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Hélène Dussaux

¾ Preschool Teacher

Hélène has been a passionate and dedicated Early Childhood Educator for over fifteen years with a specialization in Visual Arts and French Second Language. Born and raised in Paris, France, she has worked in various multicultural settings. In addition to her areas of specialization, she is also keenly interested in linguistic development and second language acquisition. After obtaining her Provincial Instructor Diploma she developed online courses for educational leaders to manage early childhood centres.

Hélène loves fostering a classroom community that is rich in possibilities, full of creative expression, social and emotional learning, and empowerment for children to take care of themselves and each other.

She is a respectful, enthusiastic professional who believes in collaborative approach and strives to provide a caring, exciting and enlightening environment where she can share her love for art, nature and design.
She enjoys following the children’s individual interests and tailoring the program to “fit the children” instead of “fitting children” into the program.

Christianne Hayward

Anchor Parent-Toddler Program Parent Educator

Christianne has been educating children and adults for over 35 years. Her relationship with the Vancouver Child Study Centre goes back to 1992 when she began her doctoral studies at UBC. She conducted much of her research at the centre when it was still housed on campus and part of the Faculty of Education. At that time her two sons went through the all three years of the program, an experience, which sealed her commitment to its guiding principles and seeded her continued involvement over the past 25 years. In her capacity as parent room facilitator for the ANCHOR program, Christianne feels passionate about the strength and delicacy of the parent teacher relationship in the education of young children. She believes in the enduring efficacy of co-constructing curriculum with all learners, no matter what their ages may be. She is also director and founder of the Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art, where she works to build transparency around Reggio inspired principles in the creation of lifelong learning communities.

Her Ph.D studies in education (UBC, 2000) focused on using select children’s literature to develop socially relevant curriculum in early childhood settings through to high school. Christianne’s M.Ed studies (Bristol, 1982) centered around the use of literary theming in nursery schools and its effect on children’s attitudes toward reading. Christianne completed her B.Ed (U of A, 1978) in Special Education and received her Diploma in Early Childhood Education in the same year.

Catalina Baeza

¾ Preschool Teacher

Catalina was born and raised in Santiago de Chile and has been living in Canada since 2010.

With a background in Arts and a Bachelor in Photography, she has been teaching in different traditional and non-traditional settings since her twenties. These two passions have formed a rich tapestry where observation and experiential learning is vital in her approach to education.

Cata has led a collective of parents interested in creating new learning experiences for their children.

The transformative experience of being a mother of two children has enriched her daily understanding of the importance of attachments and deep connections in a child’s life.
She believes that children need to take this for granted so they are freed to play, discover and imagine.

After working with children of all ages, Cata decided to become an Early Childhood Educator because of the importance of a child’s first years. She is passionate for young children and embraces the uniqueness of each child allowing their inner lives to reflect in her own practice as a teacher.

Geraldine Franquet

Anchor Parent-Toddler Program Teacher

Geraldine (aka Gigi) has a diploma in Early Childhood Education from Langara specializing in special needs and infant and toddler care. She is currently completing her degree in Child and Youth Care through the University of Victoria.

Gigi has been in the Early Childhood Education field for five years. She has had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings with children at different stages of development, with varying abilities and the incredible people in their lives. She looks forward to going to work every day, because you never know what the day will bring.  Her job is forever changing along with the children in her care. She has had the opportunity to witness children’s reactions to new experiences, their first words and first steps, their incredible dance moves and their developing personalities. She is fascinated by children's innate ability and desire to learn, grow and develop. Things that might otherwise be taken for granted are continuously brought back to her attention. Needless to say, working with children has altered her perspective of the world and the things within it that truly matter.

On her own time, Gigi loves to create and explore. She is an aspiring ukulele player, potter and artist. She loves to climb walls and mountains (it makes her feel like a ninja).  She also loves being outdoors and traveling.

Gigi looks forward to meeting all of you!

Christa Wilson

¾ Preschool Teacher

Christa began her career in Early Childhood Education after volunteering at a preschool right here in Vancouver. It was the children’s openness, honesty and genuine excitement and curiosity that immediately hooked her and compelled her to become part of the field. She went back to school, obtained her license and began working for the very school she had volunteered at.

Since then, Christa has gained experience in a variety of settings; preschool, daycare, out-of-school-care, summer camps and nannying. Although she loves many aspects of working with children, she was particularly drawn to the Reggio Emilia Approach in which she found her own moral values, beliefs and understanding of whole child development were truly encompassed and aligned.

Christa believes that children are unique, competent individuals that deserve attention and respect. By creating a warm, stimulating and supportive environment, children have countless opportunities to make their own choices, express themselves and feel valued and empowered. She uses a warm, genuine, respectful approach to encourage the children to conquer goals, be creative and develop a positive self-concept. She strives to teach the children how to think, instead of what to think.

Outside of childcare, Christa is an avid crafter who enjoys selling her wares at craft markets around the city. She is a lover of life, family and humankind, and she considers herself a “Professional Auntie” with 15 nieces and nephews and counting!

Natalie Moor

Anchor Parent-Toddler Program Teacher

Natalie has over 15 years of experience working with children and families.  She began her studies in Fine Arts, graduating from Emily Carr with a Bachelor in Sculpture.  She later spent years travelling, meeting a string of midwives and finally choosing to study women’s health and pregnancy.  For years Natalie worked as a birth attendant and postpartum doula, caring for infants and supporting their parents.

Natalie is inspired by the intelligence, curiosity and creativity of children.  She is currently taking a post degree in Education at UBC and is excited to join the Anchor team and VCSC.