Just as each of the children is unique, so are our Team Members. Kidzone has worked to attract and maintain well-qualified, caring Educators & Leaders; most of which have a long history with Kidzone, as well as the South Delta community in general.
Each Team Member brings with them a special interest in child education. The diversity of our Team's background gives the children a wider cultural awareness. Our Educators & Leaders are all deeply involved with assisting each child develop their unique potential, both as a person and a member of our community. Some bring special attributes in arts & music, others in science & mathematics.
Miss Debbie (Infant/Toddler room)
Hi, my name is Debbie, and I have been at Kidzone in the Infant/Toddler room since August 2011. I have seen over 100 children graduate from the room! Wow! That’s quite a lot of children. Come check out the hand prints on our wall! I enjoy watching each child grow and acquire different skills as they start as 1 year olds, moving step by step until they move on at 2.5 years.
When I’m not at Kidzone, I enjoy taking walks on the beach with friends, gardening, quilting, shopping and relaxing at home.
Emma (Soohee) Woo (Infant/Toddler room)
Hello! My name is Emma. I am originally from South Korea. I am really excited about being part of the Kidzone family. I have been caring for children most of my life. I graduated from the Early Childhood Education program at Vancouver Career College in 2019. I believe play is the most essential part of childhood and I see the child as a curious and unique individual. I am passionate in my work and strive to provide the guidance and tools necessary to help children discover the world around them. I love to travel and discover different cultures as well as enjoying cooking, listening to music and watching Netflix during my free time.
Mindy Kandola (Pre-K room 1)
Hi, my name is Mindy Kandola, and I am a qualified ECE with an I/T certification. For the past 15 years I have been working with Kidzone. I have always had a passion working with children in a classroom environment. Working alongside children has allowed me to understand the varying levels of abilities in children and understanding how each child learns in their own way. It is important to me to build healthy and positive relationships with the children in my classroom and make each child feel acknowledged.
Rupi Lidder (Pre-K room 1)
My name is Rupi Lidder and I have been and Early Childhood Educator for the past 5 years. I’ve been working at Kidzone for 2 years now. I am married and have 2 wonderful children as well as a loving labrador. My passion for teaching began at a young age back in Punjab, India as I was doing my bachelor’s degree. I’ve always wanted to help children and love to watch them grow while exploring the world around them. Children are our future and we should ensure that their childhood is infused with positivity and adventure. I strongly believe that |”children are great imitators, so give them something great to imitate.”
My name is Emily Steiner. My family moved to Tsawwassen in 1965. I have been here since 1968.
I began working with youngsters when I was 15 years old, teaching Sunday preschool, in Richmond, in 1983. Then in 1987, I worked at False Creek Childcare Centre and Henry Hudson Kindercare. In 1988-89 I worked with toddlers at a daycare centre in Israel. Upon my return to Vancouver I enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program at Kwantlen University College in Richmond (1990). After finishing the program, I was hired at Sunset Daycare, in Vancouver, as a teacher for children with exceptionalities. I went back to school and finished the ECE Post Basic program in Special Education (1993) and worked at G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Hospital Daycare. I worked there until 2002 when I became a stay-at-home mom to 2 boys, Joseph and Aaron. In 2014 I re-entered the ECE field and joined the team at Kidzone Leaning Centre.
My philosophy regarding early childhood education is to provide compassionate care in a safe environment, to fulfill the social, physical, emotional, cognitive and creative needs of all children, and to program plan activities that accommodate all learning styles.
The best part about working with young children is knowing that the care and attention they receive while at the daycare will enhance their growth and development for years to come.
Fiona Reimer (Pre-K room 2)
Hello, my name is Fiona Reimer. I have been and Early Childhood Educator for the past 25+ years. I worked in the beginning of my career at Kwantlen University College in Langley and Richmond. I then took 6 years off to raise my two wonderful children, Sarah and Cole.
For the past 13 years I was employed at Kids in Paradise and now, for the past few months, I have been part of the amazing Kidzone team! I am excited for the next chapter of my ECE journey, building relationships with both the families, children and staff at Kidzone.
Val Gauthier (K-1 room)
Hi, my name is Val and I am one of the school age teachers at Kidzone. I am an Early Childhood Education Assistant, a mom of three, and have been working with children for 14 years, 11 of them at Kidzone. I have had the pleasure of working in the kindergarten/grade 1 room after school, doing what I love most, arts and crafts!
You can also find me during the day working in the Infant/Toddler or Pre K rooms. In my spare time I enjoy taking my dog on hikes, going to the dog park, going on family outings and cuddling with my cats!
Annette Robinson (School Age room)
Hi, I’m Annette, and I started working at Kidzone in October 2006 with the Before and After school age children. I had my Early Childhood Education Assistant and Responsible Adult certificates and have been fortunate to work in each of the different age groups over the years. I love creating activities, crafts and games that keep the kids engaged, laughing and active.
I spend a lot of time at the ice rink either working or watching my boys play hockey. I have 3 sons and a daughter, 2 dogs, many many cats (I love cats!!) and am surprisingly still married after 28 years!
Fun Facts: I love all animals (like cats), all foods (like chips, cookies and chocolate) and spending time with my family.
My name is Molly Livingston, I have been working at Kidzone for two years now. I am in my fourth year of my bachelors degree in English Literature at Kwantlen. After finishing my degree I plan on doing the teaching program at UBC to go on to be an elementary school teacher. I love working with kids and helping them learn new things as well as teaching them to find the joy and excitement in learning new things.
Ofer Barit (Pre-K room 2)
Hi! My name is Ofer. This is my sixth year working with children at Kidzone Learning Centre. What a pleasure it is to be surrounded with so much nature in Sunny Tsawwassen! The staff here and at the school are accommodating and work cohesively. Prior to this, I’ve also experienced working at wonderful daycare centres operated in Ladner and Vancouver. I took my studies at the Vancouver Community Center in Vancouver downtown. We sure had the privilege to use the Vancouver Public central library, right across the street from the college. What a great place for resources and studies! Being in this field made me proud meeting and working with lots of wonderful children and families, each special to their own. It is amazing to see how people can be different from one to another just as they can be very similar. My goal in this field is to guide children and set them up for success emotionally, socially and connectively. I view myself as a facilitator and connector amongst this generation, passing what we know to the next generation who one day will take the lead.
“World functions as its custom” Yeshayahu Leibowitz’s
“The children of today are the leaders of tomorrow” Nelson Mandela