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. She will be on maternity leave for most of the 2019/2020 school year, however, she will still be around and is hoping to share in the experiences and memories this year will hold for all the families of the Preschool.

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 favourite trips have included a safari in Botswana, swimming with sharks in Belize and visiting Angkor Wat in Cambodia. When she is at home she loves to cook, read, and spend time in the mountains.

Leslee Marquardt (Ms. Leslee)Teaching Assistant

Leslee Marquardt will be our teaching assistant this year. She is looking forward to getting to know all the students and their families.

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.

Leslee has always had a great love and respect for children and believes they bring so much joy to anyone who truly appreciates them. She can’t wait for the school year to begin this September, and believes it will be a wonderful and exciting year!!