Our Team of Teachers


Nicole has been working with children her whole life and opened With Our Own Two Hands as a place where children could grow, play, and learn in a holistic and peaceful environment. Nicole's passion is to instill in children a love for the world and all the creatures that share it. 

Nicole believes that when children get to play outdoors and explore their environments, they develop a natural wonder and passion for learning that exceeds what is learnt from simply completing a worksheet. Nicole completed a Bachelor in Psychology majoring in Child Development and went on to work for the Vancouver School Board. Her experience at numerous schools, led her to see that many children lack a connection with the material they are learning, but show great interest and learning when they are taught through hands-on activities and lessons. A project growing tomatoes in the classroom soon led to learning about plant cycles, insects, photosynthesis, and much more that couldn't have been expressed through a textbook. Through her  experience working with children, Nicole realized that adding elements of music, movement, stretching, art, gardening, dance, and yoga to the day, helped to increase concentration, self-esteem, cooperation, friendship, and learning. She opened With Our Own Two Hands to be a place where children could take part in these fun activities and grow and learn through them.  Nicole is also a certified Yoga Teacher who has been teaching children, families, expecting and new moms, and adults in the Richmond community for over 10 years.

Georgina- Creative Director and Early Childhood Educator MONCTON

Georgina has been working with children in a variety of different settings for over ten years. She has worked closely with families in a number of different programs including UBC Childcare Services, Vancouver Child Study Center, BC Children’s Hospital, Family Preservation Services, and as an au-pair and nanny in private homes. Originally from England, she has lived in Australia and loves to travel! Her other interests include photography, reading and writing, and playing fetch at the beach with her teeny tiny Yorkshire terrier!

Chidori- Early Childhood Educator MONCTON

Chidori was born and raised in Steveston and is thankful to have been able to raise her own two children in this beautiful community.  She treasured every moment with her children and their friends, volunteering at the school, leading at Sparks, and hosting playdates with arts and crafts galore.  Her kids became teenagers and she 

missed sharing in the joy and wonder of preschoolers, so she pursued the training to become an Early Childhood Educator. She was thrilled to discover With Our Own Two Hands in her own neighbourhood as she too believes that kindness and compassion are everything.  She is a florist and an artist, and she has a knack for inspiring children to bloom in their own creativity. In her spare time, Chidori enjoys painting, gardening, cooking beautiful plant based dishes for friends & family, and hanging out with her little Morkie, Mango.

Emily- Support Worker MONCTON

Emily has always been inspired by children to never stop exploring, be daring and creative, and forever curious about the world around us. Emily has worked as a nanny, day camp coordinator, after school care provider,  and currently is a clinical pediatric dietitian at Children’s Hospital. In her spare time Emily will be outdoors until the sun goes down, either riding a bike or walking, gardening and if it is raining, Emily loves exploring new grocery stores. Teaching has always been a passion for Emily and she is beyond excited to be facilitating a safe environment that fosters lifelong friendships and supportive learning for students. 

Lisa- Creative Director and Early Childhood Educator CHATHAM

Lisa began her career in Early Childhood Education 30 years ago, and has worked with infants, toddlers, in an integrated preschool and in parent participation. Lisa has completed her ECE, Infant and Toddler, and Special Needs certificate.

She brings a wealth of experiences and knowledge and is always eager to learn new things.  She loves to create an environment where children can grow and thrive while exploring the world around them.  

She has a tween daughter and a teenage son, who both are active in various sports activities.  She enjoys Sudoku, jigsaw puzzles, knitting and neighborhood walks with the family dog…Deogi.

Vanessa- Manager and Early Childhood Educator CHATHAM

Vanessa is the mother of two children. She loves teaching and motivating children. She has over five years of experience working with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school aged children. She believes in positive parenting and learning through play for young children. Her goal is to provide a high quality of care and an enriching environment for children to thrive in. Working with all the children and families at With Our Own Two Hands brings her great joy. She feels privileged to be a part of this amazing team of teachers and to facilitate growth and success in children. Outside of school, she loves spending time with her family, reading and volunteering. 

Natasha- Early Childhood Educator CHATHAM

Ever since Natasha was a little girl, she has always wanted to be a teacher. She started her journey a couple years ago when a friend of hers  told her about the ECE field. She had finally found her calling. She started out volunteering with a preschool, which led to her first job as a preschool teacher. As an early childhood educator, she strives to bring her creativity, kindness and bubbliness to the field. She's a strong believer in play-based learning, hands on experience and allowing children to tell us what they want to learn. She hopes to build resilient, strong, independent children who can think for themselves and stand up for their beliefs. She lovse incorporating nature and the environment into projects. She was raised in Steveston and  went to Westwind elementary and Steveston-London secondary. She LOVES dogs, art, food, camping and being in the great outdoors.

Nassim- Early Childhood Educator and French Instructor

Nassim realized her love for kids as a teenager helping out at her mom's family daycare and this sparked her passion for education. Nassim studied Global Stewardship at University and traveled to Samoa to build a school and help develop an educational program for an impoverished community. It was here that Nassim realized her lifelong goal is to work with children. After completing her ECEA, she has gone on to work with children from 1-18 years old in all different capacities. She loves being able to spend her days playing, learning, and expanding her imagination with the preschoolers at With Our Own Two Hands. Nassim loves to garden, cook, and hike. She is fluent in French and loves teaching the French language to children. 

Erika- Preschool Teacher and Japanese Instructor CHATHAM

Erika's passion for teaching began as a mother. She finds joy in witnessing a child learn something new. Erika's goal is to make sure that each child receives the best care and love that they all deserve. During Japanese Language lessons, Erika leads sushi making, teaches about Japanese culture, and introduces children to the language though songs, art, and games. In her spare time, Erika likes to spend time drawing, gardening, and exploring new places, creating art, and doing science projects with her children. Erika has also worked with children as a hairstylist for 14 years. 

Marie- Japanese Instructor MONCTON

Marie is the mother of two children who is actively involved in the Japanese community in Richmond. She enjoys leading the children's programs and circle time at the Japanese play circle “Takarajima” in Steveston, as well as participating in a number of Japanese cultural events for the community. It is through songs and fun activities that Marie teaches the Japanese language and leads students. It is also her passion that students get to know Japanese culture, especially since Steveston has a strong connection with Japanese history and community.   

Charlene- Mandarin Teacher MONCTON

Charlene's passion for teaching comes from her two beautiful children and their love for when she tells stories and tales in Chinese. During Mandarin Language classes, Charlene is passionate about making the classes tangible and fun for the preschoolers. She is always excited to incorporate  special Chinese food, to share Chinese culture, songs, poems and games. In her spare time, she likes to spent time with her children cooking together, reading books together, playing sports, and doing crafts.

Megan- Summer Camp Leader

Throughout Megan's life she has dedicated a lot of her time taking care of children and she enjoys every minute of it. Meagan is pursuing a career working with children as an Education Assistant. Her favourite things about working with children is how they teach us as much as we teach them and being able to experience their smile and connection with each other. Megan's goal is to provide a fun, safe and comfortable environment for children to laugh, grow, and learn. In her spare time, Megan likes to spend time with her family and friends, cook, and be outdoors. 

Ilana- Summer Camp Leader

Ilana is a college student who has a passion for working with children.  She began leading summer day-camps at community centres nearly ten years ago, which sparked her love for teaching and childcare. Ever since then, she has enjoyed working with kids in different capacities all over Richmond! From running birthday parties to teaching art classes, she enjoys providing safe and fun spaces for children to learn and play.  In her spare time, Ilana likes to sketch, go for walks, and spend time with friends and family.

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