Patricia Kuhling – Co-owner / Manager / Educator
Family, the outdoors and teaching “these are a few of my favourite things”.
I am married to Robin, who is my superhero. I have 2 sons, 3 stepdaughters and 8 beautiful grand children. Between work and family times, Robin and I enjoy hiking the high mountain peaks of British Columbia and Alberta, camping and fishing, kayaking, and traveling most anywhere. While working on cruise ships, Robin and I have had many grand world adventures. We feel very fortunate.
The early childhood community has been my career for almost 25 years with a focus on the development and support of new programs and quality child care spaces. Along with the rewards and joys the children bring to my life, my strong passion is in supporting families while creating inclusive and welcoming spaces.
My goal is to continue to help Hazelwood Early Learning Centre become a strong presence within both the school and greater community, fostering a strong sense of belonging for everyone.
Bryanne Newbery – Educator / Administrative Assistant
I have lived in Pitt Meadows for my entire life. I love the environment that I had the privilege to experience from a young age. I carry the same loves with me for the environment, still to this day, and I take in the beauty by documenting pictures of every destination I have been. It is my personal way of remembering a moment from the past, which made me feel at peace. I enjoy taking pictures of the scenery that I call “home” every day.
I spend most of my days cuddling Koda, my incredibly fluffy dog. She is as much a part of my family as my immediate family members. I love to take her on hikes and to the beach as she loves the outdoors as much as I do.W
hen not working, I travel as much as I can to take advantage of the world available to me, and to love the life I was given to the fullest.
My goal is to work alongside children to support them in healthy development. I love being able to learn from a child’s stories and experiences, things that they encounter on a daily basis. I apply all of my energy to ensuring a safe environment where children learn and thrive.
Stefanie Masi – Educator
Growing up in Coquitlam has always been a privilege I hold dear to my heart. The community is one of the many aspects I cherish and hope to continue to grow in. The outdoors and our environment are always something I considered us as British Columbians should be proud of. Although I do admire our beautiful British Columbia, I also have a strong passion for other cultures and travelling. After travelling with friends to 5 European countries, with many more still on the list, I was able to begin my discovery of other parts of the world.
Over the years I found that not only nature and the outdoors, but being active as well brought a sense of balance and calmness to my life. Over 10 years of dancing, hiking and walking through trails are some of the ways in which contribute to my overall patience in life. When I am not at school or work, you can find me on the Coquitlam Crunch or the many beautiful hikes we have in our tri city area.
I have always loved children and wanted to become a role model for children, teaching seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so. At a young age I knew I wanted to work in education, a dream that was constantly nourished and supported by my family and friends. Working with children has truly ensured me of my passion.
Through travelling Europe I took upon a great interest in history and am currently completing my Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in history. While completing my Bachelor’s of Arts Degree at Simon Fraser University, I found myself volunteering in classrooms from grades 1-7 and working one on one with children, making unforgettable connections with not only children but other teachers as well. I am working towards enrolling in the Profession Development Program next year.
I am very excited to continue to make connections with children and watch them grow and develop here at Hazelwood Early Learning Centre.
Sali Chippett – Educator
I moved to Port Coquitlam in 2016 after living in North Vancouver for 25 years. I continued to commute to North Vancouver for a year until I found Hazelwood. I am passionate about outdoor programming and also Responsive Curriculum so Hazelwood and I are the perfect fit!
I was born in England where I received my Diploma in Early Childhood Education. After Emigrating to Vancouver at the age of 18, I fell in love with everything the City has to offer including skiing, hiking and water sports.
I have three children. When I am not working, I enjoy hiking, skiing and travelling with my family.
As an Early Childhood Educator I am proud to be a part of guiding children as they venture in to the world. I delight in joining them in their wonder and joy of learning.
I very much enjoy being with the children and the team at Hazelwood. I feel very fortunate to look forward to coming to work each day!
Lindsay Barnes – Educator
I grew up in Port Coquitlam and have always admired the spaces around me, I enjoy walking and hiking the High Knoll as well as the beautiful trails Port Coquitlam has to offer. I recently moved to Maple Ridge and cannot wait to explore the lovely city.
I have worked in the childcare field for the past 6 years. I have had the privellage of working with some inspiring Educators who have helped shape me into who I am today. Working with children always brings a smile to my face, they teach me things about their world everyday. I strive to create inviting natural spaces for children to explore. Creating purposful, stimulating activities is something that keeps me inspired.
When I am not at work I enjoy cooking and baking, I love trying new recepies and serving friends and family. I also like bike riding and attempting to garden.
I am so thrilled to be apart of the Hazelwood Team and look forward to all the wonderful experiences ahead.
Kelly Martin – Behaviour Interventionist
My son, Colton and I moved to Coquitlam 4 years ago from Kelowna. I have always been a very adventurous outdoorsy person. I love to travel, hike, camp and am always ready to try new things. We have been trying a few of my son’s new interests such as fishing and kayaking these last few summers. I quite enjoy both.
My son has helped bring out my more creative side such as; imaginary play, crafts, art and photography. Mostly we stay true to the big beautiful outdoors.
I have always loved children and have wanted to play an important role in providing each and every child their best chance.
I am fairly new to this field, graduating last June 2017. I am excited and looking forward to this chapter in my life helping and guiding children to the best of my ability.
Every child is so unique and each learn in their own way. To be a part of some of their journeys fill me with gratitude.
I feel blessed to have such a positive position at Hazelwood. It is so easy to go to work each day when you love your environment, the people you work with and of course the children. I look forward to all the new adventures and experiences I will gain from working at Hazelwood.