Educators

ROBB WEAVER

Extra Steps Owner/Company Director

Robb received his Early Childhood Education Diploma from Mount Royal University, Alberta and has worked with young children for more than fifteen years in a wide variety of fun-filled programs. He is well known in Vancouver where he co-owns and operates Extra Steps Learning Centres and been an advocate for children for many years.

During his long career, Robb has directed childcare centres and family childcare homes, designed and worked with summer camps, taught workshops, owned and operated three preschool programs, and assisted with facility openings.  He was also an instructor for an ECE college program.  When in the centres, if possible, he works directly with children, something for which he has both natural talent and boundless enthusiasm.

“I have enjoyed my career path and my choices over the years,” says Robb, who has also enjoyed overseeing the growth and development of his own grown boys. Robb is especially eager to share his talents and knowledge about early childhood education with other educators and with the families of children at Extra Steps.

SARAH GOUNDOUVAS

Extra Steps Owner/Preschool Director

A proud Vancouverite, Sarah has completed her Early Childhood Education Certificate at Vancouver Community College. Her calm temperament and caring nature makes her a valuable member of the Extra Steps child education team. Sarah has a knack for guiding children through difficult situations, getting down on their level while remaining respectful and understanding of them. Her eagerness to get to know each child and her fun-loving charm leads to endless activities with them.

Sarah combines the best of both worlds: “I love to learn from the experience of other educators, while also bringing new and exciting ideas to the classroom.”  An energetic and dedicated teacher, she is especially interested in building children’s confidence to start them off on a positive path in life.

LARRY LAW

Preschool / Camp Educator

Larry has completed his Early Childhood Education Certificate from Vancouver Community College and graduated in June 2013. He volunteered with Extra Steps Preschool every week to complete his Licence to Practice. Larry was born in Hong Kong and is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin. After he completed his ECE certificate, he went back to Hong Kong and became a Lego Education Specialist for 2 years. He came back to Vancouver to join the Extra Steps family in 2016.

Larry also worked in the telecommunication industry for more than 10 years. He knows technology can help build our society, but it can also become a big barrier between parent and child relationships.  Technology will grow and change and be replaced, but our child is irreplaceable so treasure your moments with them.

“I love working at Extra Steps everyday, it is always so much fun!  Children learn best when they are having fun, I will continue to maintain the fun element in a safe and warm environment. Never stop playing , never stop learning.”

NICOLE LAM

Preschool/Camp Educator

With a passion for nature and children, Nicole started her career as an environmental educator for 4 years at World Wide Fund for Nature Hong Kong (WWF) after obtaining her Bachelor degree in Environmental Science in Hong Kong. She believes in education IN, ABOUT and FOR the environment. She organized school programs, STEAM workshops, seminars and summer camps for students ranging from kindergarten to universities in outdoor settings such as nature reserves, beaches and urban parks. She also published identification cards and teaching packs for teachers to use.

After relocating to Vancouver, she became an online learning coordinator at the Vancouver Aquarium, where she led engaging virtual classes and camps for multi-aged students to learn about the ocean and to inspire them to be stewards of the ocean.

Nicole has discovered her interest in early childhood while doing volunteer work at Extra Steps and Vancouver Aquarium. She has obtained her ECE assistant license in 2019 and started working at Extra Steps Preschool since May 2020, hoping that kids can grow and learn in fun and engaging play-based environment.

‘Growing up in an academic-oriented environment where playtime was limited, I’m really amazed how playtime can greatly influence kids socially, mentally and physically! Let children play and have fun, this is the time when kids can learn the most!’

SARAH MACDONALD
 
Preschool/Camp Educator
 
Working with kids is in Sarah’s blood – her mom was a Kindergarten teacher in Kelowna, B.C. for almost thirty years! Some of Sarah’s first memories are of spending time in her mom’s classroom “helping” her get ready for the school year. Having always had a bit of a flair for the dramatic, Sarah was play-acting the role of teacher from an early age. Don’t be surprised to see her singing, wearing costumes, or doing some dramatic storytelling with the kids at Extra Steps!
 
Like any self-respecting teenager, Sarah rebelled against the idea of following in her mom’s footsteps after high school, completing a B.A. in Political Science at UBC. However, not long after graduating, she decided that working with children and families was indeed the right fit for her. Sarah completed her B.Ed. in 2012 with a specialization in Kindergarten and early learning and holds BC K-12 teaching and ECEA certifications.
 
Following graduation, Sarah worked with a variety of age groups in her hometown of Kelowna, B.C. She worked in school age, infant-toddler, and preschool programs there before returning to Vancouver in
program management and teacher training. Sarah is delighted to bring her passion for teaching to Extra Steps Preschool from Tuesday to Friday! She is especially passionate about social emotional development and environmental education.
 
Outside of preschool, you will find her with he nose in a (virtual) book pursuing studies in Counseling Psychology at UBC and enjoying the great outdoors by hiking, gardening, and foraging for berries in the Renfrew Ravine. Sarah is forever curious about the people, places, and things around her, and loves more than anything to share this sense of wonder with the children she works with.
 

JENN GOULDING

Preschool/Camp Educator

(On Maternity Leave)

Jenn is from St. John’s, Newfoundland and has lived in Vancouver for ten years. Jenn began her journey of working with children by volunteering at a local Children’s Hospital in Newfoundland. It was there that she realized she had a warmth and genuine ability to connect and care for children.

She has also worked as a camp counsellor, assisted in after school programs, as a nanny for one year in France and locally at a daycare & preschool for the past two years. She currently has her Assistance License in Early Childhood Education and is currently working towards her full ECE certificate at Vancouver Community College.

“Through my experiences and ongoing education, I am continuously fascinated by children’s sense of wonder, ability to soak up knowledge, explore and make discoveries! I believe that every child has the right to play and that play is vital to a child’s learning, growing and making meaning of their world around them. I feel very fortunate to support, care and foster children’s development and learning during these early years.”

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