Tiny Lab Team

A Tiny Lab is only able to offer a rich program and experience because of our strong, experienced, and diverse team of teachers and support staff. They have varied backgrounds, but share a high level of commitment to both the children and their families. The Tiny Lab team works together to provide the highest quality care, programming and food for our children and families.


Jillian Farris


Director + Owner

Jillian has spent the last 15 years working in the field of early childhood education. She is passionate about children and their environments and believes that children teach us more than we could ever possibly teach them. 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 entitled “Aboriginal Children’s Perceptions of their Urban Living Environments” and experiences living abroad 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. You can almost always find her in the classroom, reading a book or singing a song with the children.

Jody Enserink

Preschool Room 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. 


Natalie Narvey

Toddler Room Teacher


Lizzy Babych

Chef + Classroom Support

]Lizzy was born and raised in Kelowna, BC and has called Halifax home since 2010. She has a Bachelor of Visual Arts from UBC and, for nearly a decade, has worked in small, locally-minded kitchens, developing a passion for vegan/vegetarian cooking. Lizzy loves being creative and finds that children are incredibly imaginative and encouraging people!

Marlene Langalaan

Preschool Room 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.


Julianne Harnish

Preschool Room 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.


Danielle Burton

Toddler Room Teacher

Danielle believes children are complete, unique individuals who are capable, competent and deserving of respect from birth. This is reflected in her practice, language and demeanour each day while working with children in the Toddler Room. 

She completed the BA, Child and Youth Study at Mount Saint Vincent University in 2014.



Matt Neville

Designer + 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 and editor with -SITE Magazine. He is an advocate for child-friendly and inclusive cities and the right to independent mobility options for children.


Sara Landry

Toddler Room Teacher

Sara was born in Halifax, and is currently finishing up her Degree of Child and Youth (Mount Saint Vincent University) and holds a diploma in Child and Youth Care (NSCC). Sara strives to build reciprocal relationships with the families at A Tiny Lab based on mutual trust, to support the continuity of children’s learning between home and the center.  She believes young children have great capacity and potential to connect with others, and possess their own competent set of abilities and learning strategies. Sara is interested in serving as a scribe for the children through documenting their work and interactions, and making it available for them to revisit, reflect on and extend their learning.



Alumni + Volunteer