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Meet The 2019/20 Executive Board

As one of the oldest Burlington Preschools, Pearson’s status as a co-op is something that we are very proud of. Our co-op identity is what makes Pearson a preschool that is recommended again and again and why we often have several generations of one family join us!

What is a co-op preschool?

As members of a co-op nursery school, parents have the opportunity to volunteer in the classroom and on field trips. All families are also assigned to a committee at the beginning of the school year. Committee responsibilities may include planning our end of year picnic, writing posts for this blog or making Playdoh for the classrooms.

Heading up each committee is a board member who oversees, directs and liaises with other team members. Board members are volunteers who meet once a month with the preschool director to make sure everything is running smoothly and on budget.

Meet Your 2019/20 Executive Board

In the first general meeting in September, you will have a chance to meet the board members and learn a little more about what they do. The members of the board are all parents with children at Pearson so expect to see us at drop-off and pick-up from time to time!

Chairperson - Olivia Duke

I’m Olivia Duke and I’m thrilled to be the Chairperson for the 2019-2020 school year at Pearson. On behalf of the Executive Board, I’d like to welcome you and your family to Pearson Community Co-operative Nursery School.

To say that Pearson has exceeded expectations is a great understatement. The wonderful teachers have truly made the experience so incredibly positive. The supportive, welcoming and educational environment has helped our little ones blossom and we’re so grateful for its offerings. It really is a fantastic community experience filled with many traditions that continue to be exciting year after year.

I’m looking forward to working together with all of the parents of this wonderful community co-op nursery school to make this another fantastic year at Pearson.

First Vice - Monica Pearen

I’m Monica Pearen am excited to act as First Vice. I have a wonderful husband and two beautiful children. I have lived in Burlington for 5 years and am a working mom sharing my time between family and the Toronto corporate world.

My son Hunter attended Pearson in 2017/2018 preparing him really him well for his JK start. My daughter Hailey is very excited to head back for her second year at Pearson this coming Fall!

I am proud to join the board and support this amazing school and it’s teachers as they shine a light in the community and commit their time in helping our littles grow. I look forward to seeing returning families and meeting our new friends!

Second Vice - Jason Overy

Jason is a stay at home dad to two Pearson kids. Harriett graduated in 2016 and has moved on to a successful first three years of grade school and Findley is starting JK after two years at Pearson.

A former self-employed cabinetmaker, Jason was happy to give up long work weeks and transition into the life of a stay at home father when the family moved to Burlington early in 2015.

Pearson has been a big part of life in Burlington and Jason is looking forward to helping make this year great.

Fundraiser -

Recording Secretary - Rebecca Kinghorn

Hi, I am Rebecca Kinghorn and excited to be a part of the Pearson Executive Board for 2019-2020. I am a busy mom to Griffin and Athena who will be returning to Pearson for a second year in the 2am and RTL programmes. We have had an amazing experience at Pearson and are all looking forward to being a part of such a great community for another year.

Membership Secretary - Deaana Cerqueira

My name is Deaana Cerqueira and I am excited to be continuing my journey with the Executive Board at Pearson as Membership Secretary. This will be my 4th year with Pearson and 2nd year on the Board. Both of my children attended Pearson since 2016 and my youngest is now off to JK. I decided to stay on the Board at Pearson, even though my kids are off to school, because I have developed such a great relationship with all of the teachers and staff, but more importantly I love the sense of community, I love what Pearson stands for, and I love being a part of something so special. I am looking forward to be able to contribute to the success of Pearson this coming year.

Treasurer - Jennifer Schooley


My name is Jennifer and I am excited to be the Treasurer for the 2019-2020 school year. Our family is new to Pearson this year; our son Owen will be joining the 2AM program. He’s really looking forward to going to school and making more friends! Our daughter Charlotte will head off to grade one in the Fall.

We have heard so many wonderful things about the Pearson community from so many people. When we first met the teachers, we immediately noticed how kind, caring and loving they all are. Just what we were looking for! What a fantastic community to be a part of!

Assistant Secretary -Namira McBride

As assistant secretary, I am in charge of the blog and our social media outreach programs. I have a background in sales and marketing and recently started my own freelance company after almost 20 years in the travel industry.

My daughter Sienna, is excited for her second year in the 3am at Pearson, following in the footsteps of her older sister, Noelia who will be heading to JK.

I’m so excited to be a member of the Pearson board this year for the second year in a row and am looking forward to working with my committee on marketing the school.

Member at Large - Abby McMillan

My name is Abby and I am excited to be joining the Pearson Executive Board for the 2019-2020 school year in the (shared) Member at Large Position.

We moved to Burlington in 2012 and both my husband and I work as Paramedics in the Region of Halton. We were married in 2015, and our oldest daughter Eilidh will be returning to Pearson this year for her second year. We started half way through the year last year and could not have been happier with the transition into the Pearson Family. Our younger daughter Jayme will surely be enrolled at Pearson when the time is right!

I am also a ‘volunteer parent’ at Pearson, and I’m looking forward to working together with all of the parents of this school to make the 2019/2020 year a year to remember.

Member at Large - Haley Barton


Hi! My name is Haley Barton and I am so excited have the opportunity to be on the board for the 2019/2020 school year! My son started at Pearson in the 2am class in January of the 2018/2019 school year - I was on maternity leave and was looking for something to keep him occupied during his sister’s morning nap. We all fell in love with the school immediately - the space, the teachers, the programming…all of it! This year my son will be in the RTL program - to say he is excited is an understatement. I will be returning to work in September after being home for 18 months, but knowing that my son will still be able to attend this awesome school makes my whole family so happy! I work out of town, so I am really looking forward to contributing to something directly in my community. Looking forward to seeing all of you around the school :).

Next month we will meet our fantastic Pearson teachers and learn some fun facts to share with your kids!


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