MEET THE TEAM:
Fiona Wielhouwer, RECE, Supervisor
“I am thrilled to be a part of a nursery school that encompasses all that a quality nursery school should be. It’s exciting to have the opportunity to fill young minds with knowledge, spark their curiosity and instill a love of learning at a young age.”
Fiona joined Pearson Community Co-op Nursery School as Supervisor in 2010, and has been an important part of the school ever since. She graduated from college in her home country of England before obtaining her ECE equivalency in Canada, and has worked in early childhood education for over 20 years. Fiona is instrumental in program planning as well as teaching, and has introduced a number of innovative, fun and educational elements to the classroom during her time at Pearson. She believes in the importance of literacy-based education and learning through play, and prides herself in creating an inclusive, welcoming and positive environment for children and parents alike. Fiona excels in delivering a preschool program that balances playtime and skills development seamlessly – after all, learning should be fun!
Fiona resides in Burlington with her husband and two daughters. She feels strongly about living a healthy lifestyle and can often be found running or working out.
Johanna Owen, RECE
“I love teaching children – it’s the most rewarding job, and I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else!”
Johanna graduated from Mohawk College with her ECE designation in 2000, and has been working in early childhood education ever since. She joined Pearson in 2011, covering a maternity leave before being offered a full-time position the following year. Johanna enjoys working in a co-op setting, and values the collaborative relationship it creates with families. She has a positive attitude that resonates with children at the school, and takes a hands-on approach to teaching. She is often found helping children with crafts, singing songs or reading stories in circle time, and is always ready with a smile. Johanna is an important part of the teaching team, helping children learn and grow through a variety of fun classroom activities. In her downtime, Johanna can be found spending time with her husband and their two wonderful children.
Allison Mackay, RECE
“I love working with children, and I love the co-op experience that families get from Pearson!”
Allison earned her ECE designation from Mohawk College in 2002, and has been working part-time at Pearson Community Co-op Nursery School since 2006. With over ten years of experience in early childhood education, Allison brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the classroom. She has an energetic, fun approach to teaching, and enjoys getting to know Pearson children and their families. Allison lives in Burlington with her husband and their three children, and spends much of her time participating in their extracurricular activities. She also enjoys making handmade home décor items – a skill that shines through in her creative contributions to Pearson!
Danielle Rostron, Assistant Teacher
“I love the co-op environment, and enjoy building lasting relationships with the children in my care.”
Danielle graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997, and then from Mohawk’s Child and Youth Worker Program in 2000. She began her career working in Toronto both as an Educational Assistant and an English tutor before moving to Burlington. In 2007, her oldest son attended a co-operative preschool and this led her to the next chapter in her career. Danielle worked as an Assistant Teacher at another co-op preschool for four years, where she also enjoyed her roles as duty parent and board member. She joined Pearson Co-op in 2016, and has jumped head first into this role. Danielle has a passion for teaching and for children, and a loving, patient nature. She lives in Burlington with her husband and three sons. Her family enjoys spending time outdoors – especially geocaching!