The perfect combination of dynamic childhood experts.
Tami Zuckerman worked as an elementary teacher in her hometown of Montreal for over a decade. During this time, Tami was appointed special counsel to Montreal’s Lester B Pearson School Board, and often consulted on projects involving early literacy and technology.
After going on maternity leave in 2011, Tami co-founded the award-winning technology startup, VarageSale, relocating her family to the west end of Toronto soon after. While looking for child care for their then 2.5-year-old son, she quickly realized there was a shortage of quality care in the Etobicoke area.
Soon after, Tami was pregnant with her second child, a daughter. Tami’s mission was clear: to create an early childhood education & daycare centre whose quality of care, highly trained educators, and unique programming were unrivalled in Toronto.
Kymberly brings a broad and unique expertise to TLC. She began her career as a kindergarten teacher, and more recently, was the Education Director at Oxford Learning, a leading tutoring service for children of all ages and abilities.
She holds a Masters of Education in Early Childhood and a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education from the University of Florida where she has been the recipient of multiple scholarships, including the esteemed Elizabeth E. Larsen Memorial Scholarship for early childhood education graduate studies. She is an Ontario Certified Teacher and holds special qualifications in literacy interventions, inclusive instruction, and early childhood mathematics.
Kymberly’s daughter, a proud TLC student, led us to cross paths with her. We quickly realized that despite the impressive credentials and expertise, it is her creativity, smile and love for all things childhood that make her a perfect match for the TLC family.
Chinara has been a registered Early Childhood Educator for more than a decade, and takes joy out of making learning fun. She also sees the incredible value in learning from each and every person she encounters — including the little ones. Chinara believes society must direct our resources, wisdom and love towards today’s children in order to create a generation of more empathetic, nurturing and successful human beings. She loves reading, making people laugh, being outdoors and ceasing each day by the moment.
Sharyn brings 33 years of experience as our Behaviour and Developmental Specialist. She specializes in children’s behaviour from birth to the early teen years through individualized and positive parenting techniques.
In 1996, Sharyn founded The Early Years Family Development Center, a support and coaching practice for childhood education professionals and parents alike. Her internationally-renowned “Child Behavior Certification Program” has certified professionals all over the world, including Canada, the USA, Spain, Philippines, Sweden, Saudi Arabia and Russia.
Sharyn’s role at TLC involves continuous training and development of our educators, as well as supporting our parent community.
She holds a degree in Early Childhood Education and multiple other related certifications. She is a wife, mother of three, and grandmother to three grandchildren.
A truly special group of people.
Danielle is TLC's Social-Emotional Learning Specialist and a passionate educator who weaves music, movement, problem-solving activities and dramatic play into her lessons. She has spent many years supporting children's development, strengthening their social skills, and teaching self-regulation and emotional intelligence. Danielle has a diploma in Child and Youth Work and has completed the Autism and Behavioral Science program at Seneca College. She has also completed additional training in Positive Early Childhood Education and Children's Yoga and Mindfulness. Danielle strongly believes that children remind us to tap into our own inner child, stay imaginative and model kindness.
I have a passion for exploring important topics in fun and creative ways. If you catch me with a drum in my hand or a basket full of puppets, now you'll know why!
Ed has worked as a Percussionist with some of Canada’s most prestigious orchestras and ensembles, including Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, The Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, Opera Atelier, The National Ballet of Canada, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The Esprit Orchestra and more. He has also performed with orchestras in Germany, France, the US and other parts of Canada. In addition to his career as a performer, Ed teaches music to students ranging from Pre-K to post-secondary. In 2018, he joined the Royal Conservatory of Music’s faculty as Instructor of Percussion, and has also served as Interim Professor of Percussion at Crane School of Music, Potsdam NY. Since becoming a father, Ed’s interest in early childhood education has changed from a mild interest to a sincere passion — a passion that inspires him every day as TLC’s talented Music Specialist.
When I’m with young people, I’m aware of who I really am and from where we all come.
Tatum is an Early Childhood Assistant who is extremely passionate about movement and how it relates to childhood development. Tatum fell in love with teaching at the young age of 13 — spending time in summer camps, as a nanny, and as a dance teacher. In highschool, she worked as a dance assistant, teaching ballet techniques to young children. Later, she taught all styles of dance to both children and teenagers. Tatum is a firm believer that physical movement is crucial in the development of so many life skills. She takes great pride in helping children develop their creative skills, and is sure to encourage her students to get comfortable with trying new things and expressing themselves.
I have always been drawn to young children because their minds are open to the world and so full of wonder.
