Donna Ross-Thengs – Teacher

Teacher Donna QPPSDonna Ross-Thengs is the Assistant Teacher for the three year old classes. She is a fully certified Early Childhood Educator who has over 16 years of experience working with preschool aged children and holds her Infant Toddler Development certificate. Donna’s previous experience includes working as part of the multi-age program at the Queen’s Avenue Daycare, UBC Childcare Services and The Vancouver Society of Children’s Centres.

Donna believes that children learn best through hands-on exploration and through play. She believes her role as an early childhood educator is to be there to facilitate, engage and encourage.

In addition to being an Early Childhood Educator, Donna is a published poet, freelance photographer and mixed media artist.

Queenie So – Teacher (presently on maternity leave)

Queenie So is a teacher-researcher inspired by Reggio Emilia’s philosophy. She has a strong image of the child and perceives her responsibility as an educator is to be partners in children’s learning. To expose children to meaningful explorations, and encourage them to think critically towards those investigations as she provides a safe, nurturing, and respectful setting for the children in her care to feel confident and comfortable to take risks. To facilitate and guide children through intentional, responsive, authentic experiences as they discover the world, and find their place within our global community.

She started working with young children professionally since 2005. Since that time, her experiences in Early Childhood Education includes working as a facilitator, mentor, and manager of child care facilities in a neighbourhood house, an assistant ECE supervisor at a Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence award-winning Reggio-inspired preschool, an Infant Toddler Educator at SFU Childcare Society, an Out-of-School Program Coordinator of a Montessori Program, and a Behaviour Interventionist working with children with Autism. She has also volunteered as an attendant and docent at the Wondering of Learning Exhibit from Reggio Emilia in 2012.

In her free time, Queenie enjoys motorcycle riding, skeet and target shooting, and spending time exploring the great outdoors with her son.