Our Staff

Happy Face Nursery is lucky to be staffed by talented and passionate individuals. Listed below in alphabetical order is our staff. Click each name to see their picture and bio.

Alexandria Goselin

Alexandria received her Early Childhood Education diploma from Loyalist College in 2011. Alex enjoys working with children and building strong relationships with the children, their families, and her peers. She joined the Happy Face family in 2019 and enjoys working at the Nationview location.

Alex enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, camping, and crafting. She is the proud owner of two cats.

Brianna Dobbie

Brianna graduated with her diploma in Early Childhood Education from Algonquin College in June of 2019. After taking a couple of months off, Brianna accepted a full-time educator position with Happy Face Nursery School. Brianna enjoys working with children of all ages and building strong relationships with the children, their families, and her coworkers.

Brianna is from the local community and has been actively involved in figure skating for several years, both as a participant and as a volunteer instructor. Brianna loves to spend time with her family and friends and is especially fond of cats and dogs.

Caitlin Perry

Caitlin received her diploma in Early Childhood Education from St. Lawrence College in 2015. Caitlin’s love of working with children developed after completing placement studies in an elementary school setting through a high school program. Caitlin worked the before and after school program before joining the Nationview team in 2016. She eventually accepted a fulltime position at the Morrisburg location.

Caitlin is very family-oriented and loves spending time with her family and friends. She is an avid animal lover who loves being in nature. In her free time, Caitlin enjoys swimming.

Christine Miller

Christine received her diploma in Early Childhood Education from St. Lawrence College, Cornwall campus in 2013 and is registered with the college of Early Childhood Educators. Christine began work at Happy Face in November of 2013 as a supply educator before accepting a full-time position at our Morrisburg Site. When a position became available, Christine transferred to the Chesterville Site.

Christine enjoys her chosen career and loves working with children. Christine loves animals and has two cats and a dog. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her family and friends.

Carlee Thompson

Carlee is a graduate of Loyalist College’s Child and Youth Worker program. When her studies were complete, Carlee went to work for the YMCA in Brockville, ON. It was while she was at the ‘Y’ that Carlee decided to further her education with a diploma in Early Childhood Education. Carlee joined the Happy Face team in 2014.

Carlee’s interests include working on old cars and crafting. She is also a proud cat Momma to Dixie and Rumple. Although she claims not to have any musical talent, music is something that she is deeply passionate about. Carlee was adopted into a wonderful family and has three nephews that she adores.

Crystal Nicol

Crystal received her diploma in Early Childhood Education from Algonquin College. She is a registered member of the College of Early Childhood Educators. She has been working in childcare since 2007. The positions that Crystal has held include RECE, Assistant Director, Acting Director and Lead Educator. She is now the Lead Educator at Happy Face’s Chesterville location.

Crystal is very family-oriented and is mom to a beautiful little girl.

Erin Drapeau

 Erin received her Early Childhood Education diploma from St. Lawrence College, Kingston campus. Upon completion of this course, she attended Carleton University in pursuit of her teaching degree. It was at this time that she was offered employment at a daycare centre in which she took advantage. Erin has enjoyed working with children of all ages. After eight years in the field, Erin accepted a position with Happy Face Nursery School and still enjoys working with the school age group.

Erin and her husband Max are the proud parents of two wonderful children, Raelynn and Lawson. Erin and her family make their home in the Town of Chesterville, just a short distance from where Erin grew up on the family farm.

Donna Locey

 Donna graduated from St. Lawrence College, Kingston campus in 1992 where she received her diploma in Early Childhood Education. She is registered with the College of Early Childhood Educators. After spending a period working in the field, Donna took a few years off work to raise her children. Donna then pursued employment in different fields before returning to her true enjoyment, early childhood education. Donna enjoys working with Happy Face and is an Educator at our Chesterville location.

Donna is the proud mom of two adult children. She herself has two sisters and one brother. Donna enjoys the company of her two girls, felines Bo and Sophie. For enjoyment, Donna enjoys playing darts, fishing and spending time with her family and friends.

Hailey Wheeler

Hailey attended St. Lawrence College and graduated from the Early Childhood Education program in 2015. She has had the opportunity to work with all age groups between 12 months to 12 years of age. Hailey feels privileged of having spent over two years as an enhanced support worker for Community Living in a daycare setting. To gain more experience, Hailey went to work in a school setting in the kindergarten classroom. Although she enjoyed the school setting, she was drawn back to daycare. Hailey is now a fulltime educator in the school-age program at Happy Face Nursery School at the Chesterville site and loving it!

