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 live in Vernon with my husband, and we have a 23 year old son who lives, works and goes to school in Kelowna.

My education: Early Childhood Education Diploma from Mount Royal University, Special Needs Certification and Infant/Toddler Certification.

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.

*Update – September 21st, 2021 Brandy’s Exemption has arrived from Interior Health. Please read to find out what this exemption entails, length of the exemption, the appeals process, etc. If you have any questions about the exemption process please contact your volunteer board president Kelsey at armstrongpreschool@outlook.com or call 250-546-9314. 

Brandy’s exemption letter

*August 31st, 2021 – Brandi Weeks has been hired to replace Jill as Early Childhood Educator and Manager of the Armstrong Preschool. I, Jill McGrath, may need to move in the coming months due to my husband’s job. Things have been a bit uncertain since Covid began, and still are, and I felt moving someone into my position near the start of the school year would be better for the children. Brandy Weeks is a previous Armstrong Preschool Manager and Early Childhood Educator and also has experience as a Strong Start Facilitator and Mother Goose facilitator. We all feel that Brandy, and her qualifications, make her a perfect fit for the preschool, and we’re SO happy to have her. Brandy has been working at the library since 2016, and her license to practice expired, but she has applied to get it renewed, and we anticipate a bit of a wait as things have slowed down as of late. In the mean time, we applied for an exemption through licensing direct https://www.interiorhealth.ca/YourEnvironment/ChildCareFacilities/Pages/Contact-Us.aspx so that Brandy can begin working with us by late September to early October. This all happened very recently, so I will stay on until Brandy’s documentation is in place and she has had time to orient herself with her new role and the children. We don’t have an exact start date for her, but we will let you know as soon as we know.  

If you have any questions about the exemption process please contact your volunteer board president Kelsey at armstrongpreschool@outlook.com or call 250-546-9314

We will inform you all of the exemption request status via a notice in the front entry of the preschool on the cork board as well as here on the website. Brandy’s Exemption Request PDF


 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!

Krysten Vipond – Early Childhood Education Assistant

KrystieMy 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

*August 5th, 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. Krysten’s Exemption August 2021

*Exemption granted on August 25th, 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-25-Aug-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 armstrongpreschool@outlook.com 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

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 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.

Mr. Murray has been teaching music to the children at the Armstrong Preschool and surrounding neighborhoods for over 20 years. He was trained at the University of Victoria Kodaly Institute.  Mr. Murray is also a certified guitar instructor. Unfortunately Mr. Murray is unable to join us at this time. We hope to welcome him back soon.