MEET OUR EDUCATORS
Randi McCallum, RECE
Hi! As many of you know, my name is Randi and I am the Supervisor here, at Wonder Years Child Care.
I reside in Burgessville with my spouse Tyler, our two daughters Amelia and Adeline and our chocolate lab, Echo. I graduated from Fanshawe college with a diploma in Early Childhood Education, as well as Child Development Practitioner.
I have always had a love for children, so naturally, opening and operating a childcare centre was something that I actively dreamt of. To see that dream come to life, has been incredible.
Our first year was scary, challenging and rewarding, in so many ways, and I have learned so much along the way. We’ve had our share of obstacles and hurdles, but I wouldn’t change a single thing about this journey.
Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to get to know myself better, build a strong and lasting relationship with my team and create an environment that I look forward to coming back to, every day.
I have so many people to thank for helping to make our first year a successful and memorable one, including the children, families, our staff and our Board of Directors. I can’t wait to see what the future brings for Wonder Years, and I hope you will all follow along to find out!
Mary Di Pietro, RECE
My name is Mary Di Pietro, A graduate of Travel and Tourism at Fanshawe College, also a graduate of Early Childhood Education, and Child Development Practitioner of Fanshawe College. I recently achieved my Insurance Institute certificate and I am enrolled in an online Interior design program. I love expanding my knowledge in many fields but my true passion is working with children.
I worked at Just 4 Mom’s & Kids childcare centre in Scotland for 6 years, working with all age groups from infant to school-age. For the past year I was working as an executive assistant/nanny for an insurance company in Simcoe.
I live in Norwich with my spouse and our sweet golden retriever Marlow. I enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends.
I look forward to getting back into a classroom setting and help your children grow through play and creative experiences.
Sarah Zeyen, RECE
ON LEAVE OF ABSENCE
It is a pleasure to be introducing myself to the Wonder Years Child Care community. My name is Sarah Zeyen, I live in Otterville with my spouse Jeff, 2 year old daughter Madelyn and newborn daughter Annabelle.
Working with children has always been my passion in life and it was natural that my post secondary education reflects this. I graduated from Fleming College in Peterborough with a diploma in Early Childhood Education (ECE) in 2008. I started my Early Childhood Education career working in an emergent curriculum child care centre in Peterborough, Ontario. I enjoyed working in child care for 4 years but decided to expand my education and specialize in the Communication Disorders Program at Lambton College, Sarnia. I graduated with a diploma in Communication Disorders Assistant (CDA) in 2012.
After graduation, I accepted a full time position with Thames Valley District School Board in the Full Day Kindergarten Program as an ECE. I worked in the FDK classroom for 5 years and worked part time practicing speech and language at a private speech clinic in Tillsonburg. My focus changed and I transitioned to supply ECE with TVDSB and full time at the speech clinic to gain more clinical experience.
After maternity leave with my first child, I began to put my long time dreams of opening a child care centre to fruition. Meeting Randi McCallum, we discovered that we had similar visions and so our journey begins!
I am excited to meet all of our future toddler/preschool children and their families. I look forward to growing and learning with you.
TODDLER PROGRAM STAFF
Mikayla Comiskey, RECE
My name is Mikayla and I live in Norwich with my husband and our two little ones! I graduated with honors from Fanshawe's Early Childhood Education program and have been successfully running a home daycare in town since 2019. Our family has made a lot of friends along the way, which has set both my children and I up to know more people and make new friends in the community. I am excited for this new transition and venture of working out of the house and am looking forward to working with, teaching and helping your children learn in a nurturing, positive and safe environment.
My name is Hailea and I am currently employed as a Toddler educator here within the centre. I was borned and raised in Norfolk County and really can't imagine myself anywhere else, as I love the small time community. I live on the same family farm I have my whole life in Langton with my parents, brother and loving dogs and carts. Previously, I graduated from McMaster University with my bachelors of Sociology and a minor in History, and I am very grateful for my years in Hamilton studying. My personal interests include DIY crafting of any kind, cooking, gardening, traveling, film, music and anything outdoor/animal related. I have always been extremely passionate about working with children and I look forward creating meaningful memories and relationships with both children and staff here at Wonder Years.
PRESCHOOL PROGRAM STAFF
Kailee Mabee, RECE
ON MATERNITY LEAVE
My name is Kailee and I am one of your preschool teachers! I am beyond happy to get to know each and every one of you as we all take this new journey together.
I have lived in Norfolk County my whole life and could never see myself elsewhere. I love the small town feel and the sense of belonging a tight knit community provides.
I first found my love for working with children at a young age. I attended Niagara College for a three year program in the Child and Youth Worker field. After graduating from Niagara, I accepted a position as a preschool teacher with a local childcare centre. I then knew I wanted to return back to school to continue my education in childcare. I have since then obtained my RECE and Child Development Practitioner diploma from Fanshawe College.
I look forward to getting to know your children and watching them master new skills by learning and exploring through play.
Amanda Diaz, RECE
My name is Amanda Diaz and I have recently joined the preschool room as a full time educator. I have been working in a variety of early years settings for the past 14 years and I can honestly say I love it. Each child I have had the privilege of spending time with has left a special mark on my life. I was asked to share a little about myself with you all, so here it goes. I live in Brownsville, I am married with 3 children, 2 dogs, 1 cat and some chickens.
