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Teacher Gail

As an alumni student of SVP I am proud to say I have worked as the head teacher here for 14 years and have been an ECE since 1986. I have never wavered from knowing that working with children is my passion. Throughout my career I have had experience in daycare, homecare, private respite, integrated learning programs, home schooling and hospital based childcare. SVP was my first opportunity to be involved in a parent participation cooperative program where I have had privileged to be a part of not just the children’s lives but the families and community we share. I grew up in Victoria, have 3 adult children and one adorable kitten. In my spare time I outrigger paddle in our beautiful (but cold) ocean.

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Teacher Freya

My name is Freya Perraton, this is my fifth year at Strawberry Vale Co-op preschool. My role has changed over the years according to classroom needs, focusing on inclusion and classroom support. My background is in home based daycare as well as inclusion support at Sidney Co-op preschool. I have my Early Childhood Educator Assistant certificate and
am a current Camosun Early Learning student, graduating in 2021. My interest has led me to additional coursework in positive behavior support and self-regulation. My home is in Sidney with my husband Steve, three
children, two dogs, and crested gecko. Prior to my work at Strawberry Vale, I served as first vice president at Sidney preschool and acted as a duty parent in my youngest child’s class.

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Teacher Celina

Hello my name is Celina Whitney, I am so thrilled to be joining the SVP team after many years as an active volunteer at the school. I have experience as a private childcare provider, community volunteer as well as teaching art classes for children. I have a great passion
for fine arts, visual arts, instruments, singing, dancing, musical theatre, and creative writing. Once I completed high school, I continued taking fine arts and education courses at UVic for two years and have recently completed my Early Childhood Education Assistant training. My goal at SVP is to encourage the children to be confident, kind, caring, and accepting of our
differences. I look forward to building meaningful relationships with your children and the SVP community.

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Teacher Deb

My name is Deb Housden and I’m very excited to be part of the SVP community. I have been working with children for the past 10 years. I have worked in preschools, daycare centres, elementary schools and my own
daycare. I obtained my ECE Assistant license in 2016 and have attended more than 200 hours of workshops and conferences in the field of
childcare. My husband and I have two children, ages 11 and 13. We have two cats, a new puppy and backyard chickens. When I’m not at work, I’m playing in my garden or doing yoga.