10530 138 Street Edmonton, AB

Our Team

All staff have a child development certificate, current First Aid, Criminal Record Checks, and Child Intervention Checks within the first sixty days of employment and renew when required. You can get more information on Child Care Staff Certifications here.

Administrative Team

Nicole Cedeno
Executive Director
Hi my name is Nicole Cedeno and I am the Executive Director at Glenora Child Care Society.

I first became apart of the Glenora Child Care community in 2001 when I did a practicum field placement and then became an Educator here the following year. During my time at GCCS I have worked in the OSC, chickadee, shark, Sunshine room and then moved into Program Director role in 2016 and Executive Director role In 2017. In 2015 GCCS became not only a place I work but also the centre that my daughter would also attend and be her community and early learning foundation. I have been very fortunate to find a work place where I am able to incorporate my passion for working with children, families and alongside an amazing group of Educators. 

The thing I enjoy most about working with children is their curiosity and smile. Children have this natural sense of curiosity that can make adults stop and look at things from a different perspective, and through them giving us a new lense, perspective and understanding of the world. Children’s smile, no matter what could be happening in a day when you walk into a room full of smiles it’s contagious, there is nothing more pure, funny, sweet and mischievous as a child’s smile, and you can’t help but smile and laugh in return. 

Leena Priestley
Operations Director

Originally from Ontario, I moved to Alberta in 2014 and started work at GCCS. I took a break in 2016 and returned in 2018. I have worked in the Chickadee Room, moved into Program Director and now as Operations Director. I have an Early Childhood Diploma and am currently continuing my education part-time for Business Administration with a specialty in marketing. I enjoy being outside with my dog, travel and going to all the different festivals Edmonton has. 
My favourite thing about working in early childhood education is the community it creates, the support from the team and families, and the love everyone shares for one another. The relationships you build with everyone who enters the centre creates opportunities for amazing things to happen!

Kendra Lindeman
Program Director
I have been an educator at Glenora Child Care for 4 years +. I have a diploma in Early Childhood Education and have been in the daycare field for 15 years. A majority of my career in child care has been in a Reggio Emilia inspired philosophy and program. I am trained in children lead interest based programming and creating enriching environments for young children.
I LOVE to travel. I am always making and organizing full travel itineraries for trips!!
My favourite thing about children is that they admire the world and find deep joy just by experiencing what’s around them. Makes you really appreciate the simple things in life!
Barb Wasyk
Office Administrator


I’m Barb. I’ve been working in child care since graduating in 2010 from the Early Childhood Development program at MacEwan University. I also earned my degree in the Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration program in 2018 through MacEwan University. Now I am currently taking my Payroll Compliance Practitioner Certification.  I like to keep busy, which my daughter, two dogs and husband are very good at doing. I love working at Glenora and interacting with all the children, family and staff that come through the doors! I also love dry humor, sarcasm, reading, napping, the color purple and eating Noriko’s food. 

Courtney Durette
OSC Program Lead

I’ve been with Glenora Child Care Society for a total of 4 years. I was born and raised in New Brunswick which is where I received my Diploma in Youth Care and Addictions Counselling as well as my Bachelor of Arts with a major in Sociology. I knew I wanted to work with children from a young age because their curiosity and passion bring such light to every day!

Educator Team

Jennifer Reeder
Level 3 - Chick Room

I was born in Winnipeg, MB and grew up in Quebec, Ontario, Japan and Alberta. I have received my Early Learning and Child Care diploma in April of 2019 and started working at GCCS in May of 2019. I love working with children since I am always fascinated by their sense of wonder, their ability to soak in knowledge and their determination to learn. My goal as an Educator is to provide a safe, healthy, nurturing environment for each child's needs. Growing up in a culturally diverse household I am very passionate about sharing and learning diverse cultures and traditions. During my free time, I love to explore the city and collect children's picture books.

Sharee Hemmings-Robinson
Level 3 - Chick Room
Anjali Aggarwal
Level 3 - Chickadee Room
I have a master degree in computer science from India. Passion for teaching inspired me to pursue a career in Early Childhood Education. I completed an Early Childhood Diploma in 2021. I am a hard worker and a continuous learner. I love to sing poems with actions and dance with the children. I believe that families are an important aspect for the child because they are their child's first teacher. I strive to build a strong relationship with the children and their families and to create an environment where each child and family feel respected and valued.
Alysa Batolinio
Level 3 - Shark Room
Ashley Imrie
Level 3 - Shark Room

I have been working as an Early Childhood Educator since 2012. I have a diploma in Early Childhood Development and a diploma in Speech Language Pathologist Assistant. I love working with children of all ages and learning about their interests and person personalities. My favorite thing about working with children is their curiosity about the world around them. Because of this I believe in child lead play and creating provocations for children to explore. Nurturing curiosity and knowledge are what I aspire too. A fun fact about me is that I have been learning how to make preserves such as pickling, jams, and jellies. So far hot chili pepper jelly and quickle pickles are my best ones!