Ashley is a registered Early Childhood Educator who has been teaching and caring for children ranging from 4 months to 5 years old since 2014. From teaching school readiness to preschoolers, to coaching parent-child gymnastics, to being a mother herself, Ashley believes that her varied experience has helped her become a nurturing childcare worker and a fun, creative educator. In Ashley’s spare time, she enjoys playing her electric guitar, creating balloon art and crafting.
I love building wonderful relationships with families like yours, and I am honoured that I get to help you raise your little one.
Heidi is an Early Childhood Educator. She has over a decade of experience in the field with children from infancy to school-age. She has a true enthusiasm for working with young children and strives to provide a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Kayleigh is a trained Dancer and Vocalist who brings magic to events as a character performer at Once Upon a Princess. A lover of the outdoors, Kayleigh spent 8 glorious summers teaching wilderness skills to children of all ages in Northern Ontario’s Camp Wanakita. Having taught in various settings — including the theatre! — it’s no surprise that as an Early Childhood Assistant, Kayleigh is passionate about using an arts-based approach in her classroom. Kayleigh is currently pursuing a degree in the Creative Industries program at Ryerson University, and continues to share her passion for creativity, movement and song with the students at TLC.
I love to inspire and be inspired by the young minds at TLC.
Guneet is a registered Early Childhood Educator who is dedicated to promoting each student’s personal growth. A friendly and empathetic person, Guneet believes in honesty and transparency, always. She loves being a part of TLC because she shares their goals: to create a family-like environment — a place where everyone knows your name, respects one another, and most importantly, where students and teachers alike can have fun!
I have great ideas and a passion that brings the best out of young minds, allowing them to evolve and respecting the unique beings that they are.
Jim is TLC’s much-loved Custodian or “Handyman.” Prior to this, he spent 30 years doing mainly heavy labour in the construction industry. He takes extreme pride in his work and enjoys extra tasks such as wooden craft projects. If he’s not busy working on a project, then he is cooking, baking, watching football or participating in his favourite pastime: ball hockey. A former player who represented the Greek National team for 15 years, Jim had the opportunity to compete in various countries around the world. He has also coached both the Men's and Women's Greek National Teams.
I am happily married and the proud father of two teenage boys. I am well liked wherever I go — probably because I'm easy going and approachable. So don’t be shy to ask me about last night’s game… or my latest recipe!
Kyla is our Early Childhood Assistant & Physical Education Specialist. As a youth educator, certified coach, and professional artist, she uses her skills to bring a new perspective to the realm of physical activity. Kyla is passionate about teaching children, and loves to play and coach soccer, create art, and cook.
Physical Education is more than just movement — it's an active, educational and creative adventure for kids to enjoy and grow with.
Diana is a registered Early Childhood Assistant, originally from Colombia. She graduated with a degree in Graphic Design, but after moving to Canada in 2013, she began working almost exclusively with children — first as a nanny, then as an ECA in Toronto and Ottawa. Diana is passionate about bringing fun and creative learning to children through the arts, using her prior education in design to complement TLC’s unique programming.
Creating activities for the children that generate enthusiasm and enable them to explore and discover new ways of interacting with their environments is the highlight of my day! I am very fortunate to have discovered a career that I genuinely love.
Lucy is an Early Childhood Educator with 10 years of experience working in education. She is fun and bubbly with a "can do" attitude. She has excellent time management skills and believes in the power of collaboration. She is someone we are thrilled to have as a role model for the littles at TLC.
Courtney is a registered Early Childhood Educator who is fueled by her passion for teaching and her love of nature. She has been teaching since 2019, and has worked with children of all ages. She is dedicated to developing a safe and nurturing environment where her students can grow and learn in a supportive environment, where everyone can be themselves and have fun. She loves working with children because every day she learns something new from them, their families, and of course from her incredible co-workers. Early Childhood Education is her life's work because this is where she belongs - where she can learn, experience pure joy and truly be herself.
I am a nose wiping, potty helping, hand soaping, crayon drawing, story reading, alphabet singing, number counting, jacket zipping, tear wiping, hug giving difference maker for young children and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Brianna is a Registered Early Childhood Educator who is not new to TLC. She previously worked as our much-loved supply teacher — the children absolutely adore her! Brianna brings a sense of calm to any room and has a very nurturing approach to teaching. Her hobbies include musical theatre, dance, and singing.
