Valentina Zackrias, RECE
Assistant Director & Teacher
Valentina Zackrias completed her Early Childhood Education Diploma with Honours from Algonquin College in April 2013. During her first placement at TOPS, she developed a strong inclination to be a preschool teacher. She later joined TOPS as a supply teacher, was subsequently hired as a part-time teacher, and now currently works as a full-time teacher. Valentina started her career in the early childhood field in 2005 as a home daycare provider when her first-born child was 1 year old. She successfully ran the home daycare until she decided to go to college full-time in 2011. While pursuing her full-time studies at Algonquin she simultaneously instructed the 'Muck and Mess' program for 1 to 4-year-old children offered by the City of Ottawa and also supplied for the After School Program offered by the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Valentina is the Assistant Director and teaches in the 3-morning Preschool program, the Toddler program, the afternoon Project Based program and in the afternoon Introductory to French program.