Ms. Rachel is our Program Director and will be returning from parental leave in January as our Lead Teacher for the morning 3 year old and 4 year old classes. Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and sociology and has completed the Early Childhood Education program at Mount Royal University.
Her journey with us began in 2007 as our Lead Teacher and has been Program Director since 2010. Rachel also serves on the Board for the Calgary Reggio Network Association and is currently working towards her Master’s in Education at U of C. Rachel and her husband have son, Eaton, a new daughter, Emerson, as well as a Golden Retriever named Cedar.
Rachel is very passionate about developing a quality, Reggio inspired classroom that empowers students to be knowledge bearers and researchers in their own learning experiences. She’s dedicated to creating an evolving learning environment that empowers students’ curiosity, exploration, and response.
Ms. Rebecca is our lead Teacher for the Outdoor Nature Program and teacher for all indoor classes. Rebecca recently completed her Child Studies Degree at Mount Royal University, while working full time at Rosedale Playschool.
We first met Rebecca when she completed her first practicum with us in 2016. We immediately developed a strong, open, rich team dynamic with her and her contributions to our program were invaluable. Rebecca is the oldest of 4 girls so she has always had the job of caregiver and role model – and she loves it! She has also worked at the Calgary Arts Academy helping to facilitate a remedial reading program.
During her time working with children, she found that children have inspired her to be more creative, to enjoy the little things and be silly! In return, she hopes to inspire children to be compassionate, empathetic, and caring.
Rebecca is very excited to be teaching all of our classes this year and dedicating her time to making this school a great place for all our children.
After retiring in December 2019, Ms. Els is back Co-teaching the 3 year old morning class for the Fall semester. Els received her child psychology degree from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands and, after a brief stint traveling the world as a flight attendant for KLM, has lived in Canada for over 20 years.
Els is married to her prince, Harm, and has three lovely children, with her youngest child attending Rosedale Playschool many years ago. Els started with Rosedale in 2007 – the same year as Miss Rachel, and missed us so much that she was eager to come back and teach again!
She has a natural rapport with young children and delights in their curiosity and playfulness. She is fluent in English and Dutch and is an avid soccer fan.
Ms. Victoria is excited to be joining the Rosedale team this year and will be teaching the 4 year old morning class! With over ten years of experience, Victoria has always had a passion for working with young children, the arts and early learning.
In 2014, Victoria obtained a Child Development Assistant Certification and recently, Victoria obtained a Bachelors Degree in Child Studies with a major in Early Learning and Child Care from Mount Royal University.
Victoria has deep love for dance and teaches at a local dance studio where she works with children of all ages. Victoria believes in a strong image of the child and enjoys being apart of a collaborative team environment, where she can encourage and support children to be strong, independent and imaginative as they grow and learn.
She is excited to start a new journey at Rosedale and hopes to support children and families to the best of her capabilities.
Ms. Stacey, our Teacher’s Assistant for the 3/4 PM class, was first introduced to the Playschool community last fall when she was completing her second year.
Stacey is in her third year of the Child Studies program at Mount Royal University.
Being from the Yukon, Stacey has a passion for the outdoors and nature and she enjoys biking, rock climbing and adventuring. She is looking forward to continuing to work, play, and learn at Rosedale Playschool!
Mr. Josh is our Teacher’s Assistant with the Outdoor class, started with us as a practicum student in 2018. Mr. Josh quickly impressed us and effortlessly fit in with our team.
Josh is in his fourth year of the Child Studies program at Mount Royal University. He has an incredible work ethic and is very generous, giving and passionate about early childhood education.
When he’s not crazy busy working or at school, Josh likes travelling, hiking, reading, and photography. We are excited to continue to work with Josh and give him more opportunities for growth!
Rosedale Playschool Parent Board Members
- President – Jamie Khory
- Vice President – Jil Macdonald
- Treasurer – Rachel Cornish
- Registrar – Lori Rosmus
- Secretary – Breanne Gackle
- Church & Community Liaison – Alison Slater
- Volunteer Coordinator – Leena Markatchev
Elections for open positions occur in April for the following school year. If you are interested in a board position, please let our Volunteer Coordinator know by sending us an email through the Contact Us page or selecting it as an option when registering (you will still need to be elected to be assigned the position).