Shelley Graham

My children both attended Kiddies Korner years ago; participating here with my children and Mrs. Durkin inspired me to go back to school and become an Early Childhood Educator myself.

Being mom to my children is by far my favourite job, and teaching preschool to help other children develop a life-long love of learning is something I feel extremely passionate about. I have a deep love for Kiddies Korner and here feels like home to me.

I feel very strongly about the importance of play-based, child-centered learning within an early childhood setting, and about connecting children with nature. My goals as an educator are to build meaningful relationships, teach kids how to learn in their own unique style and to help guide children’s natural personality traits towards becoming people who are independent, responsible, productive, critical thinkers, and caring citizens. I work hard to help children develop their ability to speak out, identify and connect to their feelings, grow their self and social awareness. I love being a part of KKP’s nurturing environment where children, staff and families all work collaboratively to build a better community!

Carmen Van Dop

My name is Carmen Van Dop and I am a qualified Early Childhood Educator with 24 years of experience. I have been blessed with a vast variety of professional experiences working within preschools and child care settings.

As an Early Childhood Educator, I value each child and the unique gifts they bring to the classroom. I love to laugh and build true connections with the children. I believe that forming relationships with each of the children is what matters first, and from there we will build on supporting each of their needs. I bring a love of aiding children in connecting and recognizing their feelings as well as growing a passion for self-advocacy within their worlds. My joy often comes from witnessing our little people advocate for themselves and others in their community.

My husband, of 21 years, and I are raising two funny, kind, compassionate and empathetic teenage daughters who make us laugh and beam with pride each day. As a family, we enjoy spending all of our spare time at our property up at Mabel Lake where we enjoy being on our boat, taking our two hilarious and quirky dogs for walks and watching them swim in the lake.

I am excited to be a part of the collaborative team at Kiddies Korner and look forward to getting to know each of your families and making new friends with your little people.