Teachers & Assistants

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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: anderson.laura.l@gmail.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.


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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 is 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: rawalker292@gmail.com

Both of Rachel’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.


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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: rlwest@shaw.ca

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 their were of school age. Both 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.


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 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: neil_julie@shaw.ca

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.


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Tanya Murphy

Assistant,  4 year old Program

Education: A background in Linguistics and a Certification in Sign Language Studies. Completed a standard child care first aid/CPR/AED Level B and is certified in the Child Development Assistant Qualification Certification Program.

Experience: Taught Continuing Education Summer Programs at the University of Calgary for International Students that have English as their second language. Volunteered at the Silver Springs Preschool since 2013.

Email: ultimatesports6@yahoo.ca

Tanya loves watching each individual child’s confidence grow as they play, explore, learn and create. She has lived in the Silver Springs area since 2007 and has made it home for herself, her husband, twin girls and family dog. Some of her favorite things to do outside of the classroom include Ultimate Frisbee, biking, skating, running or learning to ski alongside her daughters.