Meet Our Family

We pride ourselves in having a committed team of caregivers who create a stable, nurturing environment for the children in our care.

Our experienced staff are experts in providing care that helps deliver a hands on, involved learning experiences through play.

Our site staff include registered Early Childhood Education teachers, and teachers with Bachelor of Education degrees, as well as qualified Education Assistants and other highly experienced individuals. We ensure that the people we hire are TOPP KIDS material; we do thorough police reference checks and continue to provide the latest training. We consider our team to be our “Family Members”.

All staff are active in professional development and in pursuing personal growth through continued workshops and courses. You will have an opportunity to meet our staff on your tour.

Our program directors are specifically chosen for their experience/ expertise and passion for providing the highest quality childcare available. They are always happy to help parents with any questions, concerns and to provide a smooth transition for children entering our program along with ongoing individual updates for parents.

Professional and passionate staff are key to our high quality program delivery. TOPP KIDS complies with the standards of Calgary and Area Child and Family Services Authority when appointing staff and meeting staff to child ratios.

Coordinators have undergone the following:

  • A successful Police Check with Vulnerable Sector Search.
  • A successful Child Intervention Check
  • Child Care First Aid Training
  • Minimum of Early Childhood Education Assistant Certificate
  • Continuous seminars and training hosted by the Alberta Resource Center for Quality Enhancement and ELCC & Community Development.
  • An intense 30 day hands-on training program
  • Continual growth through the TOPP KIDS Support System

All staff have appropriate qualifications as required by legislation and undergo regular internal training and development.

Prince of Wales School

Lucie-Christine Lizotte

Program Coordinator

Lucie has been working with youth ever since her teens starting with leadership programs for cadets to beginning her Early Childhood Education Career in 2009. She is a mother of two children and also loves to cook and bake.

Lucie graduated college as a correctional officer in New-Brunswick, where she worked with behavioral youth, helping them make changes in their lives and teaching them the necessary skills to be able to function well in society. Being able to be part of a youth’s life, helping them become the best person they can be is very rewarding. That is why Lucie believes working with TOPP KIDS is such a pleasure.

Lucie looks forward to being able to bring her imagination and creativity to help make sure every child feels unique and appreciated.

Tanya Benoit

Assistant Program Coordinator

Tanya was born and raised in Calgary and is a mom of two boys, ages 12 and 9. She ran a day home for six years, which led to her returning to school to compelte her Child Development Worker certification. "I think kids are the most fun people to spend your day with, and I absolutely love working with them".

Lori Elliott

Active Play Coordinator

Lori loves to work with children to see their growth and development over time.
She considers it her privilege to serve them. Their achievements are her reward.

Her passion in serving the educational, developmental, and specifically the emotional needs of children are such that no child’s voice goes unheard and all of them can experience equal opportunities for personal growth and development to their full potential in child care programs.

Originally from the farming community of Benson, Saskatchewan, Lori has been working in diverse child care programs since 2003. Recognized by the Alberta Child and Youth Services as a Child Development Supervisor with an Education Assistant Certificate from Columbia College and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Regina.

Lori's goals include lifelong learning and development through industry education, training and reading books from authors about their child development experiences.

Luke Martinka

Active Play Coordinator

Luke has worked in childcare for about 6 years and is very passionate about helping children grow into amazing young men and women. He values strong and close relationships with children in the program.  "I love working with kids because it gives me an opportunity to make a real difference in the world, and in other people’s lives".

McKayla Pitman

Youth Community Facilitator

McKayla was born and raised here in Calgary. She started working with TOPP KIDS in the spring of 2018 and has fallen in love with the program and the kids! She brings a distinct advantage to the kids as she also went through a similar program while in elementary school. She brings activities and encouragement to children through both personal experience and the desire to see creative minds growing through play. "I hope to someday make a career for myself working within this type of environment".

In her spare time, she likes to listen to music, play video games and spend time with my family. "I look forward to meeting your children and to helping them grow and expand their imaginations".

Savannah Thompson

Active Play Coordinator

From a young age, Savannah knew she wanted to help others. By the time she was five, she and her mother started a sock drive that went through schools and businesses to help those less fortunate. Savannah had many goals and as she got older. She knew that she had to find a field of work that involved interacting with others. The inspiration from her past fueled her desire to work with youth in hopes to assist them and direct them on a path. This path would help young minds develop their limitations and highlight their strengths so that they can reach their fullest potentials. Savannah started out her work experience in retail and hospitality and worked in those fields for many years. In that time, she developed strong communication skills and was able to adapt to any situation brought to her.

Savannah completed her diploma as a youth service worker to navigate young people on their way through their development from young childhood, to adolescence. Her goals are to assist them in their growth through this difficult time by playing, laughing and learning. Savannah takes pride in all that she does and is excited to apply her knowledge and joy of active play and art with the young individuals that she encounters. Savannah fell in love with early childhood programs such as morning and after school care as it was an important piece of what helped her become the person she is today. She attended many as she grew up and strongly believe in paying it forward and using one's personal experiences to make a difference.

