Full-Day Program Educators

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Samantha
Manager

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. 

Natalie
Educator

Natalie joined the Deer Lake Childcare team in 2017. Previously, her commitment to the childcare field began in 2008, and since then she has worked in different settings with children ages 1-12. Natalie found her passion working with children ages 3-5 when she joined Burnaby Continuing Education, graduating the program in 2017 to become an early childhood educator. In the few years that followed, she finished her inclusive practices diploma and infant toddler diploma programs. One of Natalie’s favourite things about working for this team is having the opportunity to build relationships with children in an environment that is inclusive, and focuses a lot of the learning in nature. Exploring the Deer Lake community, and responding to the children’s interests in the outdoor environment, is where Natalie finds some of her inspiration as an educator. Her hope is for every child and their family to feel safe and welcomed, and to feel comfortable in growing together and learning alongside one another.   

Judy
Consultant /

Founder of Deer Lake Child Care
(Formerly Deer Lake Preschool)

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.

 

Elizabeth
Lead
educator

Elizabeth Svetic graduated from the Burnaby School District Community and Continuing Education, Early Childcare Education program in June of 2016. Her experience with children commenced while growing up, as the oldest of three children she helped take care of her younger siblings. Currently married with three children of her own, she provided at home before/after school care for several years, while raising her children. She also enjoyed a year as a Behaviour Interventionist and has worked in the childcare field for 6 plus years. She has been part of the Deer Lake Childcare team since 2015 and enjoys learning something new every day.  

In her spare time, she enjoys watching and cheering for her children in their sporting events and all their adventures. She also enjoys scrapbooking, reading and spending any time with my family. 

She believes in creating an environment that invites all children to explore. She also promotes building relationships with children, as this is the foundation for all types of learning. Being able to learn along with the children makes each day a rewarding experience.

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Maggie
Educator

Maggie has been a childcare volunteer in Burnaby for several years. In 2014, she finished her ECE assistant courses and worked in family daycares.  After two years of part-time courses, she recently completed her Early Childhood Education studies in Burnaby Community & Continuing Education. As an educator, Maggie strives to be one of the supporters who would stimulate children's potentials and enhance their interests with responsive curriculum. Maggie believes "learning through play."  Learning does not only refer to academic subjects, but also the interaction with people and the environment. In spare time, she likes spending time with her husband and two sons watching movies or going out for hiking.

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Jana
Lead Educator

 

Jana first came to know Deer Lake Childcare when she did her practicum in the summer of 2017. After building a relationship with the children, educators, and the environment, she came to realize she was meant to stay here. Jana joined the team after her practicum and has been guiding and caring for the children since. Jana loves being outside with the children, exploring the lake and forest areas that surround the childcare centre. Previously, Jana’s interest in social work inspired her to focus her work on educating children. After moving to Canada, she continued in this direction and felt inspired with how inclusive the early childhood education field is. She spent many years working with children of various ages, mostly in home settings, before starting her ECE schooling. Jana has been an Early Childhood Educator (including IT and SN qualifications) for 4 years now. Jana’s goal is to create and maintain strong and caring relationships with all children in the program, and to support both programs to best of her abilities. Jana strongly believes each child is unique and it’s an educator’s responsibility to help them flourish.  

Karen
Educator

Karen started in the field of education over 10 years ago when she went to Japan to teach English to elementary school age and kindergarten children. Even though this was a big change from the tourism field in which she started, she quickly realized that working with young children was invigorating and such a rewarding field to be in. After teaching in Japan and travelling around, Karen returned to Vancouver in 2018 and began her studies in Early Childhood Education. Having grown up and playing outdoors as a child, Karen values the time that is spent outdoors because children learn so much from playing.

Romelyn
Educator

Rome’s ECE journey started during her volunteering years with the drop-in and preschool programs here in Burnaby. She realized early on that being with children has always been her passion. She was soon then hired as a preschool program leader in 2018 where she also had the opportunity to work with school age children. That same year, she joined the Early Childhood Education program and is currently finishing her Post Basic ECE Diploma.

She finished her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from her home country and strongly believes that relationships are the core of our work as educators. Music is a great part of her interaction with the children! Her hope is to establish meaningful connections with the children and their families, to learn about them, their stories, and culture. It is valuable for her to create an environment where all children are accepted and valued for.

During her spare time, she enjoys exploring different restaurants and cuisines, hip hop dancing, and running.