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. In addition, our Active Play Coordinators are certified through HIGH FIVE in Principles of Healthy Child Development. 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

Amanda Psiloyenis

Program Coordinator

Amanda is a mother of three teenage girls and has somehow ended up with three cats as well. A lover of animals; she would have a whole farm full of them if she could. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood from Ryerson University in Toronto. Since then, she has lived in New Brunswick before coming to Alberta and continues to grow her professional development. Amanda believes that “it takes a village” and is honored to be a part of that village for the families that she serves. It’s about the love of learning, and curiosity and she gets to be a part of that experience. She loves to chat so please don’t be shy! She revels in the personal reward when every family leaves happy.

Maggie McKay

Active Play Coordinator

Hello families!

My name is Maggie! I am currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Child Studies program, majoring in early childhood education at Mount Royal University. I have my level 2 childcare certification, and I am working towards my level 3. I have been working as an early childhood educator for 3 years, with children ranging in age from 10 months-12 years. I completed my practicum at TOPP KIDS Out of School Clubs, and I am now joining the team as an Active Play Coordinator. I am thrilled to continue growing with the TOPP KIDS community. I cannot wait to share my passion for learning and children with everyone here. Apart from work, I also love to hike with my dogs, go to the gym and play board games. I would like to take the chance to thank everyone for this opportunity, and I look forward to my time here!

"Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul."

-Friedrich Froebel

Anastasiia Plitina

Active Play Coordinator

Anastasiia Plitina graduated from the Art Faculty of the Kirovohrad State Pedagogical University named after Vinnichenko in 2010 with a degree in fine and decorative arts, and graphic design.  She worked as a teacher at the Kirovohrad City children’s art school named after A. Osmerkin, where she once studied herself.  In 2016, she moved to China, Shenzhen, where she worked as an art teacher at Honey Bee school for about five years.

Mrs. Anastasiia tends to various types of fine arts: painting, drawing, decorative, and Applied Arts.  She is very caring and patient with students.  They love her for her sense of humor and kind nature.

 

Katherine Hildenbrand

Room Lead

My name is Katherine Hildenbrand and I am currently finishing up the last year of my Bachelor of Education. Growing up I always loved taking care of kids, however, it was not until after I graduated high school that I decided I wanted to pursue a career in Education. Outside of work I love spending time with my friends and family outdoors. I am the proud auntie to two nieces and two nephews and I am also a proud fur mom to a beautiful cat, a spunky dog, and a laid-back rabbit.

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".

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.

Sydney Winsnes

Active Play Coordinator

Sydney grew up in Red Deer and has recently moved to Calgary to begin working in the Child Care industry, with the desire to become a Paediatric Nurse. She has a passion for creativity and a connection to children through play. Sydney has coached many sports teams and has been highly involved in athletic programs all her life. Her love for kids comes from her interest in learning the way they learn and seeing the world from a child's open-minded point of view. Sydney loves to laugh and smile with the children every day and brings a positive energy to the TOPP KIDS program to share with all the children.

Cindy Davie

Active Play Coordinator

Bio Coming Soon!

Stacey Burridge

Room Lead

I am returning to TOPP KIDS after a hiatus and am SO happy to be coming home! I have worked with families, children, and youth for my entire working life since I was 16. I adore watching children learn on their own terms and absolutely love it when you can see something click in their brains. The infinite potential and capacity in children are what draws me to them again and again.

Alyssa Wilson

Active Play Coordinator

Alyssa is so excited to be joining the TOPP KIDS team and she is looking forward to getting to know all these new faces! Alyssa has always had a passion for working with children and it shows through the dedication she shows in her work. She has an extensive background in working with children through her work as a swim instructor, day camp leader, and camp counselor. In 2022 she graduated from St. Mary's University with her Bachelor of Arts and she is just starting her Bachelor of Education at St. Mary's University. She hopes to become an elementary school teacher. Alyssa believes that fostering strong connections with not only the children within the program but their families as well is the way to make sure we all grow together

Alison McDonald

Active Play Coordinator

Hi! My name is Alison and I’m so excited to be working with TOPP KIDS.

