Each class has 3 teachers – an unusually low 7:1 student-teacher ratio. Our teachers have a range of backgrounds, interests and experiences which they bring to the classroom. Bumblebee also enjoys hosting several student teachers throughout the year. We also offer a specialized music teacher. In addition, while not mandatory, we warmly welcome and encourage parents to participate.
Originally from Yorkshire, England, Chris has been in the child care field for more than 28 years. After graduating from Vancouver Community College (VCC) in 1993 with her Certificate in Family Child Care, Chris operated her own family daycare for 8 years in the Kerrisdale neighborhood. Chris joined Bumblebee in September 2005 after graduating from VCC with her Certificate in Early Childhood Education. As well as being a teacher, in 1999 Chris was also a Bumblebee parent, when her son Devin attended the school. In 2007-2008, She was a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Early Education.
Born in Taiwan and raised in the lovely neighbourhood of Kerrisdale, Miss Brenda graduated from Emily Carr University with a degree in Communication Design prior to obtaining her certificate of ECE and degree from the American Montessori Society. Brenda also recently completed her special needs and infant toddler diploma. She brings with her experience from various Reggio Emilia, Montessori, and play-based childcare centres as well as genuine passion towards early childhood education. Miss Brenda is thrilled to be back on the Bumblebee team!
Born and raised in Richmond, Shaz is currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Care and Education Program at Vancouver Community College. She is planning on graduating in 2016. Shaz brings knowledge and experience from daycares, preschools and out of school care programs. She shows great enthusiasm and passion for the early childhood field and is looking forward to being a part of the Bumblebee family.
I have been teaching music since 1986. My two areas of specialization are preschool music classes and private piano instruction. I have taught music classes at various community centres and at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School I graduated from Trebas Institute of Recording Arts, specializing in Recorded Music.