Teachers & Assistants


Laura Anderson

Teacher, 3 Year Old Program

Education: University of Calgary Bachelor of Education 1996

Experience: Taught 5 years at the elementary level (K, Gr. 2 & PE), has taught at Silver Springs Preschool since 2008, Handwriting Without Tears training, Jolly Phonics training,  Standard Child Care First Aid/CPR/AED Level B

Email: laura@silverspringspreschool.com

Laura lives in the community and feels fortunate to have the opportunity to do what she loves so close to home. When not teaching, Laura enjoys camping, skiing and biking with her husband and 2 daughters.


Rachael Walker

Teacher, 3 & 4 Year Old Program

Education: BA Hons in Geography from the University of Sheffield UK, Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Newcastle, UK, completed training in both Handwriting Without Tears and Jolly Phonics, Standard Child Care First Aid/CPR/AED Level B

Experience: Rachael has taught for 7 years in elementary schools in both England and Scotland, teaching various grades and abilities. She started teaching at Silver Springs Preschool in 2012.

Email: rachael@silverspringspreschool.com

Both of Rachael’s daughters have been through the program and it has been great to see the preschool from both a parental and teaching perspective. In her spare time she plays competitive soccer and also loves to ski with her husband and 2 daughters.


Lisa West

Teacher,  4 Year Old Program

Education: Bachelor of Education from Liverpool University

Experience: Lisa trained as an early years teacher and her first position was at an elementary school in Lancashire, where she worked for 10 years. During that time Lisa taught full time classes from ages 4-7. Lisa has also been a substitute teacher while staying at home, and has volunteered with Calgary Reads.

Email: lisa@silverspringspreschool.com

Lisa and her husband moved to Calgary in 2006 and began their family here. She made the conscious decision to stay at home with her 2 children, Lily & Matthew, until they were of school age. Both of Lisa’s children have attended the Silver Springs Preschool. She is so glad for the opportunities that were provided to them before they started school. Lisa felt a complete sense of community whilst attending the preschool and enjoys Silver Springs very much.


 Julie McLeod 

 Assistant, 3 and 4 Year Old Program

 Education: Diploma in childcare from England, Standard First Aid

 Experience: Started at Silver Springs Preschool in 1998

 Email: julie@silverspringspreschool.com

Both of Julie’s “grown up” children went through the program at Silver Springs Preschool. She feels very fortunate to have a job that she enjoys so much and likes being part of this great community. Julie and her husband have lived in Silver Springs since 1985.

 Pam Philp

Assistant, 4 Year Old Program

(Bio coming soon)

 Email: pam@silverspringspreschool.com

Jenn Brand

Assistant,  3 Year Old Program

Education: Diploma in childcare from England, Standard First Aid

Experience: Jenn has 10 years experience supporting children with special needs in Preschool and Kindergarten settings. She also homeschooled her children during their elementary years

Email: jenn@silverspringspreschool.com

Jenn has been living in Calgary for almost 20 years with her husband and 4 children. She spends her time crocheting, going for walks, baking and is learning how to cross country ski.

Katharine Goble

Assistant, 4 Year Old Program

Education: Bachelor of Science from Saint Mary’s University and Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary. 

Experience: Katharine has taught for 9 years mostly teaching grades 1 and 2. She volunteered while her boys attended the preschool and started as a substitute teacher at Silver Springs preschool in 2018. Standard First Aid/CPR/AED Level C

Email katharine@silverspringspreschool.com

Katharine lives in the community with her husband, two boys and large dog. Both her sons went through the program and feels lucky to be able to work in such a great community.  Katharine enjoys camping, walking the dog and skiing on her free time.