I graduated from Niagara College from the Fitness and Health Promotion program.  From there I was a Child Care Worker in both Elementary and Secondary Schools, working with children with learning disabilities and Autism.  Working with children is my passion and I cannot wait to continue down this path!

Samantha Lahure

Active Pay Coordinator

Bio coming soon!

Keandra Smith

Active Play Coordinator

Keandra Smith is so excited to be joining the TOPP KIDS Family as an Active Play Coordinator. Keandra started her journey with TK in 2013, as a child attending the summer camp program. She then became a Mentor, Junior-Leader, and has volunteered for the past four years. Keandra has continued to come back every year to have fun, make some great memories, spend time with friends and be part of the Topp Kids Family.

 

Keandra recently graduated from Crescent Height High School (CHHS - class of 2021-2022). She was enrolled in the Leadership Program at CHHS where they would create and organize events for the entire school to participate. Keandra was also enrolled in the Sports Medicine Program (where they would learn about how to treat/help athletes that where injured) and she was the Senior Girls Volleyball Trainer at Crescent. This year Keandra won the Grade 12 Athletics Sports Medicine Trainer of the Year (2021-2022) Award and the Sheila Iversen Athletic Training Award.

 

One of Keandra’s best memories about TOPP KIDS was being a Junior-Leader and going on the Leadership Camp. Keandra said she learned how to step outside her comfort zone and how to be a supportive role model for everyone/be part of the team. People find that Keandra is the type of person who is always wanting to have a fun day where everyone leaves with a smile on their face and incredible memories to share with others. Keandra loves taking kids to the park to play new games and making friendship bracelets.

 

Keandra is now excited to start a new chapter here at TOPP KIDS. “I always looked up to the leaders growing up and now I get to be one. It’s a dream come true!” Keandra’s #1 goal is to have a lot of laughter everyday and to help children step out of their comfort zones and try something new in a safe and creative environment.

Ara Angrish

Kindi Room Lead

I love my job because it has made me more understanding, patient, and kinder. Every day is a new day and brings new learning with it. I love working with children and get amazed by their creativity, imagination, and love for the world.

Agrima Sharma

Active Play Coordinator

Bio Coming Soon!

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"!

Amy Vila

Room Lead

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.

Amanda Ip

Active Play Coordinator

Amanda has a background in graphic design where she played and created alone for many years but she is excited to pursue her second passion of working with children. She loves the joy and innocence that children bring to our future. "I am more than ready to get my hands dirty to share the fun and laughter of creativity with each and every one of you!"

Emily Lee

Active Play Coordinator

Emily enjoys being around with children and working in Child Care. She finds the job extremely gratifying as she can help children learn and grow. Emily was born in South Korea and moved to Canada with her family in 2013. Since then, she has been volunteering at various youth and children organizations and recently started working as a Childcare Assistant. Currently, she is studying at the University of Calgary to achieve her dream job which is becoming an elementary school teacher. Outside of work Emily loves cooking, baking, drawing and spending time with her family!

Lizzie Mayne

Active Play Coordinator

My name is Lizzie Mayne! I’m so excited to be a part of the team! I started working with children by volunteering at summer camps, and my passion for helping and watching them grow has only gotten stronger. I moved to Calgary a year ago from a small town in B.C. I’m planning to go back to school and get my bachelor of education so I can one day teach kindergarten.

In my spare time I enjoy hiking, snowboarding, baking and anything to do with art or music! I’m so excited to continue working with kids and pursuing my goals in education with TOPP KIDS!

Maple Ridge School

Arshpreet Kaur

KindiClub Room Lead

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.

 

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".

Kelsey Tavares

Active Play

I was born and raised in High River and have recently moved to the big city! Although I am new to the childcare field, I am eager to learn. I bring a fun, energetic, and quirky energy wherever I go and cannot wait to be inspired by co-workers and kids! In my free time, I like to surround myself with family, friends, and my cat, George! I enjoy spending time outdoors and exploring new areas, especially in the mountains!

