Our Educators

Lori Nicholls

Hi! Im Lori and I am one of the Directors at Little Munchkins Preschool Center.

I moved to Fredericton in 2009 after finishing my BA in Psychology from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, NS. A few years later I decided to build on my education and became a Certified Holistic Nutritionist. I now put my nutrition skills to use making the monthly menus and cooking in the Kitchen for all the little munchkins.

I have been working with kids for the past 10 years with being a nanny, summer camp counsellor, early childhood educator and a youth care worker. I took a few years off from working to stay home with my 2 amazing daughters who kept me busy but I knew I was ready for a change and I have always loved working with kids so in May of 2017 my Husband and I along with our good friends decided to take the plunge and make owning and operating a Daycare Center a reality.

I am so happy in my new role here and look forward to watching the children grow and to learn new things along the way.


Ashley Connolly

My name is Ashley Connolly and I am one of the Directors/Operators of Little Munchkins’ Preschool Center and Munchkins’ Clubhouse.

My passion for education started when I was very young, I had always really enjoyed school and always felt at ease when I was there. My grandmother- a former teacher- was my inspiration when deciding to major in Elementary Education at the University of NB. She was such a kind hearted and wonderful person who truly loved what she did, and was an amazing teacher. I remember being at stores or restaurants with her as child and having total strangers walk up to her long after she retired asking her if she remembered them and telling her that she was their absolute favorite teacher when they were growing up and how she inspired them to be the person they became.  It made me want that; to be able to have such a positive impact on someone’s life, to inspire and teach and help children grow.

I obtained my Degree in Elementary Education from the University of NB in 2011 and began work teaching a pre-k program in the fall of that year. I fell immediately in love with being an early childhood educator and stayed with the same center for 3.5 years in which time I took part in many professional development courses.

In January 2015 I decided that I would like to try supply teaching in the public school system. After two years of Supply teaching (mostly in Kindergarten classes) my good friend Lori and I started discussing opening up our own childcare center. In May of 2017 our discussions became a reality with our families acquiring Little Munchkins Preschool Center. Having the ability to run our own business while still pursuing a passion for education is really a dream come true.


Karen

My name is Karen Sprague. I am a mother of three teenage children. I have worked at Little Munchkins on two different occasions, the first time began in March 2010, then I went on to Atlantic Business College where I graduated with honours in Early Childhood Education and Teacher’s Assistant courses. I did my on the job training here and now I absolutely love working with the infant group.

Before becoming employed at Little Munchkins Preschool Center I was a Kindergarten Support worker at Kingsclear Consolidated School.

When I am not working I travel my children to various sporting events such as hockey, soccer, church and school events and clubs. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, camping, four wheeling and other outdoor events!


Kallie

My name is Kallie Haines and I am an Early Childhood Educator in the infant room at Little Munchkins Preschool Center. I love working with children and I can’t imagine a better job!

In 2009, I graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Arts degree. I knew I wanted to become a teacher so I continued my studies at UNB and graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree in 2010. Once I obtained my Bachelor of Education, I worked as an elementary supply teacher before taking a position at Douglas Avenue Children’s Center (now known as Spring Roots) in 2012. In June 2017, I started working at Little Munchkins Preschool Center.

I have loved getting to know the children and the staff. My favourite part of being an Early Childhood Educator is having the opportunity to learn alongside the children, as well as watch them grow!


Heather

Hello my name is Heather Tucker and I have been working with children for approximately 10 years. I am currently working with the two year old group. I thrive on teaching them new things, but i also learn a lot from them in return. I’m very passionate about arts and crafts, so I thoroughly enjoy incorporating this into our day.
I’ve been with Little Munchkins for approximately seven months, and I absolutely love it! I believe this center is a wonderful spot for your child to begin their journey into education. We are a great team with incredible passion for the children, and we work extremely well together. I am dedicated to the social and emotional development of the children and I will make it my goal to ensure they receive the best care and love they deserve.

Erin

       “You’re off to great places!
               Today is your day!
        Your mountain is waiting so…
                Get on your way!”
                    -Dr. Seuss-

 

My name is Erin Churchill, I was born and raised here in Fredericton. I recently graduated from the Early Childhood Education program, at New Brunswick Community College of Fredericton. I have known I wanted to work with kids for as long as I can remember.

When I’m not at work, you can find me with my friends and family, exploring Fredericton, colouring, listening to music, or reading a good book. I take pride in my work, because it allows me to help kids grow and learn. I couldn’t imagine a career doing anything else. These kids are our future, and I’m so glad to be a part of their early learning and development.


Tabatha

“Gentle hands and a caring heart doe’s a positive role model make’’

Hi, my name is Tabatha Fournier, I am a lifelong learner and a devoted Mother of 2 beautiful children.  I have my Early Childhood Education Certificate at NBCC in Woodstock and while doing so I also completed workshops in Inclusion, Active Kids and Talk with Me.

My role as a part of the ‘Little Munchkins’ team is to encourage growth in all areas of development in a fun meaningful way.  I believe children learn best through experience.  I see your children as my team members; we collaborate and build learning activities with their interest in mind.

I am honored to be a member of this beautiful community of learners, educators and families.


Wanda

“If we could all see the world through the eyes of a child, we would see the magic in everything”  unknown

Hi, I’m Wanda. I was raised here in Fredericton and have two children who are grown now. I graduated from NBCCs Early childhood educator program in 1995,and have always enjoyed seeing the world through the eyes of children. They teach me as much as I teach them, and everyday leaves me with a feeling of great accomplishment.

When I’m not entertaining the munchkins you can find me hiking a trail, and if the weather keeps me indoors, I’m reading or finding ways to be creative. I’m grateful every moment for the honour of helping to teach our future generation the things that matter most.