Staff

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.

 

Melissa McCallum

Director/ Royal Parkway After-School Educator

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.

Sarah Somerville

Preschool Room Educator

My name is Sarah Somerville and I am the proud mother of a wonderful little girl. A few years ago, I decided to open my own in-home daycare, so that I could spend more time with her. 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 and CPR, Food Safety, and have a certificate from the “Talk with Me” Program. In my spare time, I love reading, music, art, and science; and if I’m being really honest, comic books!

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.

Shelby Campbell

Morning Preschool and Main Street After-School Room Educator

My name is Shelby Campbell, and I graduated from UNBSJ with a Bachelors of Science and a major in psychology. I have over 10 years experience working with youth of all ages. My employment history includes working as a Student Intervention Worker for Anglophone West School District; a Family Support Worker for CBI Home Health; and, a Supervisor at the Boys and Girls Club of Saint John. My goal is to help develop fun, educational and active programming for children to learn and achieve their potential. In my free time I enjoy softball, volleyball, reading, cooking, and spending time with my family and son.

 

Nicole Matchett

Royal Parkway After-School Educator

My name is Nicole Matchett, and I graduated from two Universities in Ontario. I have a degree in History and Women’s Studies from Trent University and a degree in Education from Lakehead University. I have a beautiful son and value to ability to care for children as your own while at day care. This value was fostered by my mother, who has been a child care provider since I was a child. I look forward to growing as an Early Childhood Educator, and aiding in making Little Geniuses Day Care Centre Inc. the best environment for all children to flourish in.

Brooke Bulmer

Preschool 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 for the Preschool Room, I can also be found reading, journalling, or outside enjoying nature while camping, hiking, or beach-combing. 

Meghan Nye

Senior Room Educator

My name is Meghan Nye and I have a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources, which I received in 2007 from UNB Fredericton. On my graduation day, I flew to South Korea where I taught public school for 2 years. While living abroad, I discovered a passion for Early Childhood Education. Upon returning to Canada, I was offered a position at the YMCA of Fredericton in the After School Program. In my 6 years there, I worked my way up to Assistant Manager of the daycare. I am happy to be a member of the Little Geniuses team. I have recently completed the New Brunswick Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum Framework training also. In my spare time I have enrolled myself in Leisure Learning classes at UNB to enhance my French language skills. I also teach fly tying courses with Fredericton Fish and Game.

Tamira Holmes

Junior Room Educator

My name is Tamira Holmes, and I graduated from the Early Childhood Education Program at Loyalist College in Ontario. I worked as the Junior Room Educator at Little Geniuses Day Care Centre Inc. for a year before going on Maternity Leave in April of 2018. 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 returning to the classroom and cannot wait to nurture and educate a new group of children.

Katie Thibodeau

Senior 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

Junior 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