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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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 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 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.