Leasa GatscheneLeasa Gatschene

Leasa is our licensed Early Childhood Educator who brings 20 years of experience to our program. Along with her formal education at Camosun College, Leasa has gained much knowledge of early education through practical experiences. Most of her teaching has been with three to five year olds in a preschool setting, however, she also has experience working in a toddler center, a kindergarten program, parent and tot programs, and as an aid to a child with special needs.

Leasa feels the empathy and understanding she has gained in her role as “Mom” to three children is a valuable asset to her partnership with parents in the cooperative setting.

Leasa encourages children to learn how to interact with others through one on one play and group activities.

Amber Ball

Amber is a licensed ECEA since 2014 and comes to Cordova Bay with 5 years experience as an assistant for co-op preschools. She is experienced in working with 30 months – 5 years old in a preschool environment, as well as experienced in support care as well. Amber feels passionate about co-op learning through play philosophy and as experience in the parent roll as well, as both her children have been part of a co-op preschool prior to her role as assistant. She feels she had developed patience in guidance from her role, as well as a strong relationship with families and community. Amber has a passion health and nutrition and strives to aid children in making healthy choices and education them on choosing “growing food”.

Clare Fensom

Clare is a licensed Early Childhood Educator and she brings 5 years of ECE experience in a Junior Kindergarten setting to the Cordova Bay Preschool. She has previously worked with children as a school bus driver and Girl Guide Leader. Clare brings background knowledge of farming, gardening and nature knowledge from various travel experiences. She enjoys helping the children learn about the world through play, while facilitating growth in their social and emotional well being. Clare has worked as a teacher at Cordova Bay Preschool since 2019 and looks forward to meeting and working with the families of the co-op. She has three children and two grandchildren.