My favourite author is Robert Munch, although I love reading any book to children. I'm very excited to continue my journey here at Wonder Years Child Care and can't wait to meet all the wonderful children and their families! A great educator that I have met along the way once told me that Winnie the Pooh had answers for everything, so let me leave you with some wise Winnie words. "Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart." I believe that to be true.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to spend the day with your greatest treasures.
My name is Danielle Jurchuk, but everyone calls me Dani. I am so happy to introduce myself as a Preschool educator here at Wonder Years Child Care!
I was born, raised and still live in Woodstock, Ontario with my 2 Jack Russell dogs!
I have been working closely with children for about 10 years now. My favourite thing about working children is watching their personalities grow and develop! In the future, I would love to be able to go back to school and get a degree in behavioural science.
In my spare time, I am usually with my close friends and family spending quality time with them. i love playing and spending time with my nephews and watching them grow up (although, it is going a little too fast!)
I cannot wait to get to know everyone better and grow through creativity and play!
SCHOOL AGE PROGRAM STAFF
Larissa Van Hove, RECE
School Age Educator
My name is Larissa Van Hove. I graduated from the Early Childhood Education Program at Mohawk College in 2012 and have been working in the field since. I started my journey with Wonder Years after moving to Norwich with my family, and I was excited to bring my ideas to the team! I love to create inclusive environments that are geared towards allowing children to explore and discover confidently. I attempt to foster creativity and individuality in my programs and believe each child is unique and special while bringing their own magic to the classroom!
Tamren Patterson, CYW
School Age Educator
My name is Tamren and I am one of the school age educators at Wonder years Child Care! I live in Norwich with my spouse and our wonderful dogs. In my spare time, I like to read and write, and of course, spend time with my family. I am a Child and Youth Worker graduate, and I have worked with both children and young adults through Brant Family & Children's Services as we as Community Living. I am passionate about working with children and strive to provide quality care, as well as helping to teach skills that children can utilize in their everyday lives.
I hope to be a positive impact and a stepping stone for children's success as an educator at Wonder Years Child Care.
My name is Jennifer Haan and I am the Cook at Wonder Years Child Care.
I am a certified Food Service Worker and I have 10 years experience in the field. I have worked at restaurants and nursing homes and I am so excited to step out of my comfort zone and provide fun and nutritious meals for the children at Wonder Years. Cooking has always been a passion of mine, which makes going to work and doing something I love each day, so rewarding. I have a son named Jameson, and he is truly the reason I strive to provide a better future for my family.
PROGRAM SUPPORT & SUPPLY STAFF
Briana DeRoo, PSW
Hi my name is Briana DeRoo. I am a mother of 2 boys from Burgessville and have lived within the area my whole life. In my spare time, I can always be found spending time with my family and friends.
I attended Fanshawe college and obtained my personal support worker certificate and had been working as a PSW for 9 years at Woodingford Lodge. I was recently given the opportunity to change career paths when I accepted a position as a toddler teacher at Wonder Years. I am looking forward to getting to know the children and families within the centre and building positive and lasting relationships with the children I will be working with.
Kirsten Durham, CYC
Hi, my name is Kirsten Durham and I am part of the supply list at Wonder Years Child Care. I just recently graduated as a Child and Youth Care Practitioner through Fanshawe College and I am eager to begin my career. I was born and raised in Norwich and I have enjoyed getting to see some familiar faces as well as meet many new ones. It has always been a passion of mine to work with and support children, so I am extremely grateful to be able to do that at Wonder Years. I look forward to getting to know everyone better during my time at the centre!
Megan Gillanders, CYW
My name is Lexis! I have lived in Norfolk County for the majority of my life. After graduating from DDSS, I attended Fanshawe to study Child and Youth Worker but realized my real dream was to become a primary school teacher.
While taking a year off from pursuing my dream of becoming a teacher, I have found myself an amazing opportunity at Wonder Years Child Care. I look forward to getting to know your children and watching them grow through play as well as expanding my personal knowledge about children of different ages.
in my free time, you can find me on the lake fishing, enjoying a nice meal or hanging out with my friends and family.
Rachel McElhinney, CYW
Hi, my name is Rachel McElhinney. I am a supply staff here at Wonder Years Child Care. I was born and raised in Norwich and I am a Child and Youth Worker, Class of ’17. I have two beautiful daughters who have taught me just how precious and intelligent children are. I strive to provide the best care and education to the children in the community especially those at our centre.
Katerina Zervas, RECE
My name is Megan and I am a supply staff educator at Wonder Years Child Care. I was born and raised in Norwich and I have always loved the close feeling that comes with growing up in a small community.
I am currently enrolled in Teachers College at Brock University for grades 4-10 and fulfilling extra course credits to be certified for K-12. I spend more of my time tutoring children in our community and supporting the Tillsonburg Little School as a supply educator when needed. Ever since I was a little girl, I could never picture myself being anything but a teacher. I love what I do and cannot wait to make it my career in the near future. I look forward to spending as much time as possible with all of your little ones.
My name is Katerina Zervas. I am a supply RECE at Wonder Years Child Care and have been working in the education field for 10+ years. As an educator I hope to encourage children to explore and make inquires to become self-guided, life long learners. It is very rewarding to be part of children's lives as they discover and make meaning of the world around them.