Janet, Belle & Rachel
Our teachers are excited to work with your child and are always striving to provide the best possible care. Please let them know if you have any questions or concerns and they will be happy to discuss them with you.
Maribel Dela Cruz
Janet St. Pierre
My name is Janet St. Pierre and I’m so excited to be the head teacher at Playschool this year. I’m originally from Newfoundland but moved to Yellowknife in May 2017. I’m a fun loving, outgoing person who loves being outside, biking, skiing, and just having fun. I also don’t mind being inside reading, sewing or cooking. I’ve worked in the childcare industry for the past 10 years, and in the past 7, as Program Operator and Coordinator of the Kindergarten program at a daycare center in Conception Bay South, NL. I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know all the kids and their families at Playschool.
Belle was married to Loreto E. Dela Cruz in 1995. They have one daughter and two sons. Belle graduated from Gregorio Araneta University Foundation with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Education. She got her MA units in the same school. Her teaching experiences includes G.A.U.F., Montessori School in Quezon City, Philippines (nursery and kindergarten) and 20 years as a Public School Elementary Teacher.
She travelled a lot all over the Philippines to attend different seminars on Early Childhood Education. She received different highest awards given by the Department of Education Government of the Philippines. In 2003 and 2009 she got Outstanding Coach in the whole NCR and Outstanding Teacher in the whole Valenzuela. She has also served as the President of Teachers Club in Valenzuela Teachers and Vice president in VETA.
Her interests include writing poems and songs.
Before starting with YK Playschool in 2010 Maribel worked as a Substitute Teacher in Yellowknife Catholic Schools and in her sister's Day home. And now, she is enjoying her work as a teacher's assistant at Yellowknife Playschool.
Rachel Vander Veen
My name is Rachel Vander Veen. I am very excited to join the Playschool team. I have a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education. I taught for several years in Seoul, South Korea and then in Fort Providence, NT. I haven’t taught since moving to Yellowknife in 2016 because I have been at home playing and learning alongside my two boys.
I love exploring the world as a co-learner with my students through inquiry based learning and play based learning. I love finding ways to engage children’s imagination through play and discovery. I will be leading music classes and yoga lessons to promote musical literacy and mindfulness.
I recently took the Forest and Nature School Training and am very excited to implement what I have learned and am learning as I continue to work on my coursework. Through this work, I hope to encourage a of love of place, the land and an enjoyment of being outdoors in the children I work with.
I look forward to getting to know all of the Playschool families in the coming year. Thank you, Merci, Mahsi Cho.