 

St.Philip Fine Arts School

Lainey Lebo

Program Coordinator

Lainey is only beginning her journey in early learning and childcare, but ever since she was a young teenager, she has felt a connection to children and a desire to be a role model to young girls and boys. She finds so much fulfilment in providing children with love, support, and encouragement, as well as being a positive influence for the children in my care. "I could not imagine loving a job more than I love working at TOPP KIDS".

She is currently a 4th-year dance major at the University of Calgary. Soon she will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance. Lainey hopes to one day become a professional choreographer and incorporate her love of guiding children into her career as well.

She has been working with children in a before and after school setting for 5 years, and have been a member of the TOPP KIDS family for three of those five. She also began teaching dance to children at the age of 14 and believes that this integration of her passion for dance and my passion for inspiring and caring for children really allowed her to develop an interest in both.

"I plan to choreograph and dance professionally for as long as I can after graduating with my Bachelor of Arts. My favorite thing about working with children is the chance to be a positive role model to kids. I truly think of my job as such an important responsibility - if I am able to be a role model to children, I am committed to being the most positive role model that I can be".

Crysta Windsor

Assistant Program Coordinator

Crysta is a Child Development Assistant with a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in English. She also holds her CRLA Level One International Tutor Certification and has tutored children of all ages. "I have found the work that I do as a Child Care Professional incredibly rewarding". She enjoys using her educational approach to help each child develop and discover their strengths, and it is her goal to help children develop towards their full potential. Helping children (and their families) brings a smile to her face. "I feel so lucky to do what I do".

Baillie Dale

Active Play Coordinator

Baillie graduated in 2012 from Medicine Hat High School and started working as a nanny for a family in Calgary in 2013. Since then, she has worked as a nanny in Ottawa for 2 ½ years, moving back to Calgary in July 2018. She is so excited to start a new adventure here at TOPP KIDS while she continues her education to become an Early Learning Child Care mentor.

Hope Mack

Active Play Coordinator

Hope just graduated from high school and has a deep passion for kids, dogs and music, and loves singing jazz & playing the piano. Working with kids brings her so much joy, because she loves their innocence and simple view on life. Their energy and positivity feeds her energy and positivity and hopes to become an elementary school teacher one day... or maybe even a famous singer!

 

Alissa Kosteriva

Active Play Coordinator

Alissa brings her energy and love of play to her daily practices at TOPP KIDS! She is passionate about physical fitness and encourages and fosters a love of active play and gross motor movement. Alissa loves the joy and laughter that comes with working with kids. She feels lucky to be surrounded by so much love every day. Alissa has aspirations to one day attend law school

Isabelle Sumaoang

Active Play Coordinator
Isabelle grew up in a simple and lovely town in the Philippines where she spent all her childhood years. She would always look at childhood as the best days in one's life and that made her even more interested in working with children. That's why she took up Bachelor in Secondary Education.
This is her first year in working at TOPP KIDS, and is so excited to share knowledge and joy with the children as she finds joy in seeing children as they get excited about new discoveries, new experiences and unleashing their talents.

Coventry Hills School

Emily James

Program Coordinator

Emily has always known that she wanted a career that would make a difference, whether big or small. Upon graduating with a Human Services Diploma and gaining a year of experience working with children, she knew this was the field she belonged in. Allowing children to feel that they belong to something bigger than just school and home is invaluable to her, and she intends to give every child the confidence and skills needed to grow into successful adults who are happy and able to take on the world.

"I have never loved going to work more than I do now at TOPP KIDS, and I hope I am able to reflect that to both the children and their families at Coventry Hills School"!

Kristyn Rottaire

Assistant Program Coordinator

After graduating high school Kristyn found her passion working with youth in a pre-school aged Montessori environment and quickly learned the importance of the role of being a leader and role model for young children.

From there, Kristyn attended the Travel and Tourism program at S.A.I.T. learning about new countries and cultures around the world. With some travel of her own under her belt, Kristyn is now excited to spend her days having lots of fun and exploring the world with the TOPP KIDS Families!

Kate Fitzpatrick

Active Play Coordinator

Kate is an artist at heart, inspiring children to grow their own creative minds through art and expression puts a huge smile across her face!

“I can’t wait for another new chapter in my career at TOPP KIDS, I am excited to see what creative projects will come our way this year!”

Melissa Bruce

Active Play Coordinator

Melissa graduated from the University of Alberta in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Since then she has used her education, combined with her love to promote healing lifestyles. She has always loved working with children and hopes to lead the way for future generatios to live active, happy and healthy lives.

Growing up playing sports, camping and spending time outdoors, Melissa wants to share these passions with the TOPP KIDS family. She continues to play soccer and loves hiking with her two dogs whenever possible.

Marianne Hayward

Active Play Coordinator

Marianne is a fun-loving, compassionate, mother of two wonderful adult sons.

She has worked hard and received diplomas in both Child and Youth Care as well as Addictions. She looking forward to the many other educational experiences hosted by TOPP KIDS to j=help further her knowledgebase.

"My goal is to focus my new learning path on Indigenous Studies. Learning about culture, and the history of other people, has great value, especially, when we can pass on what we have learned. I think that we as people should never stop learning.

My goal is to make at least one child smile each day. I believe that one person's kindness, can change, the lives of each member of a family.

