Patricia Kuhling – Co-owner
Family, the outdoors and the education of young children “these are a few of my favourite things”.
I am married to Robin, who is my superhero. I have 2 sons, 3 step daughters and many grandchildren. In our spare time, Robin and I enjoy hiking the high mountain peaks of British Columbia and Alberta, camping and fishing, kayaking, and traveling most anywhere.
The early childhood community has been my career for almost 30 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.
My vision is to support the Hazelwood team to flourish into a centre that paves the way in our community for early education in an outdoor learning environment.
Bryanne Newbery – Manager / Educator
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.
When 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.
Sali Chippet – Educator – Seedlings Program
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!
Alyssa Higgins – Educator – Seedlings Program
My entire life, I knew I wanted to work with children. It was something that I was passionate about when I was very young that carried on through my life. In 2009, I started on the path towards my career in Early Childhood Education; I obtained my Early Childhood Educator Certificate and Special Needs Certificate at the University of the Fraser Valley.
During my life, I ventured from Manitoba to British Columbia and settled in Port Coquitlam in 2013. I am very thankful I ended up in such a loving and warm community with such a high regard for the outdoors.
Bryan, my partner, has been a huge support in my life. We have a beautiful daughter named Katheryn who brings a new outlook and joy to our lives. My family and I love to spend our weekends exploring nature, going on hikes, venturing to the parks, swimming and cooking. I am truly grateful that I can raise my daughter in an environment that has so many opportunities.
My passion has always been to guide and support all young children while providing them with quality care and enriching experiences based on their interests. Working with children, building strong relationships and learning alongside them has helped me grow as an educator.
I have worked with many children and families in my career and am honoured to be able to provide care for the families at Hazelwood Early Learning Centre.
Lynelle Johns- Educator – Seedlings Program
Hello, my name is Lynelle Johns and I have been an Early Childhood Educator for over 25 years. My first experience as an Educator was at Step-by-Step Child development Society as a Supportive Child Care Worker for nine years, thereafter thirteen years at Meadowridge School as a Junior Kindergarten teacher, and then subsequently came to Hazelwood Early Learning Center in March of 2020.
I have known from a very early age that I wanted to work with children and families, either in the medical field, or as a teacher. My earliest memories are of gathering up all the dolls, stuffies I could find…. aaaand one younger brother to engage in my play. I would put them in their “desks” and give each one a sheet of paper with ‘writing’ (squiggles) on it, pretending it was their work. My brother was a very good sport.
I grew up on the border of Coquitlam and Port Moody surrounded by forests, ravines and water systems. It is within these beautiful green environments where I spent most of my childhood and youth exploring and engaging in play. In an era where we could play outside safely unattended by adult interruption and supervision. Only to go back home when either the street lights came on, or you heard parents call out through the neighbourhood for you to come home for dinner. It was a fortunate time where we were free to explore, be risk-takers, use our imagination with only the materials found in nature, developing social skills, critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, gross and fine motor skills. Being outdoors moving our bodies everyday helped us to also exercise our brains. We were very blessed. Because of my earliest childhood memories and deep connection to nature, one of my goals as an Educator is to bring that joy, curiosity, hands on experiences and natural inquiry of the world to the children I learn alongside of. After all, they are going to be the guardians of our earth.
Currently I live in Maple Ridge with my husband Mark and we have a son Cole, who is 26. We have two dogs, Carl and Jack, who are very active and keep us busy. In my spare time I enjoy reading, gardening (still learning), hiking, or going for walks with the dogs and spending time with family.
I feel very blessed to have a position here at Hazelwood and look forward to learning and growing along side my co-educators, children and families.
Jessie Somers – School Age Coordinator- Educator – Cedars Program
Hello! I’m Jessie, nice to meet you! Let me tell you a bit about myself. I have always lived in the lower mainland and am proud to call it home. I now reside in Port Coquitlam with my husband Rob and our two cats Keiser and Willow. My background is in fine art and education, combining them both makes my heart so happy!
Having grown up in Mission, I completed my Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2010 and went on to teach summer art camps at the Mission Art Centre. The creativity and imagination in children brings great joy to my daily life. My connection to nature informs my personal artwork. I display and sell my paintings regularly at local galleries and enjoy teaching watercolor classes on the weekends. Some of my favorite things are family, travel and coffee. In my free time I love being outdoors and going geocaching with Rob.
