA