Our Amazing Team
Our diverse team consists of 20 amazing individuals, with various backgrounds, experience, and education in the Early Learning and Care field. We have several staff who have been employed with West Oakville Preschool Centre for many years, and some that have even reached their 10, 20, and almost 30-year anniversary milestones! Each program has staff members who have been thoughtfully selected to work together to provide a well-rounded Infant, Toddler, Preschool, or Kindergarten program, with character traits, skills, and experience that complement those of their teammates. We have 9 Registered Early Childhood Educators on our team, and at least one working in each room. We are committed to providing our staff team with a positive work experience and investing in their professional growth and development.
All our staff members:
• have a current valid Vulnerable Sector Check (as per Ministry of Education requirements)
• receive annual re-certification in Standard First Aid and Infant/Child CPR – Level C
• have up to date immunizations
• review policies and procedures annually, and more frequently as needed
• are monitored, mentored, and evaluated annually for their job performance
• actively participate in monthly staff meetings, professional development, and special events throughout the year
AMANDA FENG, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (RECE)
I am a registered early childhood educator (RECE) and have been with West Oakville Preschool Centre since February 2018. I was promoted to assistant supervisor in January 2021, to Interim Supervisor in December 2021, and to Executive Director in February 2022.
I have been working in the education field for almost 30 years and specifically as an RECE in the GTA for 8 years. I have a master’s degree in Education and a certificate in Resource Consulting. My passion is to provide exceptional quality early childhood education to children, parents, and families in an energetic team environment, where all individuals feel valued, respected, and supported. I love working at WOPC, interacting, and engaging with the children and families, and watching the children reach new milestones and develop new life skills.
CATHY MATSOS, ASISTANT SUPERVISOR (RECE)
I am an RECE and mother of two children ages 10 and 12. I graduated with high honors from Sheridan College in 1997. Two days after I graduated, I started my career at West Oakville Preschool Centre! In 2009 I left my job at West Oakville to raise my two beautiful children. Now that they are a bit older and more independent, I have decided to come back to work in the childcare field. Of course, I chose to come back to West Oakville Preschool!
I have had so many wonderful experiences at West Oakville, and I have worked in every classroom as well as fulfilled the assistant supervisor position which I am currently doing today, alongside our Executive Director, Amanda Feng. I get so much joy from caring for so many beautiful children and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of ladies to work alongside!
ARSENIA MENDOZA – Hi! My name is Arsenia and I’ve worked at West Oakville Preschool for 22 years. I love my job! I love cooking and I love the children…especially their hugs! I love playing sports (volleyball, basketball and golf) and I really love walking! I do a lot of volunteer work for my church and enjoy catering for my church for special events.
ELAINE HUININK, RECE – My name is Elaine, I’m a mother of two children 9 and 13. My eldest son is autistic; therefore, I have had training and direct experience working with children with special needs. I am a registered Early Childhood Educator with over 20 years of experience. For the last 2 years, I have been working with infants. I love them to bits. I recently joined WOPC in September 2021 in the infant room. In my spare time, I enjoy doing all kinds of crafts.
GEMIKA SHEWPERSHAD, ECE – Hi my name is Gemika, I graduated with my ECE diploma in May 2020 from Sheridan College. I had been working at WOPC since 2018 as an assistant teacher. Working alongside such wonderful people, and watching the children grow and learn new things is truly a beautiful thing. Looking forward to continuing in WOPC.
KATHY BLAAK – Hi! My name is Katherine Blaak. I am married and have 2 children of my own. I love to work with children. I love their minds, as they are always positive and can easily trust you. I have worked in child care for 10 years now.
SHERESH POKU – Hi, I’m Sheresh, I’m a new graduate of the Child and Youth Worker program. I joined WOPC in Summer 2021 on the Canada Summer Employment Program and I am now an assistant ECA in the infant room. Building a connection with all the children and meeting the wonderful staff has been so fulfilling. I look forward to continuing to build that connection with all our children and families.
TAHIRA SHAUKAT, RECE – My name is Tahira Shaukat and I have been working in the Early Learning and Care Field for over 8 years, with 2 of those years as a Registered Early Childhood Educator. I find that this is one of the most interesting and rewarding fields, and I enjoy every minute of it because there is never a dull moment. The children are constantly learning new things and find a way to impress you every day. What I find the most amazing about West Oakville Preschool Centre is that some staff have devoted their life to the centre for 10-30 years, which shows dedication, passion and integrity.