Matthew Torres

Active Play Coordinator

Matthew's passion for childcare came forth when he spent time as a member of a youth organization in a local church. Matthew has continued working with this organization 5 years later as a head youth coordinator. Matthew is a graduate of the Health and Physical Education program at MRU. Matthew thrives in creating fun, exciting and engaging experiences for those he works with. Watching children grow and develop is something he truly enjoys. In his free time, Matthew enjoys playing basketball, spending time with family and most recently PC building.

Kriti Vaidya

Active Play Coordinator

Kriti has always desired to pursue a career in teaching and shaping the minds of children. Her experience working with children from kindergarten to teen years has been a wonderful experience, providing her with great happiness and satisfaction. She pushes herself to ensure every child’s individual needs are met and the brains are built to support the uniqueness of each individual child. Because of her more than 10 years of global experience, Kriti is keen to create a sense of community in every program she is a part of, and to establish a direct impact and be a positive role-model. She loves painting, dancing, quilting, calligraphy, so on… and enjoys outdoor activities too.

Maggie Poon

Active Play Coordinator

I was a nursery Kindergarten Educator and special needs child caseworker prior to joining the family at TOPP KIDS.  I have worked with many children in my career.  I love children.  There will never be a dull, humorless day when you are surrounded by children.  The most important thing is to be able to see them grow up happily.

Jason Clark

Program Coordinator

I have had the opportunity over the last 30 years to work with families and kids in different situations. I enjoy the journey that we are able to take and watching growth be experienced by all parties involved. I enjoy sports and have a passion for music whether it is performing or practicing playing and singing. I strive to be one that continues to grow and learn every season that life brings our way and I look forward to being a part of the TOPP Family and leading by serving all of you. If there's anything you would ever like to discuss please find me and we will make time for that to be able to happen.

Mackenzie Gale

Active Play Coordinator

Bio Coming Soon!

Evergreen School

Sarah Klein

Program Coordinator & Practicum Coordinator

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!

Kristy Stewart

Active Play Coordinator
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 TOPP KIDS family.

Megan Barrow

KindiClub Room Lead

Megan started with TOPP KIDS as a practicum student in 2018. This program has helped her complete her ELCC Diploma by providing highly influential mentors and environment. She has developed and presented a workshop on positive behavior guidance, which she believes is the keystone to being a great mentor. She sets monthly personal and professional goals and attends workshops, to stay abreast of the latest research regarding school-age children.  Through this line of work, she has discovered her natural affinity for nurturing and educating. She recently embarked on a new adventure at the University of Calgary and is studying through the Wurklund School of Education and hopes to teach in a formal classroom setting one day. Megan hopes to transform the lives of many through positive role-modeling, meaningful relationships, and best practices.

Kyla Taylor

Room Lead

I am a mom of two beautiful souls and a social worker with a passion to inspire and encourage others to develop into the best versions of themselves through learning, art, active play, and other various activities. I always look forward to making experiences within the program as fun and enjoyable as possible for everyone involved.

Joon Young Lee

Active Play Coordinator

I was born in  South Korea and in my family, we had three boys and we always played outside together. That is why I became very active, energetic, and athletic. Not having had digital gadgets at that time, I had a lot of time to play with peers outdoors and on the playground. This provided me with the opportunity to develop social skills.

Following in my father's footsteps, I studied civil engineering. After graduation, I came to Canada to improve my English and it did not take much time to fall in love with Canada because of its cultural diversity. It was a great benefit for me to experience various cultures in one country. Although I majored in engineering, I was always interested in early childhood education. That is because I wanted to make a contribution to our society by helping children become responsible adults. So I studied Early Child Education in Toronto and completed the course in 2016. My goal is to introduce various cultures to children, support their development, and positively guide their behaviors. In addition, maintaining a safe and healthy environment will be my top priority. Finally, every child has different needs and it will be my responsibility to meet their needs.

Caitlyn Stebenne

Active Play Coordinator

Caitlyn is a passionate Educator currently in school for Child and Youth Care and plans to get her Social Work Degree in the near future.