Being a member of the Hazelwood team has been an exciting adventure with many opportunities that lay ahead. Embracing outdoor exploration and new art experiences with the children is what motivates me most. I look forward to growing with all of you!
Rylee Ramdeen – Educator- Cedars Program
My name is Rylee Ramdeen. I have lived in Port Coquitlam for most of my life with my younger sister and my mom. As a child I went to elementary school here at Hazel Trembath. I then went to Citadel Middle School and graduated in 2019 from Riverside Secondary school. In fact, I share a community with Hazelwood. If you ever see me going for a walk in the neighborhood feel free to say hi!
I have my diploma in Classroom and Community Support from Douglas College. My goal is to be an Education Assistant in the school district. I have enjoyed working with children for as long as I can remember!
During my free time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I also enjoy art, poetry, reading poetry books and painting. Overall, I strive to be as creative as I can be! Another hobby of mine is doing makeup, I love the creativity and beauty that a person can create. I am also a sucker for desserts. Sweet treats make my day!
Being an educator at Hazelwood has opened my eyes and mind to how nature can truly be a huge part of a child’s learning. I love being able to show the children new things and spread kindness and joy to all. Seeing all the ideas and knowledge that these young individuals possess truly amazes me. I can’t wait to learn and create with all of you!
Carrie Dillman – Educator- Saplings Program
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous!
Being in nature brings joy to my heart and refreshes my body. There is always something to marvel, learn about, and explore! It has been my dream to inspire children to marvel and learn from the natural world around us.
I have lived in the lower mainland for nine years now. Burnaby is home where I live with my partner Frank and my two bunnies! I grew up in a small town called 100 Mile House and completed my Bachelor of Science Degree at TRU in Kamloops. I had many amazing adventures in my position as an environmental monitor and loved time spent in nature leading summer camps at Richmond Nature Park. The idea of merging my two passions has led me here to Hazelwood Early Learning Center!
After working as an Early Childhood Education Assistant for two years I decided it was time to learn more! I am currently a student enrolled at Burnaby Community and Continuing Education in the Early Childhood Education certificate program! I am thrilled to be gaining knowledge that I can apply and grateful for the opportunity to continue to improve and grow as an educator.
My goal is to spark wonder, curiosity, and marvel in the unknown as I learn alongside the children. I want to create an environment where children feel safe, confident, and capable to explore, and share ideas. I am constantly amazed by how children view and think about the world. It reminds me to slow down and truly appreciate my surroundings.
When I am not at work or school you may find me hiking, camping, traveling, or spending quality time with people close to my heart. Backpacking has become a passion of mine and I often find myself near a glacier lake in Garibaldi Provincial Park. Last year I also had the opportunity to complete the West Coast Trail which has been a goal of mine for some time now.
I feel very fortunate to be joining the team at Hazelwood! I look forward to spending time with and getting to better know the families at our center!
Lisa Lin – Educator- Saplings Program
I am a graduate from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Sport and Tourism. I’ve spent most of my adult life abroad, living and working outside of BC. However, I’ve always returned to what I know is my home and my roots, Coquitlam, the Tri-Cities and the Metro Vancouver area in general. The best welcome home party is the view as you’re descending from the plane, the mountains on one side and the beautiful Pacific Ocean on the other.
I enjoy reading, writing in my journal, playing, watching any and all sport and eating delicious foods. I can be found in front of my piano, strumming along on my ukulele or playing my cello. My little blue car Dory and I have been known to wander and get lost on the wide-open roads in BC, Alberta and beyond.
I began working with children at the ripe “old” age of 12 years old, volunteering in the Kids on the Go Camp for the City of Coquitlam as well as some at home babysitting. I spent a summer volunteering with the Simon Fraser University summer camps and probably had one of the most memorable epic water fights of my life. My most recent stint abroad was working on cruise ships as a youth staff in the kids centre, “edutaining” the children and getting lost in translation with 25+ Japanese kids.
One of the things that I can relate to the most with children is the desire to move our bodies. My background is in sport and recreation, and my goal is to continue to express the importance of being active in your daily life in both mind and body. The philosophy at Hazelwood most certainly supports this and I look forward to learning with and from the children, getting to know the families and the community near Hazelwood, learning from my fellow educators and exploring the vast wealth of knowledge our environment provides.