Smart Cookie Club
Stay. Play. Learn.
For as long as she can remember, Rachel has enjoyed a special rapport with young children. After graduating with an honours degree in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario, Rachel went on to pursue her dreams of educating young children and earned her Early Childhood Education Diploma from Seneca College in 2005.
Rachel worked at Dunloe Children’s Center for 7 years teaching children ages 2.5-6 years old. She developed an increasing appreciation of the value of early childhood education and the value of her role in that development.
In 2010, Rachel attended the University of Ontario Institute of Technology to
complete a bachelor degree in education, specializing in the primary/junior grades.
For the past two years Rachel has enjoyed being a full-time mom to her two
children, now ages 4 and 2 years old. She looks forward, once again, to sharing her passion and skills with parents, caregivers and young children at the
Smart Cookie Club.
Alex has experience working with children in various environments, developing lesson plans specific to students, and engaging students of various ages.
She is trained as a musician and a piano teacher. Her instruments include piano, flute, and ukulele, the last being something she likes to include in her classes.
Alex loves working with children. She enjoys their curiosity and joy. She finds it truly gratifying to work with children.
As an Ontario Certified Teacher, Mary-Anne is a strong advocate of constructivism, positive interactions and inclusion. With 15 years of experience teaching, she has demonstrated the ability to give responsive attention to her students, enabling them to be the best they can be. She gives opportunities for children to manage and rearrange ideas, explore possibilities, ask questions, make mistakes and discoveries to make learning fun, concrete and meaningful. Mary-Anne received the the Elisa Giambelluca Award for her dedicated service educating and mentoring children at the St. Pedro Poveda College. A consistent Dean’s lister, and a top placer in her country’s licensure examination for teachers, Teacher Ann was also given the Best Thesis Award in her bachelor’s degree on Social Sciences (major in Behavioral Studies). With her busy schedule as a research enthusiast, training facilitator and writer, her favorite roles are being a wife to a creative husband, a mother to two awesome children, and a servant of the community
As a master's level graduate from Early Childhood
Keeshia has always enjoyed being around children and watching them discover and master new things. Coming from a large family, being around children has always been a part of her daily life. Since her early teen years, Keeshia has provided childcare, tutored and volunteered with many children from various age groups and backgrounds. This passion for watching and helping children reach and surpass numerous developmental milestones led her to complete a bachelor’s degree with honours in psychology and sociology from Western University. She then completed her master’s degree with honours in Early Childhood Studies from Ryerson University, as well as a counselling diploma for women and children from George Brown College.
As a new mom, Keeshia is able to utilize her experiences and knowledge from her education, family life and volunteer background in raising her son. She is eager to share this information with other parents and pass on the skills she has acquired over the years, as well as learn new things along the way.
Talia is a dual-qualified teacher (Ontario and the UK) and has always had a passion for education. She was born and raised in Toronto and has experience tutoring individuals, groups of children and working with children and adults with special educational needs. She studied at the University of Western Ontario and City University in Hong Kong and graduated with a degree in Media studies. She completed her Bachelors of Education at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. She moved to London, UK in 2008 and spent six years teaching kindergarten and grade one. During her time in London, she held a variety of management roles: personal, social, emotional development coordinator, religious education coordinator and year group leader. Talia has a passion for early years education and creating exciting, inclusive learning environments and programmes that promote achievement for all groups of students. Teaching and promoting early literacy skills became a strong interest of Talia's and throughout the years she has organized and delivered literacy and phonics training to teaching staff and parents. In her spare time, Talia loves to do yoga, read, experiment with cooking and listen to cool tunes!
Mary has always had a strong passion for children and education. After growing up with both French and English language in a rural area, she graduated with honours from St. Lawrence College's Early Childhood Education Program. As an honour student, Mary was awarded specialized placements and pursued her interest of child development. While working in a small school in Ontario, Mary continued her education in the field of Child Psychology at Queen’s University. She has almost 12 years of experience working and volunteering in a variety of childcare and family oriented settings, which include directing a community center, child care centers and a parent resource center. Mary is in good standing with the College of E.C.E. and holds an ELECT training certificate. She continues to uphold her level C first aid and CPR certification, and regularly updates her training. She strives to provide the highest quality of education, is able to provide a positive perception, a sense of understanding and unique ideas to support children, parents and caregivers alike. Mary has the motivation to inspire others to succeed with a patient, kind and caring demeanor, combined with exceptionally high standards of practice.