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Meet our Team!

Our Leadership Team

All BDA educators and staff members have first aid & CPR, a criminal record check with vulnerable sector search. 

All educators are certified at minimum as ECE Level 1, many educators are certified to higher levels.

Bomb Squad

Ms. Allison opened BDA in September 2016.

As our Program Executive Director, Allison works on much of the program development including staffing, training, communications with families, marketing and more from behind the scenes for our business development and licensing maintenance. In later 2023, Allison role is shifting to limit daily operations to be primarily business development. 

Allison was nominated for Business Professional of the year, and the Employee of the year in 2022 from the Brooks Chamber of Commerce. 

Allison is enrolled at Portage for her ECE Diploma and Red Deer Polytechnic for ELCC Post Diploma Leadership Certificate. Allison has completed a certificate in Supporting Community Practices through ARCQE and is enrolled in Leading through a Pedagogical Lense also with ARCQE. 

Allison is the past Vice-Chair of the Brooks & County of Newell Early Childhood Development Coalition, as well as the Past President of the Alberta Cheerleading Association.

Some of Allisons previous experience includes coaching cheerleading from 2011-2018, honoured as a Mentor with FCSS in 2013, and as an Honourable Mention for Jr. Citizen in Brooks

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Ms. Allison (Allie): Owner & Executive Director

Laura Regner - Program Coordinator  

Ms. Laura joined BDA in November 2020. Laura has worked as an educator with several of our age groups and spent years gaining experience as an educator. Within the classroom, Laura was observed enjoying sensory activities, art and always exploring her kiddo’s interests. 

Laura grew up in Brazil, moving to Alberta six years ago! Laura lives in Brooks with her husband and two dogs.

 

Laura is passionate about learning and furthering her education. Laura has completed her Early Childhood Certificate through Lakeland College and is currently working on her Early Childhood Diploma. She also is finishing her Bachelors of Developmental Psychology through Athabasca University. 

 

Laura has completed the Grant MacEwan Flight Course (Exploring Early Childhood Curriculum). She has also completed her Brain Story Certification. 

 

Within BDA Laura is in charge of Program Quality by acting as a lead to the Age Group Coordinators, Educators, and Assistant Program Coordinator. Laura develops fun initiatives and projects for the children! Laura also works with AECEA and ARQCE on maintaining BDA an inclusive and diverse environment for children and staff. On her spare time, Laura is also part of the Youth Advisory Council of Ever Active Schools in Alberta.

Ms. Heather: Owner & Preschool Coordinator

Ms. Heather opened BDA in September 2016! ​Heather moved to Brooks from Manitoba in 2003. She has four children, one grandson, and one granddaughter. Heather has always had a passion for children, she ran a day home for five years and worked in the public school system for seventeen years. 

 

Heather worked in the Pre-K program and has had the opportunity to work with a variety of students with different needs and abilities.​Heather is our preschool teacher! 

 

Heather develops the curriculum, performs assessments, and teaches all classes. In addition to teaching preschool, Heather works on many tasks throughout our program. You may find her completing new projects, working in the office or in the classrooms with the children.Heather loves to cook and spend time at the lake where she resides with Brooks Dynamite’s very own handyman Dave and their daughter Miley.

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Financial Coordinator

Amanda joined BDA in November 2023. 

 

She grew up in Vancouver BC, and moved here in 2009 to be closer to family., where she now lives with her husband and 2 younger sons. In her personal time, she enjoys most outdoor activities, along with spending time with her children and grandchildren. 

 

Amanda completed her BBA degree in Accounting at Kwantlen University in BC. She also has her General Business Studies diploma.

 

Amanda has spent her career as an Accountant, HR Resource, and GM assistant, working at Bevan & Partners, Smith Group Holdings, Medicine Hat Lodge, Kost Fire Safety, and most recently for the City of Medicine Hat. We are excited to have her now as a part of BDA!

Autumn - Rural Development Coordinator (Bassano)

Ms. Autumn joined BDA in September 2021 and has worked primarily with infants & toddlers! Autumn is certified as a Level 2 ECE. 

 

Autumn grew up in Brooks and has a passion for music and drama.

 

Within the classroom, Autumn enjoys getting messy with the kids during activities, especially with art!

 

Autumn completed a year and a half towards a Bachelor’s of Education in fine arts at the University of Lethbridge as well as Possibilities of Practice with ARCQE - A study of Flight. Autumn has completed her ELCC Certificate and is also enrolled at Portage to obtain an ELCC Diploma. 

