Here is our star lineup!
Edmonton Field Trip Presenters
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 field trip 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 field trips that she has developed. These include Buoyancy and Boats, Rocks and Minerals, Senses, Small Crawling and Flying Animals and Life Cycles. Angie is a key member of our team who strives to continuously expand and improve our existing science field trips.
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.
Danielle is very excited to be joining Teacher's Pet this year! She graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts degree focusing in English and Folklore.
Danielle spent the last wonderful 10 years with her partner, Mathieu and they have two beautiful children Isabella, 7 and Kasey who recently turned 5. Recently, they welcomed a beautiful chocolate lab, Cali to their family! They love to spend their summers at the lake and winters in the mountains snowboarding and skiing.
Danielle started teaching back in 2009, when she had the opportunity to substitute at an Elementary school. Soon after, she began instructing First aid and managed to find her way back to schools when she started teaching and coordinating the Babysitting program to different schools all over Edmonton. She also had the opportunity to write and create a brand new babysitting program that is sure to thrill new students who take the course.
What a wonderful feeling to walk into a classroom and see the eyes of so many Beautiful students who are eager to learn! Danielle loves to captivate each student through humour, excitement and enthusiasm.
“Life is meant to be fun, interactive and shared!” Lorie loves to spend time with her husband of 32 years, three adult children and especially their 75 lbs sheepadoodle, Baloo! She misses her time in the classroom spent teaching children of all ages and abilities. She is thrilled to be an In-School Presenter working with Teacher’s Pet Educational Services because now she gets the best of both worlds!
Lorie has a range of teaching experiences from Grade 1 to High School working in a program for students with special needs. She has a degree from the U of A in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education. Most importantly, she is excited to support, enrich, and inspire new children with energy, enthusiasm and exceptional programs!
Lorie will bring a ton of fun and exciting adventures to your students so get ready for your classroom to come alive!
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!
A graduate of the U of A, Kelly started her career teaching grade 5, and moved on to working with learning disabled children for 11 years. She took a break from classroom teaching to raise her 3 boys and become a “hockey mom” while running a successful tutoring business from her home.
Kelly has a love of water! She has had the pleasure to spend the last four years teaching babies and toddlers to swim. Her passion as a synchronized swimmer has spanned over the last 25 years and she continues to synchro swim at the Masters’ level and has had the opportunity to introduce little ones to the sport.
She is very excited to be joining the TPet team and is looking forward to being back in the classroom to share creative and fun experiences with the children, teachers and parents!
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!
Melissa is excited to be part of the TPET team this year bringing her enthusiasm and passion for learning to your classroom. Capturing students’ attention with her ability to make quick connections with kids and draw them in with a flare for fun, Melissa will bring curriculum to life to help students get excited about their learning.
With 7 years of classroom experience across many subject areas and age groups from K-9, Melissa has developed an aptitude for making learning accessible to all students. She has a passion for travel and recently came back from a year teaching abroad at a Canadian International School in Hong Kong with her husband and two daughters. Melissa has a BEd from the U of A and a Graduate Diploma in Education from the U of C. Always ready for an adventure, Melissa is looking forward to bringing her education, experience and enthusiasm to your classroom!
Jaime graduated from the University of Alberta in 2001 and has experience teaching pre-school to grade 9 with 3 years spent with an Educational Publishing Company which allowed her expand her knowledge of Alberta Curriculum but she missed the hands on of the classroom.
She has a passion for travel and loves to share countries and cultures with her 3 children. Her passion for knowledge and adventure translates easily to the classroom. She loves getting the students engaged in their learning by getting into character such as Bugsy P.I, Super Jaime and The Zookeeper. The hands on nature of each presentation is getting the students involved in their learning which is something Jaime strongly believes in. Encouraging students to problem solve throughout presentations comes naturally to her. Jaime easily adapts to the diversity of each classroom while demonstrating patience, kindness and enthusiasm during each field trip.
Be ready for a fun and creative learning journey when Jaime spends time in your classroom!
Jennifer is thrilled to be joining the Teacher’s Pet team this September. She has over fifteen years of experience teaching Headstart to grade 9 students and over ten years of experience running day camps, teaching swimming lessons, and volunteering in schools. Jennifer’s teaching positions have included working in Edmonton, within Sturgeon County, and at the Edmonton Garrison, where she provided a positive classroom climate, supported diverse learners through both inclusion and one-on-one support, and led extra-curricular clubs such as a STEAM challenge club and a drama club.