When I am not in school or at work I am with my puppies playing and cuddling.

Jas (Jaskarndeep) Tatla

Active Play Coordinator

Hey Everyone! My name is Jas! I was born in Pentiction BC, but lived in Kelowna growing up. I moved to Calgary for school, and completed my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. I am working on getting my Bachelors of Education, as I have wanted to be a teacher since I was a little girl. I enjoy crafting in my spare time, which includes knitting, painting, sculpting, cross-stitching, and whatever else I can get my hands on. I also enjoy hiking and being outside. I am a fall fanatic! I love autumn, it is my favorite season. I wish it was autumn all the time! My favorite holiday of course is Halloween! What's not to love about Autumn? I have two fur babies, and love spending time with them, especially snuggles on the couch! I'm excited to be a part of this team, as I believe that we all have the ability to change a child's life, even if it is a small impact. As they say, "It takes a village to raise a child."

Copperfield School

Ashley Fox

Program Coordinator

Ashley has been an early childhood educator for over 10 years, completing her studies through the College 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.

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.

Janina Guerra

Active Play Coordinator

Jania is super excited to be a part of the TOPP KIDS team! She recently graduated from the University of Alberta completing a Bachelor of Science. Jania always loved working with children and started with tutoring then moved on to summer camps, and now out of school clubs!

Andrea Timmoms

Room Lead

I was born in Grande Prairie, but have been living in Calgary since I was one. I graduated from Bow Valley College with my Early Learning and Childhood in 2012 and have been working with children ever since. For 26 years I was a Ukrainian dancer/instructor and for 13 of those years was a part of a performance group called Suzirya which gave me many opportunities to perform and travel the world.

 

When I m not working, I enjoy creating art such as drawing and painting doing crafts spending time with my family and friends, going on walks, and playing board games.

 Jennifer Heath-Henry

Active Play Coordinator

Jennifer is a Level 1 Montessori Preschool Teacher who is excited to join TOPP KIDS as an Active Play Coordinator, after owning and operating her own dayhome for 7 years. She has extensive childcare experience, having worked as a Nanny; Before & After School Leader; and Mentor for children and teens with Invisible Disabilities.

Also an accomplished artist, one of Jennifer's favorite quotes is "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." - Pablo Picasso.

Jennifer believes play and imagination are important parts of everyone’s life, at every age. In her spare time, she paints pop-art portraits, creates nature crafts, makes wishes on dandelions, and plays video games with her son, George. She has been living in Calgary since she relocated with her husband Sean in 2010.

Ryann Goetz

Active Play Coordinator

Bio Coming Soon!

Holy Child School

Paisley Evans

Active Play Coordinator

Hello everyone! My name is Paisley Evans. I am a student at Mount Royal University in the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. I am also a long time member of the amazing team at TOPP KIDS as a RoomLead! Since I can remember, I have always had a passion for teaching the younger generation, empowering them to be themselves, and fill the world with kindness. I believe that as we empower one another to spread kindness in our world, we will live in a much happier place. I admire teaching in a hands-on environment and exploring our world alongside their lively minds. Young children bring so much joy to my life! I am so excited to meet the children and families that are a part of the program and have fun learning experiences with one another!

Leah Davenport

Room Lead

I have been around kids my whole life as my mom ran a day home for years. This stepped me in a direction to have a passion to pursue my career working with children! In 2017 I got my Childcare Development Assistant certificate and pursued my dream of working with children! I plan on going back to school to complete my other two levels of education and then well onto my bachelor’s degree!

Michelle Botero

Active Play Coordinator

My name is Michelle Botero, and I am studying Child Studies at Mount Royal University. I found my passion for working with children in Peru two years ago. I realize that children need an educator to guide them to develop their abilities in life, and I desire to help children build a strong foundation for their future. As I work with children, I know that they will also help me be a better person because they see the world differently. My goal is to improve my knowledge as an educator and build relationships with families and their children.

