Rachel Labranche, RECE

Rachel Labranche, RECE

Rachel Labranche was always passionate about Early Childhood Education and therefore decided to pursue further studies in ECE at Conestoga College. After graduating from the ECE program in 2004, she was hired as a preschool/toddler teacher at Owl Childcare Services in Kitchener Ontario.  She gained valuable experience at this licensed center for 2 years before […]

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Sarah Maranda, RECE

Sarah Maranda, RECE

Sarah was very inclined to follow in her mother’s footsteps.  Her mom is a RECE and  former Director of TOPS. As a teenager, Sarah loved volunteering at TOPS on her days off from school. It was then that she decided that she wanted to be an Early Childhood Educator. She continued her journey to becoming […]

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Melisande Pittl-Meier, RECE

Melisande Pittl-Meier, RECE

Melisande Pittl-Meier has always been interested in working with others. She completed her Community Worker diploma with Honours at George Brown College in Toronto in 2013. After graduating she started working with  Art City in St. Jamestown, a non-profit organization that ran free after school art programs for children. There she realized how much she […]

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Tricia Sheahan, B.Ed.

Tricia Sheahan, B.Ed.

Tricia has always known that she wanted to work with children.   This was cemented after she  did a co-op placement in a kindergarten class during high school.    She finished a Bachelor of Science with a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology with honors at Trent University. She then followed her passion in […]

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Clare Lahey

Clare Lahey

Clare Lahey has always wanted to be a community helper, working with children and families. She began her teaching journey at Algonquin College in the Bachelor of Early Learning and Community Development (BELCD) program, where she was placed at The Orleans Preschool for mentorship.  It was evident that Clare made a great fit for  the […]

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Valentina Zackrias, RECE

Valentina Zackrias, RECE

Valentina Zackrias has been with TOPS since 2012. She was introduced to the preschool through the Algonquin ECE student placement program in 2011, while she was completing her ECE program. She understands the importance that early childhood education has on future success in school and in life and has been a passionate preschool educator ever […]

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