Mission

Our mission is to provide a safe, positive, warm and nurturing environment that builds a foundation for life-long learning.

Philosophy

At Glendale Community Preschool (GCP) we believe that each child is a unique individual who learns best through semi-structured play. Our program offers arts and crafts, dramatic play, science-based learning, early literacy, block play, as well as weekly sensory-based activities such as sand and water. Teachers encourage children to explore their environment while supporting each child’s individual needs.

We also recognize that children learn best when parents are involved in their education. GCP is a parent-run, Not-For-Profit preschool. We require parents to get involved by volunteering in and out of the classroom. We also offer the opportunity for parents to take on administrative and operational roles on the Executive Committee.

Through our program we provide parents the opportunity to have their child assessed through the LEAD Foundation ( https://www.leadfoundation.ca/about-us/ ) at no additional cost.

Our Team

Ms. Caroline – Lead Teacher

Ms. Caroline is passionate about being able to contribute to her students’ development by teaching through real experiences and exploring creativity with her students. She speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish and she enjoys singing traditional songs with her students in all three languages. Ms. Caroline understands and promotes the benefits of learning languages to develop children’s cognitive areas and a better understanding of diversity in the world.
Ms. Caroline is originally from Venezuela. In 2011, she moved to Calgary with her son to obtain her diploma in Early Learning and Childcare. Along with having her Level Three Alberta Certification as a Child Development Supervisor, Ms. Caroline holds over 16 years of experience in working with children and their families. She also holds a University Degree in Psychopedagogy (the psychology of education), a Diploma in Montessori Philosophy and a Certificate in Reggio Emilia Approach Philosophy. Additionally, she volunteers every year at the Calgary International Children’s Festival and is an active member of The Art of Living Yoga and Meditation Community.
Aside from teaching, she loves playing with her son and exploring the parks & mountains with her family. She likes riding her bike, dancing, snowboarding, skating, reading, painting, traveling, and eating in good restaurants. She is excited to bring her wealth of experience and enthusiasm for teaching with her to the Glendale Community Preschool.

Ms. Sherry – Assistant Teacher

Sherry Fergel grew up in Calgary, born to a classical violinist/accountant and a teacher, with German roots. She went to Mount Royal University, where she got her Early Learning and Childcare Diploma (Level 3). For the past 7 years she has been working at Lead Foundation as a Child Development Specialist, working in a variety of schools and homes, as well as working with many different teachers, families, and Lead team therapists. She brings a multidisciplinary skill-set to Glendale, with experience in the following areas: occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology, behavioural therapy, and speech therapy. These years of experience have presented the opportunity for Sherry to work with an array of different conditions, including, but not limited to: autism spectrum disorder, Fragile X Syndrome, sensory delays, global processing delays, anxiety, selective mutism, apraxia, stuttering, and many different types of other speech delays and impediments. She is excited to now apply such skills in the broader setting of working with many children as a teacher!

Sherry married the love of her life in 2013, and since then has enjoyed travelling, got a snake and a cat, and is an avid fitness enthusiast, passionately pursuing distance running, sprinting, and different modalities of weight lifting. Sherry currently attends Southview Alliance Church and credits her faith solely in regards to all she has overcome and been so lucky to have in life. She also has a background of music, having completed ‘Royal Conservatory of Music’ grades and exams in classical violin, piano, and opera singing. Similarly, she has much experience performing on stage and in musical theatre. This summer her husband passed the bar and officially became a Crown Prosecutor, and she is very supportive and proud of all his hard work. She believes family is the core support system of any individual, and this view extends to her views with children: the family unit is a child’s first and foremost support system, the greatest expert on who a child truly is, and a child’s most important educator.

Sherry is very excited to begin teaching this year at Glendale and is so thankful for the opportunity to be around such a welcoming community and wonderful preschool program!

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