NANCY BAYLON – Hi! My name is Nancy and I have been working at West Oakville Preschool since 2015. I work to support the programs by implementing program activities and help children in their daily routines. I have my Safe Food Handling certification and am often involved in cooking and food preparation for the centre. I have experience as an aircraft groomer and graduated as a personal support worker, which has helped me to become a more flexible, dependable and passionate individual.
NERMIN GAYED, RECE – My name is Nermin, and I am a Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE). I join West Oakville Preschool Centre team since June, 2021. I got the Early Childhood Education Diploma from Sheridan College in 2021. Also, I have a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education from Egypt since 2008. I worked as a kindergarten teacher for 10 years back home. I love children, and I love spending my time with them and teaching them new skills every day. A positive enhanced and welcoming environment very important to the children to feel secure and have a strong relationship with me. Our children are our future, so I have to prepare them very well to have better future. I am a mom for 2 boys. In my spare time, I enjoy my time with my family and friends. I love walking, cooking, and listen to songs.
CHONA GONZALES – Hi! I am Chona Gonzales. I have been in WOPC since 2017. I am assisting to support and implement program activities and help children in their daily routines. I have a certificate and licensed Personal Support Worker. Ensuring that my clients are in a healthy and safe environment as well as caring in a compassionate way is a top priority. It is both fulfilling working in both fields. As I am a mother as well, I have a better understanding of a child’s behavior and mood swings. It also brings fulfillment and gladness to support parents by relaying to them what their children have learned and expressing my concern and support in their child’s developmental milestones.
GHOUSIA NAEEM – Hi my name is Ghousia. I have been an assistant teacher at WOPC since 2018. I have two adult daughters and just became a grandmother. I enjoy watching children learn, grow, and discover the world around them. I look forward to working with you and your children.
HURIYA MALIK – Hi, my name is Huriya and I am a mother of three kids. I recently moved to Oakville, Ontario from the Middle East. I have two years of experience as a preschool and kindergarten teacher. I started my career at West Oakville Preschool Centre from May 2, 2022. Currently, I am an ECE in the Koala Classroom. I enjoy working with young children and I feel that I am making a difference in their lives. I love my class, my job and the amazing team that I am working with.
KIM ROSS – Hi! My name is Kim. I’m a proud mother of 2 grown boys and a beautiful grandson James, who is my world! I love the outdoors, love to travel, love gardening, and love bonfires! My family is very important to me. I’ve been with WOPC since 1989, and WOPC is like a 2nd family to me. Over the years I’ve worked along with many talented mentors and have many fond memories! I could write a book! WOPC is like a close-knit family…we all look out for one another. I think of the children I work with as my own grandchildren. I believe I have a few good years left in me!
NAGAH BEBAWY, RECE – Hello, my name is Nagah Bebawy, I started with WOPC in 2022.My experiences with kindergarten started here in Canada. For the past 5 years. I am working as a before and after schoolteacher in a childcare center. It was so exciting to work & play with children as they explored the learning environment. Each child has an amazing character and different temperament that we need to understand and respect. I see this as an important part of an Educator’s role. I look forward to providing children with opportunities to learn and practice the essential social, emotional skills, physical development, motor skills during play. I look forward to connecting with children and families!
ROS WARDROP, RECE – Hi! My name is Ros. I have been an R.E.C.E. teacher for 26 years. I am also qualified to work with children with additional support needs. I have three children and two granddaughters. I immigrated to Canada from Scotland 7 years ago and I have been working at West Oakville Preschool Centre since then.
ANDREA REIDMAN, RECE – Hi, my name is Andrea Reidman. I am a Registered Early Childhood Educator working in the Preschool Program. I have been working in the centre since December 2014. I was born in Argentina and moved to Canada in 2001 with my husband and two daughters (13 and 11 years old). I have more than 20 years of experience working with children, especially with the little ones. I like working at West Oakville Preschool because we foster a positive, caring and respectful relationship with children and their families.
ALEKSANDRA SERAFIN – My name is Aleksandra Serafin. I am an Early Childhood Assistant. I obtained my degree in Poland where I started working with children. I have been working at West Oakville Preschool Centre for 15 years and I have experience with all age groups. It is my passion to care for and assist children with their needs. Observing, encouraging, and helping children grow is a unique and special experience. Exploring the world with kids can bring unforgettable moments. That’s exactly what I love about the work I do! Why West Oakville Preschool Centre? It’s a small center with a family atmosphere where people care about each other…with amazing and experienced teachers and fantastic parents..
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