Emma Wiles (Mrs. Wiles) — Head Teacher

Emma Wiles is the head teacher at the Dalhousie Community Preschool. She loves getting to know all the children and families that attend the Preschool each year and helping them on the start of their school journey.

Emma is originally from the north of England and moved to Calgary in 2010, after also living in Australia for a year. She attended the University of Leicester and the University of Leeds, receiving an undergraduate degree in Geography and History, as well as her teaching certificate. She has experience teaching 11-18 year olds as well as preschool, kindergarten and a grade 2/3 class. Much of her teaching experience prior to the Preschool has been working with special needs children in their homes and in the classroom.

She loves traveling the world with her husband: some of her favorite trips have included a safari in Botswana, swimming with sharks in Belize and visiting Angkor Wat in Cambodia. She has a baby boy at home and loves to cook, read and play with him.

Leslee Marquardt (Ms. Leslee)Teaching Assistant

Leslee Marquardt is our teaching assistant and joined us in 2019. She is looking forward to getting to know all the students and their families. Leslee has always had a great love and respect for children and believes they bring so much joy to anyone who truly appreciates them.

Leslee has been home raising her children for the past 12 years and in that time she has spent many hours volunteering in her children’s classrooms. In 2015, she completed two online courses in early childhood education from Lethbridge College. She also received a certificate in the TLC Living Letters reading program in 2017. Leslee has her Child Development Assistant certification and has completed First Aid/CPR level C training.

She loves to spend her summers camping, swimming, biking and kayaking with her family. In winter, she spends her time watching her children play hockey and ringette. She also loves to ski when she gets the chance.

“Blueberry” — Class pet

Blueberry has joined our classroom this year, as a carefully selected class pet. He was named by the children and they take care of his tank cleaning and feeding. He loves to watch the children play from his tank but especially enjoys it when the children come and talk to him or show him things they have made. When the children go home, he enjoys the peace and quiet in his tank until the next days adventures begin.