I enjoy exploring, the world at large, and my favorite question is why? Have you ever wondered, how a small bird can fly against the wind?  I love engaging, in active play, some of my favorite things include jumping in puddles, crunching dry fall leaves under my feet, and making snow angels. I love animals, and nature. I find much satisfaction in the ability, to explore nature with my family and my dogs. I believe that we are all like flowers in a garden, it takes many different flowers to make a garden beautiful.  My greatest joy is experiencing the magic, and wonder, of life, through the eyes of a child.  I would like to take the time to thank the parents in advance, for allowing me the opportunity to get to know your children."

Marianna's hobbies are writing, and gardening and photography.

Amy Vila

Active Play Coordinator

Amy has been in Calgary a little less than 10 years now. Her family first moved to Windsor Ontario from Albania in 2001. She began working with TOPP KIDS at the beginning of 2019 and is currently in the Early Learning and Childcare program at Bow Valley College. "I'm hoping to inspire children every day to be the best version of themselves. She is looking forward to finishing school in December of 2020. When Amy is not working with children, she loves to travel and try new foods.

Caitlyn Herman

Active Play Coordinator

Caitlyn recently graduated from high school in the spring of 2019. She has worked with kids since she was 12 years old through babysitting, teaching children's cooking classes, and volunteer work. It is through these experiences that she found her passion for working with children. Caitlyn's mother also works for TOPP KIDS, and after hearing about how much she loved the company and the children she knew right away she wanted to be a part of the team and grow her experience working alongside children. Caitlyn has been looking forward to working with children all throughout high school and she is ecstatic to have the opportunity to work with the children and families here at TOPP KIDS!

Maple Ridge School

Janniel Saville

Program Coordinator

Originally from Charlottetown PEI, Janniel studied Human Services at Holland collage. With over a decade worth or experience in child care, Janniel discovers that working with children has always been dear to her heart. Janniel looks forward to developing strong bonds with all the TOPP KIDS and families leading the Evergreen TOPP KIDS program . You can catch her after school teaching her passions of art, multicultural activities, and cooking! It’s time to make learning fun!

Iris Macdonald

Program Coordinator - Kindi-Care Club

Married, a mother of two children; her passions and determinations are to be a positive influence in children’s lives, beginning with her own.

Enjoying every moment of being a home as a stay mom, Iris has run my own day home, worked as a Sunday School Teacher, and assisted in organizing activities for children’s summer camps. Recently she completed her Educational Assistant program at Columbia College, fully enjoying the studies of Child Development, Child Psychology, Diverse Learning Disabilities, and behaviours that challenge, allowing her to fine tune her abilities to help children reach their full academic potential and overall life success.

Iris is a true believer that children are extraordinarily precious members of a society; they are exquisitely alert, sensitive and conscious of their surroundings; and they are extraordinarily vulnerable. She considers giving them profound respect and affection to which they are unconditionally entitled part of what she does daily.

We as adults, need to be their light and trustful guidance in their first steps in this world. Iris is very excited to be part of this family to bring love, growth, and success to their lives through play and laughter.

Tatjana Tasic

Assistant Program Coordinator

Tatjana recently moved to Canada and she is very excited to begin a new era surrounded by children and endless possibilities for us to explore and learn, adding stories and colors to their everyday lives.

Tatjana describes herself as an activity enthusiast, cheerful and open-minded nature lover. As she has a Bachelor of Athletic Training in Sports and Recreation she believes we should all try to spend as much of our time being outdoors, being active and enjoying it while we do it! She strives in creating a safe environmental area where children can create positive experiences and achieve physical and emotional well being!

Arshpreet Kaur

Active Play Coordinator - Kindi-Care Club

Her love for kids has led her to complete a Child and Youth Care Diploma from Lakeland College in Vermillion, Alberta. Her time working with children until this point has been a wonderful experience, providing her with great happiness and satisfaction. Ashpreet's goal is to continue growing in this field and give her best service to the children she meets at TOPP KIDS.

 

Carla Kotzman

Active Play Coordinator

Carla was born and raised in Vernon, British Columbia. Laughter and painting are her middle names. Ever since she can remember, she has been passionate about children, especially mentorship. "I wouldn’t be the person today without the incredible role models that have come alongside me, and it’s my desire to encourage and lead others in the same way". In 2015 Carla studied with YWAM (Youth with a Mission) in Australia and grew a love for teaching and coaching youth to pursue big dreams that can impact the nations. She intends to further her education in Childhood Education or Nursing. Carla considers it a huge privilege to build relationships and inspire children to be world changers not only in the future but in their daily lives.

"I am thrilled to be working with TOPP KIDS by growing and having fun alongside the team and the children!"

Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.

Karen Clements

Active Play Coordinator

She started her career with children after many years of being a stay at home mom. Having three children, it was a dream to be able to take them with her to work. She quickly fell in love with the families and the work she did with them.

Now all her children are grown and she still loves working with this age group. She enjoys seeing the children grow and learn, they inspire her to appreciate the simple lessons and opportunities we have on a daily basis. She is excited to be a member of the TOPP KIDS family and cannot wait to meet you!

Dee Dhaliwal

Youth Community Facilitator

Dee has been working with children for the past 6 years. In 2016, she graduated with a Bachelors Degree from the Child and Youth Studies program from Mount Royal University. "I love working with children because of how curious and carefree children are". Dee's goal as an educator is to make a meaningful and lasting impression with everyone. "When I am not working with children I enjoy travelling and doing hair and makeup".

