Children are rich with wonder, knowledge and curiosity and the teachers at Little Willows know we have just as much to learn from them as they do from us. Our roles as teachers in a Reggio Emilia inspired childcare setting is to observe and really listen to the children and provide them with opportunities to explore their interests further
Reaghan Gasparre- Executive Director
I am excited to be embarking on my Early childhood adventure with Little Willows. I received my ECE certificate in 1998 and have been working with children ever since. My husband Frank and I moved to Maple Ridge in 2014 with our four children where we all fell in love with the beautiful city. We opened our first Reggio Emilia based Preschool in January of 2016. Since then we have opened two beautiful locations in Maple Ridge and one in Mission with acres of land for the children to explore.
I look forward to getting to know all the families and help to make Little Willows a 'home away from home'.
Myra Johnson- Director of Operations
My name is Myra Johnson and I am the Director of Operations.
I completed the Early Childhood Education program in 1999 and have been in the field ever since. I completed the Infant Toddler program in 2008. Over the years I have worked with children from 6 months to 11 years; as an educator, supervisor, manager and coordinator. I have been with Little Willows since 2016 and I am passionate and committed to working with young children and look forward to making great memories with the families here.I live in a float home community on the Fraser River with my husband and dogs. We enjoy traveling the world, fishing and camping!
Deanna Zaharoff- Regional Manager, Maple Ridge
I am an Early Childhood Educator with my Special Needs Diploma. I began working in the childcare field in 2013 in New Zealand where I had the chance to work in a Reggio Emilia center. I am passionate about learning through hands on activities and enjoy making messy art and science experiments which the children have the chance to be fully involved in. I look forward to meeting everyone and embarking on this new adventure together!
My name is Sandi and I joined the Little Willows family in 2016! I have experienced being part of almost all Little Willows centre's in both Maple Ridge and Mission, and have been working with children for over 15 years! I have my ECE/Infant Toddler certificate and throughout the years I have experienced working with all age groups and enjoy every day being different and full of new experiences. I strongly believe each child is an individual with their own unique qualities and believe that children learn through play and getting messy! I currently live in Maple Ridge and in my spare time I enjoy spending time outside, going camping, gardening, road trips, crafting, and also planning my next adventure! I originally grew up in Port Moody and come from a very large family, which brings me to my favorite part of Little Willows which is being part of a company that truly is a home away from home!