Hi, my name is Ashley but my friends call me Asha and my friends at Capilano Playschool call me Ms. Asha.
I began working with children in 2004. Enriching children’s lives and educating our future quickly became a passion and enrolled at Mac Ewan University for my Early Childhood Development Diploma (now revised to Early Learning and Child Care). I received my diploma April 2010.
Other certificates I have earned include my American Sign Language, Yoga Teacher training, National Coaching Certificate and High Five training.
On my journey I have worked with the city of Edmonton Green Shack Program, at Glenora Child Care Society, as a lead teacher at Bonnie Doon Playschool and a special needs assistant with ABC Head Start and Community Options.
In addition to professional and academic history I am also an active volunteer with programs such as Girl Guides of Canada, Kids Kottage, the Stollery Children hospital and for the Preschool room at Connect Society.Plato stated in his Republic that “…the beginning is the most important part of any words, especially in the case of a young and tender thing; for that is the time at which the character is being firmed” which is why I continue to work with young children. Preschool is often a child’s first experience to the education system. I love using the theory of play to integrate curricular concepts so that learning is fun and meaningful. I believe children have a right to be heard, and are capable of being strong and independent if offered the correct tools. Children learn from play and as educators, it is important to know and understand how to enrich this play so it creates sparks in their brains and creates life long learners.
On May 2, 2014 Ms. Asha, Capilano Playschool’s teacher, won a Child Development Professional Award of Excellence in the area of innovative programming! Ms. Asha was one of ninety-seven nominees from across Alberta for this prestigious award, which is sponsored by Alberta Human Services and Alberta Education, in partnership with the Alberta Child Care Association. She is one of the three winners in the individual category! Ms. Asha was nominated for the innovative programming she has introduced to Capilano Playschool over the past two years like the Healthy Apple class, visiting the seniors in our community, giving the children an opportunity to be involved with the Bags of Hope project and the Edmonton Humaine Society, teaching the children about recyling, upcycling, and caring about the environment, and all the other great things she has introduced at the playschool.
The parents at Capilano Playschool would like to congratulate Ms. Asha on winning an Award of Excellence - we are so proud of Ms. Asha and are excited that the province has recognized all the time, effort, and heart and soul that she puts into teaching our children at Capilano Playschool!
"Children learn what they live and as adults I believe it is our job to make their life full and rich in experiences. Children are never too weak, small, or young to make a difference in the community and they can change the world just by doing what comes naturally to them – playing. At Capilano Playschool I try to offer as many experiences as possible for the children to become involved in the community and their world around them"