Patty Han

Active Play Coordinator

Patty has worked in Junior and Senior High Schools in China for over 10 years. When she moved to Canada, she completed her Diploma in Early Learning and Child Care at Bow Valley College. She received her Child Development Supervisor certification in September 2017.

"Every child is different and talented. It is my greatest happiness to grow child children. I am excited to be a part of the TOPP KIDS family!"

Breanne Morgan

Active Play Coordinator

Breanne grew up in a small town in Manitoba called Minnedosa. It was there that she found a love for sports and being physically active. She started to coach youth rugby and soccer programs in her community. "This inspired me to be more involved within my community and gave me a passion for working with children". Breanne then moved to Calgary in 2012 to begin her studies at the University of Calgary, and to pursue her dream to play rugby at the post-secondary level. She will be graduating with a BKin in June 2020. "I plan to take time to travel before enrolling in Education to become a physical education teacher".

Evergreen School

Aida Bahhur

Program Coordinator

With over seven years’ experience working with children and being a parent herself, Aida truly enjoys helping children grow and develop their skills and confidence. She believes every child has their own talents and her goal is to help them reach their potential by providing support in all areas. Happiness for her is helping others and having a positive impact on society.

Joon Kim

Active Play Coordinator

Joon is a man of many talents! Originally studied Land Registry and Automotive service at college before becoming a police officer and later, a detective in Korea. After arriving in Canada, Joon decided to change his direction, graduating in Early Learning Child Care at Bow Valley College February 2016 with his ELCC CDS certificate.

“I would like to be a professional who can enhance children’s various developments and have great relationships between children’s family and coworkers.”

Joon has also been a Junior Golf Instructor and swim instructor. He also loves Motor Racing and Automotive Service Engineering sports, music, and arts.

Melanie Lockwood

Active Play Coordinator

Originally from Newfoundland, Melanie has spent the past 5 years in Calgary and joined the TOPP KIDS family in May 2019.

With a passion for inclusion and social change, Melanie completed a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Mount Royal University. She was drawn to TOPP KIDS for the same core values of not only inclusion, but mentorship, community, and growth.

Melanie loves incorporating art and sensory-based activities to expand, grow, and challenge creative minds.

She hopes to eventually pursue an Education degree, specializing in Inclusive Education, focusing on art and expressive therapies with youth.

Melanie also loves coffee, weekend hikes in the mountains, and her 6 year old Orange Tabby cat, Bella.

Aisha Kalenga

Active Play Coordinator

Aisha is an alumnus from Bow Valley College. She is from Edmonton and can speak 3 languages: Kinyarwanda, Swahili, and English. Her goals as an educator are to be a good role model and to inspire children. Her passion is to be a teacher who loves to play, learn, and have fun with the children. She looks forward to sharing knowledge, understanding, skills, capabilities, and cognitive styles with the children at TOPP KIDS and their families.

Katie Douglas

Active Play Coordinator

Katie is incredibly passionate about working with children and providing opportunities for children and youth to be engaged in their communities. She is currently studying elementary education at Mount Royal University with a focus in Social Studies. Her love for working with children sparked her to create a youth engagement program in her hometown where she learned the true power that children have to make a difference. Katie strongly believes each child is unique and has their own strengths and abilities that should be celebrated.

Growing up on a cattle farm, Katie developed a love for nature and being active outdoors. She remains active into adulthood playing volleyball and getting out into nature wherever she can.

Copperfield School

Ashley Fox

Program Coordinator

Ashley has been a early childhood educator for over 10 years, completing her studies through the Collage of the Rockies in Cranbrook BC. Ashley had worked with children 0 -5 years old for five years before moving to Calgary to become a Nanny. For the last five years this was her journey until she joining the TOPP KIDS family.

In her spare time, Ashley loves to read comic books and finding collectibles. Reading is truly a passion and she enjoys watching Hockey and cheering for her favorite New York Rangers. She also loves crocheting and making blankets.

Anastasia Ryabova

Active Play Coordinator

Anastasia was born in Russia, Moscow and is currently a student in a Business Administration program as well as a professional dancer and has danced in many locations all over the world. This experience has helped her a lot with being able to teach dance to kids and adults at studios such as RSVP 33 and IllFX Company. She absolutely loves kids and thinks that TOPP KIDS is an amazing place and community. She is very excited to be a part of the team!

Alexis Jenkinson

Active Play Coordinator

Hi! My name is Alexis, my favorite sports are rock climbing and soccer. I started working with children from a young age and realized it was the place for me since then I have grown my education within childcare. I have been a rock climbing instructor for three years now with the city of Calgary. When I was in high school I did a lot of respite work with some individuals I met through rock climbing instructing.  I was a nanny for 3 years following high school. In school, I took a class called sports performance which got me into weight lifting. I will be attending school this year for early learning and childcare at Bow Valley College.

I am so excited to work with your children and grow with them!!!

