Teresa Harder, Teacher
Teresa has a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta with a minor in Special Education. After teaching kindergarten for 3 years, she had the opportunity to start Ellerslie Road Preschool which she ran and taught at for 5 years as it grew from one initial class of 8 students to multiple classes with over 150 students!
She has been fortunate over the past several years to spend time with her growing family and focus on other entrepreneurial ventures, but with her youngest now in junior high, Teresa is excited to have this opportunity to be back teaching while Mrs Lee is away.
She has a special passion for this age group; with a love for their sense of wonder, inquisitiveness and honesty. Every day is an adventure!!
Caylen Belcourt, Teacher’s Assistant
Caylen Belcourt joined Malmo Preschool in March of 2016. After graduating from the Early Learning and Child Care diploma program at MacEwan University, Caylen helped out at a kids club for 6 years where she discovered her love for working with children and wanting to bring a positive influence into their lives. Caylen strongly believes in learning through play and believes that all children are capable, determined and competent people. She hopes to instill these beliefs to all the children around her at Preschool. She values being engaged with each child and co-learning beside them.
Caylen loves traveling the world and hopes to bring her positive energy and playfulness into the Malmo Preschool classroom.
Melissa Lee, Teacher (on maternity leave)
Melissa has been teaching at Malmo Preschool since 2006 and she absolutely loves it! She graduated from the University of Alberta with an Elementary Education degree. She also received her Early Childhood Diploma from Grant MacEwan College.
Melissa believes strongly in the learning through play philosophy. She knows that preschool is an opportunity for children to socialize and interact with other children that are a similar age. Melissa believes that through collaborative play at the preschool children develop important social, emotional, cognitive, physical and language skills.
Melissa knows that each child is unique. She brings out the best in each child at the preschool and fosters confidence and self-esteem in the children. Her kindness, creativity and enthusiasm ensure children have a positive first school experience.
Melissa grew up in Edmonton, enjoys being involved in the community and loves spending time with her husband and two children.