Leigh Ann McLean - Teacher
Ms. Leigh-Ann is excited to be working with all of your children! She has been working with young children since 1998. She attended Grant McEwan in Early Childhood Development. Ms. Leigh-Ann started teaching play school and eventually switched her career path and started working with vulnerable families and their children and also spent time working with pregnant and parenting teens. She has missed working with children in a learning environment and is excited to share with them their curiosity, exploration and imagination.
Ms. Leigh-Ann believes that "learning through play" is crucial in children's development. The social interaction with their peers and the play that takes place creates an environment where they can grow and flourish and discover the world around them. She enjoys walks with her dogs and spending time with her family.
Dax Desmit - Educational Assistant
Dax is an Educational Assistant who is passionate about creating nurturing and supportive environments in which young children can thrive and reach their full potential. As a current Social Work student with a certificate in Early Childhood Education from Lakeland College, Dax has dedicated his career to providing exceptional education and care to young children.
Dax believes in the importance of play-based learning, nurturing relationships, and supportive environments. He strives to provide children with opportunities to explore, experiment, and make connections with the world around them. He understands the individual needs of each child as a mighty learner.
Melissa Lee - Teacher
(on maternity leave, returning for the 2024-2025 school year)
Mrs. Lee has been teaching preschool since 2006 and she absolutely loves it! She graduated from the University of Alberta with an Elementary Education degree. She also received her Early Childhood Diploma from MacEwan University.
Mrs. Lee believes strongly in the learning through play philosophy. She knows that preschool is an opportunity for children to socialize and interact with other children that are a similar age. Mrs. Lee believes that through collaborative play at the preschool, children develop important social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and language skills.
Mrs. Lee knows that each child is unique. She brings out the best in each child at the preschool and fosters confidence and positive self-esteem in the children. Her kindness, creativity, and enthusiasm ensure children have a positive first school experience.
Mrs. Lee grew up in the Ermineskin Community. She enjoys being involved in the community and loves spending time with her husband and three children.