Tuesday/Thursday Teacher, 2018/19
Mrs. Gail Engelman joined Highland Park Preschool (formerly Edgemont Preschool) in the fall of 2014. Gail is a qualified early childhood educator with certification as a Child Care Worker. She brings over 20 years of teaching experience as a preschool and play program teacher.
It was when she was volunteering at her children’s preschool that one of the teachers inspired her to change vocations from business to early childhood. “I love to sing and dance with the children while teaching them, and yet still be firm and gentle in my guidance strategies. Seeing a child’s excitement as they discover and learn new things, their smile when they are happy to see you, their honesty and love is what keeps me going. School should be a fun and safe place for all children where they feel respected and develop a love of learning.” Mrs. Gail will be enjoying a well-deserved retirement after the 2018/19 school year.
Monday/Wednesday/Friday Teacher, 2018/19 and 2019/20
Mrs. Sabrina is excited to be working with Highland Park Preschool. Sabrina graduated from Mount Royal with her Early Learning and Child Care Diploma and brings over 10 years of experience to the Highland Park Preschool team. Sabrina has experience working with children in a variety of settings including teaching preschool, running a program for preschool aged children at a daycare and running her own day-home. She has also been a regular substitute teacher at Highland Park Preschool.
Young children are already enthusiastic learners, eager to discover new concepts and experience the world around them, which is why Sabrina is so passionate about bringing excitement and encouragement into the classroom. Sabrina enjoys hoola hooping and yoga, she loves learning new things and spending time with her little family.
Morning Teacher Assistant, 2018/19 and 2019/20
Miss Rubeen Gosal is thrilled to be a part of the Highland Park Preschool as a Teacher’s Assistant. She holds a Child Development Assistant Certificate (Level 1) and a Disability Studies Certificate from Mount Royal University.
Miss Rubeen fell in love with working with children during one of her practicums at a local daycare. From that point on, she has been focused on creating a career, within this field. She loves helping and encouraging children to learn new things. Having the opportunity to learn more about each child's personality and watching them grow as individuals is one of her favourite parts about this position.
Afternoon Teacher Assistant, 2018/19
Tuesday/Thursday Teacher, 2019/20
Mrs. Ashdown is pleased to join Highland Park Preschool after recently retiring from a long and rewarding career as a teacher with the Calgary Board of Education. Laura taught all subject areas, and grades Kindergarten through Grade 6. She has a Bachelor of Education and Early Childhood Diploma, and brings valuable experience with individualized programming for special needs students and programming for English as a Second language students. Laura is thrilled to back in the classroom, and has enjoyed getting to know all of our students and families as a Teacher Assistant in 2018/19. In September 2019, she will become our lead teacher for Tuesday and Thursday classes.