Full-Day Program Educators
Samantha started to work with families and children in Burnaby since 2005, as she operated her own registered-licensed-not-required family day care. She has discovered her passion in the field and was inspired by her local community vocational program that she took the step further to study and learn and become an early childhood educator. She is grateful to work along side the amazing team at Deer Lake Preschool and feel fortunate to be part of the team. Her hope is the families and children who joining at the Deer Lake community would establish a sense of belonging, which would nurture the growth for each of the children and support them to thrive confidently around their worlds.
My name is Jana (pronounced Yana) and I am very excited to be a part of Deer Lake Child Care.
I grew up in Slovak Republic, but North Vancouver and Whistler has been my home for the last 13 years. I worked in Guest Services in Whistler and Squamish for eight years. Working with children has always been a part of my life and I came to realization that my real passion is working with children.
I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Slovakia and currently I am enrolled in the Post Basic Early Childhood Education Program at Langara College. In my free time I enjoy hiking, backpacking, skiing, photography and playing guitar.
Judy started working as an Early Childhood Educator in 1983. Since that time she has had many wonderful opportunities in this field and has worked with children from 0 - 19yrs.
Along with many years of working on the floor with the children, she has had the opportunity to work in the role of consultant to child care settings and families, managing child care facilities and teaching Early Childhood Education at the college level. It has always been her dream to be able to support children and families in her own preschool and she was thrilled when this came to be in September 2011.
As the Manager of Deer Lake Daycare, she feels so honored to have a staff team that is committed to providing a quality preschool program. We are proud to offer an inclusive, play based setting where we work hard to instill a love and an excitement of learning. In order to reach that goal we encourage and support children to learn to investigate, create and take appropriate risks in and outside of our classroom.
Yeonny started her journey with DLLC since 2018. Before she joined DLCC, she had worked with various age groups of young children, especially with school aged children. Yeonny has a background of social & child studies from her home country Korea. When she moved to Canada in 2016, she studied early childhood education to refresh her knowledge about the field.
Yeonny believes learning happens when children have strong relationships with educators and people around themselves. She focuses on building meaningful relationships with children.
Before Yeonny came to Canada, she had wandered around the world working as an airline staff. When she is not at work, she enjoys physical activities such as kickboxing, and aerial yoga.
Natalie has been in the childcare field since 2008, with a variety of different caps on. She started off volunteering in after school programs and working with children with support needs in swimming lessons. Her interest to care for children grew quickly, and soon she was employed in an after-school program and taking a variety of different courses to further her knowledge. Soon, a move to the Metro-Vancouver area sparked the interest in joining the Early Childhood Education program. She graduated the ECE program in June of 2017, and began working at Deer Lake Daycare in July of 2017.
Natalie really enjoys the outdoors and promotes outdoor exploration whenever possible. A love for nature is something she looks forward to continuing to discover with the children at Deer Lake. In the warmer months, Natalie enjoys hiking local trails, spending time on the water kayaking, and exploring new parts of nature within BC. Other interests including cooking, painting, and writing!
Heather started her ECE journey a little over 3 years ago but has loved working with children her entire life. She loves seeing the world through children’s eyes and with a strong foundation in play based learning, she enjoys engaging the children’s interests with activities that expand their knowledge of the world around them. Her creative nature shines when she is outdoors with the children; she is gifted at fostering the children’s curiosity and self-expression through various natural and art based experiences. Heather is committed to continued professional development and learning opportunities including signed English.
In her free time she likes to spend as much time as possible outdoors hiking and camping with her family as well as playing boards games and making music together; guitar, ukulele and piano!
I've spent the last few years working with toddlers and infants at various centres in Vancouver and Richmond, but am excited to have returned to the 3-5 age group as I continue to developed my skills in inclusive program implementation. Having first come to Deer Lake Child Care as a practicum student, I've seen how this team prioritizes and values sharing and growing knowledge as a community of learners and skilled professionals, with varied experience and perspectives to offer.
I completed my Diploma in Early Childhood Education at Langara College, in addition to my Infant/Toddler Certification and Special Needs/Inclusive Practice Post-Basic studies. I have a strong interest in inclusive education, play, and community.
Outside of my work at Deer Lake and my passion for education, I love spending time with my family, my friends, and my dog. Together we enjoy weekly movie and board game nights, attending live music and arts events, hiking, kayaking, and seeking out the best restaurants in the Lower Mainland.