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 multiple beautiful locations in Maple Ridge and Mission B.C.
I look forward to getting to know all the families and help to make Little Willows a ‘home away from home’.
Myra Johnson- Head Director
My name is Myra Johnson and I am the Director of Operations at Little Willows Early Learning.
I received my Early Childhood Educator certificate in 1999 and completed the ECE Post Basic (Infant/Toddler Specialization) in 2008.
Over the years I have worked with children ranging from 6 months to 11 years, as an educator, supervisor, manager and coordinator.
I am passionate and committed to working with young children, families and their educators; I look forward to more experiences and memories with everyone at Little Willows and within this community.
I live in a float home neighborhood on the Fraser River with my husband and our Black Lab, Princess Leia. We enjoy traveling the world, fishing and camping!
Deanna Zaharoff- Regional Manager
I am a fully trained Early Childhood Educator with my Special Needs Diploma. I began working in the childcare field in 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand where I had the chance to work in a Reggio Emilia center. I also have work experience as a Behaviour Interventionist.
As long as I can remember, I have always been passionate about working with children. 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 adventure together!
Sabrina Allain- Regional Manager
My name is Sabrina and I am absolutely thrilled to be a teacher at Little Willows!. I have had the pleasure of working with Reaghan for many years and so happy to be a part of Little Willows! We share the same vision of working closely with families to provide the best quality childcare. I am a mother to 3 young children and this makes it easy for me to relate to families and their busy schedules!
In Reggio Emilia the saying is “It takes a Village to raise a child” and I look forward to being a part of that with Little Willows and all the families!