Karen Jensen

Active Play Coordinator
Karen is a native Calgarian, still living in the same community that her grandparents and parents grew up in. She is a single mom with a beautiful daughter who has been able to bless her life by showing her how special a child with special needs can be raised to be a productive, independent member of society. Karen has always been surrounded by children and started babysitting at age 8, babysitting her cousins, working as a nanny, a Girl Guide leader, a classroom mom, as well as sitting on the Board of Directors for a charity that provides low-income youth with a chance to attend camp.
Karen holds multiple post-secondary diplomas, her latest being in Child & Youth Care, but some of her previous diplomas include Forestry & Wildlife Management and Legal Assistant. Karen also take many courses in the evenings and on weekends as she likes to continually expand her knowledge. "If you were to open a reading app on my phone you will quite often find a few books being read at once as I am an avid reader." Karen also maintains her First Aid Certificate and Psychology First Aid Certificate.
"I love children and believe it takes a village to raise a child, and believe every child is capable of great success. I have a very adventurous spirit and can answer questions that many youth may wonder. I look forward to answering questions about my experiences and getting to know you and your family better."

Chloe Frias

Active Play Coordinator

Born and raised in Calgary, Chloe has been working with kids from preschool to elementary for over 3 years. A passion for helping school-age children express themselves and discover their passions brought her to TOPP KIDS, where she gets to have fun, play, laugh, learn & grow alongside this amazing team!

Melissa Berry

Active Play Coordinator

Melissa was born and raised in a small town in Ontario. She has her ECE diploma from Niagara College. She moved to Banff in 2005 and lived there until 2017 - the mountains captured her heart. There she had the opportunity to work with children 12 months to 4 years old. In her spare time she likes to be outdoors, go on adventures, scrapbook, and find a new craft to do. "I am very excited to meet all of you and play, grow, laugh, and learn with your children"!

Holy Child School

Kayla Martin

Program Coordinator - Kindi-Care Club

Kayla's passion has always been teaching and shaping the minds of children. She makes it her priority to ensure every child’s individual needs are met and understands that each child is very different. She has been in the Early Learning & Child Care field for over 4 years and has obtained her ELCC Diploma from Bow Valley College. Kayla has previous experience in Out of School Care and Preschool. She joined TOPP KIDS to broaden her knowledge in the child care industry and is very excited to part of this family.

Daniela Quintero

Assistant Program Coordinator

Daniella is an enthusiastic learner that strives to inspire a passion for learning in children. She believes that freedom of expression is crucial for children to obtain through diverse creative mediums in order to foster healthy, competent, and functioning adults in society. There are many innovative and imaginative ways children express themselves. What she has observed throughout her experiences with working with children is that play is the most important element in a child’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. This has transformed the way she interacts and perceives children. Daniella feels that when given the right tools and guidance, children can thrive in an environment that supports their imagination. As a result, she am an advocate for children’s right to play, as it is the best way children learn. She strongly believes her role is to not only be a caregiver but to also empower and strengthen children’s concept of self-respect.

Besides running around with children, she is working on getting her Bachelor’s of Arts degree, with the hope of continuing on to become an elementary school teacher. Her other interests include yoga, ballet, and make-up artistry. Daniella was a closet poet but now has learned the value of sharing fearlessly. Some of my poetry works are published, and children have become a constant flow of inspiration, and gratitude.

Girlie Sumaoang

Active Play Coordinator - Kindi-Care Club

A teacher’s heart that loves making a child’s life bright. Girlie has always known what she wanted: to be a teacher. Girlie has spent her whole life staying in school since she was three years old. She decided to take Bachelor in Secondary Education major in English after she graduated from High School. Her burning desire and passion to touch the lives of children lead her into enrolling to her second degree: Bachelor in Elementary Education Major in preschool education with special Education Units. Children have a soft spot in Girlie’s heart, and this is why her goal is to be a great mentor as she works to make a difference in their lives.

Kieran Staples

Active Play Coordinator

Born and raised right here in Calgary, Kieran's interest in Early Childhood Education began when he was young, working with children in his mothers day home. During his teenage years, Kieran began babysitting as well as volunteering with kids at a local school. Kieran really enjoyed doing various activities with the children and it was during that time Kieran decided he wanted a career within the child care industry.

Kieran obtained his Child Development Assistant certificate and is currently registered at Bow Valley College and working to obtain his Child Development Worker certification.

Kierans active, fun, and positive personality adds a special something to our centres. Kieran truly is a “kid at heart”. He is always committed to creating a safe and fun environment for children to play and learn in.

In his spare time, Kieran enjoys playing soccer, watching sports, and travelling.

Cheryl Murphy

Active Play Coordinator

She received her Early Childhood Education and Development education at Mount Royal College back in 1993, and has been playing & learning alongside children for 25 years. Cheryl exhibited her love for children in many settings, including daycares, her own day home, preschools, and is now currently working with children of diverse needs within a school setting. "I find it very rewarding to assist children in all areas of development. Children make me smile and I am very excited to be part of the Topp Kids family".

“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.” – Stacia Tauscher

Angela Alano

Active Play Coordinator

Ever since Angela was in elementary, whenever she was asked what she wanted to be when she was older, she always said a teacher. Education always stayed in her mind as a profession she wanted to pursue.

Angela has her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and is currently working towards her Bachelor of Education specializing in early childhood at the University of Calgary. Interacting with younger children and helping them one on one, she realized how much knowledge and insight kids have to offer and that she would love to help set up and guide them towards a successful future. Angela strives to help students discover the potential they have that they otherwise did not know about or believe in, and help provide guidance and support children need to thrive in our world.

