Rebecca Bomasuit RECE, BA
Director & Pre-school Teacher
Hello and thank you for stopping by our website!
My name is Rebecca and I am the Director of Avon Co-op Nursery School! I am also one of the Pre-school teachers. I graduated in 2002 from Fanshawe College with my Diploma in Early Childhood Education. In 2005, I graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Ecology (Family Studies) from Brescia University College at UWO. My learning has not ended there. I continually work to update my knowledge base through workshops, reading and networking.
I started supply teaching at Avon Co-op in 2011 when my oldest attended. Since then, my role has changed a lot! Now both my children are off at school with the solid foundation that Avon Co-op helped to build for them. Not only am I a staff member of Avon Co-op, but I have been a parent and a committee member too. Avon Co-op provided me with the opportunity to make some lifelong friends and I hope that you will find the same. I am a Registered Early Childhood Educator who is in good standing with the College of ECEs. I am also trained in Standard First Aid and CPR level C.
Heather Broadfoot RECE
Hello my name is Heather Broadfoot and I have been a pre-school teacher at Avon coop since 1984. I am a RECE and graduated from the ECE program at Lambton College. In 2014 I received my Leadership Certificate from the University of Waterloo.
Throughout my teaching career, I continue to attend workshops on a variety of topics to increase my knowledge and to keep updated on new teaching practices and pedagogy. I am certified in First Aid and CPR.
Erin Johnson RECE
Hello my name is Erin Johnson and I am one teachers in the toddler room. I graduated from Fanshawe College with my diploma in Early Childhood Education. Since then I have been working with young children in a variety of settings, and now have two little ones of my own. I am certified in first aid and CPR and am a member of the College of ECEs.
Melissa Mikel RECE
Hello my name is Melissa Mikel and I have been teaching at Avon Co-op since 2011. I am a RECE who graduated from Lambton College. I have taken numerous workshops which include Esso Family Math and Mother Goose. I am certified in First Aid and CPR.
Amanda Vink RECE
Hello my name is Amanda Vink and I am one of our pre-school teachers. I have been at Avon Co-op since 2013. I am a RECE who graduated from Fanshawe College in 2012. I attend workshops like How Boys Learn and Kids Have Stress Too, among others to update her knowledge base. I am certified in First Aid and CPR.
Dawn Bender DSW
Hello my name is Dawn Bender and I have been working at Avon Co-op since 2002. I have a Developmental Support Worker diploma from Fanshawe College. I have taken numerous workshops which include Visual Strategies, Positive Guidence for Challenging Behaviour and Kids have Stress too. I am certified in First Aid and CPR.
Tracy Richardson DSW
Hi, my name is Tracy Richardson and I am one of our toddler room teachers. Children’s enthusiasm, creativity, and the ability to embrace new experiences through exploring is the driving force for me loving and working in the Early Childhood field for 20 years. I have a Developmental Service Worker diploma from Fanshawe College and I will graduate in April 2018 with my Early Childhood Education diploma. I have also taken many additional courses including courses in psychology, autism spectrum disorder, and sociology. My experience includes working with children in all age groups in various settings, assistant supervisor for a daycare and I was lucky to be at home with my youngest child, while operating my own home daycare. I have taken numerous workshops which include Early Literacy and Visual Learning, How Does Learning Happen, and Supporting Well-Being and Self-Regulation in the Early Years. I am certified in Standard First Aid and CPR level C + AED, as well as Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training-CPI, and Basic Sign Language.
Janet Harwood RECE
Hello. My name is Janet Harwood. I am pleased to accept a position as Program Assistant after semi-retiring 2 years ago. I am a Registered Early Childhood Educator and I am certified in First Aid and CPR. I have attended many workshops in the past and am looking forward to the conference here in Stratford in the Fall.
Hi, I’m Liz Million (the children call me Ms. Liz). I am a mother of 3 boys: Sam, Owen, and Jack. All 3 of my children have attended Avon Co-op. I started out as a duty parent. I grew to love the wonderful warm and caring environment of the school, its staff and the families, so I decided to become a board member. I have been co-chair of the community events and fundraising committees. Then I took on a bigger role and accepted a position as a Program Assistant. I love working with the children, helping to foster learning through play and watching their skills grow. I am certified in first aid and CPR. When I’m not at school I love hanging out with my sons and my fiancé Joe. I have a big love for animals. I have an Alaskan malamute named Ally; a cat named Zoey; a boa constrictor named Freddie and a scorpion named Andy.
Hi, my name is Meg Wagler. I have 4 children: Jack, Sam, Gracie and Katie. Gracie and Katie both attended nursery school at Avon Co-op and loved their experience! I am currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program through Loyalist College. I am very excited to begin this new journey working at Avon Co-op. I will be working as a Program Assistant on Tuesdays and Thursdays in our pre-school rooms.
Jessica McCann RECE
Hello, my name is Jessica McCann this is my first year at Avon Co-op. Ill be working as a Program Assistant in one of our Pre-school rooms on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I graduated from Fanshawe College in 2014 with my diploma in Early Childhood Education. I am registered with the college of ECE and am certified in first aid and CPR. I’m really looking forward to meeting all the families, getting to know the children and working with the wonderful staff here at Avon Co-op!
Hello, my name is Christine Hess and I am the Bookkeeper/Administrative Assistant at Avon Coop. I received my Business Diploma from Fanshawe College in 2007 and worked in the financial industry for 10 years prior to joining the Avon Co-op team in 2017. I am a mom of two energetic boys, both of whom have attended Avon Co-op. Our whole family has had such a fun and engaging experience that I was thrilled to join as staff. I am certified in First Aid and CPR-C.
* Staff photographs supplied by Holly Parish – Felicity’s mom