About Us

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Kayleigh Mcewan, Owner & Administrator

Kayleigh is a fully certified Montessori Casa level directress receiving her Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (M.A.C.T.E.) through her studies at The Canadian Montessori Teacher Education Institute. She has extensive and varied experience in childcare for both toddlers and preschoolers. Before becoming a founding partner in Educara, Kayleigh worked as a lead Montessori teacher for 4 years and has also enjoyed being a co-teacher and nanny. She is an enthusiastic teacher who fully embraces the Montessori philosophy. She truly loves working with and learning from children. Kayleigh is a nurturing, kind individual who enjoys traveling, yoga, fitness and nature, which she incorporates into her program whenever possible, enriching her students’ Montessori experience. Kayleigh is from the Ottawa area, but has spent many years of her life traveling internationally bringing a unique perspective to the classroom.
She currently lives in Nepean with her partner Shayne and their dog Chester.

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Jody McCombe, Owner

Jody is a local entrepreneur who runs several successful businesses. She is very involved in the community and is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Proud To Be Me, a local non for profit that focuses on anti bullying and youth empowerment. 

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Miss Sue- Toddler Teacher

Susan is a nurturing, caring, and passionate teacher, who thoroughly enjoys the toddler age group. She is a Montessori certified infant/toddler teacher, who has worked extensively with this age group. 

Susan travelled throughout Europe and the United States with her husband and family, which was her introduction to the Montessori philosophy. After returning to Canada she settled into to a wonderful career in Montessori in the ottawa area. 

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Miss Kat- Toddler Teacher

Miss Kat has spent the last decade in childcare, working first as a swimming teacher before working as a private nanny. When she is not a toddler teacher she is working towards her degree in Early Childhood Education, and spending time with her family.   
Miss Kat enjoys hiking, sharks, reptiles and scuba diving! 

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Miss Rebecca- Preschool Teacher

Rebecca has always had a passion to nurture and support children mentally, emotionally and socially. She graduated from St. Lawrence College in 2016 with her Diploma in Early Childhood Education and has been working as a Registered Early Childhood Educator with the toddler age group since. Rebecca excels at creating a positive, warm and secure environment for children to thrive in all areas of development. She sees the parent-to-educator communication of great importance to a child’s well-being. In her free time she enjoys yoga, the outdoors and reading. 

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Mr Nick- Preschool Teacher

Mr. Nick has been working with children in daycares and with the OCDSB for almost a decade; it’s his first and strongest passion. He has worked with many different styles, mainly elect and Reggio, and is excited to be part of this wonderful Montessori program and meet all the amazing children who are part of it. With a passion for reading, songs, nature and animals, he hopes that it will inspire some fun conversations and learning experiences. He will be bringing the French language to their programs. When he isn’t in class, he is spending time with his 3yr old Twin boys, his new born daughter , his partner Hilary and their pets.

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Miss Rana - Toddler Teacher

Rana holds a Montessori Teaching Diploma from the North American Montessori center. She has been working in Ottawa for eight years with children ranging from 0-2. She’s a mother of three and also a grandmother. In her free time she loves to do arts and crafts and take her grandson to the park. Before coming to Canada Rana lived in UAE, Dubai. She came to Canada in 2001 and has been in Ottawa since. She is very passionate about nurturing children’s learning and providing experiences that can develop their skills.