Rebecca Bomasuit

Rebecca Bomasuit RECE, BA

Director

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 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, webinars, 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 + AED.

Heather Broadfoot

Heather Broadfoot RECE

Pre-school Teacher

Hello my name is Heather Broadfoot and I have been a preschool teacher at Avon Co-op Nursery School since 1984. Watching children develop new skills, discover the world around them and grow to be the “best that they can be” is the reason I made Early Childhood Education my career choice. I graduated from Lambton College with my
Diploma in Early Childhood Education and was on the Deans Honour List all four semesters. I am a Registered Early Childhood Educator in good standing with the college of ECE’s since its inception. In 2014, I received the 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 Standard First Aid and CPR LEVEL C + AED. I am not only a teacher at Avon Co-op, but I have also been a parent. My two daughters attended the nursery school as well as two of my grandchildren. I feel Avon Co-op gave each of them a very good start to their education and learning.

Erin Johnson

Erin Johnson RECE

Toddler Teacher

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 + AED and am a member of the College of ECEs.

Melissa Mikel

Melissa Mikel RECE

Pre-school Teacher

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 + AED.

Amanda Vink

Amanda Vink RECE

Pre-school Teacher

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 + AED.

Dawn Bender

Dawn Bender DSW

Program Assistant

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 Guidance for Challenging Behaviour and Kids have Stress too. I am certified in First Aid and CPR.

Tracy Richardson

Tracy Richardson DSW, RECE

Toddler Teacher

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 graduated 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.

Liz Million

Liz Million

Program Assistant

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 + AED. 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.

Jessicaa MacIntosh

Jessicca MacIntosh RECE

Program Assistant

Hello my name is Jessicca, I am a Program Assistant on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with one of our Preschool classes. I am a Registered Early Childhood Educator and I graduated from Fanshawe College in 2014. I have been working various roles in child care centres for 10 years, and have lots of experience with infant, toddler, and preschool age groups. In 2018, I received a “Professionalism in Childcare” award at the annual Early Childhood Educator Banquet. I am certified in First-Aid and CPR level C + AED.

Jessica McCann

Jessica McCann RECE

Program Assistant

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 + AED. 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!

Meg Wagler

Program Assistant

Hello, my name is Meg Wagler and I completed my ECE in April 2019. I worked at Avon Co-op during the 2017-2018 year as well as supplying during this past year. I am certified in First Aid and CPR + AED. I have 4 children: Jack, Sam, Gracie and Katie as well as 2 English Bulldogs: Maggie and Sophie. I am looking forward to working at Avon Co-op this year.

Christine Hess

Bookkeeper/Administrative Assistant

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 + AED.