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.


Claire Hatcher

Claire is our licensed Assistant ECE. After twenty years working in the UK as a Speech-Language Pathologist, a Special Education Teacher and children’s counselor, Claire fell in love with her son’s co-op preschool. Her son graduated to Kindergarten two years ago, but Claire couldn’t bring herself to leave; she retrained with the Pacific Rim Early Childhood Institute and joined Cordova Bay Preschool in January 2015 as an inclusion support worker in the 4s class.

Claire is very excited to take on the role of Assistant ECE this fall and is looking forward to getting to know all the children and their families in the upcoming school year.



Sophie Suzuki

Sophie has been working with young children in Saanich for the last 10 years.  She started with her Home Based Day Care and then continued her studies to become an Early Childhood Educator.  After earning her ECE certificate, she taught at Arbutus Grove Children Centre in Cadboro Bay for three years. This past year she has been on maternity leave to care for her second child.  Along with being available for Cordova Bay Preschool, Sophie will be teaching the Fun with French program for Saanich at Commonwealth Place.

With her eldest child being in the First Grade at Cordova Bay Elementary, Sophie is very proud and excited to continue to be involved in the Cordova Bay Community.

Sophie’s love and understanding of children paired with her enthusiasm creates creative environment for young ones to learn with confidence.