 

A special note: My favourite part about being an educator is how rewarding working with children can be and how much they make you smile. 

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Michelle: Torpedo- Toddler Educator & Toddler Coordinator

Ms. Michelle joined BDA in January 2022 and works primarily in the TNT room! Michelle is certified as a Level one ECE. 

 

Michelle grew up in Lethbridge and has lived in Medicine Hat as well as Brooks.

 

Michelle has a passion for watching the kids grow and learning with them everyday.  As a mother of two, Michelle brings great experience to the program. Michelle first began as a parent at BDA with her youngest child being apart of our preschool program! Michelle she was very excited to join our team in a new capacity! 

 

A special note: In the classroom, I enjoy watching the children work to find different uses for items and watching their minds work.

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Ms. Ally: Infant Coordinator - Maternity Leave

Ms. Ally joined BDA in March 2022. Ally is Certified as a Level 3 ECE.

 

Ally grew up in Ontario where she lived until 2022. She moved to Alberta in February of 2022 and now lives in Duchess with her Husband Cody and their dogs, Mocha and Maverick. 

 

In the classroom, Ms. Ally enjoys being active with the children and spending time outside! Ally enjoys talking with the parents get to know not only their children but their families as well.

 

Ally completed two years of Early Childhood Education at Fanshawe College where she earned her diploma. Ally has completed the Grant MacEwan Flight Course (Exploring Early Childhood Curriculum). Ally has also completed her Brain Story Certification. 

 

A special note: One thing I love most about being an educator is how each day is different, there is always something new to learn for not only the children but also for me!

Our Educators

Detonation Team

Annette - Most Amazing Cook

Annette joined BDA in the fall of 2018. 

 

Annette is from Nova Scotia and moved to Brooks with her husband 10 years ago. Annette has 2 children. She recently became a Grandma for the third time! Her grandchildren are the joy of her life! Annette loves to cook and has worked in many kitchen’s throughout her life. When she is not at work cooking up a storm, she is at home sewing or watching her favourite shows!

Annette is a liaison between our educators, assists educators as needed and ensures a variety of sanitary practices are upheld. 

 

Aaliyah - Cherry Bombs - Infant Educator

Aaliyah joined BDA in September 2022 and is certified as a Level 1 ECE. Aaliyah is currently work on her ELCC Certificate to obtain her level 2. 

Aaliyah is the primary educator in the older Infant classrooms. 

 

Aaliyah was born and raised in Brooks. In her spare time she enjoys coaching gymnastics along with traveling to the mountains. Aaliyah also has a pet parrot that she likes to spend time with. 

 

Aaliyah is hoping to go to school to further her education in ECE and learn more about Child Development! 

 

A special note: My favourite part about being an educator is the excitement of the children while they are playing and having fun.

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Leiza: Atomic Bombs - Infant Educator

Leiza joined BDA in August 2018. Leiza is certified as a Level 3 ECE.

Leiza and her husband live together in Brooks with their son and two dogs. Leiza was born in Brooks and raised in Brooks/Tilley area. 

Leiza has a Teaching Assistance Certificate, three years towards a Bachelor of Elementary Education and an Early Learning & Child Care Diploma. 

 

 Leiza has spent most of her time at BDA working with infants/ toddlers but has also spent time with the preschoolers. 

Leiza is currently on maternity leave! 

A special note: My favourite part about being an educator is joining in with the children's play and getting to be a big kid at heart!

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Summer: Atomic Bombs - Infant Educator

Ms. Summer joined BDA in April 2023. Summer is certified as a Level one ECE and is working towards her level two, ELCC Certificate.

 

Summer has worked primarily with the babies and toddlers classrooms 

 

Summer grew up in Brooks. In her spare time, she likes arts and crafts and enjoys spending time with her cats and family. If you think she looks familiar, Summer is Autumn’s sister! They both love children and working together!

 

Within the classroom, Summer enjoys singing songs and completing innovative art projects.

 

A special note: My favourite part about being an educator is getting to make a difference in each child’s life. 

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Jane - Release Educator

Jane joined BDA in October 2022. Jane is certified as a level one ECE and plans to further her education to a higher certificate. 

