Shawna Hindson, M.A., ECE Shawna Hindson is a co-owner and primary teacher at The Gardens. She has been working in the Early Childhood Education and Family Support field for twenty five years. Shawna has taught in several integrated preschools across Canada. She has provided early childhood support to diverse learners in educational, home and community settings. She owned and operated a Reggio inspired Preschool and school age program, where she says her passion for child originated programming was strengthened. She has been employed as an Early Childhood Consultant and Mentor, providing guidance in regards to curriculum development and best practices within the Early Childhood field. Shawna also teaches at Yukon University, and acts as consultant for other child care programs in Whitehorse, offering workshops and other professional development opportunities.She is always looking at opportunities to further develop skills and knowledge as a professional and has recently completed her Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Management through Royal Roads University. Shawna is the mother of two children.
Maggie Powter, M.Ed, ECE Maggie Powter is a co-owner and primary teacher at The Gardens. She has worked in the field of Early Childhood for over twenty years, in a variety of settings including pre and postnatal support, childcare, in a therapeutic preschool for children with special needs, and as an instructor at the college level for pre-service Early Childhood Educators. She has a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and a Masters in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education. Besides being a full-time teacher at The Gardens learning centre, Maggie also teaches at Yukon University, and acts as consultant for other child care programs in Whitehorse, offering workshops and other professional development opportunities. Maggie believes in empowering young learners and their families by building on their existing strengths and resources and providing them with learning experiences that are meaningful to their everyday lives. Maggie is also the mother of three children.
Mariana Giaccaglia, ECE Mariana is from Argentina, and is grateful to call the Yukon her second home. She has lived here for the last 17 years, where she raised her two children. She had her own day-time for seven years as well as worked in variety of daycares, preschools and kindergarten classes for the last 15 years in the Yukon. She decided to go into this field to be able to provide the best quality care for her won children and others. She is passionate about the importance of early learning in the outdoor environment surrounded by a community of learners. Mariana holds an Early Childhood Education Diploma. She loves dancing, creating art, playing and being outdoors.
Anne Pinkerton, M.Ed Sciences Anne Pinkerton holds a Master of Educational Sciences, hailing from Dresden, Germany. She has worked with young children for many years, educated teachers and worked in special education. Anne's previous jobs in Whitehorse include working as an Educational Assistant at Hidden Valley Elementary School as well as working for Equinox Adventures. Her passions include land and adventure based education as well as experiential Learning. Anne has two kids, the elder of which is an alumni of The Gardens, and the younger can't wait until she is old enough. In her spare time, Anne loves gardening, hiking, camping and anything else she can do outside. If she gets stuck inside she enjoys sewing and crafting.
Pippa Burt, ECE Pippa has been working with preschool aged children for the last ten years. Originally from the UK, her desire to travel and passion for working with children led her to Whitehorse where she is now raising her 2 children. When she is not teaching at The Gardens, Pippa works with students enrolled in Yukon University's Early Learning and Child Care program in a mentoring role. Pippa believes that children's experiences in the early years particularly surrounding socio-emotional learning and development is paramount and equips children with core life skills to carry forward for years to come.
Harriet Ye, ECE Harriet comes from China and is the mother of 2 boys. She majored in Acturial Science in City University, London in 2005. She never pictured herself as an Early Learning and Childhood Educator until her son was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. Now she has fallen in love with this challenging but amazing career. She currently holds her diploma in Early Learning and Childcare from Yukon University and is committed to life long exploration in this field. Besides learning and working with young children, she also enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to music, enjoying a good movie and reading books, and she recently fell in love with riding on ATVs.
Cory Rose Moore, ECE Cory hailed from the Philippines whose dream of becoming a teacher in a foreign land best came true in Canada. A Diploma holder of Early Childhood Education from Yukon College, she’s also an IT Graduate from Manila. She’s passionate about children and has been an experienced Early Childhood Educator for more than 12 years now gained from various daycare centers at Yukon, mostly teaching toddlers. After migrating 13 years ago and appreciating Yukon’s beautiful landscapes and fresh air, she began to love and enjoy traveling, hiking, biking, and snowshoeing. She considers teaching children her lifetime calling and mission, and always advocates for their educational and emotional well-being, especially within the school setting.
Rea Knight, ECE Rea loves outdoor adventures and storytelling. She holds an ECE diploma from Yukon College and is currently completing her Child and Youth Care degree through University of Victoria. Rea is a parent, a respite foster parent and preschool teacher. She is passionate about children and early learning and is a co-founder of a community of practice for local ECE's. In her spare time she likes to dress as a superhero and advocate for early childhood educators, children, early learning and families.