Staff

Madelaine Larlee

Main Street After-School Room Educator

My name is Madelaine Larlee. I grew up in Toronto, Ontario where I went to school for Art and Design after getting a degree in Theology. Recently I got married and moved to beautiful Fredericton with my husband. I have been working with children of all ages for over 10 years as a camp counsellor and youth leader.

I am passionate about helping children discover their talents, interests and what unique abilities they each have. I believe that cultivating a safe, loving and creative atmosphere allows children to develop their passions and turn them into a strong purpose in their futures

Some of my favourite things to do include photography, painting, calligraphy, hiking, making up recipes as I cook, traveling to new places and always finding a little coffee shop to stop by.

Sara Thornton

Owner/Administrator

My name is Sara Thornton, and in 2002, I graduated from NBCC, Fredericton, with the highest academic standing in Human Services. From here, I went on to work as youth counsellor. After giving birth to my daughter in 2003, I relocated to Durham Bridge, where I owned and operated Little Geniuses Community Day Care Home (2004-2007), licensed by Family and Community Services. While I felt that my small day care was exceptionally successful, I closed the operation to further pursue my education at UNB. While at UNB, I maintained a 4.1 GPA and won numerous awards including the prestigious President’s Sir Howard Douglas Scholar Award for academic excellence and active participation in extracurricular activities. In 2010, I graduated from UNB with a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (First Class Honours). My Thesis (2010), on “Parent-Child Sexual Health Communication,” won The Canadian Psychology Association Certificate of Academic Excellence. In 2010, I was accepted to UNB’s PhD Program in Clinical Psychology and awarded the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Despite this achievement, I have decided to return to my primary passion: early learning and childcare. Currently, I have completed the New Brunswick Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum Framework training and continue to attend professional development workshops. My work has been featured in the Early Childhood Care & Education New Brunswick’s (ECCENB) “Growing Together” journal, as well as in the article “Celebrating Inclusion in the Early Years - Behavioural Interventions in a Child Care Context,” published by Autism Learning Partnership. In my free time, I enjoy writing and traveling.

 

Megan Welsh

Morning Preschool and Royal Parkway After-School Room Educator

My name is Megan Welsh. Growing up in Fredericton, I spent much of my childhood learning and playing at Royal Road Elementary School. I first began supplying as an ECE following my graduation from Leo Hayes High School in 2016and worked for Little Geniuses Day Care Centre at that time. Having recently moved back home to Fredericton after spending a year in Halifax, I am excited to be returning to Little Geniuses!

I am creative and passionate about helping others meet their potential. I love kids, and it fills my heart with joy to watch them grow. While I teach them to embrace their natural strengths, they remind me to embrace each day with curiosity and optimism. In my spare time, you can find me with my precious dog Milo, creating art, enjoying the outdoors, or volunteering locally. I am thrilled to be a part of the wonderful team of teachers at Little Geniuses, and I look forward to working with and getting to know the children and their families.

Melissa McCallum

Director

My name is Melissa McCallum, and I attended St. Thomas University as well as have an Early Childhood Education Degree. My employment history includes working as an After-School Co-ordinator at Royal Road Elementary School and teaching Preschool at the UNB Early Childhood Centre. I have completed the New Brunswick Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum Framework training and continue to attend professional development workshops. In addition, I faciliate Programs of Professional Learning and my work has been featured in the Early Childhood Care & Education New Brunswick’s (ECCENB) “Growing Together” journal, as well as in the article “Celebrating Inclusion in the Early Years - Behavioural Interventions in a Child Care Context,” published by Autism Learning Partnership. In 2018, I was interviewed by CTV News for a report on technology and physical literacy in the early years. In my free time, I enjoy photography, art, and spending time with my daughter.

