Our Teachers

Martinia - Director

My name is Martinia. I am thrilled to be part of the Little Willows Dewdney team and look forward in getting to know families.  I was born in Mozambique, Africa, but grew up in Canada.  I have been working in the ECE field for 25 years, ranging from out of school care to daycares. As an Early Childhood Educator, I love to share my passion, knowledge, and making a difference in children’s lives and providing activities in a wide range of curriculums, the arts, and athletics to allow children to discover and build on their strengths and interests.

When I am not at work, I have an active lifestyle. I am constantly on the go, whether that is biking, kayaking, golfing, hiking or walking with my dog.  Most importantly, I spend most of my time in the kitchen mastering my skills in becoming a self-taught chef, watching the cooking shows and having the pleasure in enjoying food!

Phoebe- Infant Supervisor

My name is Phoebe and I have had the privilege of being a part of Little Willows Dewdney Location since February of 2017. I was born and raised in Manila, Philippines and came to Canada when I was 15. I've been volunteering my time teaching children since I was 12 at our churc where I found my interest and passion working with children. I have been working in the field for 6 years and as the Director and Infant Program Supervisor, I will strive to create and maintain a positive environment for the children to grow and explore the world around them. I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know each and every family and I am thankful for trusting us your little ones.

Natsumi- Assistant Director

Hello, my name is Natsumi and I am very excited to be the supervisor for the Toddler Program at the Dewdney Trunk location.

I am originally from Japan. After completing my Bachelor of Education degree, I worked with elementary school aged children for 7 years. I decided to move to Canada to study Early Childhood Education.

Throughout my career I have always recognized that  the early years are very important in a child's life. I grew up in the country side in southern Japan and had a wonderful childhood. I loved playing in nature with my younger brother and I want my daughters to feel the same joy too. BC is abundant with mountains, lakes and natural parks. It is the ideal place for families and children!

I am looking forward to getting to know you and your little ones

Sumeet - 3-5 Educator

My name is Sumeet and I am proud to be part of Little Willows.
I completed Bachelor of Education Degree in India and worked with students of Grades 11 and 12, for a couple of years. After moving to Canada, I got Early Childhood Educator and Special Needs Education License and since then I have been working with Infants, Toddlers and/or 3-5yr old kids.
I believe that working with kids gives an opportunity to re-live your own childhood. It gives me an immense pleasure to see kids putting their efforts to learn new things.
I live with my husband and daughter. In my spare time, I live doing art and craft, cooking and gardening with them.

Diana Multi-Age Program

My name is Diana and I was born in Romania. I moved to Canada in 2012. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Romanian Literature and Theology and a Master’s Degree in Educational Management. With a background in teaching Romanian and Universal literature for 10 years from grade 5th to grade 12, I have a passion of being surrounded by children of different ages. I have an ECE Assistant Certificate and First Aid ticket. With the Practicum 3, I’m finalizing the whole ECE program. The reason I chose working with young children is the privilege of teaching them during their most vital developmental years. What I like the most is their curiosity of asking many questions every day.

I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, even when I was young. I grew up in a family, where my parents and my grandparents were teachers, too.

I’ve worked with all groups of ages since 2012 and I have been enrolled at Little Willows since July 2017. I am a proud mom of a 4 years girl, Chloe, who’s also enrolled at Little Willows, and I do understand the importance of children’s environment in terms of their growing, communication, behavior, social and other skills.

In my spare time, I like to be with my family, enjoying the nature, art, listening jazz and reading, particularly, contemporary poems.

I am thankful for the opportunity to work in a nurturing, loving environment, where children can learn and experience new challenges that will help build their confidence while they play

Annie

My name is Annie and I am so happy to be working with Little Willows since the October of 2017. I am originally from Ukraine, and moved to Canada when I was 6 years old. I love to sing and dance. When I’m not at work I’m taking walks in nature, singing on my ukulele, and painting. My passion for teaching children first started as a rhythmic gymnastics coach. I have been in the field for 8 years and am currently taking yoga courses for children. I plan to get my ECEA in the near future.  I love learning from children everyday, and watching them grow. I want to inspire them by doing different activities I believe they will find what they love. Little Willows gives me such a great opportunity of doing so.  The atmosphere of all the staff and children make the whole place filled with love. I am lucky to be in such an amazing family. To me, investing in children is so important because I think it maximizes their future well-being. Children are the future after all!

Jenny

Hi, my name is Jenny. I have been working in the Early Childhood field since 2005 and have loved every minute of it. After completing my Infant Toddler Certificate in 2009, I developed a passion for working with toddlers. I love seeing the joy in a child’s eyes when they explore and experience their environment. I am passionate about doing art and science with children.
When I am not at work I love spending time with my husband and our two daughters, exploring parks and going for walks. I look forward to meeting and working with all of the amazing families at Little Willows!

Michelle

Hi, my name is Michelle and I am the Assistant Supervisor in the 3-5 Program. I am an Early Childhood Educator and have been in the field since 2001. I have been a part of the Little Willows team since February 2018.

I live in Maple Ridge with my husband and daughter.  We enjoy camping, hiking and just being in the outdoors!

