Our Teachers

Deanna - Director

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!

Jody Bennet - Early Childhood Education Little Willows

Jody - Assistant Director

My name is Jody and I am very excited to be working at Little Willows. I ran my own daycare in Calgary for 2 years where I gave birth to my son. I then decided to move back to BC to be closer to family. I have been an Early Childhood Education/Infant Toddler since 2010. l have been with my husband since 2004 and we married in 2013. I have a wonderful son who encourages me to work and explore the imagination of children.

I am very excited and cannot wait to start this new adventure with the children and staff at Little Willows.

Brianne - Infant Educator

My name is Brianne and I am currently working in the Infant and Toddler room at our Mission location. Before working with Little Willows I worked in a centre for 11 years in Langley where I was a one on one support worker and centre manager. I have completed my ece and special needs diploma and am currently attending UFV to receive my Child and Youth Care Diploma.
I live with my husband and my 2 boys and am happy to call Mission my home!

Angela- Toddler Educator

My name is Angela . I live in mission with my spouse and our two kids. I have my ECE certification. I have experience working with school age children, 3-5 age group as well as infants and toddlers.
I love working with children and watching how they learn and grow. I am enjoying working for the little willows team and look forward to meeting and getting to know all of our  children and families.

Jennifer - Outdoor Preschool/ OSC

Hi, I’m Jennifer! I’ve been an ECEA with Little Willows since March of 2017. I am currently working towards getting my full ECE certificate. I’ve worked with children for the last ten years, teaching dance & gymnastics, and I also have two nephews and a niece who are my world. I love to read, cook, go on road trips, spend time outdoors at my cabin, and play music. I sincerely look forward to exploring nature, creating messy art, and forming lasting relationships with you and your children! 

Shayna-Lee - Infant Supervisor

I am an Early Childhood educator with my special needs diploma and infant and toddler certificate. I graduated June of 2017 from Douglas college and have began my career with Little willows in July 2016. I am very happy to be a part of the little willows family and have been inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach for teaching children.

For many years I have been very passionate about children and knew I had to work in the field of childcare.

In my spare time I enjoy adventuring with my dog Cali to new places, hiking, camping, and just enjoying the outdoors as much as possible! It is my personal goal to incorporate my love for the outdoors with the children I work with. I have enjoyed every day of my career with children and I am excited to continuously grow through experiences and adventures with Little Willows and to meet all the new families that join our little willows family!

Lillie - 3-5 Educator

Hi everyone, I’m Lillie! I’m a registered ECE assistant through Pacific Rim Early Childhood Institute. I am planning on furthering my education by working towards receiving my full ECE certificate, this way I am even more qualified to work at this facility. I have experience working with both the Out of School care class, and three to five room.  I have grown up with three younger brothers’ and would not have wanted it any other way! I am so pleased to be working for Little Willows and can’t wait to get to know your family and children! 🙂

Lori - 3-5 Educator

Hi my name is Lori and I’m an ECE A working in the 3 to 5 room. I have a wonderful husband, 3 grown children and am lucky enough to have 7 wonderful grandchildren. I’ve had 35 years experience working with children and their families as a nanny, I also was a foster parent for five years.

Working in a family home and working in a centre are quite different but the rewards are the same. To be able to help and guide a child to learn and grow is an amazing feeling and I am very privileged to be a part of that.

The children make me smile and laugh everyday I can say without a doubt I have the most important amazing rewarding job in the world. Thank you Little Willows for allowing me to join your team and be a part of the Little Willows family.


Hello, my name is Sandi and I have been an educator for the past 6 years. Within this time I have worked with all age groups. I truly enjoy teaching children new things, and helping them become the best that they can be. The best part of my day is seeing a child’s face light up when they have discovered something new.
I live in Coquitlam with my husband, our cat Snoopy and rabbit Bunbun. In my spare time I love to go camping, do crafts and organize.