Our Teachers

Jill McGrath – Early Childhood Educator/Manager

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

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 – ECEA


My name is Giselle Popowich. I am a certified ECEA and I live in Armstrong with my husband and three girls aged 7, 9 &11.
I am so excited to be a part of the Armstrong Preschool that 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!

Susan Gillman – ECEA

Hi, my name is Susan Gillman and I am a certified Early Childhood Educator Assistant as well as a Supported Childcare worker. For the past 9 years, I have been a part of the Armstrong Preschool as a teacher as well as a parent, and have been blessed to work with wonderful teachers and meet fantastic families. My belief for the children in our care is that they walk into our preschool and feel that it is a safe and nurturing environment. Where children can learn through play, and learn the social and emotional abilities that will help with transition in to kindergarten.


Susan is currently enrolled at College of The Rockies to take “Health, Safety and Nutrition ─ ECED 113.” She needs to complete an early learning related course to renew her expired license to practice as an Early Childhood Education Assistant (ECEA). Susan has 5+ years with the Armstrong Preschool working as a supported childcare worker, substitute teacher as well as a licensed Early Childhood Education Assistant. She also has taken many continuing education courses and workshops relating to Early Learning. We have full confidence in Susan’s ability to fulfill her roll this September as your children’s ECEA. We have applied for an exemption with licensing to allow for Susan to work while taking the required schooling to renew her license. She plans to have her course completed by October 31st, 2019. We will inform you when her license renewal is complete. If you have any questions, please email us through this website or call us at 250-546-9314.

Tennile Lachmuth – Supported Childcare

Info to come

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.