Carolina Montana

Program Coordinator

Carolina is a certified Child Development Supervisor and holds her diploma in Early Childhood Education as well as an Infant and Toddler certificate from Capilano University in North Vancouver, BC. She also has her diploma in Interior Design from Vancouver College of Art & Design. Carolina has been working in the ECE field for more than 7 years, giving her experience with multiple age groups. She has previously worked as Room Lead educator with centers in both Vancouver and Calgary.  Originally from Colombia, Carolina moved to Canada 12 years ago and has loved it ever since. She enjoys working with children and connecting with them in meaningful ways. Their creativity, imaginations, and complex personalities are what keep her passionate and motivated in her work. Outside of work, Carolina enjoys horseback riding, dancing, cycling, hiking, and interior design.

Sarah Gunson

Active Play Coordinator

Hello, my name is Sarah and I recently moved back home to Calgary after spending seven years in Toronto, ON. I attended York University in Toronto and obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and hope to return back one day to school to either obtain my teaching degree or to become a speech therapist... I am a very indecisive person, and it might take a few years to figure this out! In my free time, you can catch me at the gym lifting some weights or hiking a mountain with a group of friends! My biggest goal for the year is to hopefully be a new mom to a golden retriever puppy!

Zackery Robert

Active Play Coordinator

I am originally from Winnipeg and I have completed my first degree at the U of M. My long-term goal is to become a teacher.

Cindy Chung

Active Play Coordinator

Hi! I am a current student at University of Calgary and am studying music in hopes of being a music teacher when I grow up. I have three dogs, two turtles, a cat, and a few fish. I love spending time with my family and walking my dogs. In my spare time, I like to shop and play games. I love kids and I am excited about being able to make a fun learning environment even outside of home!

McKenzie Lake School

Megan Wood

Room Lead

I am a fun, loving, and passionate person who has worked with children for over 6 years! I have worked in a preschool, a summer camp, an elementary school, and homes. I also have been working with children with special needs for 6 years in the form of respite and private tutoring. I am the type of person who strives to work hard and have fun. I absolutely love working with children and it brings me happiness 24/7! I am super excited to start my journey at TOPP KIDS and I can't wait to meet everyone.

Linda Kissiedu

Active Play Coordinator

My name is Linda Kissiedu, I am a graduate of the Early Childhood Education and Development Studies program from Bow Valley College, and I am currently a student at the University of Athabasca studying my Bachelor of Professional Arts in Human Service. Working in this field has always been my passion due to the love, care, and support I have for children. So, with my intentions of acquiring more skills in order to be a positive professional educator, I look forward to creating play experiences in such a way that encourages and facilitate the overall growth and development of the children.

Madison Martin

KindiClub Room Lead

I grew up in a small town in Saskatchewan. I spent most of my days playing sports and going on road trips. After graduating from Outlook High School I went to Lakeland College in Vermilion and graduated with my Level 3 in Early Childhood Education. I moved to Elk Point and became a pedagogical leader where I got to help the staff build the best space for those kids. I moved to Saskatoon and took on a B&A program of 30 children. That quickly grew into 110 children. In my spare time, I like to go on road trips, play sports, or paint. I love working with kids for many reasons but my favorite one would be how they remind me that I need to slow down and enjoy the little things.

Sofia (Estefany) Correa

Active Play Coordinator

I came to Canada from Columbia around the age of 9. It has been a wonderful experience. I have gone to school, and university and have now graduated! I took fine arts with psychology. I am also hoping to take a master's in art therapy and to open my own business doing journals and stickers! I am so excited to be an educator here at TOPP KIDS!

Cris Ann Enriquez

Active Play Coordinator

I love to dance, sing and cook! Most of the time, when I have my day off, I like to spend it at the gym in the morning and with my family for the rest of the day, We like going on vacations may it be camping or long drives. I am currently trying new experiences and hobbies such as reading books and going for a hike. My goal in life is to become an inspiration to young kids, that you can achieve anything that you want as long as you put your heart into it.