Souzy

Hello. My name is Souzy and I am a lead preschool teacher. I am married and have two handsome boys, 13 and 11 years old. I spend all my free time with my boys. My family means everything to me.

I am an ECE teacher with 10+ years of work experience with young children. I’m passionate about early childhood education, especially preschool, with deep commitment to providing quality learning, caring and a loving environment for young children.

“One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world” – Malala Yousafzai Dec 19, 2016

Taylor

My name is Taylor and I have worked with children for 5 years and have a background in Education Assisting. I am so glad to be a part of the Little Willows team!

Taylor

My name is Taylor and I work in the out of school care program. I love art and music, I'm fun and outgoing and I love baking and making crafts

Charlene- Infant Educator

I finished my ECE in January 2017 at Ridge Meadows College and started working at Little Willows Child Care Centre at the beginning of February 2017. Having a passion for working with the very young, I am thrilled to be teaching in the Infant Room at our Dewdney Location. I thoroughly enjoy working with children of all different backgrounds and love languages, since I was trilingual at around age 8.

Little Willows is truly like a family – I am so happy to be a part of it and ensure that your child feels as though they are ‘at home’ in our care.

In my spare time, I enjoy being out in nature – going for walks, hikes, cycling, and camping in our beautiful surroundings. I also enjoy playing pool, reading, and designing our Dewdney location’s newsletter!

Monica

My name is Elena Monica and I feel blessed to work with children. I had the chance to work with children from birth to 12 years old , and I only learn from them !
I got my early childhood education certificate there years ago. My husband Peter and I received the most precious gift Mihail who is now eight years old.
We love nature , being together and being involved in Church activities, and seeing our friends.
We came to Maple Ridge eight years ago and we love the lakes the parks and the little walks we can take here.
I enjoy coming to Little Willows everyday,  it is what I have to be thankful for. The place is special, the settings , and the people that work here are special.
There is so much more for me to enjoy learning from your angels...( children)

April 3-5 Educator

My name is April

I've been looking after children even before i graduated high school.
I started college in 1997, worked in Maple Ridge, went to college,also was babysitting my neighbors 3 children, and then completed my ECE in 1999

I love to listen to the children, also what they say and how the view their world

I live in Maple Ridge with my husband Chris, when I go home I can't wait to go back to work to receive such a warm welcome
On my free time i enjoy reading, hiking,yoga also riding my bike.

Melinda

Hi! My name is Melinda.  I joined the Little Willows team in February of 2017.  I have have been in the Field since 2004 when I graduated with a Early Childhood Education Diploma. I currently teach preschool, work in the school age program and drive the buses.  When I am not at work I am at home with my Family. We enjoy visiting the local lakes and parks, watching movies and building with Lego. 

Kaliegh Beausoliel - Little Willows Maple Ridge

Kaliegh 3-5 Supervisor

My name is Kaliegh and I have been a part of the Little Willows family since we opened our first location at 119 ave in 2016. I am currently the Supervisor of the 3-5 program and am so thankful to work with such amazing people.

I have two children, a 4 year old daughter and a 2 year old son who are the light of my life. They have taught me to slow down and enjoy the little things in life like literally stopping to smell the flowers and dancing in the rain.

I have been drawn to working with children for as long as I can remember but I officially started my career in the Early Childhood field 12 years ago. I have had the  opportunity to work with children’s ages 0-12 over the years but my true passion is the 3-5 age group. One of my favourite things about working with children is listening to the dynamic of conversations as they flow through the day and making messes!

During my free time you can find my children, my husband and I spending time with our family , making messes or exploring the outdoors with our dog Harley! I also love a great cup of coffee, reading and writing. I greatly look forward to making lasting memories with the children and their families here at Little Willows.

Kyla

Hi my name is Kyla and I am currently in school completing my Early Childhood Education. I work in the Toddler program where I get to create engaging activities, sing songs and read books with the children. When I am not working or at school, I like to take my dog out for hikes and explore our beautiful province.

Carla

My name is Carla, and I'm an Early Childhood Educator in the Little Willows Dewdney 3-5 program. I'm also a mother, an artisan, and a children's book author. I've been teaching for 8 years in the lower mainland with children of all ages, and even after all this time children always manage to bring a smile to my face, if I don't already have one. I hope that I can inspire that same joy in the time we have to explore, and grow together. They always find ways to teach me new things just as much as I try to teach them. It's truly a pleasure to be able to get to know them, and leave a small footprint in what will hopefully become strong, and confident foundations for their future education.

Kyla

My name is Kyla and I work in the Out of School Care program. I have been working for Little Willows since May 2017 and I’m so thankful that I get the pleasure to work at such an amazing daycare with the amazing team we have. When I’m not at the daycare I usually spend my time watching Netflix and cuddling my dog or planning my next trip! I look forward to all the great memories with all the families at Little Willows!

Emma

My name is Emma and I am happy to be a member of our Out Of School Care program since August 2018!

I currently am looking towards obtaining my Early Childhood Educator Assistant license, however, I have been working with children since I was 12 years old. I love to work with children as I find it such a rewarding experience to teach them new things each day and watch them grow!

When I am not working, I am doing freelance makeup artistry for TV/Film, weddings, etc. as well as other activities such as sketching and DIY projects.