In addition, she continues to serve as a board member for the Friends of the St. Albert Children’s Theatre, is a leader with 4-H Alberta, and enjoys gardening, and travelling with her family. She believes in the importance of reaching learners by making curriculum accessible, engaging, and exciting, and knows that she can make this goal a reality through the many outstanding programs offered by Teacher’s Pet. Jennifer’s witty sense of humour, vast subject-area knowledge, and compassion for students will make her the perfect choice for your next Teacher’s Pet presentation.
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.
Calgary Field Trip Presenters
Kerri is excited to be joining the Teachers Pet team for the 2016-2017 school year. With a Bachelors of Education from the University of Alberta she has experience working with students ranging from K-12. She looks forward to being able to bring her passion for teaching into the classroom with the job of in-school field trip presenter.
She loves being creative and always has some project on the go at home, so this job has been the perfect outlet for all of those creative ideas. While she enjoys presenting all the presentations, a couple of her favourites are soapstone and the creative art series. She loves how students start with a blank canvas and turn it into a beautiful work of art.
Kerri also loves being active and spending time outdoors with her husband and two young sons. They spent many hours this past summer exploring their community on bikes. She also enjoys camping, spending time with family and friends and travelling.
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.
Sally obtained her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education in the United States. She has a wide range of experiences in the K-8 classroom. She has coached High School volleyball as well as had opportunities to work in classrooms in three different countries. Sally hopes to inspire students to always ask questions and discover new learning for themselves.
One of Sally’s passions is Art History. Previously, she designed an Art History program for after school care programs across Calgary. She believes that everyone is an artist and creativity and expression is at the core of every child.
While taking time away from teaching, Sally and her family lived abroad in Australia. She loves to travel, listen to music, wander through art galleries, and keep active with her family.
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.
Renette is passionate about travel, culture, food and education. Her career as an educator has included: teaching English in Mexico; sharing her love of Mexican food, for over ten years, through cooking classes; and instructing Calgary students from grades three to nine (in English and Spanish). She loves teaching Social Studies and Science especially, because she loves to discover both new and old things!
During her Canada 150 road trip this summer, her Top 3 List featured: the tour of the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, the Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg, and Laura Secord’s house at Niagara-On-the-Lake. She can’t wait to embark on learning adventures with students in and around Calgary!
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 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.
Heather is a new member to the TPET team of presenters this year and is excited to begin bringing on site field trips to schools in the Calgary area. A graduate of the U of L, she brings with her 30 years of teaching and counselling experience spanning Kindergarten to Grade 12. She has extensive knowledge in differentiated instruction as well as classroom environment modifications to ensure that the needs of all learners are met.
Heather quickly and easily establishes rapport with the students, teachers and volunteers, creating a safe environment in which to become fully engaged in the presentations offered. Heather believes that learning should be fun and that all students should leave the classroom feeling successful and special.
In her spare time, Heather enjoys a variety of equine pursuits, water sports and physical fitness activities as well as reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Sheryl is thrilled to be joining the Teacher’s Pet team. She has seen presenters in action when she was a classroom teacher and always thought being a T-Pet presenter would be an awesome job! Well, let the awesomeness begin!
Sheryl graduated from the University of Alberta with a major in Physical Education and a minor in Mathematics. She began her teaching career in 1993 as a Physical Education specialist in the High School and Junior High setting. As much as she enjoyed many years teaching the older kids, she changed gears and spent several years getting down and goofy teaching preschool classes. As her own kids got older, she entered back into school classrooms on a part time basis. For four years as an Elementary/Junior High Guest Teacher with the Calgary Catholic School Board, Sheryl absolutely loved the experience and knowledge each opportunity provided her. Her friendly smile, genuine kindness, patience, and her sense of humor help her to build rapport with all the students she teaches.
Whether teaching Junior High or Elementary aged students, Sheryl believes that making each lesson meaningful and sprinkling in some fun are the keys to student learning. There’s always a story to be shared, movement to be had or a little diddy to be sung!
Being a mom to four amazing kids and working with children are definitely her passions! Sheryl looks forward to embarking on a new adventure every time she enters the classroom as a T-Pet presenter!! What a great way to continue working with fantastic teachers and amazing students!
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 traveler 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!”.