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Nursery School Staff

We have two licensed Early Childhood Educators, and one regular qualified assistant.  Staff members are encouraged to update their skills through regular participation in Professional Development courses, workshops, and conferences.

We keep our child/staff at 6 to 1, allowing for optimal teacher/child interaction and effective supervision. Staff members invite daily sharing of anecdotes, information and concerns about your children.

Charlene Alexander, ECE

Charlene is passionate about every aspect of early childhood education, the children the parents and the politics. Charlene is a gifted childcare worker. Her biggest strengths is in teaching the children problem solving skills and how to express their feelings. Charlene’s positive attitude, sense of humor and upbeat energy makes her popular among the children, and also their parents!

Betty Kooznetsoff, ECE

Betty has been working in the early years field for the past 28 years. She specializes in supporting children and families experiencing challenging conditions. She works in the preschool program two days per week. Her hobbies include anything outdoors especially involving mushroom picking, seacycling, camping or fishing.  Raised Bonnington, the Slocan Valley has been home since a young age.

Julia Greenlaw, licensed qualified teaching assistant

Julia’s experience with young children ranges from teaching swimming, skiing and camp counselling to facilitating the local Mothergoose program. She started working as a qualified assistant at the New Denver Nursery School in 2005 when her youngest son Devon was enrolled in the program. She has a degree in Environmental Studies and French and a Diploma in EcoForestry and loves to share her love of nature with the children. She helped create the school garden and believes strongly in connecting children with the natural world through basic hands on activities like planting seeds and eating peas fresh off the vine.  She enjoys singing, storytelling, cooking and playing and helping kids solve their problems. She loves being part of the pre-school community and working with such a great team.

Penelope Stuart, licensed qualified teaching assistant

Penelope has worked in education for many years and has a BA (hons) in Art History and a Trinity College certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.  Before coming to Canada in 2003, she worked as the Administrator of Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge University’s art gallery but was pleased to get into teaching when she became a substitute TA in the local School District 10 and 8 in 2006.  Eighteen months ago she began working at the New Denver Preschool and loves every moment of it!  She has recently completed her studies to acquire her certificate as Qualified Assistant in the preschool setting.