Here is our star lineup!
Edmonton Teacher Presenters
A.K.A. “Jungle Jane”, “Seal, the Extreme Explorer”, and “Captain Jane”. Jane has been with Teacher’s Pet since 2011, after 15 years of teaching hundreds of children, from kindergarten to junior high level. Her ease with children, and magnetic personality engage the students from the moment she walks into the classroom! She has a natural ability to adapt her instructions to the level of the students, makings her presentations meaningful and fun! Some of Jane’s past Teacher's Pet presentations include Creating Color, Intuit and Communities in the World. Her enthusiasm and high energy approach match her team members, making every Teacher’s Pet presentations a success for everyone!
Nicole is delighted to become a member of the TPET team this year! She has been married to her husband, Tim for 14 years and they have two amazing daughters aged 11 and 9. Nicole loves living in the country on an acreage, going to the lake every weekend in the summer, hanging out with family and friends, reading a great book and going to the movies. She has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta and has enjoyed over 15 years as an educator and 8 years as an administrator in both Christian and public schools. Nicole taught mostly Grade 2 students, but has extensive experience with K-12 as a substitute teacher for many years with Elk Island Public Schools.
Nicole is a gifted teacher who adds humour and joy to each lesson! Her past students were often captivated by her funny stories and her ability to make each child feel special. She can capture the students’ attention just by reciting the alphabet backwards (very quickly) much to the delight of everyone. Nicole excels in organization, encouragement and leadership, while having an immense amount of fun along the way! She loves to find unique ways to include all different learning styles in each lesson and will do her utmost to allow every opportunity for each child to feel included, safe and challenged. Please book an in-school field trip with Nicole today and get ready for an unforgettable adventure.
Meghan has been with Teacher’s Pet since 2014. She wears many hats such as the pirate Peg Leg Meg, Meghan from Meteghan, and Raven the Arctic Explorer. She always fully embraces her character to create an enjoyable learning environment.
Meghan has taught on four continents and every age level from preschool to year 13! She will bring her love for new experiences into your classroom to lead your students on a journey of experiential learning. Always ready to accommodate the needs of your class she promises to provide you with a fun and caring learning experience.
A.K.A. “Tiana the Terrible”, “Super T”, “Canadiana Tiana”, “Misty Mockracy” and “Tri-colour Tiana” among others! When Tiana comes into the classroom she will inspire your students to learn in a fun, engaging and exciting fashion. Her love and enthusiasm for teaching is apparent in the energy and positivity that she brings into each classroom. Tiana’s versatile teaching style allows her to present a wide range of field trip topics, more than any other presenter at Teacher’s Pet! Your students will be captivated by her many personas and eager for the next field trip.
Often mistaken for Bill Nye, this science guy is excited to bring enthusiasm and adventure to the Teacher's Pet programs. After 18 years of teaching, Gary took a break to pursue business interests. Now he is back in the classroom. He hopes to engage students and make learning interactive and fun. He can be found doing Boats and Bouyancy, Catapults, Building Playgrounds, Light and Shadows, Plants, Acadia, Iroquois Confederacy, Tunisa, Communities in the World, A Prairie Community, and Small Crawling and Flying Animals.
Karen A.K.A. Zookeeper Kay, Magnetic Mary, Pirate Kay, as well as other characters. She has been a teacher for more than 5 years. Karen has also been a tutor with Teacher’sPet in the past.
Karen believes in making learning interactive and fun for all students. She will bring excitement and enthusiasm for your students in whichever field trip she is presenting.
Lizelle graduated from the University of Alberta in the year of 2006. She has obtained her degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education. She truly values the degree that has been rewarded to her, as she feels that it is her key into being a crucial part of society. She believes that it is her responsibility as an educator to facilitate the learning of children, but above all, to inspire them. In the winter of 2007, she moved to London, England and lived there for 2 years. It is in London where she started off her teaching career. With her family being back in Canada, she moved back home to be with them. Lizelle feels that being in London was an amazing experience which helped her evolve both as an educator and as a human being. Upon her return to Canada, Lizelle taught in various teaching environments. Shortly after, she got married and is now the mother of two beautiful children. At current, Lizelle is loving all the challenges that are presented to her every day and all the adventures that she is venturing on with the children that she gets to work with.
