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.

 

Sarah Somerville

Preschool Room Educator

My name is Sarah Somerville and I am the proud mother of two wonderful girls. A few years ago, I decided to open my own in-home daycare, so that I could spend more time with my oldest daughter. After successfully running my daycare for two years, I decided to enroll at the Atlantic Business College where I received both an Early Childhood Education Diploma and Educational Assistant Diploma. I am also trained in First Aid and CPR, Food Safety, and have a certificate from the “Talk with Me” Program. I continue to attend all professional development and learning opportunities to help myself grow as an Educator. In my spare time, I love reading, music, art, and science; and if I’m being really honest, planning and implementing new and engaging practices, environmental changes and flexible ever flowing programs for all our classroom adventures.

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.

Stephanie Somers

Morning Preschool and Royal Parkway After-School Room Educator

My name is Stephanie Somers and I have taught in Ontario for approximately 5 years and in New Brunswick for approximately 12 years as an elementary/middle school teacher. I currently have a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, a degree in Elementary Education, and am working towards my Masters in Education of Exceptional Learners at UNB. My experiences include substitute teaching K-12 in all subject areas, as well as working as an Early Childhood Educator at Little Geniuses Day Care Centre Inc both full-time and casually since 2017. I love teaching and learning with young children and providing them with engaging lessons and a positive learning environment. In my spare time, I enjoy running, being active, and spending time with my husband and 2 girls, ages 3 and 7. 

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.

Brooke Bulmer

Senior Room Educator

My name is Brooke Poirier, and I graduated from St. Thomas University with both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education degree in 2015 and 2016 respectively. My formal education has led me to focus on reading and writing literacy with children of all ages, from teaching English in a high school and middle school setting, as well as tutoring at the elementary school level with Frontier College and Elementary Literacy New Brunswick, before starting my career at Little Geniuses Day Care Centre. Upon my position at the Centre, I have extended my professional development to include the New Brunswick Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum Framework course as well as several other sessions and webinars focusing on effective pedagogical techniques for Preschool Education. While I love spending time program planning, I can also be found reading, journalling, or outside enjoying nature while camping, hiking, or beach-combing. 

Shelby Perry

Junior Room Educator

My name is Shelby Perry and I graduated from the Early Childcare Education Program at NBCC in Fredericton in 2020. I am currently doing the second year of ECE online part-time to gain my diploma in Early Childhood Education. I chose this field because I absolutely love children and watching them grow and learn. Being with children everyday is very fulfilling and rewarding. In my spare time you can find me curled up with a book, listening to music, or visiting the beach collecting sea glass!

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.

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.

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!

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