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Jillian Farris

Director

Jillian has spent the last 15+ years working in the field of early childhood education. She holds an Honours Diploma in Early Childhood Education from Sheridan College and both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Child and Youth Studies from Mount Saint Vincent University. Graduate work on “Aboriginal Children’s Perceptions of their Urban Living Environments” and experiences living in Italy and Belgium helped shape her world view towards young children’s learning environments. She has worked with all age groups of children, in both large and small child care centres in Ontario and Halifax. Jillian's focus for A Tiny Lab is the provision of the highest quality program for the children and a supporting environment for families and staff.

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Lizzy Babych

Chef + Classroom Support

Lizzy loves to be silly and spends as much time in the classrooms as she can. Besides creating seasonal vegan menus and cooking meals each day, she is also working towards obtaining her certification as an ECE at NSCC. She holds a BFA from UBC, and has called Halifax home for nearly a decade. Lizzy loves bringing her positivity and creative energy to everything she does in the kitchen and the classroom. A Tiny Lab allows for Lizzy to fuse her formal art training with a deep love of children, education, making connections and having fun! In addition to running our kitchen, Lizzy provides top-quality classroom and administration support.

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Julianne Harnish

Teacher

Julianne grew up in Herring Cove, Nova Scotia. She believes that education begins at day one and strongly feels that children of all backgrounds and abilities deserve the best possible start in life. Her experience working in early learning and her studies at NSCAD have combined to realize her passion for creative development in children. Her favourite part of working with children is watching their drawing progress from scribbles to faces and human figures as their motor skills improve and their interest in creative representation grows. Julianne loves designing process oriented, open-ended, and often messy, art activities.

 
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Natalie Narvey

Teacher

As the oldest of 9, Natalie has always enjoyed caring for children. Natalie started her childcare career in Vancouver, BC, as a live in nanny for families with alternative lifestyles, and bring 17 years of childcare experience into the classroom. She is focused on community and communicating with families. Her favourite thing about working with children is their un-edited language (kids are hilarious!), as well as being able to bring nature and Indigenous culture to the classroom for the kids to experience. Outside the classroom, Natalie participates in and is committed to environmental and human rights activism, enjoying nature in all its glory, spending her time with her son and learning about Mi'kmaq culture and language.

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Charlene Knickle

Teacher

Charlene grew up in a wonderful small town on the South Shore. She graduated from the Early Childhood Education program at Kingstec College in the beautiful country in 2008. She has created bonds with children and families from a variety of Child Care Centres in Nova Scotia. She loves expanding children’s minds about Nature, Art, Music and Dance and creating confidence in children to love themselves and to be proud of who they are. Charlene really enjoys taking the children on a Great Adventure to explore new places and meet new and familiar people. She finds happiness seeing all the children create through their imagination and learnings. She believes all children have amazing minds and loving hearts. Being able to be apart of children's lives to help them bloom is one of the greatest feelings in the world to her.

Charlene loves to spend time with the people she loves. She really enjoys hiking, swimming, reading Self Development books, singing, dance, creating spaces, making home cooked meals, jogging, yoga, being in nature, gardening, live music, animals, photography, Oceans & Lakes, the moon, sunrises and sunsets. Charlene is very passionate about inspiring people through her writings, both quotes and reflective pieces. Helping others is something she has always found pure joy in.

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Natasha Stephenson

Teacher

Natasha was born and raised in Halifax Nova Scotia. She studied Human Services in 2009 and is currently completing her ECE level 1 at NSCC. Her favourite thing about working with children is that every day is a bit different. No day is quite the same, especially working between both the toddler room and the preschool room at A Tiny Lab. Outside the classroom, Natasha is interested in hair braiding, spend quality time with her family and helping to support local businesses.

 
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Erin Lapp

Teacher

Erin (she/her) has a Master of Teaching degree from OISE. She went into education because it felt like the most meaningful way to facilitate necessary change in society. While there, she took every opportunity to inquire into white teachers’ racial identity and how they can mitigate the impact of their privilege in the classroom. She also has a strong interest in teaching consent and supporting gender expansiveness.

She is honoured to facilitate early childhood learning and to absorb the wisdom and creativity that the youngest members of our society exude.

Marlene Langalaan

Teacher

Marlene was born in Annapolis Valley and raised on her family’s dairy farm. She has a Bachelor of Child and Youth (Mount Saint Vincent University) and a diploma in Early Childhood Education (NSCC). As the early years in a child’s life are the most important in development, Marlene is passionate to work with young children where she can make a big impact in their lives.

Jody Enserink

Teacher

Jody grew up on her parent’s poultry farm in the small town of Aylesford located in the Annapolis valley. She has lived in Halifax since 2012, completing a degree in child and youth studies at MSVU as well as a diploma in child & youth care at NSCC. In her spare time Jody enjoys using artistic endeavours as a creative & therapeutic outlet as well as spending time outdoors. She incorporates some of these interests into her work with the preschoolers at A Tiny Lab. Jody is passionate about working with children and excited to have an opportunity to engage with them in meaningful ways.

 
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Sofie

Alumni + Volunteer

Sofie was born in Halifax and was one of the very first children to attend A Tiny Lab. She has spent many days in and around the centre, helping in the kitchen, in the office, and in the classroom.

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Matt Neville

Admin Support

Matt supports the Tiny Lab Team so they can focus on what matters most. He provides technical support and assists in issues of space maintenance, licensing, and administration. Matt is a licensed urban planner in Halifax. He is an advocate for child-friendly and inclusive cities and the right to independent mobility options for children.