Lizelle is a traveler at heart and she is so grateful to have reached many countries of this world. She has travelled to places like Greece, Australia, Europe, and Asia, just to name a few. She carries a huge fascination for cultural diversity and it is her hopes to explore the world around us with the children.
Originally from Québec, Jessica completed her bachelor's degree with a major in French and a minor in Social Studies at the Faculte St. Jean. She has since had the privilege of teaching children from preschool to high school. Being a kinesthetic learner herself, she emphasizes the hands-on learning in her presentations. Enthusiastic, creative and coming from a long line of story tellers, Jessica has a knack for making fieldtrips come alive and leaving students wanting more.
A.K.A. “Lucky Locke”, “Indiana Jane”, “Dr. I.M. Tuloud”, Primary Patty and “Magnetic Mary”. Arrr, Matey! You best be watching out for pirates when Angie comes to visit your classroom! Students are mesmerized by Angie’s characters, regardless of the fieldtrip that she presents. She transforms classrooms into pirate ships, geological sites, laboratories and more. Students learn key concepts while being fully engaged in curriculum activities. Angie has been involved with Teacher's Pet right from the beginning and her vast teaching experience is evident in the fieldtrips that she has developed. These include Buoyancy and Boats, Rocks and Minerals, Senses, Small Crawling and Flying Animals and Lifecycles. Angie is a key member of our team who strives to continuously expand and improve our existing science fieldtrips.
An experienced classroom teacher, Rosemary reinvented her teaching experience through her pursuits in the visual arts. She's engaged participants aged 2 to 82 in settings ranging from the cook shack at youth camp to the classroom to the ATA Fine Arts Council conference, and many points in between. Rosemary is excited for the opportunity to lead the multisensory approach Teacher's Pet offers your students.
From the classroom to the boardroom- Susan has been lucky to have had the opportunity to wear many hats in her career- all of them centred around teaching and presenting/facilitating. Susan is an enthusiastic and committed educator with a natural ability to appreciate and inspire learners.
She has 8 successful and rewarding years of classroom teaching experience in K- 6 schools in Edmonton. An opportunity to lead projects, facilitate stakeholder and focus group sessions, and train adults for an IT company in Calgary allowed Susan to expand her knowledge and learning in vast new ways.
Upon returning to her home town of Edmonton, the sincere love of children and the opportunity to engage young minds in a fun and meaningful way teaching in school field trips couldn't be passed up! Susan engages and connects with the students in your class, and often hears “That was Awesome”!
Sarah is brand new to Edmonton and is thrilled to be a part of the Teacher’s Pet team this year! Having graduated last June form the University of Lethbridge, Sarah packed up her things and started her career as a teacher in London, England. The experience ignited her love for teaching and adventure, and is thankful for the opportunity grow, learn and to experience teaching in a new place.
Sarah is a very creative person, with a passion for painting. She also just loves to create! From printmaking to ceramics and sculpture, you name it and she loves to make it. With Sarah’s passion for art, adventure, and also her advocacy for making learning fun, she will unquestionably bring an environment for learning and excitement to your classroom.
Kathleen is excited to be joining the teaching team at TPet. As a mother of two, she is happy to shift her focus from home to classroom. Kathleen has always had a flair for the dramatic. She loves the excitement and fun of teaching in-school fieldtrips. With a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Alberta, she works mostly with primary students. She believes stepping into character to take children on an interactive adventure inspires them to become confident learners. Kathleen can’t wait to bring the adventure to your classroom!
Is she a Mermaid? Is she a synchronized swimmer? Neither, but she can FLOAT, as cleverly demonstrated in the picture above! Seriously, though, Natasha is a bit of a jokester who loves to have FUN! She is an energetic, enthusiastic and creative presenter that looks forward to entertaining your students while sneakily teaching them actual curriculum content. Natasha’s very first job was scooping ice cream, and she promises to deliver at least 31 delightful and delicious lessons in your classroom.
Natasha has oodles of teaching experience from her previous role as an Educator with Inside Education. While promoting Alberta’s natural resources discussing subjects such as Plant Growth and Change; Wetlands; and Trees and Forests, she unfortunately picked up the moniker “Scat Nat”. While working for the City of Edmonton in the Waste Management department, she became an expert on the 3R’s, delivering presentations for the grade four unit ‘Waste and Our World’. Her new handle was “Trash Tash”.
