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.
Concetta's kind and gentle personality is loved by all: children, parents and staff. She is known for never forgetting a child’s name, and will greet each one of them at the door each day. Quite impressive considering her Early Childhood Education career spans over 25 years.
In addition to her ECE designation, Concetta has participated in various professional development workshops and seminars over the years. She recently completed the renowned Child Behaviour Certification Program, which focuses on brain science, developmental milestones, and the art of compassionate and wise communication. Concetta also comes with an in-depth knowledge of the industry, and is extremely well-versed in the Ministry of Education’s guidelines.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Chanay is an Early Childhood Assistant who enjoys guiding children as they learn about themselves and the world around them. She strives to create a warm, enriching environment where children can explore, express their imaginations and be themselves. Chanay makes every effort to develop a relationship built on open communication with the children in her classroom and their families. It is her belief that strong relationships are essential foundations for optimal learning. Chanay has a diploma in Child and Youth Work, a field that continues to excite and inspire her to this day.
I am deeply inspired by our community of learners here at TLC. Not to mention, I am beyond grateful to be part of a ‘family’ that emphasizes a sense of belonging and well-being for everyone.
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 in her classroom. 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.
I'm that educator that takes the African proverb, It takes a village to raise a child, to heart.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.