A Few Words About Andrea
Pyramid Model Coach NSCECE/EYCDC
I am an Early Childhood Educator that believes “Every child should have an Early Childhood Educator Who’s Heart beats a little faster when a child accomplishes a new skill.”
I have worked in the childcare sector for 28 years in various positions. As a Professional Early Childhood Educator, my experiences were primarily working with children between 18 months to 5 years, while mentoring and coaching other educators within a collaborative team approach. As an Inclusion Coordinator, I seen the real benefits of a collaborative team of stakeholders (child, educator, family, and other para professionals) who believed working together supports the well being of the child’s development in a quality play based inclusive environment. During these years in the field, I had the opportunity to be a Practicum Advisor/Classroom Mentor for Practicum Students with NSCECE and MSVU. This opportunity provided me an area to strengthen my skills and growth in authentic mentoring and coaching experiences with adults as they learn to become Early Childhood Educators while on practicums. Finally, in the role as an Executive Director of Non-Profit Centres, it gave me an in-depth reflective lens perspective of leadership, coaching and mentorship. To develop a true understanding that positive relationship-based foundations create a positive culture are the key to success for children and educators.
I obtained my ECE Diploma from Holland College P.E.I Level II with a Supervisors Certificate in 1993. In 2010 I was the recipient of The Early Learning and Care Award of Excellence in Practice from the Association of Early Childhood Educators of Nova Scotia. Over the years I have gained experience, strengthened skills and practice-based knowledge in Leadership, Mentoring, Coaching Early Childhood Educators in providing enriched Inclusive & Diverse programs while supporting children, their families and educators. My passion is working closely with all stakeholders, for children to play learn and develop in enriched relationship-based environments.