Melissa Yuhasz
Level 3 - Sunshine Room

I have been working at GCCS since 2018. I have always loved working with children, and spent some time out of high school doing childcare at a rec centre. I completed my education in Victoria, BC, at Camosun College. I love the humour, intellect, and curiosity that comes along with working with children, I have a reason to smile every single day! Before working in childcare, I worked in cemeteries for 5 years. I have always loved visiting the cemetery, and continue to visit new ones whenever I am travelling.

Nisreen Baroudy
Level 3 - Sunshine Room
Monica Quintana
Level 3 - Rainbow Room

My name is Monica Quintana and I was born in Mexico. I discovered my passion for teaching while living in Chile many years ago, where I taught English as a second language. I became a bilingual kindergarten teacher when I returned to Mexico, my homeland, and had the opportunity to work at great schools. My family and I moved to Edmonton a few years ago, where I graduated with distinction from the ELCC Diploma. I am so thrilled to recently have joined Glenora Child Care Society and I look forward to interact with all the children and families at the centre. My favorite thing about children is that they are all strong, capable and resourceful and it is a great experience for me observing how they learn through play, everyday. A fact about me is that I love having conversations and getting to know other people’s cultures and perspectives.

Yeonhee Kim
Level 3 - Rainbow Room
Nova-Laine Shymanski
Level 3 - OSC
Fatouma Magan
Level 3 - OSC
Melissa Desroisers
Level 3 - OSC
Melissa (D) here! I am here in Edmonton all the way from the north shore of Quebec, where I was born and raised and spent every day of my childhood on the beach! I studied at Bishop’s University there, where I got a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts. In my spare time I like to spend quality time with my family and my pets. I also volunteer for a local animal rescue, where I help with social media and fostering rabbits and other critters!
I’ve been working in childcare for nearly a decade, and I love how every day is something different and new. I enjoy getting to see the world through the child’s eye, and getting to laugh and play every day!
Renee Gittens
Level 3 - Enhancement Staff

I am a high energy person who loves children of all ages and have enjoyed them for over 25 years. One of my best jobs was working on cruise ships with 2-17-year-olds. I got to travel around the world, work with children from all over the globe and get paid. Working here at Glenora has been a pleasure and I love playing with all the children in daycare and out of school care. I love to chit chat so please come by and say hi.

Reina Panlican
Level 3 - Enhancement Staff

Hi my name is Reina i  have my Bachelor Degree in Secondary education Major in Physical Education. Teaching is not my first choice of career but when i started doing the practicum and meet wonderful children and teach them i was very passionate in it. Seeing children learn and having fun in our class really melts my heart and I’m so thankful that we had a wonderful families that really appreciate my hard work and are very supportive.I love dancing and singing that’s why so glad that i could share it with the children. Why i love working in a childcare? Because i want to see wonderful human beings grow and learn lots of things that could use later in life and put smiles on their faces.

Eva Ap-Sacuy
Level 3

I was born and raised in a small town in the northern part of the Philippines in a rather large family. I have a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education major in General Science from Philippine Normal University.I worked in the field for a year and decided I would love to teach the younger ones so I took some courses for elementary education.I spent 5 years of my teaching career with ages 6- 10 before I moved here in Canada.I worked as a nanny for a family caring for children ages 3-8 for 3 years,worked as an educational assistant for the Edmonton Public School then joined the GCCS team in 2012. .

The things I love about children is how strong and resilient they are,how they never stop getting excited,how they never stop to wonder and explore the world around them,how they express themselves so sincerely,how they love fearlessly,how they know how to really have fun and how simple they are. I love hearing them laugh and learning alongside with them everyday.

I am a mother of two beautiful boys who also  attend this centre and who love being here. If I am not out exploring nature with my kids I would be inside the house redecorating my house,sewing or gardening.

Noriko Yamamoto
Level 1 - Cook