Shahan bhanjayi

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I’m so happy to be a part of the Creative Preschool team. I joined the team in 2016 working mostly in the After School Program with our school age children. I also work part time in the lunch program at Kapapamahchakwew Wandering Spirit School. I have two young boys at home who keep me very busy. (Shahan is currently on leave)

tessie burton

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I have been an Early Childhood Educator since 1997 in a variety of settings both in Ontario and Europe.  I also hold a diploma in the Montessori Method of Education.  Over the years my personal teaching philosophy has changed and evolved to incorporate elements from Montessori, Waldorf and Reggio.  I believe in following the child and therefore creating a learning environment which is both nurturing and sparks an interest and love of learning in the child.

I first came to Creative as a parent in 2014.  My daughter has long since graduated from CPS, but I was lucky enough to have been offered a teaching position here.

In my spare time, I am kept busy by my little family and our many adventures and I like to be crafty and go hoola-hooping.

carolina calvo

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Hi, I’m Carolina and I’ve been with Creative Preschool since 2012 and loved every minute of it. At Creative we are a team and that sense of family permeates everything we do. This place has been my second home and the friends I work with every day my second family. At Creative the children and the teachers love to play and in doing so we grow and learn together. I love to sing, I love a good cup of coffee and I love getting to know all the little faces I work with every day.

Jacquelynn Chartres

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Hi, I’m Jacquelynn and I have been part of the Creative Preschool community since 2012. My experience working with children began in my late teens and I discovered my passion. In the past I have also worked as a nanny. I love art and crafting and enjoy bringing my passion for the two into the classroom. When I am not at work you can probably find me anywhere there are cats.

jennifer davison

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After graduating from Humber College in 1995, I have been honoured to work as a RECE and supervisor at a few child care centres and now at Creative Preschool where I started in 2012. In my career, I was also appointed to the position of Director of a new centre in Mississauga.  There, I was involved in all aspects of starting a brand new, for profit child care from the ground up, construction and everything.  Also, I learned my true passion is in non profit, integrated childcare.

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 was raised in the country and have lived in Toronto for 8 years.  I have a young adult daughter with special needs and am a step Mom to a pre teen son.  My favorite pastimes are country fairs, musical theatre, camping with my hubby, the kids and our dog Derby, after demolition Derby!

paula defreitas

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"You're so silly, Paula!" This is a very apt description about me by the children.  I find humour to be essential in a children's environment. I use my sense of humour during play, transitions and even at clean up time. Consequently, I love silly science experiments, making balloon animals and performing magic tricks! I have been part of the Creative Preschool community since 2013.

rebecca dionne

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Originally from the UK, I moved to Canada 10 years ago. I completed my ECE degree in the UK and have been in the childcare field since then working as a nanny and preschool teacher in England, France and Canada. I have a love for travelling, outdoor activities and reading, especially children’s books. I started working at Creative in September 2018 after seeing how much my own daughter thrived in the preschool! (Rebecca is currently on maternity leave)

laura ennarson

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I’m an RECE and have been with Creative Preschool for the last four years. I love the time I spend in the After School Program fostering the creativity of our school age children. I grew up in Gambia and now live in Toronto near my extended family and friends. When not at Creative I enjoy being with my friends, reading graphic novels, and movies.

Zainobia Gajiyani

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I'm a RECE and have taught at Creative Preschool for over 25 yrs. I have a background in Psychology and Education. Presently, I teach the Preschoolers in the morning program. I am also a liaison support to Parents and Teachers in the morning and afternoon programs. My passion for working with children has led me to volunteer with an Infant development program. My interests include reading, dancing, going for long walks and traveling. My daughter graduated from Creative and is now in High School. She has fond memories and has received invaluable experiences in volunteering at the Preschool.

vanessa graham laramee

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My name is Vanessa Graham Laramee. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and am a graduate of George Brown College’s Early Childhood Education program. I have been with Creative Preschool since 2009. I have two children, on of whom is a graduate of CPS. I am a proponent of play based learning and giving children a place to grow at their own pace and be themselves.

rawia hammad

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Hello,  I'm Rawia and I am an RECE. I've been in the field for more than 20 years and I am passionate about what I do. I have been with Creative Preschool since 2007. I see children as capable, competent and curious individuals who learn through play. Play is their only way to explore and to make sense of the world around them.  

Children thrive in an environment that supports their well being and their rights, that's why I always strive to build such an environment in our classrooms. When I'm not at work, I enjoy being with my family exploring new places.

richard hardiman

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Originally from the UK, I’m happy to have joined Creative Preschool in 2019 as the cook. I love greeting all of the families in the mornings as they come to drop off snacks and enjoy the time I spend with the children at lunch time. When not at work I’m at home with my wife and my new baby Elouise.

lisa kent

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I graduated with a degree in Music Education from Berklee College of Music in Boston and have taught in both public and private schools for over 20 years.  In 2004 I started teaching at CPS. In addition to teaching music in the classrooms, I work part-time as an Administrative Assistant.

I am also the Cantor at the Danforth Jewish Circle a Jewish community on the Danforth. I’m married to musician and music producer Danny Greenspoon. We have two sons, both of whom attended Creative Preschool.  I credit The Creative Preschool with helping me learn how to negotiate the difficult transitions in childhood, adolescence and young adulthood.

aishah khan

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Hello my name is Aishah Khan. This is my first year at Creative Preschool and so far I am loving it. I hold my RECE and graduated back in 2006 from Centennial College. I have worked in various centres across Toronto and Alberta. I love spending my time with children and making a difference in their lives, it really feels so rewarding as a mom and teacher. I have two children and love to spend my time with them when I’m free. We love the outdoors and exploring new places.

stephanie lamb

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Hi! I’m Steph: storyteller, teacher, mother, administrator, booklover.  To me CPS is a magical place, a place I knew I had to work from the moment I entered the doors with my oldest child in 2013.  In my role as Administrator I am fortunate to be able to get to know all our incredible families.  In my role as weaver of tales, I am so lucky to get to explore language and storytelling with all the amazing little storytellers at CPS.  When I’m not at work, I’m at home with my husband and two CPS grads, Teddy and Simone.  I also write a children’s book blog and am active on Instagram @storytimewithstephanie.  If you are in need of some great children’s book recommendations, you can pop into the office and say hi.

julia leclerc

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I joined Creative Preschool in 2019 after seeing my niece enjoy her time here. I was born in South Africa and now live in Toronto close to my extended family. I love food, art, music and travel. When I’m not at Creative I’m at home with my lovely daughter Zoey.

fany ramos

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I joined Ceative Preschool as an RECE teacher in 2001. I work 4 days a week Monday to Thursday. I am married with 2 active boys in sports who keep me busy. I love to watch sports and hang out with my family and friends.

I have enjoyed every aspect of teaching and have learned so much from children.  Children learn best when the learning environment is designed to meet the developmental needs of each child and one that encourages exploration, creativity and independence.

Marlene santos

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I was born in the Dominican Republic. I moved to Toronto four years ago, with my husband Frank, and my daughter, Emma. We came here to live new experiences, in this country filled by different cultures. I am a graduate of Centennial College’s Early Childhood Education program. Every moment since I started working here, at Creative in 2017 is an opportunity for me to learn not only from my co-workers but also from the children. I am very happy to be part of this amazing team.

jane wilkins

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Hi, I’m Jane and I have been part of the Creative Preschool community since 2013. I love working with our older children in the After School Club program and have a passion for sharing new songs with the group. When I am not at Creative Preschool I can be found at the ballet being a long time subscriber to the National Ballet of Canada.