I recently just finished a diploma and looking forward to achieving more in academics. Why do I love working with kids? I enjoy working with children because they represent hope and the future to me. Working with children is a great opportunity to be of service to one's community. The child is better for it. Parents enjoy peace of mind knowing that their children are well cared for in their absence. Reminds you of how amazing and exciting the world can be. I love seeing things from their point of view, their innocence and willingness to know more of the world reminds me of how eager I am to learn and grow when I was their age. It makes me a happier and more positive person in my day-to-day life. Children also encourage you to use your imagination and find new creative ways to do things!

Jarod Tomiyama

Active Play Coordinator

Hello, my name is Jarod Tomiyama! I'm a recent honours university graduate with a passion for writing and storytelling. I'm looking to make my way in the world, and hopefully, make a positive difference for the children that I work with.

St. Mary's School

Jesse Topp

Facilities Manager & Active Play Coordinator

Jesse is a true educator and shaper of young minds. After completing his Early Childhood Education, Jesse had started working with school-age children and never looked back. For almost 15 years his focus is to develop young minds, provide structure, and inspire children to new possibilities every day. A big fan of physical literacy and loose parts play, Jesse also holds the role of Facilities Manager at TOPP KIDS as well as heads our OHS board and is also a Co-Founder of TOPP KIDS.

Cathy Going

Active Play Coordinator

I have always known that I wanted to work with children and youth from a young age. My goal has been to move from my hometown of Fernie B.C. to Calgary, AB to obtain a degree where I can help shape and guide children to achieving their goals. I received my Bachelor of Arts with a focus on Child Psychology.

I then started working in the out of school sector.  I loved what I was doing and decided to obtain my Early Childhood Educator Certificate. After a few years, I then took some time away to start my own family. I am a mother to three boys, and I have always had the pleasure of volunteering in their schools and other extracurricular activities.

I am excited to be a part of the TOPP KIDS Program. My goal is to help make a positive difference in a child’s day-to-day life. I believe each child should be treated with respect, care, and love. I am happy to meet some new families and be a part of their growing experience.

Maggie Ip

Program Coordinator

Maggie was born in Hong Kong and moved to Calgary, Alberta in 2012. She graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Art in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. Maggie first joined an organization as a Spring Camp volunteer in 2017 and discovered her passion for working in the social services sector, particularly with children and youth. In the same year, Maggie joined the team as a Children and Youth Program Coordinator. Maggie has coordinated different programs catered toward children and youth, including the Spring Camp, Summer Camp, Afterschool Program, Youth Mentorship Program, etc.

 

Maggie was also responsible for coordinating a program to help train young adults to better care for their mental health, as well as to equip them with other life skills to help their peers. She also has experience working with minority populations with different mental health problems or family issues. Maggie has five years plus of professional experience working with children and youth and two years of professional experience in working in mental-health related issues.

Stephanie Wiigs

Active Play Coordinator

Hello! My Name is Stephanie Wiigs. I have lived in Okotoks most of my life and love the people here. Since I can remember, I have always loved helping the younger generation to become their best selves and really realise their potential everyday. Children truly make this world a happier place.

 

I can't wait to meet your child and start thier empowering journey together.

Katheryn Greer

Active Play Coordinator

Bio Coming Soon!

Bayside School

Debbie Klein

Active Play Coordinator

Debbie moved around quite a bit as a child, but moved to Calgary in 1990 to grow her family. She began working with children after raising seven of her own. With over a decade of experience with school-aged care, Debbie strives for each child to discover their strengths, interests, and at times challenge themselves! "I want all children at TOPP KIDS to feel confident, safe, and loved." Debbie is very excited to continue her learning alongside the children at TOPP KIDS.

Ashwaq (Ash) Elrafie

Room Lead

I was born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario, and moved to Chestermere, Alberta with my family when I was 17. I obtained my Childcare Assistant Certification in 2019 and have been working in Childcare for the past 2 Years but have had a passion for Childcare and Early Childhood Education since I was 16.

Sun Hye Lee

Active Play Coordinator

Hello everyone,

I am Sun. I am so excited to join the team at TOPP KIDS and get to know everyone.

