GAAC Staff Members
Director: Cheryl Read
I have been working at Grand Ave Children's Centre since 1991. I was a full time team leader of the infant room for 17 years and then became a part of the management team. I love all the children and families that I get to work with each and every day. Grand Ave has such a wonderful family oriented feeling to it that it makes building relationships easy. I also enjoy watching all the inter-generational relationships that the children build with our seniors at Grand Wood Park Retirement Home. It shows that you can make a difference with just a smile or a few words.
Program Coordinator: Sonia Couto
I am a registered Early Childhood Educator and I graduated from Lambton College’s ECE program in 2003, and soon after graduation I started working at Grand Ave children’s centre. It’s so nice to work in a small centre where we get to know each other really well and we have lots of fun at our staff socials! Grand Ave has been my second home for over 15 years now, and I have worked in all the rooms over the years, for 8 of those years I worked in the infant room as a head teacher before obtaining my current position as program coordinator.
My name is Caroline; I am a registered Early Childhood Educator, and I currently a team leader in the toddler room. My philosophy as an educator is a bit of everything from play-based learning to incorporating loose parts. To let the children have their own experiences through others. My motto would be to “Always be yourself, and mistakes happen it’s how we learn from them that matters.”
I am the Food Handler at Grand Ave Children’s Centre. I love to see smiles on the children’s faces. I try to provide healthy meals and snacks for the children. It brings me joy to see that their appetites are filled. I like creating different types of choices for the snacks and lunches. This is why I enjoy my position as the food handler.
I graduated from Fanshawe College ECE program in April 2008 and started working at Grand Ave in Sept 2008. I chose this career because I love working with children. Each day is different and you never know what is going to happen! I come from a big family, so I’ve been around children my whole life. I have several nieces and nephews and a proud step mom of 3 children and also 1 child of my own.
Hi! I’m Jenna, currently an ECE in the toddler room at Grand Ave. I completed my diploma of Early Childhood Education at Mohawk College in Hamilton. Grand Ave is not only an awesome atmosphere for children’s development, but also for the educators. The children enjoy play-based learning and explore new things everyday. Each new day brings new challenges, experiences and relationships for everyone involved. It is a non stop learning environment and lots of fun.
I am a registered ECE. I graduated from Lambton College in 2014. I also have a basic Autism course from Fanshawe College. I believe that children learn from play and exploration of the world around them and I like the intergenerational program we do at Grand Ave, as well as the close proximity that we are to so many things like Wortley Village, library and parks. I am currently the lead teacher in the infant room.
My name is Mary and I have been a registered ECE since 2011. My education background is I graduated from Western University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Family studies and I received my diploma for Early Childhood Education in 2010 from Fanshawe College. My teaching philosophy is let children be children and embrace their imagination to the fullest. What I like most about working at Grand Ave is that it’s a small centre that I am able to get to know every child in the centre as well as their families, and being a smaller daycare gives a home feel to the children. My current role at the centre is RECE in the infant room.
My name is Melissa. I am currently enrolled as a student at Fanshawe College taking the Early Childhood Education program. My philosophy is that children learn through exploration, play and their interactions. When children initiate their own experiences and actively engage in them and spontaneously through play and explore, they are more motivated to be more attentive and learn. Therefore, I think it is important to be a co-learner and that is what I like about Grand Ave, they show genuine interest to the children’s experiences and ideas to support and encourage children’s learning.
I’m currently taking my ECE apprenticeship in collaboration with Fanshawe College. I started working at Grand Ave Children’s centre in Oct 2015 and I couldn’t be happier. I love how small and family oriented the centre is. It really is a home away from home for the children and staff. I have always loved working with children and watching them grow. It makes my heart happy that I’m able to be a part of that growing process. I’m currently working in the infant room, enjoying many laughs and cuddles on a daily basis. What’s not to Love?
I attended St.Clair College in Windsor, On for Early Childhood Education and graduated from the program in 2009. I have been working at Grand Ave Children's Centre since January 2015. I am an RECE teacher in the preschooler room currently which I just love. It amazes me how fast they grow up. I am so privileged to experience so many milestones in these children's lives. I make sure that I am at the child's level so that I can play and explore with them.
My name is Natasha. I am a registered Early Childhood Educator with over 15 years experience. I graduated from Fanshawe College in 2003, and returned school in 2007 to complete the social service work fast track program. I enjoy working at Grand Ave, as the small family like atmosphere isn’t something other centre offers. I have experiences working with all age group, however, I am currently the head teacher in the preschooler room. I enjoy music and being creative, a few great things that the preschoolers and myself get benefit from the program is the intergenerational art program. A quote that speaks to my work with children is “teach, love, and inspire.” This is something I work for each day, as I believe children learn best through their engagement feeling of belonging to their environment.