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 - Head Director
My name is Myra Johnson and I am the Head Director.
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 am passionate and committed to working with young children and look forward to making great memories with the families at Little Willows Child Care.
I live in a float home community on the Fraser River with my husband and dog. We enjoy traveling the world, fishing and camping!
Sabrina Allain - Director 119th Ave.
My name is Sabrina and I am absolutely thrilled to be a teacher at Little Willows! I am currently the Preschool teacher at the Powell location and so excited to be the Supervisor of the Out of School Care at 119 Ave as well! 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!
Deanna Stubbings - Director, Mission
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. In my spare time I work with children and families as a Behavior 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 have traveled to four countries around the world including Belize and France for schooling which sparked my interest in working with children. I look forward to meeting everyone and embarking on this new adventure together!
Phoebe Marciano - Assistant Director Dewdney Location
My name is Phoebe Marciano 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 Assistant 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.