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kindergarten educators

Xinlu Wang RECE

Registered Early Childhood Educator

Hi! I’m Xinlu Wang (Lu). I am an educator in the Kindergarten 1 room. I migrated here from China and I now live in Canada and enjoy working at LCCC. I can speak Chinese and English fluently. I enjoy learning and playing with the children all the time. I also enjoy getting to know the families and building positive relationships with them. My favourite thing to do when I am not working is travelling, watching TV shows and reading books.

Angelika Brandes

Lead Educator

Hello my name is Angelika Brandes, I am an educator in the Kindergarten 1 room at LCCC. Prior to starting at LCCC I was a Flight Attendant for Air Canada. I am grateful to now be able to work with amazing students and families in this welcoming community. I was previously a competitive dancer at Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance, and I would often help teach classes. Now working at the LCCC, we often try to bring dance and exercise routines into the program plans for children to enjoy. I speak both Polish and English, and I love learning about different cultures and traditions. I hope to be able to inspire the students just as much as they have inspired me.

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Derek Murack 

Registered Early Childhood Educator

Hi, my name is Derek. I have been an RECE in the K2 room for 4 years! During my time, I have worked diligently to keep the program and classroom fresh and welcoming. Some of my favourite parts of working with children are teaching them through stories and connecting what we’ve learned from books to other areas of play such as art, sensory or dramatic play. Reading about animals, diverse heroes and silly stories are my favourite! A highlight of a usual day is working with the children in setting up the classroom. I believe in the importance of teaching them how to set up and maintain centres in the classroom in purposeful and beautiful ways while enabling them to fully explore and engage their current interests with a developmentally appropriate approach. I happen to live quite close by and I am so happy to live and work in such an amazing community. I enjoy researching natural materials, unique manipulatives and socially relevant books to enhance the experiences and esthetics of the program and classroom.  In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my partner and dog, taking my niece on adventures, tennis and camping!

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