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Meet The Educators


Carolyn Cronyn-McGuire

School Manager

My name is Carolyn Cronyn-McGuire and I am the school manager at Young Minds Preschools.

I am a Registered Early Childhood Educator with over 25 years of experience in the field of early childhood education, 21 of those years have been in a supervisory/director role.

My role as school manager is to ensure all families are provided with the best possible experience at our schools from the registration/admissions process to any questions or queries that come up during their journey with us.

At Young Minds Burlington our Reggio program encourages children to explore their interests which in turn builds social skills, a love of learning, confidence and instills problem solving skills.
I look forward to seeing your children grow and flourish in our unique program.

Somy Hadidifard

Centre supervisor

Hello! My name is Somy Hadidifard and I am the Centre Supervisor at Young Minds Preschool in Burlington.

I have a Master’s Degree in Comparative Literature and have experience teaching English to teenagers and undergraduate students. 

Since I have always loved working with young children I decided to be an RECE. After getting my diploma I started working in the ECE field mostly in the leadership positions. 

Being part of young children’s learning and growth has been my passion for many years. I also love communicating, interacting and sharing stories with the families and guiding and sharing my experience with coworkers and that’s what encouraged me to become a leader. 

I am very excited to meet you and your young children and spend time with them and be part of their growth at Young Minds Preschool.

Olere Toni Ayodele

Program Director

I go by Toni and I am the director of Young Minds Preschools.

I am an Ontario Certified Teacher but first an RECE. I have many years of experience creating and designing age appropriate learning programs for children.

We are excited to bring our new location to Burlington and we have heard from many families that this is the sort of program that they have been looking for. Young Minds Preschool offers a one stop learning hub for your children 8months – 12 years. It is simply the place to be. I believe that once children develop critical thinking skills, that is something that cannot be taken away. This is what we do at Young Minds creating learning experiences when certain skills and concepts can be formed.

Our program is designed for the 21st century learner and its goal is to foster lifelong learning skills. We know the Reggio program is unique in its approach hence we have created a space that is not only engaging but also would inspire your children to reach their full potential.

Infants – Sunshine

Semira Lushaj

Infant teacher

My name is Semira. Experienced and passionate early childhood teacher with a love for educating today’s youth. I have experience working with children of different ages however, my heart is set in infants. I also have about 15 years of experience working with children in my native country, Albania and three years Canadian experience working with children, too.

I am incredibly happy I am expanding my experience and knowledge with the children as an ECE teacher. Bringing forth dedication skills, and the desire to positively change the lives of the children. Being with the children and watching them grow brings happiness to me. I see the children as they are my own.

When I am not working you can find me planting flowers. I have a huge passion for plants and flowers spending quality time with my family.

Toddler 1 – Green Meadows

Angelica Pechene

Toddler 1 Educator

I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and share a little about who I am. My name is Angelica Pechene and I am thrilled to be a part of your child’s life as their toddler teacher.

I have about over 8 years of experience in the field . I believe that every child is unique and has their own individual strengths and abilities. My goal is to create a nurturing and inclusive environment where each child feels valued and supported.

Communication is important to me, and I am committed to maintaining an open line of communication with parents which has helped create beautiful relationships with families throughout the years.

I enjoy dancing, photography, going on hikes and traveling. My beautiful family consists of my husband and my son, 2 cats and a dog. I am fluent in Spanish and English, and speak a little German as well.

I am excited to embark on this journey with your child and help them reach their full potential. Thank you for entrusting me with their growth.

Toddler 2 – Rainforest

Elsa Reshiti

Toddler 2 Educator

Toddler 3 – Sunflower

Latoya Cater

Toddler 3 Educator

Hi There, My name is Latoya Kennedy and I am one of your child’s educators here at Young Minds Preschool.

I am a mother of 3 girls ( 26, 24 and 7) , 3 boys (11,9 and 6) and a grandmother to 1 grandson ( almost 3 ) and I love them all with all my and everything in me.

I believe in the children of the future and would love to continue on this journey with you of shaping your children, our children’s minds in order for them to become the powerful young man and woman that they were predestined to be.

Preschool 1 – Oakland

Eva Kabouris


Hello, my name is Eva Kabouris , Lead Early Childhood Educator in the preschool room. I happily joined Young Minds Preschool September of 2022.

I come from a childcare center where I worked for the last 25 years. I was always eager for change and excited to offer my experience and knowledge to Young Minds Preschool. I’ve always had a passion working with children at a very young age and find it rewarding to watch children succeed in their early years. I enjoy studying and learning each individual child as they present different traits of uniqueness.

Coming from a play based center and now currently working for a Reggio inspired program, I have grown to love and appreciate the Reggio inspired approach to learning as it offers children to construct their knowledge and develop skills through exploration , self-expression and collaborations with their teachers and peers. I’m looking forward to Working with your children closely and ensuring your children are offered the best quality care during their time in the Preschool room.

Shekera Mclean


Hello my name is Shekera, this year is my first year working at Young Minds Preschool as an early childhood assistant teacher. I am a Mom of 2.

I have 4 years experience working as an assistant teacher, with my bubbly personality I know your children will have an amazing time in my classroom.

In my free time I love to take long drives out with my 2 wonderful children. I also love to dance, cook, travel and meet new people.

Preschool 2 – Woodlands

Alyssa Smith

Preschool 2 Educator

Kindergarten – Orchards

Vasudha Nanda

Kindergarten Teacher

Hello, my name is Vasudha Nanda. I am a kindergarten teacher at Young Minds Preschool, Burlington.

I am an Ontario certified teacher with a masters degree in business administration and over 5 years of teaching experience in kindergarten.

As an educator, I love the curiosity, imagination and inquisitiveness of the children which inspires me to grow and learn. I am passionate about children’s development, education and creating a safe environment where they can grow and flourish.

Keeping in mind each child’s uniqueness and strengths, I plan my lessons to stimulate their cognitive, social and emotional development.

I look forward to being a part of your child’s learning journey.

Gurjeet Bhachu

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