McKenzie Lake School

Meghan Labossiere

Program Coordinator

Meghan graduated from Mount Royal University in 2013, obtaining her Applied Bachelor of Child Studies Degree and Children’s Mental Health Certificate.  When she first graduated Meghan had no clear idea of exactly what she wanted to do or what direction she wanted to go in.  All she knew was that she had a passion for working with children and that she wanted to be able to make a difference in children’s lives, to be a role model and mentor to them while still having a ton of fun! Meghan says she is happy to have found TOPP KIDS, where she is able to fulfil what she has always wanted to do. "This year will be my sixth year at TOPP KIDS and I continue to see myself grow and learn along with the company, children and families. TOPP KIDS feels like family to me and that’s all I hope for with anyone who walks through our doors"!

Alecia Tuff

Active Play Coordinator

Alecia’s passion for working with children stemmed from an early age. Having grown up in day homes she understands the importance and backbone of excellent care and always treating families like her own. Through this, she experienced care for children with special needs teaching her first-hand how to interact with children with different cognitive capacities and the importance of identification and recognition that each child needs.

“Having grown up and worked with children with severe disabilities inspired me. Working with children, growing their potential, their willingness to succeed, and building their self-respect are all goals I have with every child".

She loves the challenge and reward of working with children of all ages and abilities. She believes that every child is unique, special, and should be treated with respect. She focuses on developing positive relationships, helping a child grow, and develop working towards making a difference in every child’s life. She very excited to be part of the team at TOPP KIDS and having the opportunity to work with so many great families.

Sarah Klein

Room Lead - Out of School Club

Sarah has loved working with children since a very young age and after high school, she took her personal experiences of being in childcare and moved into an educational setting. Her passion for children pushes her to ensure no child’s voice goes unheard. “I want every child to be able to speak their voice and have numerous opportunities to develop into their own unique individuals, so in the future they can overcome any obstacles they need to!"

As well as a Certified and Registered Emergency Medical Responder, Sarah is currently a student at Bow Valley College, studying Early Childhood Education and Development, with the possibility of pursuing a Bachelor of Education in the near future.

In her spare time, Sarah can be found spending as much time as possible outside!  She enjoys camping, hiking, snowboarding, travelling, volleyball, and playing the piano! I am extremely excited to share my love of the outdoors and the importance of exploring nature with the children from TOPP KIDS!

Megan George

Active Play Coordinator

Megan is from Calgary where she lives with her 4 young children and fiance. She discovered her natural affinity for nurturing and guiding young children when she first opened her family day home in 2008. She loves co-learning and co-exploring with children, creating new experiences and learning about the world and its surroundings. She is currently a full-time student at Red Deer College and plans to complete her ELCC Diploma by 2020. Megan completed her first practicum with TOPP KIDS and is eager to grow and learn within the industry to provide the highest level of childcare possible. Her personal interests include fitness, wellness, reading, sewing, and food!

Gihye Jeong

Active Play Coordinator

Before Gihye moved to Canada in 2017, she worked as an English teacher for 6 years in Korea. After receiving her Bachelor's degree in English, she travelled to the world.

"I love to learn and try new things. Most of all, I love to create things out of nothing such as painting, knitting, pottery, cooking, and baking." She can't wait to help our TOPP KIDS become creative artists by exposing them to new artistic adventures.

Her favourite things to do outside of work is yoga and walking her puppy, Jimmy, who loves chewing socks and cardboard! "I am so excited to spend this year with you getting to know you and grow with you!".

North Haven School

Brittani Slocombe

Program Coordinator

Brittani has worked with youth in community programming for more than 8 years and found her
passion for working with kids as a summer camp leader and nanny. Originally from High
River, she pursued her post-secondary studies in Montreal, Quebec, studying Secondary
Education in Social Sciences at McGill University.
Having grown up traveling and moving around overseas, Brittani values social and emotional
development in early childhood and knows firsthand the significance of mentorship in a child’s
life. Fostering leadership, agency, and impactful relationships are her passion as our
Program Coordinator at TOPP KIDS North Haven School.

Claire Gipson

Room Lead - Kindi-Care Club

Claire has always known that childcare was the field she wanted to pursue in life; it’s not just a job to go to each morning, but her passion that is being fulfilled. She studied Child Care in Cambridge, United Kingdom, where she achieved her Foundation Degree in Early Childhood and her Bachelor of Honours in Early Child Care and Education. Not only does she have over 10 years’ experience working with children, but she also has 6 years of personal experience being a mum to her own children!

Every day is a chance to learn something new, and she looks forward to continuing her education with TOPP KIDS to develop her knowledge even further. Claire truly believes that a positive, friendly and loving environment where we can fully understand children as the individuals they are, allows them to grow into their unique personalities – being part of their lives and helping to influence their development fulfills her ambition.

Danielle Gauthier

Active Play Coordinator

Danielle has recently completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Calgary with a major in dance and is a mentor in the TOPP KIDS family. Born and raised in Edmonton, she grew up in a family that supported her many endeavors: academically, athletically and in the arts.

