Staff

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Mary Ellen - Director

I've known from a young age I wanted to be an educator.  As a youth I loved to babysit, through my college years my summer work was running camps and volunteering to coach children soccer and baseball.  My career goals led me to take a Bachelor of Child Study degree at Mount Saint Vincent University.  I majored in Program Administration and Developmental Disabilities.  My first two jobs out of college were at developmental centres where i got to work with such a diverse population of children it really began my lifelong commitment to ensuring a fully inclusive setting for all children, no matter what economic circumstance, ability or biases existed.  It was while working at these centres in Halifax that my husband and I started a family and my years of education and practice helped me raise two beautiful people.  It was in 2002 that my lifelong dream of working in child care in my own community came true when a group of women looking to start a nonprofit day care and community centre took a chance on me and hired me as their Director.  We started out licensed for 30, then 49, then 75 when we built our new centre in Hubbards in 2010, and now have expanded to 100 licensed spaces.  Our growth is thanks to the tremendously dedicated educators employed at the Centre, a community that supports the important work we do, and a Board of Directors that ensures we continue to run smoothly.   One of my strongest beliefs I instill in my staff and practice myself is the value of lifelong learning and we stay current with changes in the profession.  Over 2005-2006 I earned my certificate in Management Development for Women from St. Mary's University and my certificate for Management Development for Early Childhood Administrators from Mount Saint Vincent University.  I also attend several conferences a year for Administrators and belong to the Nova Scotia Child Care Association, an advocacy group for Early Childhood Educators.  I consider myself so lucky to have a career I love and to work with such amazing people and consider it a privilege and honor to care for our communities' youngest citizens.  In my spare time I love to walk, spend time by the ocean sea glassing, and hunt for a good deal at a yard sale.  My two biggest indulgences are Diet Pepsi and the Young & the Restless.

Karen - Educator

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I began working with children in my home where I provided child care for nearly 20 years.  When I joined Through the Years in 2006, I worked mainly with our school age children; now I work with the toddlers.  I especially enjoy the toddlers' fascination with the world around them and their never-ending curiosity.  With this group every day is an adventure and not knowing what the toddlers will do next is the best part!

Chrissy - Educator

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I live in Chester with my husband and two cats.  Child care has been a part of my life ever since I was eleven years old when I started babysitting.  My first "real job" was working at a licensed day care centre for the summer.  For 10 years I provided child care in my home which was great but also a challenge.  I returned to a licensed centre when hire by Through the Years in 2007.  It's been very exciting to watch the children learn, grow, acquire new skills and move on to the next challenge.  The children here fill my heart with joy.  Each day is a new opportunity for me to sing, dance, play, laugh and be silly with the children I work with.

Paulette - Program Support

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I am the Program Support staff for Through the Years.  I have my Level 1 ECE certification and have been working on and off in the child care field for over 18 years.  It is my job to support the staff to ensure that every child, regardless of abilities, is participating in the program.  I believe that by working closely with not only our staff but also the families of children with special needs, we can provide the tools, environment and opportunities to ensure EVERY CHILD reaches his / her full potential.

Carol - Executive Assistant

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I joined Through the Years as Administrative Assistant in 2008.  I earned my Accounting & Computer Applications Diploma in 1998 from CompuCollege School of Business in Halifax.  I was a volunteer for Through the Years prior to joining the staff, sitting on our Board and also running the Monday night card game with my husband Wayne.  My main responsibility at Through the Years is bookkeeping but I also help the Director and staff when needed with various tasks.  In my spare time I am a volunteer member of the District 2 Fire Commission.  My husband, our daughter and I spend a lot of time camping.  I also enjoy walking, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Nadine - Educator

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I am really excited to be working at Through the Years because of the great kids here!  My educational background includes attending Dalhouse and NSCAD for Social Anthropology and Photography with a focus on childhood development across cultures.  This has led me to coordinate and participate in many projects for youth all over the world, and has finally brought me here, where I can be involved in education and recreation activities for local youth.  I look forward to sharing my experiences with everyone and exploring my interests further by being an active part of the community.

Darlene - Educator

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I started working at Through the Years in November 2013 as an infant room teacher.  I am returning to the Centre after being away on an extended sick leave.  I've lived in Hubbards and area all my life while I raised my two sons.  Prior to starting at Through the Years, I provided child care in my home.  My work experience led me to pursue my ECE diploma, which I am currently working towards through NSCC.  In my spare time I love watching my boys play hockey and baseball and also love training and breeding my German Shepherds.

Stephanie - Educator

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I graduated from Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Education in 2014 and I am licensed to be a full time Early Childhood Educator in a child care centre.  My goal as an ECE is to be able to help and guide children to reach their full potential while still maintaining a positive and creative environment.I have spent many of my previous years working with children of all ages, from newborn to age 12, both in and out of child care centres.  These experiences include working full time in a child care centre, volunteering in a preschool as an assistant and craft director, being a summer student, being a substitute teacher and also volunteering at various church and community functions all over Canada.  When I am not working I enjoy mostly drawing and painting and would consider myself a very creative person.  Also I love to read books of all kinds, fact or fiction.  Family means a lot to me so the rest of my time is with my very large extended family.

