Lab School Directors

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Karen Patterson | Akerley Child Care Centre

Karen Patterson is the Centre Director of Akerley Child Care Centre, located in the Akerley campus of NSCC in Dartmouth. The centre is one of three Lab Schools affiliated with the Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Education. We offer quality child care for 53 families within our community serving children from 4 months-5 years. Karen is a faculty advisor for the Guided Work Experience program of the Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Education.

Karen graduated from Mount Saint Vincent with an Bachelor of Arts degree in 1994, and from St. Joseph’s College of Early Childhood Education with an Early Childhood Education Diploma 1994. She continued her studies at Mount Saint Vincent University obtaining a certificate in Early Childhood Administration.

In her spare time Karen can be found at the lake enjoying time with her family.

Karen Patterson, Centre Director
Tel: 902 491-1631
Office Hours: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
[email protected]

Joelle Rowlings | Leeds Street Child Care Centre

Joelle Rowlings is the Centre Director for the Leeds Street Lab School location. She earned her Early Childhood Education Diploma from St. Joseph’s College in 1993 and has since been working in the childcare field gaining valuable experience working with young children.

She first came to work for NSCECE in 2001 at our former location at Bell Road. In 2002 she returned to work at the Akerley location in the infant room and then the preschool room, before taking on the role as Centre Director in 2004. After returning to work from having her third child she assumed the role of Centre Director at the Leeds Street location in July 2006. Joelle continues to work to be successful in her role as Director with her close-knit ‘second family’ at Leeds Street.

Joelle is proud to support the staff and children in aesthetically-pleasing, open and warm environment to offer the best programs based on the observed interests of the children- highlighting the Lab schools’ philosophy of ‘Emergent Curriculum.’

Joelle Rowlings, Centre Director
Tel: 902 491.4622
Office Hours: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
[email protected]

Melissa McCarthy | Mawio’mi Child Care Centre

Melissa McCarthy is the Centre Director of Mawio’mi Child Care Centre in Dartmouth, one of the three Lab Schools of NSCECE. She has a diploma in Early Childhood Education from the College of North Atlantic, as well as a Bachelor of Applied Arts Child and Youth Study Degree from MSVU. Melissa has been at Mawio’mi Child Care Centre since 2007, first as an Early Childhood Educator, then Assistant Director and now Centre Director. Melissa is also a practicum advisor at NSCECE.

Melissa is originally from Newfoundland, but has been living in Dartmouth since 2005. She currently lives in Dartmouth with her partner, Jason, and many fur-babies.

Melissa McCarthy, Centre Director
Tel: 902 491.1330
Office Hours: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
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