She completed French Immersion schooling from kindergarten to grade 9, then decided to pursue her passion for dance in High School. She was heavily involved in sports in Junior High including volleyball, basketball, track and field, slow pitch, soccer and wrestling teams. Not only does she like expressing herself artistically through dance, but she also enjoys culinary arts, painting, sculpting, colouring and singing. Dannielle prides herself in being the fun aunt and she adores her niece and nephew. In the future, she is interested in becoming a teacher and is excited to bring her positive attitude to TOPP KIDS and the ECE field!

Stacey Burridge

Room Lead - OOSC Program

Staci has been working with children and youth for over ten years and adores working with elementary-aged children. Playing with the kids, and learning about the world all over again through their eyes is what drives her every day. Stacey focuses her practice based on the needs of every individual child, their strengths and uniquenesses.

Born and raised in the Calgary area, Stacey loves the winter, camping in the summer, and spending as much time as she can with her immediate family, who all live very close. Working with kids, and bringing fun and empathy to her interactions with them every day is her passion!

Jiexi (Jessie) Fu

Active Play Coordinator

Jessie comes from Hong Kong and has been in Canada for six years. Most recently, she graduated from Mount Royal University in April 2018. She is a very active girl and loves doing yoga & boxing during her free time. She is excited to join the TOPP KIDS family and hopes that she can use her passion to support children to help them reach their full potentials.

Kristy Stewart

Youth Community Facilitator
Kristy has been working with children for over 20 years. She is a mother of 5 and ran a day home when she first started having children. Then, Kristy began teaching cooking classes for kids at a company her friend had started. She became an educational assistant for preschoolers with exceptional needs, which she loved doing for many years. Kristy also taught preschool for a short time before joining the TOPPKIDS family.

Kristin Klassen

Active Play Coordinator

Kristin was born and raised in Calgary. She graduated from Bow Valley College with her Child Development Supervisor certification. In 5 years she hopes to be in a leadership position. Kristin is most passionate about working with children because every day is different and watching them achieve their developmental milestones is amazing.

Sreekala Nair

Active Play Coordinator

Sreekala is from Kerala, a beautiful place in the southernmost part of India. She completed a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry in 2001 and a Masters Degree in 2003 from Mahatma Gandhi University. She also completed her Bachelor of Education in Physical Science in 2004. After her completion of studies, she worked in schools across different states in India, working with students in grades 1-12. She has lots of experience in science fairs and multidisciplinary projects.

Apart from her education and work, her hobbies include singing and cooking.

Support Team

Cody Topp

Co-Owner / CEO

Focuses

Dream, Inspire, Growth & Development, Celebrate

"I believe that every person has greatness within and can perform at an exceptional level once they understand how to self-manage their own performance and are given the right tools. My purpose is to help grow each and every industry professional and have them find their greatness within, so they can have a successful career and change lives while significantly contributing to the success of their company and community.

Owning and operating TOPP KIDS Out of School Clubs for the last 6 years has given me the opportunity to personally work within the Early Learning Care sector, aligning myself with sector professionals, advocates and organizations. Through this involvement, I have found a way to create a new network for Early Learning professionals to gain the tools they need to find their greatness within. We have called our newest initiative ELCC & Community Development.

It is this experience coupled with my knowledge of service management, corporate training, business management, growth systems, and my own sector-specific professional development that allows me to provide a completely unique learning experience for all Early Learning professionals.

I am deeply passionate about delivering exceptional results for our industry, our professionals, their businesses, and the children they mentor. In the Early Learning community, I currently also sit as Vice Chair on the SACDA Board, Chair the Alberta School Age Conference, and am the founder of the Lights on Afterschool Alberta initiative."

Our Operator, Cody took over TOPP KIDS in late 2012. He has been instrumental in every part of the program and its growth, helping develop and expand the group to what it is today. Cody brings with him a wealth of entrepreneurial experience, owning previous successful small businesses along with his background in Early Childhood Education, Hospitality Management and corporate training. As a father, and Afterschool Care advocate,  and committed child care provider, Cody is focused on making TOPP KIDS the highest quality childcare company in Alberta and an employer of choice for industry professionals as well as helping guide and create a new standard for School Age Care in Alberta.

Karen Swanson

Integration Coordinator

Karen has worked as a Early Childhood Educator for over 25 years. For 15 of those years she worked as the Childcare & Home Support Coordinator for a family resource center in central Alberta. Karen facilitated parenting programs, planned the children’s activities and implemented health and safety guidelines at the agency. After moving to Calgary, Karen provided care for her two granddaughters and operated her own day home. She joined the TOPP KIDS team in June 2012, bringing so much knowledge and experience. Karen has a true passion for providing quality care for children of all ages and is a born leader.

Chelsey MacLellan

Operations Manager

The first 12 years of a child’s life are foundational in creating the morals, values, and self-esteem they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Providing a safe creative and nurturing environment for children to explore, create and discover who they are and who they long to become has always been my passion. We are all a hidden treasure longing to be known and every child deserves to be seen that way and be appreciated and loved for exactly who they are. It is Chelsey's life mission to allow exactly that.