Recently, Natasha has been thrilled to be a play-at-home mom to her two darling daughters, while also volunteering with her community league as Social Director Extraordinaire! She has traveled five continents, can play the didgeridoo, does a mean loon call, and can even juggle … so she's abundantly prepared for an adventure in your class!
Katherine has been to the far north, the far seas and the farthest reaches of that most exotic of places - Edmonton!
She has 9 years teaching experience with a variety of grades, and she really enjoys working with students and bringing out their potential. She believes that imagination plays an important role in the education of children. Her enthusiasm and energy helps students get totally immersed in the field trip experience; she is always ready to help your class learn ``something new under the sun``.
Calgary Teacher Presenters
Sally is from just south of London in England, and, after 3 years of marriage, and much cajoling, managed to tear herself away from her lovely students over there, and persuade her Canadian husband to move back to Canada. Although she's missed teaching during the 2.5 year waiting period for her Permanent Residency here, she's somehow managed to fill in the time developing her outdoor skills, snowboarding and backcountry skiing in the winter, cycling, swimming canoeing and camping in the summer, as well as the challenges of chihuahua walking through every season. Sally has had fun learning about the Canadian curriculum and culture through volunteering as a homework tutor. Miss Dolton is her name, and extra-curricular is her game - Sally left behind a legacy of extra-curricular clubs in the UK: cycling club (where she was a Bikeability Urban Cycle skills instructor), The Environment Team (who raised the school to ‘Eco-school status’ in her time there) amongst others. Sally can’t wait to bring fun and excitement to the classrooms of Alberta!
AKA. 'Scurvy Al', 'Snorkel Dude', and 'Sir Al' amongst others. Before retiring, Alastair taught drama and science at a number of junior high schools in Calgary for 30 years. He also taught science in Medellin, Colombia for 2 years. Alastair has never lost his love of teaching and interacting with students. Teacher's Pet is an ideal occupation in which to use his vast experience and love of the dramatic. He especially enjoys putting on costumes and getting into character. In his spare time Alastair loves fishing, hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing and skiing. As a Scout Leader Alastair is able to pass on his love of the outdoors to the younger generation.
Chris began her journey as a Teacher's Pet Presenter in 2015 and is thrilled to be back in the classroom. Teaching and interacting with children has been a lifelong passion for Chris and presenting classroom field trips allows her pass along a love for learning.
Chris maintains her position as CHO (Chief Household Officer) and as mom to two boys, whom she supports as they do martial arts, skiing and junior dragster racing. She loves a good book, an intense workout and creating cards or scrapbook pages.
Chris has a Bachelor of Education with a Special Education minor from the University of Alberta. Her work as a classroom teacher has taken her from southern California to the Grande Prairie Young Offenders' Centre, to the CBE. Working with a variety of students and meeting various learning needs has been a focus throughout her teaching career.
Kimberley is in her second year as Teacher's Pet presenter and is just loving her job as she takes on roles such as Conductor Kimberley, Professor Light'n Shadow, Kimberley - Certified Extreme Explorer or Dr. Green! Actually, Kimberley enjoys anytime she gets to wear a costume and transform into a fun and wacky character.
Kimberley is a mother to 3 girls whom have kept her very busy the past 16 years. In her free time (hah!!) she loves to participate in ``fun runs`` (costumes a must!), practice yoga and whenever she gets the chance - to sing karaoke!
Kimberley graduated with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary in 1993. She has worked as a classroom teacher for the Calgary Board of Education, a volunteer tutor for the Calgary Reads program and has served her community for a number of years as a Guiding leader and an executive member of her daughters' school councils.
Samantha grew up in Winnipeg, MB and is proud to call Calgary her new home for the last 8 years. She is thrilled to be joining the Teacher’s Pet team this year and continue to develop her teaching craft, and express her flair for Drama by working with a wide range of students in the classroom. Samantha has a lifelong passion for helping children and began working with special needs children in their homes. After graduating from the University of Calgary she taught Kindergarten at a special needs school. In her spare time, she enjoys playing basketball (and has coached a junior high boys’ team), driving out to Banff for weekend trips, and spending quality time with friends in her favorite trendy neighborhoods, like Kensington and Marda Loop. She loves to help students build their confidence as learners and always ensures that her lessons are fun, and engaging and full of real-world connections that students will find memorable.