Jane is originally from Nigeria but her nationality is Belize. Jane grew up in a beautiful city, Owerri Nigeria. Jane has a degree in Philosophy of Religion from the University of Owerri. She has a second degree in Information Technology from Wesley Junior College. 

Jane moved to Canada from Belize July 1, 2022. 

Jane loves children a lot. IT has always been a dream of Jane's to work with children. I see children as the most precious people in the world. Jane loves dancing and singing with the children. Jane is happy when the children are happy. 

Ravita - TNTs - Toddler Educator

Ravita joined BDA in September 2020. Ravita has primarily worked with toddlers/ preschool age children.

 

Ravita moved to Brooks from India with her husband and 2 sons in 2019. While in India, was was a Biology and Environmental Science teacher for 11 years. In her free time, she enjoys dancing and gardening. 

Within the classroom, Ravita loves to participate in yoga and dancing with the children. Ravita's desire to learn is an inspiration to other educators and she plays a vital role in continuing to enhance practices in the program. 

Ravita has completed here ELCC Certificate and currently enrolled in the ECE Diploma program. Ravita is certified as a Level two ECE. 

Ravita has completed the Grant MacEwan Flight Course (Exploring Early Childhood Curriculum) and her Brain Story Certification.  

A special note: My favourite part about being an educator is observing and understanding the children's behaviour. She enjoys reading books together with the children and experiences science experiments or joining in with risky play. 

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Jashan - Cherry Bombs - Release Educator

Ms. Jashanpreet joined BDA in December 2023. Jashan is certified as a Level 3 ECE. 

Jas was born and raised in India, moving to Canada in 2021. She now lives in Brooks with her friend. In her personal time, she enjoys playing volleyball!

Ms. Jas has a Early Childhood Diploma from Canadore College. Jas is also completing the Grant MacEwan Flight Course (Exploring Early Childhood Curriculum) and getting her Brain Story Certification. 

 

Ms. Jas has spent most of her early childhood career working with Infants and Toddlers, and is now also exploring the Preschool age group. In the classroom, Ms. Jas’s favourite activities are sensory and physical!

A special note: My favourite part about being an educator is getting to teach, explore, and bring happiness to children’s days to allow for them to reach developmental goals while having fun.

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Paige: Torpedo- Toddler Educator

Ms. Paige joined BDA in February 2022. Paige works primarily with infants and toddlers as a release educator. 

 

Paige was born and raised in Brooks. Paige enjoys reading and completing puzzles and has a passion for music and animals. 

 

In the classroom, Paige enjoys reading with the children and learning about their interests. Paige realized she wanted to become an educator after becoming an aunty to three nieces whom she loves dearly.

 

Previous to becoming an educator, Paige had completed post secondary education for bookkeeping. 

 

A special note: My favourite part about being an educator is building relationships with the children and their families. 

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Melissa TNTs - Release Educator

Melissa joined BDA in March 2023. Melissa is certified as a Level one Early Childhood Educator

Melissa was born and raised in Brooks, AB, where she currently lives with her husband, three kids, three cats, two dogs, and two horses. In her personal time, she enjoys baking, swimming, and she is always down for an adventure!

 

Melissa has a diploma in Business Administration from the Academy of Learning. Melissa worked for years in customer service and then dedicated time to raise her family!

 

Melissa has spent most of her time at BDA working with infants/ toddlers. In the classroom, Ms. Melissa’s favourite activities are going outside and to the mats!

A special note: My favourite part about being an educator is getting to cuddle and build connections with the babies and toddlers!

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Lydia: Mini Blast 

Ms. Lydia joined BDA in February 2022 and works primarily with ages 3 - 5 as a release educator! Lydia is certified as a Level one ECE and enrolled in her ELCC Diploma. 

 

Lydia was born in Australia and moved to Tilley when she was 5. Lydia moved to Medicine Hat for a few years and is back!! 

 

Prior to working at BDA, Lydia worked as a Community Rehabilitation Worker. Lydia has also traveled to Antigua and Barbuda for VBS where she planned for the weeks experiences for children. 

 

A special note: I love helping children and learning through the challenge that we experience together.

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Joseline- Toddler Educator

Joseline joined BDA in November, 2023. Joseline is certified as a level 3 Early Childhood Educator. 

Joseline was born and raised in Sudan, and lived in Uganda for 20 years before moving to Canada. She moved to Brooks in 2003, where she currently lives her husband and 2 children. In her personal time, she enjoys going for walks and listening to music!

