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.

 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

*March 11th, 2021 – We have requested an extension to Teacher Krystie’s exemption (see below). Krystie’s education credentials have been evaluated by the International Credential Evaluation Service and are now with the British Columbia Early Childhood Educator Registry. She will receive her license to practice any time, but we needed to extend her current exemption in order to comply with licensing regulations. We will post her exemption on the corkboard in the entry way of the school. And, her license to practice will be posted there when it arrives.

Krysten Exemption Request 2pdf

*Kristie’s exemption was granted on January 22nd, 2021 and is posted on the cork board in the front entry of the preschool.

*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 as a responsible adult for 30 consecutive days. Her license to practice should be here by February but just in case it is waylaid, we have applied for an exemption, as required by licensing, so that she may continue working after Feb 2nd, 2021. 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. Krysten’s Exemption Request

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 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.