Our Team

 

Meet our Team

 

Kathy editKathy Reed – Manager

My name is Kathy Reed. I originally came from the U.K. to Vancouver to become a nanny as I loved to travel. After meeting my husband in Vancouver, we moved to Prince George in 1994. I  have 3 stepdaughters and 2 sons.

I have been in the field of early childhood education for many years, I have worked in: group 3-5 care, preschool, Strong Start and as an Outreach Consultant with Childcare Resource and Referral. I have facilitated workshops for care providers and for parents.

I believe that children learn through play; I believe in following the child’s lead when planning activities and encouraging them to question and wonder.

It is a concern of mine is that children are not getting enough free play outside, therefore, part of my philosophy is for children to spend lots of free play time outside learning with natural materials.

I am excited to be working in conjunction with the Early Care and Early Learning department at the College of New Caledonia; to give the students practical experience working with the children in our daycare. I believe that taking regular professional development keeps you fresh and up to date with the latest philosophies and research in child development.

 

                  Jessica Kalkman – Child Care Educator

I Graduated with an Early Childhood Education diploma from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops in 2015. I have worked in a variety of centres since then and am always working on improving myself as an early childhood educator. I value the outdoors, nature, independence and learning through play and exploration.

I am currently going to school full time on the road to becoming an Elementary Teacher through the University of Northern British Columbia. I moved from Fort St. John to Prince George in May 2016, and bought a house here with my fiancé. Together we have two dogs and two cats and we are getting married in May of 2018.My hobbies are camping, hiking, snowboarding, spending time with my family, snow shoeing, dancing, and skiing. I am excited to be working at the Caledonia Early Care and Learning Centre and getting to know you all. 

 

 

 

DayCare-3Cassidy Begg – Child Care Educator

Hello, my name is Cassidy. I have my Early Childhood Educator Certificate from the College of New Caledonia and graduated with honors in May 2015. Working with children has always been a passion of mine and I am excited to be in a profession where that passion can be used to help children succeed in life. One of my biggest beliefs is that it’s important for children to be in nature. There are so many things to explore and discover in the natural world that can satisfy any child’s curiosity. I also deeply believe that each child is a beautiful, curious, capable, powerful person who deserves respect, appreciation, encouragement and love. All of which I strive to provide for them every day that I get the honor of spending with them.

 

 

 

 

 

daycare-image-staffDorothy Lee- Childcare Educator

I’m Dorothy, but everyone calls me Dot or Dottie.  I’m originally from a small town called Kitimat, but I am happy and proud to call Prince George my home for the past 13 years and for many more years to come.  I spent 10 years working as a hairstylist before I found my passion for teaching young children while learning from them as well.  I love to read and spend time with family and friends while enjoying activities such as camping, snowshoeing, and hiking.  I am a loyal, supportive, passionate, patient, open-minded, and motivated person while bringing a calming and/or enthusiastic attitude.

I believe children are young humans that require consequences, guidance, praises, love, and challenges in order for them to achieve their full potential.  I believe children should be offered choices in order for them to learn their capabilities and be encouraged to show their emotions while learning to self-regulate.  Children are important to our future; therefore, it is my responsibility and passion to encourage, strengthen, and promote their growth and development.

 

 

Angelina Melney

My name is Angelina Melney. I was raised on Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) and moved to Prince George to further my education after high school. I graduated with honours from the Early Childhood Care and Learning Program at College of New Caledonia in May 2017.

My spouse and I recently bought our first home together where we raise and care for our cat and pet fish. I love the outdoors, walking, hiking, biking, boating, camping, and spending time with my family and friends.

I believe children are strong, capable, and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge. They are driven by their interests to understand and know more. I enjoy building on children’s interests and giving them open-ended and natural materials to explore and create with. Working with children has always been my passion and I’m excited to be in a profession where I can contribute to their learning, growth, and development.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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