“Fun and interesting” are the words Daphne uses to explain why children buy into learning. When she was a full time classroom music teacher in Canada and the UK she always put a lot of passion, laughter, fun and enthusiasm into her programs.
Having received her B. Ed. from the University of Saskatchewan, she stayed at home with her six children, substitute teaching and being a Girl Guide leader as well as a full time mom until her children were all in school. Moving back to Calgary in 2016 has allowed for life and career shifts. Being involved in an amateur theatre company has been a new and rewarding experience and as a violinist, along with pianist/ composer husband, they plan to perform for seniors and charities. She just loves to travel!
Daphne is excited to be able to lead the children into discovering new concepts, experimenting with them and coming up with their own answers. “Let’s learn together and have some fun!”
Joan has been with Teacher’s Pet since its inception in Calgary. Her dramatic flair and sense of humour are sure to have you smiling. She is a very experienced teacher, having spent many years in the classroom, and has a vast knowledge of the Alberta curriculum. Joan has specialized expertise in the areas of Science, Art and Music. Her love of children and learning is easy to see and Joan’s infectious energy and enthusiasm will have your students actively engaged as she leads them on an unforgettable learning adventure.
In her own words Joan says, “Working with Teacher’s Pet is the best job ever!”
Donna graduated from the University of Manitoba with honours in 1999. Donna joined Teachers Pet this past year, and is a welcome addition to our team. Donna specializes in early childhood education and has a passion for engaging students in their learning. Some of her favourite units are Inuit and Acadia where she takes on the roll of an 'Extreme Explorer' who navigates through the Arctic, or watch her don a bonnet and apron and transform your classroom into an Acadian settlement.
Jenny’s favourite part of teaching is seeing kids excited and engaged about what they are learning. That is why, for the past 15 years, Jenny has never stopped being a teacher! Whether she is teaching full time in the classroom, being a music instructor, volunteering her leadership in child and youth programs or being a parent of 4 children at home, she is actively committed to developing the joy that can be found in the eyes of a child when they are learning and understanding. With this intention, Jenny has consistently strived to teach in creative and innovative ways. The interactive and hands-on approach of the Teacher’s Pet program appeals to so many different learning styles and Jenny is excited to bring these programs into your classroom!
Twila is a graduate of the University of Calgary with a degree in anthropology and a teaching degree specializing in social studies. Prior to her nine year teaching career in Calgary, Twila spent one year teaching English to students in grades four to nine in the Czech Republic. Twila believes she has the best teaching job in the world-being an in-school field trip presenter! She loves seeing smiles on students faces as they engaged in the material of Teacher’s Pet field trips. Twila’s interest and enthusiasm for science, health and social studies will come through as she strives to present memorable field trip experiences for all students. Away from the classroom, Twila is a Girl Guide leader and an avid traveller whose goal is to visit each of the 7 continents!
Bruce has been an enthusiastic educator for over 3 decades, teaching upper Elementary students within the CBE. Special interest has centered around Social Studies and Science topics presented with a balanced approach. Engagement within a guided inquiry methodology, he allows all students to be successful and work towards their potential. Bruce has helped develop curriculum and provide feedback on new educational initiatives. Bruce’s storytelling skills are legendary and your students will be “curiouser and curiouser” as new activities are presented in an entertaining, yet fun way. His never ending energetic approach is bound to captivate your classroom, involve your parent volunteers and motivate your students to “try their best!”.
As a graduate of the Universities of Calgary and Lethbridge Jennifer is a lifelong learner. Having taught Kindergarten to Grade 9 in both Alberta and London, England, she brings strong classroom management skills and love of teaching. Be it as Zookeeper Jen, Indiana Jen or Lady Jennifer, your students are lead through an interactive, engaging program that is fully supported by the AB curriculum. She loves to hear her fellow explorers and scientists squealing with delight at their new discoveries. Join Jennifer on an exciting in-school fieldtrip for an unforgettable learning experience!