About

At Kids by Design preschool, we are committed to developing a child’s love for learning and a sense of purpose in life. We achieve this by cultivating positive growth in your child’s Character, Confidence, Competence, Compassion, and a sense of Community toward others.

Children are born with a natural wonder for the world they live in, and our goal is to encourage that curiosity in a child-led, play-based environment.

At Kids By Design Preschool, children are given many opportunities to freely interact with their peers. This fosters the positive social skills and friendships which are important for building a child’s self-confidence. Children will expand their learning concepts through individual and group exploration. They will be given the freedom to achieve new skills at their own pace while gaining a sense of personal competence. Children will also explore different cultures and communities by participating in various field trips and projects. These activities will help to cultivate greater compassion toward others and their understanding of the world around them.

All these aspects are implemented through a combination of thematic and emergent curriculum, where the teachers and students work together to extend their classroom learning.

Sandra Tan 

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My name is Sandra Tan. I am the Director and teacher at Kids By Design Preschool. I have been teaching in the ECE field for 7 years but have been working with children for over 11 years. I have a background as an Early Childhood Educator, Kindermusik teacher and office administrator. My passion is to inspire a generation of life-long learners who are enthusiastic about learning because it is fun, interesting and meaningful. As a preschool teacher, I have the privilege of seeing how this process takes place through the eyes of your children. It is truly an honour to be part of your child’s first introduction to school life in the early formative years.

I am happily married to my wonderful husband for 17 years and we have two beautiful children, aged 13 and 11. As a family, we love music, camping, dancing, creating art projects and seeking new activities to try. Over the past summers, we went ziplining, speed-boating, tree top adventure climbing and mountain off-roading! I even climbed the Grouse Grind for the first time in 21 years!

I look forward to creating new and memorable experiences with your children this year and am thankful to have an amazing group of teachers to teach alongside. Thank you for entrusting your children to our care and I am anticipating an exciting year of learning for all of us!

OUR STAFF

Debbie Milot

My name is Debbie Milot and I am an Early Childhood Educator. I have been working with children for the last 25 years. I originally started as a Kindergarten teaching assistant for the Burnaby School District. I then transitioned to the Strong Start Facilitator role for the Coquitlam School District. I have been teaching preschool in the ECE field for 11 years in PoCo. For the last 7 years, I have managed and supervised preschool programs in my community.

My two passions in life are teaching and travelling. As a preschool teacher, I am committed to providing your children a loving learning environment and a strong foundation to build upon a lifetime of learning. I will strive to create and maintain a surrounding where your children can grow and thrive while exploring the world around them. My love for books helps me relate and connect with children through stories and pictures. I believe through the reading of stories aloud to children, teaching and encouraging children to tell stories, and finding unique ways to illustrate them builds not only a great imagination, but also facilitates comprehension and literacy.

I was born in South Africa and am the oldest of 7 children. I have been married for 22 years and we have two beautiful daughters. We have been residing in PoCo for 18 years. My husband and I enjoy coaching and managing soccer and hockey games in our community. We enjoy rock climbing, zip lining, white water rafting and all things outdoor.

I am very excited to be a part of an inspirational team of teachers at Kids by Design Preschool. I look forward to getting to know your children and families. It is going to be a preschool year filled with fun and amazing new learning experiences!

Jackie Sticklemann

dsc_4355My name is Jackie Stickelmann and I am an Early Childhood Educator. This is my second year at Kids By Design Preschool. I originally started my schooling at SFU in a completely different field – Criminology. While I was attending SFU, I was coaching the girls’ basketball program at Thomas Haney Secondary, a continuation of my coaching “career” for 4 years. While coaching at Thomas Haney, by chance I took an education course and knew right away that this was the field I wanted to go into. My passion is working with children in their early years, something I have always enjoyed for many years. I went on to study Early Childhood Education at Ridge Meadows College and had the privilege to do my practicum at Kids By Design Preschool 2 years ago. And here I am two years later.

In my free time, I love spending time outdoors – hiking, camping, kayaking, to name a few. I also love animals and have one of my own. She is a 2 ½ year old Boxer and her name is Harley. She keeps me busy and on my toes. Aside from being a preschool teacher, I am also a women’s kickboxing trainer here in Maple Ridge.

I look forward to working with all of the families here at Kids By Design. We are going to have a wonderful year full of laughter and fun new experiences!

Cecille Chassay

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My name is Cecille Chassay. I studied in South Africa where I earned my education in Microbiology and worked in the Pharmaceutical industry for 10 years. My true passion has always been in early childhood development so I decided to follow my heart and dreams and completely changed my career path. I studied early childhood development in South Africa and assisted at a preschool.

On arriving in Canada, I volunteered at my son’s elementary school for numerous years and was a member of the PAC. I then ran my own private daycare and thoroughly loved nurturing, teaching, helping and guiding children aged 3 to 5 through daily activities that included art, outdoor exploration, cooking and music. We always had so much fun and laughter!

I am married to my wonderful husband of 20 years and have 2 beautiful and confident boys who love the outdoors – especially camping and cycling!

I am a licenced ECE Assistant and am currently enrolled in an ECE Program. I am thrilled to be working at Kids By Design Preschool and am looking forward to spending a wonderful and memorable year with you and your children. Here is to an amazing fun year!

Petra Roelz

My name is Petra Roelz and I am pleased to be a staff at Kids By Design Preschool. I have been working with children for the past 20 years in various settings. I gained the most experience by owning and operating a childcare centre for 8 years before I came into preschool. My goal as an educator is to provide your children with engaging activities that will spark their curiosity for learning.

My husband and I have been living in Maple Ridge for 11 years where we raised our 3 boys. There is only one left at home so things have become a lot quieter. Outside of working with children, I enjoy learning about horticulture and I have an addiction to books. I am looking forward to creating a fun and memorable preschool experience for your child.

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