Brittany spent many years working in the hospitality industry, gaining experience at hotels, restaurants and even Pearson airport before becoming TLC’s trusty Kitchen Manager. Prior to this, she developed a keen interest in community arts when she worked as a curator with a local arts collective that focused on empowering youth and providing creative platforms for marginalized communities. She continues to take great pride in helping others and tries to encourage kindness wherever she goes.
I truly appreciate working with youth — all the encouragement, growth and creativity leads to a lifetime of memories.
Charlene is a Registered Early Childhood Educator who has been working with young children since 2017. She is passionate about supporting her students’ unique needs and stages of development. Charlene approaches each child with empathy and understanding, and makes sure to prioritize their safety, health, and happiness in everything that she does. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, singing, and getting artsy.
My goal is to support each child in their learning and growth in a way that puts their health and happiness first.
Christina is a Registered Early Childhood Educator who has been teaching Pre-K since 2015. She is thrilled to be a part of the TLC family, and believes it is her duty to provide children with the knowledge and lifelong skills that will positively impact how they live each day. In her spare time, Christina keeps busy with balloon arrangements and crafting.
I’m passionate about creating a safe and healthy learning environment for children, one that allows them to explore and thrive.
Hello! My name is Claudia. I am a Registered Early Childhood Educator and a graduate of George Brown College ECE Program Class of 2014.
Over the last seven years in the childcare field, I’ve had the opportunity to work with and learn about the needs and development of toddlers and preschoolers. I have also developed experience working with children with special needs. I enjoy engaging and interacting with children in the classroom and watching their faces light up as they discover something new.
The first few years of a child’s life are full of wonder and curiosity. I’m excited to become a part of their world and to help provide them with opportunities that foster learning! I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know my students and their families!
Education begins the moment we see children as innately wise and capable beings. Only then can we play along in their world.
Cynthia is a Registered Early Childhood Educator whose experience with young children dates back to 2016. She actively promotes children’s mental health in educational settings, and can successfully handle challenging behaviours in little ones. Cynthia is fluent in English and Mandarin, and is excited to be able to offer a multilingual atmosphere when appropriate. She once spent two weeks teaching in Sri Lanka, where she helped integrate art education into the curriculum. One of Cynthia’s hobbies is playing the piano.
I recognize that children do not only learn in formal educational settings. The fact that every moment could possibly be a teachable moment inspires every day.
Erica is a Registered Early Childhood Educator who first started working in childcare as an Early Childhood Assistant in 2017, moving into a full-time ECE role after graduation. Erica truly enjoys creating meaningful connections with the children and their families. Coming from a large Italian family (and being the eldest of four siblings), Erica was always in charge. That’s probably why she knew from a very young age that she was meant to be a “tiny human educator.” Erica’s BA in Psychology has proved invaluable when teaching the Whole Child Approach with a focus on social-emotional learning.
I love that I can be a part of your little one’s early childhood journey and learning experiences.
Jeorgina is an Early Childhood Educator who taught Kindergarten to Grade 2 in the Philippines for more than a decade. After moving to Canada, she spent close to 10 years working in various Montessori childcare centres, after which she pursued a diploma in Early Childhood Education. Jeorgina strongly believes that each child has their own style of learning, as well as their own innate capabilities — which must be nurtured and respected.
For me, it is important that I understand each child’s unique needs and adapt my lessons as necessary.
Jessica is a registered Early Childhood Educator who has years of experience working with little ones of all ages. In fact, it was during her time as a Child and Youth Worker that she discovered her passion for working in childcare. Also a children's author, Jessica loves to use her own stories in her classrooms, and often combines storytelling with writing and in-class activities. Published books include Never Too Far Away and We All Belong… with more on the way!
I adore mixing fun with education, and enjoy imparting my love of books and reading onto the children.
Jessica is a Registered Early Childhood Educator who has been working with young children since 2016. As a previous Literacy Camp Tutor, Jessica is thrilled to be teaching TLC’s very own literacy program. She is passionate about building quality relationships with her students and their families, as well as being able to contribute to their learning and development over time. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga and physical activities.
I look forward to incorporating yoga and movement into your little one’s learning experience!
Lamisha is a registered Early Childhood Educator who originally hails from Dhaka, Bangladesh. She has many years of experience working with babies and children, ranging from 6 weeks to 5 years old. Her mission as a teacher is to help children discover the joy of learning, and to help each child develop a strong belief in their own ability to achieve. Lamisha strongly believes that children learn through play, helping them develop social and cognitive skills, mature emotionally and gain self-confidence. Lamisha can speak four different languages (Bangla, Hindi, Urdu, and English), and has travelled extensively abroad.