Hailey has a great sense of humor and always has a smile on her face. Being raised on a farm fostered her love for outdoors. Growing up she participated in variety of sports and to this day, continues to have a love for sports, especially hockey.

Jamie Clare

Jamie received her diploma in Early Childhood Education from St. Lawrence College, Kingston Campus in 2012. Jamie gained experience in the field by working in two childcare centres while attending school. After graduation, Jamie joined the staff at the YMCA in Brockville as the Toddler Educator. In 2014 Jamie joined the Happy Face Family where she worked with all age groups and eventually worked her way into the Lead Educator position. Jamie enjoys watching children learn and grow.

Jamie enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her interests include hockey, baseball, and kayaking.

Jillian Proulx

Jillian received her diploma in Early Childhood Education from St. Lawrence College in 2016. She is currently registered with the College of Early Childhood Educators. Jillian chose to go into this field when her niece was born. As her niece grew, Jillian realized how rewarding it was watching her develop and learn new skills. Since working at Happy Face Nursery School, Jillian has enjoyed working with all age groups developing meaningful relationships with all the children and families. She is now full-time in the toddler room at Morrisburg and is part of the Mentoring team with Happy Face.

Jillian has a cat named Fig, is family-oriented, and spends most of her time with her nieces.

Julie MacDonald

From a young age, Julie always had the passion to help others and make a difference. Especially with the development and growth of young children and the care of the elderly. Julie received her certificate of a Personal Support Worker in 2001. She worked in the field for eleven years when she decided to enhance her work experience and get her diploma of Medical Office Administration in 2012. Following that, Julie began working at Happy Face Nursery School in December of 2016. Julie discovered that her passion for helping young minds needed to be fulfilled and made the decision to obtain her diploma in Early Childhood Education in 2017.

 

 

Julie is a busy mother of five children and four grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves people and is always trying to find ways to help others. When Julie wants to relax and reflect, she can be found spending time by the water.

Jessica Harper

Jessica received her Early Childhood Education diploma from St. Lawrence College in June of 2018. After completing the course, Jessica was offered a position at Happy Face Nursery School. Beginning as a supply educator, going on to be a multi-site educator then into a full-time position at the Nationview site in South Mountain. Jessica enjoys spending time with the children and building long lasting relationships with the children in her care as well as their families.

Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, celebrating all those special little moments in life. When she has spare time, she enjoys painting, sketching and doing all kinds of crafts.

Katie Jean-Louis

Katie earned her Early Childhood Education and Education Assistant Diploma as well as a degree in Psychology. She is currently a registered member of the college of Early Childhood Educators. In 2018 Katie accepted a position with Happy Face Nursery School. Katie has learned many valuable skills and experiences and provides an educational, friendly, and fun environment to assist children to grow and learn. Katie looks forward to following your child’s journey through their time at Happy Face. Katie built her dream home in 2017 of five acres of land in Moose Creek, ON.

She feels extremely fortunate to live among a community that includes her parents, grandmother, uncle, brother, and his family. Katie is in a long-term relationship with her partner Kory and enjoys being a stepmom to Hunter!

Krystie O’Grady

Krystie joined the Happy Face Team in December of 2015 as an Assistant Educator. She brought eleven years of experience with her to our team. This experience includes working with all ages of children. Krystie has many wonderful ideas and creative plans that she cannot wait to share with everyone!

Krystie has been very happily married to her husband Adam for over ten years. They have two wonderful sons that make them very proud. Rounding out the family are two adorably spoiled dogs. Krystie lives with her family just outside of the wonderful community of Finch. Her hobbies include reading, spending lots of time outdoors enjoying the front porch and her family.

Nathalie Duquette

After receiving her diploma in Early Childhood Education in 2001, Nathalie owned and operated two licensed childcare centres. In 2013, Nathalie joined the staff at Happy Face Nursery School at our Chesterville location. She believes in continuing education and adding to her knowledge frequently to ensure she is always providing the best for the children.

Nathalie is the proud mother of a son, Ryan and has been happily married to her husband for fifteen years. Nathalie enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her family.

