Valentina Zackrias, RECE
Director & Teacher
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 since. Valentina graduated from Algonquin College with a diploma in ECE with honors in 2012. She started her journey at TOPS as a summer camp teacher and was subsequently hired as a teacher. Her years of experience at TOPS led her to take on the role of Assistant Director in 2018. In September 2021, Valentina stepped into the role of Director. As a former TOPS parent herself, she understands that strong relationships between educators and families can strengthen children’s emotional health. Valentina oversees all of the programs offered at TOPS and supports in the classroom as needed. She feels very fortunate to be able to serve the parents, families and team of dedicated educators at the TOPS community. Valentina enjoys singing with the preschoolers and loves organizing musical concerts with her fellow educators and preschoolers for the families. It brings her a lot of joy, celebrating the children’s successes and watching them grow and develop new skills.