Brandy Weeks – Early Childhood Educator/Manager – 4’s Classes
My name is Brandy Weeks and I live in Armstrong with my family. My husband is a teacher at AES and I have two children, Tyler and Hannah. I received my ECE Certificate from OUC and Camosun College in Victoria. We have lived in the community for over 20 years and my husband was born and raised here.
Children are born scientists. They explore, test hypotheses and learn about their world through experiences. Our role as an educator is to foster that innate wonder and curiosity. In preschool, we start the process of learning how to learn by encouraging healthy social interactions, physical movement, and listening skills.
My aim is to create an environment that is welcoming and inclusive to all children and families. This allows us to work as a team and set children on a path of life long learning. I am honored to be a part of the preschool team!
Bonita Everson – Early Childhood Educator – 3’s Classes
My 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!
Krysten Vipond – Early Childhood Education Assistant
My name is Krystie Vipond, I live in Westwold with my high school sweetheart Cole, on his family farm with our horses, cows, dogs, and cats.
I earned my Early Childhood Education at Western Oklahoma State College and Howard College in Texas. I attended school in the USA on a rodeo scholarship, where I competed in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association in the events of Barrel Racing and Goat Tying. I have a passion for horses and the sport of rodeo and continue to ride, compete and train horses.
I am beyond excited to be joining the Armstrong Preschool 3’s and 4’s classes! I have a strong passion for children and learning. I strive to help children grow while honoring their unique characteristics. I believe in providing children with the opportunities to create, problem solve, explore, and learn through play. I always aim to maintain positive and effective working relationships with others, I respect and value diversity as well as promote teamwork and cooperation. I look forward to meeting all the children and their families! -Krystie
*December 2, 2021 – We are requesting an exemption for Teacher Krystie to continue working with us while her out of country credentials are being evaluated. This process is taking MUCH longer then expected, as many things are these days. We will let you know here as well as posting any exemptions along with the other teacher credentials in the front entry of the preschool.
*Exemption granted on Dec 15, 2021 and is posted in front entry of preschool. Please see last paragraph of exemption approval for information about the 30 day appeal process relating to this approval Krystie’s Exemption Approval Letter 15-Dec-2021
*Because Krysten’s Early Childhood Education was completed outside of Canada, her credentials need to be further evaluated. Her transcripts were submitted to the British Columbia Early Childhood Educator Registry who requested her credentials be evaluated by the International Credential Evaluation Service. While she is waiting for her license to practice, she is fully qualified to work as an Early Childhood Education Assistant. If you have any questions please contact your volunteer board president Kelsey at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-546-9314
We will inform you all of the status via a notice in the front entry of the preschool on the cork board.
Tennile Lachmuth – Supported Childcare
My name is Tennile Lachmuth and I have lived in Armstrong since 2011 with 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 – Retired
Mr. Murray retired. He was with the preschool for over 25 years and will be dearly missed. When things are back to “normal”, we will be looking to find someone to come in to teach songs, rhymes and movement activities to the children.