Our Teachers

Jill McGrath – Early Childhood Educator/Manager – 4’s Classes

My name is Jill McGrath, and I will be leading the m/w/f classes this year as well as working with your parent board to manage the preschool. I previously worked at the Armstrong Preschool and am so happy to be back after spending time out of the country.

I have my diploma in Early Childhood Education, Special Needs Certification and Infant/Toddler Certification. My previous childcare experience includes nanny, supported childcare, early childhood educator in daycare & preschool, and manager.

My goal is to provide a holistic, peaceful and fun learning environment where children can learn through play, stories, art, music and positive interactions.

As your child plays their way towards kindergarten, my co-workers and I will support them in mastering age appropriate conceptual skills, a love of literacy, motor development, self-regulation and communicating with confidence & kindness.

 Bonita Everson – Early Childhood Educator – 3’s Classes

Bonita EversonMy name is Bonita Everson, and I live in Armstrong with my  daughter Brooklyn and my husband Jeremy. I received my ECE Certificate through Pacific Rim Early Childhood Institute.

My belief is children learn through play. Every child is filled with curiosity and will naturally grow and develop skills when they have an inspiring environment in which they will feel safe to explore, problem solve, participate in dramatic play and have social interactions with others. My goal is to build a strong trusting relationship with the children and families so we can work together to provide a positive learning experience for your child.

I am thrilled to be part of the team at the Armstrong Preschool and look forward to meeting all of you!

Giselle Popowich – Early Childhood Education Assistant – 3’s Classes

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My name is Giselle Popowich. I am a certified Early Childhood Assistant (ECEA).   I live in Armstrong with my husband and three girls aged 7, 9 and 11.
I am so excited to be a part of the Armstrong Preschool where my daughter attended when she was younger. I have worked with children in nearly every job that I have had and love being a part of their early years as they start to venture out in to the world.
The Preschool is an amazing place and I am looking forward to getting to know your families and to helping your children have a great year at Preschool!

Nicole Newcombe – Early Childhood Educator – 4’s Classes

NicoleMy name is Nicole Newcombe. I recently became a Certified Early Childhood Educator (ECE) through Okanagan College. I live in Armstrong with my fiancé Brian and our 4-year old daughter, Emma. Before becoming and ECE I worked as a professional pastry chef for over 10 years.

I am very excited to be here at the Armstrong Preschool learning from the amazing staff and most importantly, the children.

I believe all children are master learners and thrive when given the best opportunities. I am a big believer in outdoor play, natural materials and exploration.

“Let the child be the scriptwriter, the director, and actor in his own play” – Magda Gerber

 Tennile Lachmuth – Supported Childcare

TenilleMy name is Tennile Lachmuth and I have lived in Armstrong since 2011with my husband and 3 kids, now aged 13, 11 and 8. Two of my children have attended the preschool, I have acted as past treasurer of the board and I am excited to be working as a supported childcare worker.

I have my Education Assistants Certificate through Okanagan College – Salmon Arm. I believe that all behavior is communication and that kids do well, if they can. I collaborate with team members to identify strategies that allow each child to do well and use best practices to build on their individual social/emotional and educational goals.

Mr. Murray – Music Teacher

Mr. MurrayMr. Murray has been teaching music to the children at the Armstrong Preschool and surrounding neighbourhoods for over 20 years. He was trained at the University of Victoria Kodaly Institute.  Mr. Murray is also a certified guitar instructor.