I'm Melanie, and I look forward to meeting you!
I have always been drawn to working with children and have been working with children of all ages for more than 10 years. When I moved out to Victoria in 2005, I started working in before and after school care programs. I continued on to get my ECE as I love supporting children in their growth and development. I enjoy bringing my passion for dance and yoga into the classroom, exploring individuality, self-regulation all while working together to build a community.
When I'm not at the preschool, you'll find me dancing and singing! I also run my own home-based wellness business, and teach movement based classes to all ages.
Kirsten has been a part of Oak Bay Preschool since her own children went there starting in 2011.
After being introduced to cooperative preschool, she knew that it was her kind of place. She has always loved working with young children, but it was after staying at home to raise her own children for six years that Kirsten received her ECE Assistant Certificate in 2014. She has worked at Oak Bay Preschool ever since, starting as a substitute and then working as an Inclusion Support Worker. This year, she is excited to be working alongside Melanie as the ECE Assistant in the 3s and 4s class.
When Kirsten is not at work you can find her living an active lifestyle and spending time with her husband and two children.
We are excited to have our Inclusion Support Workers who work alongside all of our children, but most importantly work with the children who require extra support in our classroom. It is an important part for all children's development to be able to experience a preschool environment, and with VIHA funded support workers, we are able to make this a possibility! The program brings rich diversity, and vitality to our classroom.