Springhill Preschool is governed by an executive board made up of the parents whose children attend Springhill. Our highly qualified teachers develop and carry out the learning curriculum.
Springhill is fortunate and proud to have great teachers and staff who love being with children, and take pride in watching them learn and see them grow. Our full-time staff includes:
Shortly after graduating from Grant MacEwan University, Jennifer began working in her field and brings 11 years of experience working with children in a variety of settings including day-care, after school care, community resource outreach teams, preschool, and as a director of early learning and child care. She is the past president and current vice president of the Northern Alberta Preschool Teachers Association and has been a presenter and guest speaker for various conferences throughout the years.
Jennifer believes loving children is a priority; children need love to grow and families need support and community involvement. It is her goal to inspire staff, children, and their families to work together positively with one common goal – to love and support one another and to provide excellence in Early Education.
Originally from Nova Scotia, Kelly completed a Medical Office Diploma with Honors in 2004. It was in 2008 when the opportunity to work with children at the South Shore Waldorf School arose and she first took on the role of After School Care Coordinator and then was promoted to Kindergarten Assistant. From 2008-2014, Kelly has been involved with the South Shore Waldorf board and various other committees.
Learning about Early Childhood Education (ECE) and the philosophies of a Waldorf education and "learning through play" deepened Kelly's love for children. She is very excited to further her skills and knowledge in ECE and to nurture and inspire the children here at Springhill Community Preschool.
In addition to the full-time staff, Springhill is able to offer enrolled children more one-on-one attention through the MacEwan University Early Learning and Child Care practicum program. Springhill brings these post-secondary students into the classroom to interact with children under the supervision of the full-time staff. These educators work hard to bring a smile to every child's face.
Pam McTavish, Intellidance®
Pamela has been involved with movement and music from a young age. She grew up being trained in jazz, tap and modern dance. As an adult, Pamela explored African, contemporary and hip-hop dance.
Pamela also has a passion for music, having received her Bachelor of Music Therapy from Eastern Michigan University, and practiced as a licensed music therapist for 10 years. In that role, Pamela also had the opportunity to share her love of movement with adults and children with developmental disabilities.
In 2012, Pamela received her Intellidance® certification. She now enjoys bringing age appropriate, concept-based creative movement and music to children ages five and under. She also enjoys sharing her love of dance at home with her young son.
2017/18 Executive Board
President – Jessica Deckert Sookram
This is Jessica's sixth year as a Springhill parent and second year as president.She has three children; Findlay, Scarlett and Imogen. Imogen is starting in the three-year-old class this year. Outside of being a busy mom, Jessica is a nurse practitioner in a family medicine clinic and also enjoys volunteering at one of the refugee medical clinics in Edmonton. When not in Edmonton, Jessica, her husband Sunil and the kids are often traveling and love exploring new places and learning about other cultures.
Vice President – Erika Dalla Torre
This is Erika's second year experience as vice president and parent at Springhill. Originally from north-east Italy, she moved to Canada four years ago with her husband Michelangelo. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business and Administration, but for now she's a happy full time mum. Her son Gioele just started the two-year-old program. Erika is passionate about art, architecture, nature activities and cooking! She also recently joined Edmonton & Area Land Trust (EALT) to help preserve nature and biodiversity. Erika has extensive experience in volunteering with children and adults with disabilities and she's thrilled to be contributing to Springhill Community Preschool, a precious gem in Edmonton!
Registrar – Nancy Ussher
Nancy was born and raised in Edmonton. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences and Chemistry from the University of Alberta. After graduation she moved to Toronto where she did administrative work and, in her spare time, volunteered at the Canadian Blood Services. Recently, she moved back to Edmonton with her husband, John, and their daughter, Isabella. This is Nancy's second year being a Springhill parent and she's excited to continue her role as the school's registrar.
Treasurer – Danielle St. Laurent
Danielle is a busy mother of 2 girls, Leah (14) and Keira (4) and loves to spend her time watching them grow, explore and discover their world. She is passionate about helping people in the community and regularly volunteers with the Rainbow Society, Red Cross, and the Edmonton Humane Society. Currently, she is working towards becoming an EMT. She loves to read and learn new things. Her favourite animal is the sloth and she is looking forward to her planned trip to Costa Rica to work in an animal sanctuary with them.
Secretary – Brenda Ramirez
About 4 years ago, Brenda and her husband Armando moved to Edmonton, Canada from Guadalajara, Mexico where they were both born and raised. In Mexico, Brenda was a language teacher at a local University. She naturally speaks fluent Spanish and is well versed in French and Italian. She has a working knowledge of Portuguese and German. Brenda is working on gaining more confidence with her grasp of the English language. When Luca was born she switched careers to become a full time mom of a busy and happy little boy. Since then, her priority has been his development and happiness. The secretary position with the Springhill parent board provides her with the opportunity to be more involved in the decision making process when it comes to Luca's preschool experience.
Volunteer Coordinator – Chelsea Carter
Chelsea was born and raised in Edmonton. Before starting a family, Chelsea worked in marketing and advertising. She is full-time mom to Norah (4's) and Quinn (2's) as well as co-owning and operating a creative supply subscription box called Well Inked Box. This is Chelsea's second year as a Springhill parent, and her first year as a board member. She is looking forward to taking on this role and to a wonderful school year ahead.
Event Coordinator – Charu Brintnell
This is Charu's second year on the board at Springhill and her son Nixon will be returning for his second year in the program. Charu currently works in the hospitality industry doing event planning for Rostizado by Tres Carnales. Charu is excited to be a part of the Springhill Community and looks forward to another great year ahead.
Casino Coordinator – Vince Lim
Vincent is a proud father of three boys and a self-described gadget head. He’s been in the finance industry for more than 10 years and is terrible at writing bios!
Born and raised in Edmonton, he currently lives in the Queen Alexandra neighbourhood, so naturally, he has a vested interest in the success of Springhill Community Playschool.
Website Coordinator – Vanlee Robblee
With three children, Vanlee's family has been attending Springhill since 2011. She recently transitioned from Secretary to this new role, helping Springhill launch their new website. Besides being a CEO mom, Vanlee helps at the family hair salon, LuLu Hairstylist, is a freelance graphic designer, manages rental properties and is a belly dance instructor.
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