I am known as “Mrs. Deb” and have been an early childhood educator for over thirty years. I graduated with my ECE from Grant MacEwan College in 1979. I worked in a variety of centres in Alberta and Victoria, including Emmanuel Preschool from 1999 – 2007 and am delighted to be returning. I have been married forever and as a mother of five grown children and grandmother of three, families are important to me. I have been blessed in my vocation to offer support to many families as they guide their little ones through their formative years.
My belief is children learn best through play. Creating a calm, safe, loving environment for little ones to experience the world using all their senses is one of my priorities. Observing, guiding, setting limits and encouraging children to express their feelings allows creativity and respect to flourish. Being spontaneous by nature, I enjoy the freedom to adapt the curriculum allowing children to be in charge of their own learning process.
I love the outdoors. Hiking and biking are two of my favorite activities. My love for nature influences how I teach. Spending time outside exploring, running, jumping and climbing supports all aspects of a child’s development.
I am looking forward to partnering with you and watching your child learn and grow this year.
I was born in Ipswich, England while my parents were teaching abroad. At two months old, my family moved to Quesnel, BC for seven years, then to Victoria, where I remained for the rest of my school years. I attended Monterey Elementary school, followed by Oak Bay High. I went on to study at the University of Victoria, graduating with a degree in Psychology and Sociology.
After university, I decided to tour Europe and my English friend, Neal came along with me. While in Paris (surprise, surprise!) I realized my good friend was actually 'the one" and went back with him to England, where we married and stayed for 3 years. During this time I worked with people with special needs in group homes and day centres, and then as a Student Support Officer at the local college.
When I began to think of having a family, I knew it was sadly time to leave England. I couldn't help but picture my future children running through the parks and along the beaches of Vancouver Island. Neal and I moved back home to Victoria, where I began work as an Educational Assistant for the Victoria School District. I went on to have 3 daughters who are now growing up very quickly: Hannah (13), Paige (10) and Emily (6). All 3 attended Emmanuel Preschool and even had Mrs Betty and Mrs Akiko as teachers! My girls truly did "learn through play" and have very fond memories of this time.
As a mother of young children, I was often told to 'cherish these years' which I now know is so true. However, I also found these to be hectic years where I did not always have control of how my family's days (or nights!) were going to go. I always found Emmanuel Pre-School to be an accepting place where my children were nurtured at the stage they were at. I could relax, knowing I was leaving them in a loving and non-judgemental environment. I am now so thrilled to be part of this supportive team!