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 diverse learning 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 both in and outside the Yukon. Maggie believes in empowering young learners and their families through building on their existing strengths and resources and offering 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-home 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 own 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.
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.