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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Hello everyone, my name is Meaghan Marchand. I am an RECE here at Grand Avenue Children’s Centre and have been loving my work here. I had graduated from Fanshawe Colleges ECE program in 2020 and also have a diploma from Fanshawe’s Theatre tech program in 2016. I try my best to create a personal and professional relationship with each family that I work with. As well as strive for open-ended and child lead play in my programming. I really do love working with children and cannot wait to watch and help them grow into the best people they can be.
Hello my name is Dustin Haney. I am a RECE who graduated from Fanshawe College in 2020, I am one of the educators
in the preschool room and have been enjoying my time with all of the children. I am a firm believer in child led
development and a quote that I have always lived by is “A day in which you learn something isn’t a complete loss.”
and I like to use that as an educator as well. If we are always learning then we are always moving forward.