BCD & R.E.C.E
Hello, my name is Valerie Chmeleva. I have recently completed my degree in Honours Bachelor of Child Development and registered as an early childhood educator. I started my journey with Autumn Hill Academy in 2014 as a placement student. I gained experience as a professional and shortly after my first placement with Autumn Hill Academy, I began to supply teach and provide education to all grades, from toddlers to third grade. I am very honored to be part of the Autumn Hill Academy full time team as the lead teacher in the toddler classroom. I am beyond excited to apply my theories and experiences with child development into practice and help children grow to their full potential. I believe providing an environment where children are able to learn through hands-on materials allows children to engage in conversation, movement, and most importantly learning at their own pace. I am very proud to be a part of the Autumn Hill Academy team and look forward to working with each and every one of the children and their families.
Toddler Teaching Assistants
Emily Davey, Sara Swan
(Received Director's Approval, ECE diploma completion date September 2019)
Senior Preschool Teacher
Hello, my name is AnnMarie Hickey. I have a diploma in Early Childhood Education and a Certificate in Montessori. In September 2000, I began my career at Autumn Hill Academy as a teaching assistant in a Senior Kindergarten class with Katherine Pasternak. I became a lead teacher in September 2001. I have taught Preschool to Senior Kindergarten. I believe that children thrive in a safe, loving and nurturing environment. As a teacher I find it very rewarding to watch a child learn and grow. I am a dedicated, approachable teacher and I look forward to working with you and your children. I feel very privileged to be a part of the wonderful team at Autumn Hill for the past 16 years.
Preschool Teaching Assistants
Junior Kindergarten Teacher
My name is Joceleen Jacome. I graduated from Seneca College in April 2013 where I received my Early Childhood Education Diploma. I began at Autumn Hill as a co-op student from Seneca College in September 2012. In 2013, after graduation, I was very happy to join the Autumn Hill teaching team. I have been the lead teacher in a Preschool class and this is my second year as the lead teacher in the Junior Kindergarten classroom. I have always loved working with children and I believe it is important to provide children with a loving and calming environment where they can develop cognitively, socially and emotionally. I also believe in providing an environment where they are encouraged to explore their interest through investigational play. I take pleasure in providing endless opportunities for my students to achieve success during their time with me. I look forward in assisting in your child’s growth and working collaboratively with you during these precious moments.
Junior/Senior Kindergarten Teacher
My name is Katelynn Edwards and have been working at Autumn Hill Academy since September 2009. For as long as I can remember I have always known that I wanted to work with young children in some capacity. When I was in high school I did a lot of work volunteering at schools and churches with young children and I enjoyed it so much I was convinced that this was definitely the career path I wanted to take. I attended George Brown College and took the Early Childhood Education program. In my last year at George Brown I was part of a small group that travelled to Jamaica to work with young children and teachers and provide them with resources and valuable teaching strategies. This was an invaluable experience that changed me as a person and educator. Every child is different and as a teacher, I make sure that they are treated the way that makes them feel comfortable. I strive to make my classroom a place where children can come in and feel safe, welcomed, loved and accepted for who they are. There is nothing as rewarding as seeing a child excited to learn, progress and evolve over the course of the school year. The early years for children are the most important. What they learn now will have a great impact on their future. I feel very privileged to be able to be part of their lives for a short time and hopefully contribute to making them passionate about life and learning.
Senior Kindergarten Teacher
Hello, my name is Lillian Wong and I graduated with my Early Childhood Education Diploma from Centennial College. I have been working at Autumn Hill Academy since 1997. I started as an teaching assistant with Katherine Pasternak and have taken on many teaching positions since that time. I have taught Preschool to Grade One. What I enjoy most about teaching is seeing students learn, grow and flourish as they become their own individuals. All children have so much to learn and offer at such a young age and it is amazing to be a part of their learning experiences at Autumn Hill Academy.
Kindergarten Teaching Assistants
Grades One, Two & Three Teacher
French and Music Teacher
In the French program, I combine my love of Music with French-related concepts to make the classes fun and enjoyable for young children. Through songs and rhymes, there is no end to a child’s success in the French language!