Tamira Holmes

Infant Room Educator

My name is Tamira Holmes, and I graduated from the Early Childhood Education Program at Loyalist College in Ontario 2014, where I was in my first position as ECE in the 2 year old room. After moving to New Brunswick with my husband, I came to work as the Junior Room Educator for a year and a half at Little Geniuses Day Care Centre Inc. After returning from maternity leave to the Junior Room for the last year, I am now excited to be going into my first year in the Infant Room. I have many fun activities planned for this year. I cannot wait to share my ideas with the new infants arriving here at Little Geniuses.  I believe that children learn best through play, in a natural environment, and it is my goal to create a fun, loving, and warm place for children to explore and learn together. I am so excited to be starting this new journey in the Infant Room and cannot wait to nurture and educate a new group of children.

Chrissy Brown

Morning Preschool and Main Street After-School Room Educator/ Assistant Director

My name is Chrissy Brown, and I attended Mount Saint Vincent University as well as completed the Early Childhood Education Program at NBCC Saint John, graduating with honours. I have almost 15 years experience working in the childcare field. Currently, I have completed the New Brunswick Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum Framework training and continue to attend professional development workshops. In addition to teaching, I am part of the management team at Little Geniuses Day Care Centre Inc. and I faciliate Programs of Professional Learning. In my free time, I enjoy watching hockey and nascar as well as photography.

Amanda Walsh

Senior Room Educator

My name is Amanda Walsh and I graduated from the Early Childhood Education Program at NBCC Fredericton in 2018. I chose to pursue this field, as I have always had a passion for working with children. I have babysat for multiple families and volunteered in Elementary Schools. I was able to do my practicum placement at Little Geniuses Day Care Centre Inc. and am excited to join the team as a full-time Educator. Knowing that I am teaching children, and helping them develop and reach their potential, is exceptionally fulfilling. The children we teach are the future, and I cannot wait to watch them grow and learn!

Keisha Young

Senior Room Educator

My name is Keisha Young, and I was born and raised in Fredericton NB. Since I was young, I have always had a love for children. I have spent the last 2 years working in Early Childhood Education and I could not picture myself doing anything else. In my free time I enjoy waterfall adventures and spending time with my friends. I look forward to joining the Little Geniuses team and working with you and your families!

Megan Young

Preschool Room Educator

My name is Megan Young and I grew up in Holtville, NB. I attended Upper Miramichi Regional High School and went on to NBCC in Miramichi, where I graduated from the Early Childhood Education Course. I have always had a love for children and could not see myself doing anything else. I love to see them explore and be happy. In my free time I enjoy, sports, fishing, and being with my friends. I am incredibly happy in the field that I have chosen and look forward to working with your children.

Katie Thibodeau

Junior Room Educator

My name is Katie Thibodeau, and I graduated from the Early Childhood Education Program at NBCC with honours in 2010. Since then I have continued my education, earning a Bachelors Degree in Child and Youth Study through Mount Saint Vincent University in 2017.Throughout my education I have completed many practicums, including: The Boys and Girls Club; Opal Family Services; Family Enrichment and Counselling Services; The Preschool Centre; UNB Day Care; and The Oromocto Family Resource Centre.In December 2016, I was pleased to join the team at Little Geniuses Day Care Centre Inc. I enjoy working with children of all ages, and believe the early years are very important for positive child development. I like to take advantage of any professional development programs that become available (e.g., book studies, workshops, seminars, etc.) In my spare time I volunteer for Carma Cat Rescue, and love reading and spending time with my family.

Hannah Cole

Preschool Room Educator

My name is Hannah Cole and I am a mother to 6 children. While raising my lovely children we have grown to truly love and appreciate nature. I have always had a love for children and a passion for helping them grow and develop, as they are a huge part of my life. I have volunteered at elementary schools, and worked as an Early Childhood Educator. My previous experience in daycare settings has given me the knowledge to help children reach their full potential. I am excited to join the Little Geniuses team to help children grow and develop, as well as create everlasting memories and friendships.

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Little Geniuses Day Care Inc.   41 Royal Parkway Road   Fredericton, New Brunswick   E3G 0J9   |     sara@littlegeniusesdaycare.com    |     506-453 7759