Teachers at West Edmonton Playschool
Maria Cyre – Playschool Teacher
Hello, my name is Maria Cyre and I am delighted to be teaching with West Edmonton Playschool! My passion is caring for children and teaching through play. I have 21 years of experience in this field, and one crucial part of my success is that I consider all children to be very unique, you cannot always treat them the same way. I also have a Level II Early Childhood Diploma from Grant MacEwan University. I am originally from Ecuador, South America and I speak fluent Spanish. I have lived in Canada for 27 years, I am married, and I have 2 wonderful children. As a family we enjoy the outdoors together and activities such as camping, fishing and relaxing by the fire.
Vanessa Novoa – Teacher’s Assistant
Hello! I’m Vanessa and I have my Alberta Childcare Certification. I lived in Quebec since I was 2 years old which is why I can speak French and Spanish. I completed my university years in El Salvador and that’s where I started, as a preschool teacher. I have a beautiful daughter, she’s 3 years old and she is the world to me!
I’ve always known that I wanted to be a teacher because one of my passions (besides big puzzles) is to teach to all those brilliant little minds! I am always amazed by their reactions and imagination, their innocence and purity of feelings. I do believe that I have to be the best role model to them because they are our future and if we want to have a better world then we have to start and act now with our present generation. I love to see their progression throughout the school year and for me every child is a winner!
Love, understanding and patience are the best tools to use when it’s time to teach and in our daily lives. That’s when unity becomes stronger and we can perceive a better future for our children.
To work here in West Edmonton Playschool is a blessing for me and I am very happy to be part of the team. Thank you!
Vanessa Herle, Yoga Teacher
Vanessa has worked with all ages of children for the past 10 years and is very passionate about her work. She has a 10 year old son who also enjoys the benefits yoga brings to his life. She has owned her own dayhome, worked in a Early Leaning center as a Preschool Teacher and Executive Director, in an Out of School Care center as a Teacher and Program Coordinator and is currently employed as the Executive Director of two non profit Out of School Care centers in Edmonton. She has an Early Childhood Development Diploma, Child Development Supervisor Certificate, Ever Active Recreation Leader Certificate, YogaKids™ Training and has attended dozens of child related workshops, seminars and conferences over the years. In the near future, Vanessa plans to offer Zumba classes for children as well and will be beginning her training in June 2011. Vanessa enjoys being active and drawing from her background as a child care professional to make her yoga classes educational and fun for all ages.