Joseline completed her Child and Youth Care Diploma from Lakeland College. She has also worked previously with seniors as a health care aid, where she gained her First Aid experience.

 

Joseline has spent most of her time at BDA working with toddlers and in the classroom, her favourite activities are the literature ones!

A special note: My favourite part about being an educator is getting to watch and participate in the playfulness of the children and connecting these experiences to their learning!

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Ingrid Mini Blast

​​Ms. Ingrid joined BDA in November 2021. Ingrid works primarily with After Shock (school age children) as well as our ¾ year olds. 

 

Ingrid grew up in Colombia in the city of Cali. She moved to Brooks in 2012. Ingrid also works with the francophone association providing after school services to school age children. 

 

Within the classroom, Ingrid enjoys getting messy with the kids during activities, especially with art! 

 

A special note: My favourite part about being an educator is playing with the children and experiencing the day together.

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Khush - After Shock

Ms. Khush joined BDA in December 2023. Khush is certified as a level 3 ECE. 

Khush was born and raised in India, moving to Canada in 2021. She now lives in Brooks with her friend. In her personal time, she enjoys painting and sketching!

Khushnoorpreet has a Early Childhood Diploma from Canadore College. Khush is also completing the Grant MacEwan Flight Course (Exploring Early Childhood Curriculum) and getting her Brain Story Certification. 

 

Ms. Khush has spent most of her early childhood career working with Preschool and After School care children and is looking forward to taking over our AfterShock program. In the classroom, Ms. Khush’s favourite activities are arts and crafts!

A special note: My favourite part about being an educator is to learn about children’s development and get to observe different developmental stages! Also their hugs and smiley faces :)

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Nikki - After Shock

Nicole joined BDA in June 2023. Nikki is certified as a Level one ECE. 

Nicole was raised in Lethbridge and moved to Brooks in 2022 with her husband and daughter.

Nikki is certified as a Health Care Aid. She has spent her time at BDA working in all classrooms from infant to school age. In the classroom, Ms. Nikki’s favourite activities are reading and dancing and in her personal time, she enjoys playing with her daughter!

A special note: My favourite part about being an educator is watching the kids grow!

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Arpan - Firecrackers

Ms. Arpan joined BDA in August 2023. Arpan has worked primarily with the older toddlers and preschool aged children. 

 

Arpanpreet grew up in India and moved to Ontario in 2019. She made her way to Saskatchewan in 2020 and finally to Brooks in 2023. In her spare time, she likes to draw, making video blogs, and spending time in nature!

 

Ms. Arpanpreet has a Child and Youth Care Certificate from Saskatchewan PolyTechnic College, which transfers to a Level 1 Early Childhood Certificate in Alberta! 

 

Within the classroom, Arpan enjoys doing crafts, circle time, and story time with the children. She enjoy sharing stories and hearing about the children’s days.

 

A special note: My favourite part about being an educator is getting to see their tiny smiley faces all day!

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Harjeet - Release Educator

Bio Coming soon!

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Helena Educator: Away on Maternity Leave

Ms Helena joined BDA in March 2019. Throughout her time at BDA, Helena has worked primarily with the After Shock children. This year Helena is also teaching preschool! 

 

Helena was born and raised in Southern Alberta. Coming from a big family with four brothers, two sisters, and multiple nieces and nephews, Helena has had the chance to be surrounded by young kiddos. Helena enjoyed living on a farm working in the field and taking care of the animals. 

 

Within the classroom, Helena loves going on field trips to explore our community with the children, playing board games and diving into art projects. 

 

When not working, Helena enjoys the outdoors, watching hockey and exploring the mountains. 

 

A special note: My favourite part about being an educator is building relationships with the children and families. 

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Peachy - Micro Burst

Bio Coming soon!

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Julie- Release Educator

Julie joined BDA in January, 2023. Julie is certified as a Level One ECE. 

Julie was born and raised in Brooks, where she currently lives with her family and her dog. In her personal time, she enjoys walking her dog and seeing her friends!

Julie completed her BaseCorps Certification and is on the way to getting her Brain Story Certification as well. 

 

Julie has spent most of her time at BDA working with infants/ toddlers but has also spent time with the preschoolers. In the classroom, Ms. Julie’s favourite activities are the messy ones!

A special note: My favourite part about being an educator is getting to watch them grow every day!

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