Marley Cummings is a Montessori Preschool Educator from Vancouver Island who has been working with children for 10 years. She completed her Montessori Preschool training in 2014 and is currently continuing her education to complete her Early Childhood Educator Diploma. She has worked in a variety of school settings, from large private institutions to small in-home daycares. Through this experience, Marley has discovered what really works for children and what needs to evolve in order to continue offering “best practice” in education.
Marley is committed to the families and shares her knowledge and insight into the child’s world with home caregivers. Marley has had experience working with children from all walks of life, and she has always been able to connect, support them on their personal journey to reach their goals, and provide unconditional acceptance and love.
Marley is also a multi-talented educator, who brings life and excitement into the classroom through sharing her passion for verbal story-telling and performance. She has taught classes of the arts for children and enjoys incorporating this element with weekly opportunities for the children including dance, music, theatre, and multi-media art. Marley has also spent a few years in Montreal and shares her knowledge of the French language with children in the form of games, songs, and stories.
Kayla McBride was born and raised on the island. It brings her great joy to watch children explore the world through natural discovery of their environment, while following their inner guide. With her love for gardening, sewing, and baking, she is always eager to find a way to incorporate her hobbies into the children’s daily learning.
Kayla has been providing care for children ages 3-5 for the past 12 years. She graduated from Camosun College in 2010 with a certificate in Early Childcare Care and Education. In 2017 she received her credentials in Montessori Early Learning through Age of Montessori. Kayla has been an educator at a large Montessori private school for the past 8 years. During this time she took on many different roles such as classroom assistant, CASA directress, and pre-school directress. Through this she has experience in time management, classroom management, scheduling, and curriculum planning. During her time as a classroom assistant she has worked alongside children with higher needs such as Down’s Syndrome, Autism, and learning differences.
Her love for each child and their family is always shown by creating strong personal relationships that include open communication. She sees each and every child as their own special being and is always observing them to help foster their interests and support their needs.
Stephan will be joining us full time in March 2019.
Stephan Butler is a dedicated and passionate Early Childhood Educator with his specialization in Inclusive Care, which means he has the training to support children with higher needs. He has worked as a childcare provider for 10 years, at various centres throughout Victoria. He has worked with children and adults for many years through companies such as Pivot Point Family Growth Centre and Easter Seals: Camp Shawnigan.
Stephan is respected for his ability to create inclusive learning environments for children in various developmental stages. He strives to empower children by supporting their emotional growth and providing them with opportunities to develop these skills. Stephan works to incorporate the children’s personal backgrounds, their interests, values of the center, and his personal philosophies to provide the highest level of care. He also shares his love of music with the children, and strongly believes in music and play as important venues for learning. His knowledge of pedagogy and best practice are highly valued.