Rena - Cook

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I joined Through the Years in June 2014.  I am married with two grown children.  I have lived and worked in the Hubbards community for the past 27 years.  Most of my career has been working in the food service industry.  I welcome this great opportunity to continue serving healthy meals to our youth.  When not at the daycare, you could probably find me supporting a local Bingo hall or at the camp on Vinegar Lake.

Carolyn - Educator

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I joined the staff of Through the Years in September 2014 as an after school teacher.  I went to Nova Scotia Teachers College and graduated with a degree of Association in Education.  I also have a level 1 ECE Certificate.  I spent the last 20 years working as a preschool teacher.  I live in Fox Point; I have a supportive husband, two grown children and four grandchildren.  I am excited to be back in my community and learning something new from the children I work with.

Leanne - Educator

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I graduated from Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Education with a  Level 2 certificate in May 2016.  I have always known from a young age that I wanted to work with children which became clear when I started babysitting at 12 years old, children of all ages.   I truly enjoy watching and observing children while they learn, play take risks and grow.  I love engaging in their play and experience their imagination.  Their curiosity, wonder and determination amaze me.   I have lived in Mill Cove for most of my life.  When I'm not working, I enjoy going for walks with my dog and taking pictures of the scenery or anything that catches my eye.

Ruthanne - Educator

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I have been working with the amazing staff and children of Through the Years since 2014 both as a sub and now as a long-term program support person.  I love working with the wonderful children and families at Through the Years.  I started my education in 1998 as an Early Childhood Educator at St. Joseph's College for Early Childhood Education and earned equivilancy certification in 2003.  I have always loved working with children.  I started babysitting when I was 12 years old.  I live in Fox Point with my Mom, brother, nephew and niece.  I am also a member of the Hubbards Fire Department as a Volunteer firefighter and a Medical First Responder.

Dawn - Educator

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It has always given me great pleasure and satisfaction to work with children of all ages.  I have provided child care in my home for many years, volunteered within the classroom setting helping children learn to read and to discover themselves through art.  Recently I joined the amazing staff at Through the Years where you will find me in the Infant room laughing and learning with the babies.  This is a wonderful opportunity and I treasure each moment as I watch the children grow and discover the world around them.  To see the world through the eyes of your children as they use their imaginations to dream, create, discover and learn through play brings magic and laughter to every day.  I feel truly blessed and grateful to be a part of Through the Years, where children are valued, cherished and celebrated for their individuality.

Amy - Educator

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I have been working in child care since 1999, and have achieved my Early Childhood Education equivalency certification.  I have experience working with children of all ages and abilitiies.  I worked at a number of different centres before joining Through the Years in 2017 as an outdoor educator for the Evergreen Club.  I am undergoing the training to be a certified forest practitioner through Forest School of Canada.  I have three children of my own and enjoy spending my free time with them.  I also enjoy kayaking, sewing and using my artistic side.

Krisdeann - Educator

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I am a Level I Early Childhood Educator and maintain this certification by taking a minimum of 10 hours of ongoing professional development every year.  Originally from Alberta I have worked in various fields including mental health, day cares, dayhomes, pharmacy, brain injury, dementia and Alzheimer units.  Encouraging the children to "BE" who they are, smile, laugh, dance and to teach them new things every day is what I strive for as an educator.  After living in Nova Scotia for twelve years I am proud to call it home.  When I'm not having fun with the kids you can find me at a local beach with my dog, Mr. Nut or designing clothes for my clothing line.  Being an artist there is never a lack of inspiration around us.

Jennifer - Educator

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I live in Fox Point with my husband and our son.  I have been caring for children most of my life.  I started babysitting when I was 12.  When I was in Junior High I visited a day care as part of a class and that's when I knew I wanted to be a day care teacher someday.  I substituted for Through the Years in 2005 when my daughter was attending the morning preschool program.  I took some time off and provided child care in my home.  I started working in day cares again in 2009 and joined Through the Years staff again in 2018.  I have my Level 1 certification and am working towards my Level 2 with course work and practicums.  I have worked with children of all ages but the toddler and preschool ages fascinate me.  I am so excited to be working at Through the Years and caring for the children in  my own community.

Brittany - Educator

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I started working at Through The Years in October 2018.  I knew from an early age that I wanted to work with children.  At age 14, I started babysitting at White Point Beach Resort in Liverpool, Nova Scotia.  At age 16, I started working part-time after school at Queen’s Daycare (also in Liverpool).  After graduating high school, I moved to Halifax to attend college and further my career as an ECE.  I graduated from Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Education in 2012 with a Level 2 ECE diploma. During my time at the college, I successfully completed four practicum placements at licensed childcare facilities throughout the HRM. One of these centres, Mawio’mi Child Care Centre, hired me as a summer student.  This childcare centre is one of the college’s Lab Schools.  After graduation, I was immediately hired at a local center in Halifax, where I worked for five years.  I currently reside in Timberlea with my fiancée, two dogs and two cats.  I enjoy going for hikes, reading thriller novels, and spending time with my family.

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