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 Elvira- Preschool Teacher

Elvira came to Canada as a live-in nanny four years ago. Before that she work as an Au Pair in Europe which gave her the opportunity to travel around Europe visiting countries like Denmark, Norway, Malta and Germany.  Working as a nanny helped her to realize that it was something that she enjoyed and wanted to pursue. She wanted to know more in order to be able to help to raise happier and better generation and contribute in our better future. She studied under Dr.Daniel Jutras`s supervision and graduated in 2015 with a MACTE diploma.  In her spare time she likes swimming, jogging, reading a book and going for walks.   

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Miss Jill - Supply teacher Toddler/Preschool

Jill grew up in Manotick before going to the University of Ottawa where she earned a Bachelors degree in Social Sciences. A few years later Jill received her AMI elementary teacher diploma at the Washington Montessori Institute at Loyola College, in Baltimore, Maryland.  Jill worked as an elementary teacher at Montessori schools in both Toronto and Ottawa before getting married in 2005.   

Since that time Jill, her husband Radek, and their 4 children have lived throughout Canada, the U.S.A. and most recently spent 6 years living in the Czech Republic before moving back to the Ottawa area in 2015.  

Jill considers herself very fortunate to have been able to spend the last 13 years at home, raising her 4 children but is excited for the opportunity to get back to teaching children, a profession she feels very passionate about.

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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- Toddler 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 Chelsea - Preschool Teacher

Chelsea has spent the past four years studying children, childhood and education at a Carleton University as well as St. Lawrence College. Chelsea graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree majoring in Child Studies, and with an Early Childhood Education diploma. Chelsea has spent several years working directly with children as a private nanny, an Early Childhood Educator, and as an Au Pair in Australia. During these years of working with children, she has created an environment where children have the right to share their opinion, be heard, but more importantly children have the right to be understood and taken seriously by adults, as well as providing children with opportunities to make their own choices within their lives. She encourages and empowers children to explore, think, ask questions, set goals and problem solve as independent children. Chelsea encourages outdoor playtime as an important part of the day, as she believes this is where children are able to explore more in-depth outside the box. Chelsea recognizes and appreciate differences within individual children, and can adapt to different learning styles and pace in order to assist the child in succeeding and having overall well-being. Chelsea enjoys spending her time playing ringette, snowboarding, eating sushi, and travelling the world.
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” –Aristotle 

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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.