I am passionate about my work. Because I love what I do, I have a steady source of motivation that drives me to do my best. I feel delighted when I’m surrounded by kids.
Laura hails from British Columbia, where she worked as an Early Childhood Assistant for 5 years. During this time, she taught children of all age groups. Having recently moved to Toronto, Laura is enjoying getting to know her new students, their families, and her new city too. Aside from children, Laura is passionate about leading a healthy lifestyle with a focus on exercise and nutrition. She’s also a foodie at heart!
Working with children truly energizes me. I always enjoy getting to know each and every one of them.
Melissa is a registered Early Childhood Assistant with a degree in Education and Development. A passionate and dedicated educator, she combines her years of experience, knowledge and creativity to help children achieve a positive educational experience. Melissa strongly believes that a child’s early years are the foundation to future success, and has participated in international conferences featuring topics like “first years of learning” and “child development.”
I love being a part of a little one’s fundamental years — where they are exploring and discovering the world, building their personalities, socializing, and learning new things every day.
Nela is an Early Childhood Assistant who has been working in the field of Education since 2011. She specializes in Early Literacy and Language Development, and is a strong addition to TLC’s Literacy Program. Nela has had the opportunity to explore a variety of pedagogical approaches among a wide range of ages, interests, and cultural environments. Most recently, she completed the AMI Montessori Primary Training Course and is passionate about incorporating some of her learnings into our curriculum. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, reading, dancing, and walking along the lakefront.
From dance academies, to tutoring centres, to language schools in different parts of the world, I’ve always been passionate about childhood development and education.
Parmjit is an Early Childhood Educator who has been working with young children since 2015. Paramjit believes that every child has a unique way of seeing the world, and that children learn best through play (of course!). In her spare time, she enjoys baking, spending time with family and friends, and is always up for a new adventure.
I genuinely enjoy helping children learn. But just as much, I love learning from my students.
Rebecca is a Registered Early Childhood Educator who has worked with young children since 2009. She takes great pride in creating a welcoming and nurturing learning environment for her students, and is sure to encourage and support each child as a unique individual. Rebecca enjoys using her creativity to decorate her classroom, design lesson plans, and overcome challenging situations in the classroom. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, camping and spending time with family, friends and her dog.
I love working with children of all ages, and truly appreciate being able to teach and care for them at the same time.
Reema is an Early Childhood Assistant who has worked with children ranging from preschoolers to elementary school students since 2014. Born and raised in India, Reema spent time working in Switzerland and the US before deciding to settle in Canada in 2019. She enjoys introducing children to various experiences to enhance their natural curiosity and help turn them into lifelong learners.
A mother to a preschooler myself, I believe my strongest assets are patience and a positive attitude.
Rupinder is a Registered Early Childhood Educator who strives to create a welcoming environment for children and their families. She takes the time to truly understand each of her students and prioritizes building positive relationships with all of them. When it comes to her teaching style, Rupinder is sure to put the children’s needs and interests first.
My number one goal is to make sure every child feels comfortable, safe, and loved.
With over 20 years of experience, Lisa is one of our go-to supply teachers. She is passionate about children and families. Lisa is currently studying to become a Postpartum doula, as well as a Newborn Care Specialist in order to support families in their 4th trimester.
Mariya started her career as an elementary school math teacher in Kazakhstan. She settled in Toronto over 10 years ago and has since earned her Early Childhood Educator degree and evolved in the field. She believes that every child deserves to feel loved and respected, and enabled to explore their full capabilities.
I am always excited to go to my work every morning. I know there will be lots of joy and laughter, cuteness and brightness, curiosity and discoveries.
Melissa is a Registered Early Childhood Educator who has been working with young children since 2019. She provides a safe, nurturing environment for children, and creates her lesson plans based on children’s interests, developmental needs, and the TLC curriculum. She enjoys using music and movement, rock painting, and loose parts in her classrooms. During a 5-week field placement in Denmark, Melissa worked collaboratively with educators and children to understand the importance of physical activity and body awareness in the classroom.
I enjoy creating a responsive, inclusive environment that helps each child develop into the person they are going to become.
Originally from Mexico, Rose has worked as a Childcare Provider since 2014. She moved to Canada in 1998 where she has taken advantage of many volunteer opportunities over the years. Notably, she volunteered at Lamp Community Health Centre in the Ontario Early Years Centre Dropping Program, and later at her own children’s elementary school — within the classroom, on field trips, and as part of the Nutrition Snack program. Rose believes children deserve to feel loved, safe, nurtured and supported.
Children are precious and their minds are a blank canvas. I am happy to be able to add some colour to the painting.