She began her journey with children working youth summer camps where she learned a foundational relationship to learning through play, community, and nature. Chelsey then continued in an integrative environment for children with special needs where again a foundation of community and play was deeply rooted in the progress of each child and the community. Having a background in Montessori teaching where children are encouraged to learn through natural play and self-exploration, the deep need and importance of leadership and self-ignition became paramount for a child to truly understand and treasure who they are. After a foundation of learning with younger children, she came to love the passion and creativity school-age children have. The way they allow themselves to truly explore and allow their inner selves to blossom.

"I am proud to say I have committed the last 15 years to working with school age children and excited my journey has led me to work and lead with the children, families, and team at TOPP KIDS."

Shamiza Mohamed

Sr. Regional Manager

Shamiza's passion for early childhood development stemmed from a young age. “I myself was in childcare for many years of my life, and I have had an amazing experience! My goal is to give children the same amazing experience that I received and help them grow into successful young adults”.

Starting off on the road of Early Childhood Education just over 12 years ago, Shamiza completed the Early Learning and Child Care Program at Mount Royal University. Beginning her work first with children between the ages of 2 and 5, she then expanded her horizons to working with children between the ages of 6 and 12. Building relationships, learning from them and fostering their growth- this is where she found her passion.

“I am a true believer in giving children a voice. They know exactly what it is that they want, and they even know how to get there! They just need the support!”

Shamiza prides herself in building strong family bonds at all of her programs!”

Christie Scarlett

Professional Development Coordinator

Christie Scarlett has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 24 years. Her passion for children's advocacy and leadership for EC Practitioners continues as she volunteers as a board director/treasurer for the National organization, the Canadian Child Care Federation for the past 4 years.  She has been honoured to work alongside children and families in a variety of capacities. More recently, she has had experience working closely with both front line and supervisory positions; developing a dynamic team of robust educators and has effectively hired and mentored supervisory level employees and executive members. In the past, Christie has taught many children’s programs, worked with pregnant and parenting young mothers, and was a family resource facilitator for child care programs. Christie is married with 2 beautiful daughters, whom she loves spending all her time outside of work with!

Maria Topp

Accounts Manager

With a background in Business Administration Finance and a passion for bookkeeping, Maria has the skills and organization that make her the perfect Accounts Manager for TOPP KIDS. She is a super-mom to two handsome young boys constantly keeping her busy! She is passionate about the TOPP KIDS vision and its growth and is the backbone of support to her husband, Cody, our TOPP KIDS Owner and Operator.

Taryn Rottaire

Administrative Assistant

Taryn began her journey working with children in an educational setting after graduating high school. Since then, her passion for working alongside children has only grown. "I believe it is important to create an atmosphere where children feel safe and confident, as well as an environment that is flexible and accommodating to each child’s individual interests, needs, and personality".

Taryn spent the spring of 2016 on a university exchange in the Netherlands, received her Bachelor of Arts in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Calgary in 2017, and is now pursuing her Bachelor of Education at Ambrose University. In her spare time, she loves to travel, read, and spend time outdoors with soccer, hiking, yoga, snowboarding, and lots of camping.

Chef Chris

Head Chef - Mini Chef Program

Chef Chris is a very hands-on high positive energy Chef and Leader with a very diversified background in Hospitality, Culinary, and Food Service industries. He brings innovation and structure delivering a hallmark signature of passion and leadership to the TOPP KIDS team.

“I bring my culinary skills and experiences and my passion for healthy farm to table meals to TOPP KIDS to help inspire children to create spectacular foods and learn valuable life skills. My goal is to create a Mini Chefs program that every child at any skill level can enjoy and to make every session a memorable experience offering positive mentoring, developing personal growth"

Chef Chris has worked in many types of culinary atmospheres from fine dining to butchering, and in some amazing restaurants including the Bears Den, Chop, and the Metropolitan Grill to name a few. He has participated in many cooking shows and competitions including Rocky Mountain Food and Wine Show, Taste of Calgary, and was the assistant to Chef Keen – winning the Gold Medal Plate at Bocuse d’Or fundraising competition as well as previously being nominated for a White Hat Award!

We are always excited when we get to have Chef Chris with us at TOPP KIDS!

Courtney Smith

Regional Manager

Courtney has been working with children for over 10 years and has a distinct passion for providing children the best opportunities to thrive in their environment. Every child has a unique gift and profound potential for greatness. Children have the unique gift of teaching the ones around them through their life experiences, because of children Courtney has learned so much. “A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.” ~ Paulo Coelho. It’s only her wish that she can do her part in providing children the best opportunities for growth, development, learning, joy and passion.

Courtney began her work with children in Toronto, Ontario as she worked in a before and after school program while attending college for early childhood development. Following school, she moved to British Columbia and later Saskatchewan working in the field of early learning with children ages 1-12. Courtney then moved to Calgary, Alberta where she went back to her passion of working in out of school care. Since living in Calgary, she has been the coordinator of several before and after schools as well as an early learning and childcare coach to educators in the field.

"I have had the distinct pleasure of been in the early learning and childcare field for many years, working with amazing children, families and co-workers that have shaped me as a person as well as my creative passion. It’s my overwhelming wish to give back to children and families by providing them support, devotion, hard work, encouragement and care. I am privileged to be working at Topp Kids Out of School Clubs and the wonderful children, families and teams that surround them."

Jesse Topp

Facilities Manager