Nancy Dafoe, B.Ed
Teacher - 4yr. Old Class
Nancy Dafoe, B.Ed.
Teacher – 4 year old class
Westend Community Playschool has been a part of my life for many years! I first became involved with the playschool as a parent when my children started attending in 1994.
Over the last ten years, I have been a familiar face at WECP as a teacher. I taught the four year old class in 2007/08 and three year old class in 2012/13 and 2015/16. During the years when I haven’t been teaching full time at the playschool, I have been a regular substitute for both classes.
I have my Bachelor of Education degree in Elementary/Special Education and taught grades one to three and grade five prior to becoming a part of WECP.
I am delighted to be teaching the four year old program again at WECP! I look forward to being a part of the children’s lives as they discover new, exciting things about themselves and the world around them. I believe there is nothing greater than seeing the “twinkle in the eye” or the widening of a tentative smile on the face of a child as he or she explores his or her world and all the possibilities in it!
Teaching Assistant - 4yr Old Class
Teaching Assistant – 4 year old class
Throughout my life, I have always been drawn to children and they to me. Growing up I often thought of becoming a teacher, but I also dreamt of working in the family business and it was to this work that I devoted my early adulthood years. After I became a mom, I enjoyed many wonderful opportunities to work alongside teachers in both preschool and elementary school classrooms, but it did not take me long to figure out that preschool was my happy place. When my daughter was in preschool, I volunteered as much as possible. I got to know all of the kids and absolutely loved to be in that setting. I was often called upon by the assistant teacher to sub when needed and I was more than happy to do so. For me there is no better work than having the chance to be playful and fun while helping young children discover a love of learning. I am so excited to start a new adventure with WECP!
Teacher - 2-3yr Old Class
Teacher – 2-3 year old class
Prior to having children, I graduated from Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology with a Community Rehabilitation diploma. Upon graduation, I worked for Alberta Social Services with children and their families in residential, developmental and early intervention programs.
I first came to Westend Community Playschool in 1992 as a parent and board member. After my two daughters moved on to elementary school, I stayed behind in the four year old classroom as a teacher’s assistant. I continued on in this role up to my 20th anniversary with the playschool as it is so much fun and very rewarding! I feel so blessed now to have the opportunity to step into the role of teacher for our two, three year old programs. The playschool is very near and dear to my heart as a parent and an employee. It is a privilege for me to work with so many wonderful children and their families.
Teaching Assistant - 2-3yr Old Class
Teaching Assistant – 2-3 year old class
I first became involved at the play school in 2011 when my oldest son started attending. I loved the sense of community and the positive environment that surrounds the playschool, and when the opportunity arose in 2016 for me to apply as an educational assistant I jumped at the chance.
I have my Educational Assistant Certificate from Lakeland College, Child Development Assistant certificate and my Teaching Kids Yoga Level 1.
Lee Dennie, B.Mus
Music Teacher - 2-3 and 4yr Old Classes
Lee Dennie, B.Mus.
Music Teacher – 2-3 and 4 year old classes
I have been teaching the music program at WECP for almost 15 years, where we explore rhythm, movement and percussion instruments. It is especially a joy for me to teach the preschoolers how to explore new instruments they have never seen before (finger harps, rain sticks, zube tubes, poppers!) and how sound is made through each one. I believe no two people are alike in how they hear music. As a result, my goal is to give my students the freedom to play what they feel so their own creativity develops. “A little bit of ‘Kate’ or ‘Zach’ in this, not a little bit of Lee” is what the children will often hear me say in my classes.
I started taking music lessons as a preschooler myself at the age of 3 and took on my first piano student at age 12. I received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Alberta and I have taught piano in west Edmonton since 1989.