I have worked with children in Calgary for about ten years. I enjoy working with children and watching how they learn and grow. I truly think that I am learning from them as much as they are from me.

When I am not working, I like going for walks, reading, and watching movies.

I look forward to a wonderful year!

Stacy Thorne

Program Coordinator

My husband and I moved to Canada in 2012. We have spent the last 10 years making Calgary our home. I come from a background of working in the mental health industry, and have over 14 years of experience in that field. I am excited to be part of the team here at TOPP KIDS Leading our Bayside School Location.

I have two very active sons, and a dog named Fudge.

Avelyn Derker

Active Play Coordinator

Avelyn started working as a private nanny after high school as she had a natural talent for caretaking. After a couple of years,  she decided that she wanted to make a career out of it. She obtained her Early Learning & Child Care Diploma from Bow Valley College.  She has worked in a few daycares and preschools over the years but her favorite is out-of-school care.  Bringing so much fun and creativity to the table,  she is able to manage the school age with ease.  She has recently enrolled in college again with an interest in receiving a Graphic Design Diploma.  Her main goal in child care is to be the person she needed when she was a child and to help children grow and learn to be competent and confident in themselves.

Evie Blake (they/them)

Active Play Coordinator

Hi, My name is Evie! I am very excited to be a part of this team and your child's life. I was born and raised in the small town Stettler but moved to Calgary to experience city living. My passion for Early Childhood Education began when I was 13 and asked to care for my cousins. Since then my passion has only grown. I have co-taught baby ballet classes, coached U12 rugby, and worked as a camp counselor at an overnight summer camp! I love to play rugby, train, and do crafts like crocheting or friendship bracelets in my spare time. I am empathetic and accepting, and so excited to meet you all!

Support Team

Cody Topp

Co-Owner / CEO

Focuses

Dream, Innovate, Grow & 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 decade 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 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.

Meghan Labossiere

Regional Manager

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"!

Chelsey MacLellan

Operations Manager - Maternity Leave

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."

Karen Swanson

Integration Coordinator

Karen has worked as a Early Childhood Educator and leader 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.

Courtney Smith

Professional Development Coordinator

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."

Maria Topp

Finance Manager

With a background in Business Administration Finance and a passion for bookkeeping, Maria has the skills and organization that make her the perfect Finance 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 CEO.

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!

Claire Gipson

Registration & Accounts Manager

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.

Leslie Topp

Founder /Co-Owner

Founder of TOPP KIDS.

Having worked in Early Learning & Childcare for over 25 years, Leslie experienced firsthand the incredible effect of early academic exposure and the power of play, imagination, and natural exploration in young children.

In the years that followed, she worked to modify her own child developmental approach, one that would not impose on the child’s natural desire to explore, play, and learn by experimenting with the environment. She then came up with her Play, Grow, Laugh & Learn model.

In 2012, Leslie had unfortunately been diagnosed with Lupus and her son Cody stepped in to continue building on her dream.

Brittani Slocombe

Regional Manager

Brittani has worked with youth in community programming and education for more than 9 years, and first found her passion for working with children as a summer camp leader. Originally from southern Alberta, she grew up as a Canadian expat living abroad, and through her travels, learned the impact of a strong community and the importance of building relationships with peers, teachers, and coaches. Brittani values social and emotional development in early childhood and knows firsthand the significance of mentorship and the communities that are built for children outside of their school day through extracurriculars and out of school clubs. Brittani pursued her post-secondary studies in Montreal, Quebec, studying Secondary Education in Social Sciences at McGill University before returning to Calgary in 2018. Fostering leadership, agency, and impactful relationships with children and families is her passion at TOPP KIDS.

Brianna Kelly

Regional Manager

Brianna started her career in 2012 doing behavioral therapy with special needs children and enjoys creating an environment where children can flourish. Since then, she has developed and implemented many programs that helps foster a positive environment inducive of social and emotional learning.

Brianna is passionate about working with children and their families and looks forward to a fulfilling career with TOPP KIDS.

When Brianna is not at work she can be found on a golf course or in the mountains with her dog, Charlie.