Samantha Leishman

Samantha received her diploma in Early Childhood Education from St. Lawrence College in 2015. She began her career working at a daycare centre in Cornwall, ON. She gained knowledge and experience in all age groups through school placements and working in the childcare field. Samantha began working with Happy Face Nursery School in a supply position but recently accepted a full-time position at the Morrisburg site. Samantha has a passion for working with children and provides them with opportunities to grow and flourish to their optimal development.

Samantha grew up in Martintown, Ontario, and is the youngest of three children. She credits her parents for the person she has become. Mr. and Mrs. Leishman provided their children with the greatest opportunities in life that they could. Ever since Samantha was four years old, she has been associated with the MacCulloch Dancers. Being of Scottish heritage, the Highland Fling is in her nature! Samantha enjoys being a mother to a three-year son Brayden and to her fur baby Zailey. In her spare time, Samantha enjoys taking her son on adventures and spending time with her family. She likes to have fun, be positive, and spontaneous. She always has a joke ready to share.

Shelby Martineau

Shelby is currently attending the online course for Early Childhood Education. Her love for children began at a young age, when she began babysitting. Shelby currently holds a supply educator position with Happy Face. She enjoys spending time and building strong relationships with the children, their families, and her coworkers.

Shelby loves hockey, having played the sport for eight years. Shelby likes to spend her spare time with family and friends. You can usually find her boating/fishing, travelling or even on road trip!

Susanne Akintunde

Suzanne began her career as an official Ontario teacher. She has taught in various schools in grades from one to five, as well as holding the position of a special education teacher. Due to her love of working with children, Sue decided to enhance her education with an ECE Degree. Welcoming a change in her working life, she accepted position with Happy Face in the fall of 2012. Sue has worked at all sites and in all programs except the Infant program. She has been the Lead Educator at the North Stormont site for several years.

 

 

Sue has lived in Winchester for most of her life. She has visited numerous countries in Europe and once lived in Nigeria, Africa for two months. For enjoyment Sue enjoys long walks in the good weather, gardening, reading and woodworking.

Sylvia Morin

Sylvia received her diploma in Early Childhood Education from St. Lawrence College in 2020. Her desire to work with children began when she was young and started babysitting. Sylvia gained experience by working as a live-out Nanny. She enjoys watching children grow and learn. From a young age, Sylvia knew she wanted to be the one who assisted children to reach their fullest potential. Sylvia has developed the professional goals of building trust, helping the children make friends, teaching them to work together, helping kids build self confidence and independence as well as setting the children up for success.

In her spare time, Sylvia enjoys spending time outside with friends and family. She enjoys reading, camping, and going for walks. Sylvia also enjoys a good baseball game.

Terran Hall

After graduating from The Early Childhood Education program at Algonquin College in May 2015, Terran began her career at a summer camp in Winchester, ON. At the end of the summer, Terran accepted an offer to work at Happy Face Nursery School. Since then, she has worked with all age groups getting to know the children and their families. Terran is now Assistant Lead Educator of our Nationview Site as well as an Educator in the Preschool Group. Terran takes her profession very seriously and is often pursuing professional development opportunities. In March of 2018, Terran attended a five-day study that focused on the Reggio Emilia approach to childcare, in Reggio, Emilia, Italy. Terran credits her outlook and approach to early childhood education to this experience.

 

Terran loves to spend time with family and friends and genuinely enjoys the company of her best friend Charlie, her lovable St. Bernard.

Valerie Stewart

 Valerie received her diploma in Child and Youth Care from St. Lawrence College, Kingston campus in 2017. It was at that time that Valerie joined the Happy Face family. She started by being a supply teacher in various temporary positions at all locations. This opportunity turned into a fulltime position at the Chesterville location.

Valerie enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her dog, Biscuit (golden retriever/poodle). She loves to treat Biscuit to a trip down by the local river where they enjoy ice cream. She is an avid gardener and is in the process of renovating her new home. In her spare time, Valerie enjoys reading, swimming, watching Netflix, and camping.

Vanessa Lee

Vanessa graduated from Algonquin College with a diploma in Early Childhood Learning. She also took a course on Autism Behavioural Science which she found very interesting and helpful. Vanessa started her employment with Happy Face prior to receiving her diploma in 2014.

Vanessa has four siblings and enjoys camping and being outside. She is quite active and participates in hockey, soccer, ball hockey and baseball.