Meet Our Staff

Marilou Bacday

Team Member

Megan Hartling

Team Member

Hi! I'm Megan Hartling. I hold an ECE Level 1 certification and have worked in various early learning centres prior to joining NICCS. I love working with children and enjoy watching them grow and bloom as mighty citizens and learners. Outside of work, I love gardening and spending time at the beach during the summer. On a regular basis I spend quality time with my older sister.

Tristen Barr

Team Member

Hello, my name is Tristen Barr. I was born and raised in Saskatchewan. I went to college for a year. I, then lived in Saskastoon for a couple of years before I moved to Oyen. The last several years, I have been in the kitchen working for Alberta Health Services. I have enjoyed working with children in the past, teaching swimming lessons for over a decade. I love the outdoors and animals. I have two small dogs of my own. I have some family in the area and decided to give Brooks a try.

Lorraine Bernardino

Team Member

Hi, I’m Lorraine Bernardino. I come from one of the world’s largest archipelagos with more than 7000 islands, the Philippines. My daughter and I had the opportunity to enter Canada as permanent residents through the sponsorship of my husband, who at that time, was working at JBS. Two years later, me and my husband were blessed with a second child- a boy. I take pride in strong family ties as one of the Filipino values. I take care and support my family members genuinely.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education from Technological University of the Philippines in 2001. I also hold a Caregiving NC II Certificate from Pinnacle Health College Inc., Philippines. I currently hold an ECE Level 1 certification from Alberta Human Services but am working on my recertification to get an ECE Level 3 Certificate.
I had the opportunity to volunteer at Brooks Early Learning Academy and SPEC Association for Children and Families prior to joining Newell Integrated Child Care. I love working at NICCS because of my passion for caring and teaching children. I am looking forward to seeing and meeting more children and their families in the future.

Taylor Harris

Executive Director

My name is Taylor and I am the Executive Director here at NICCS! I started working in Child Care
when I was 18 years old. I learned I had a passion for early learning right away. While working in
childcare full time, I completed my Diploma in Early Learning and Child Care and I graduated
with honors. During my time studying, I was fortunate enough to see and experience many
different childcare centres in Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Brooks.

Through my experiences, I have been able to form a vision of what the best approach looks like to help children develop to their full potential. I am thrilled that I get to apply my vision right here at NICCS. I believe that children are mighty learners and our role as educators is to observe children's natural
curiosities and expand those using open-ended materials and emergent curriculum. Although I
have been a part of many amazing child care centers, I have never felt more at home than I do
here at NICCS. I love the sisterhood within our teachers and I adore each and every child in our
program and I love them as if they are my own! I feel so lucky to spend each and every day
doing the very thing that makes my heart happy. Welcome to our centre!

Mary Anne Sarmiento

Program Director

My name’s Mary-Anne and I’m the Program Director here at NICCS. I’ve been in the ECE profession since 2011. I worked as an Early Childhood Educator in Singapore for 6 years before moving to Canada in December 2017. During my time in Singapore, I spearheaded a research-based project called "Reading Intervention Program for Readers-at-Risk", which received an ECE Grant Award. Prior to becoming an Early Childhood Educator, I worked as a Supervising Instructor to Practice Teachers (B.E.E and B.E.C.E), an Elementary Laboratory School Teacher (taught Grades 1 to 6), and as a University Instructor III at my alma mater, Pangasinan State University, Philippines from 2005-2011.

I hold a Professional Teacher Certificate (K-12 Education) in Alberta, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education-Teaching, a Master of Arts in Education (Major in Science Education and Special Education), and a Bachelor in Elementary Education (Specialization in General Science). In November 2005, I was awarded a Certificate of Distinction by the Professional Regulation Commission and Board for Professional Teachers, Philippines for being a topnotcher in the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) 2005- National Level. In July 2007, I also received a Certificate of Recognition from Pangasinan State University for being a top LET performer among colleges and universities in the region, bringing prestige to my alma mater.

I believe that children are mighty learners. As an Early Childhood Educator, it is my responsibility to provide them with the right learning experiences and prepare a responsive learning environment that caters to their learning needs. I love working with young learners because it always sparks creativity in me and there’s so much to learn, especially in a multicultural setting like NICCS.

Angelica Vera

Team Member

My name is Angelica Vera, I am from Mexico and I had the amazing opportunity to come to
Canada with my family in 2016. I have been working with children for more than 5 years. I
worked 2 years in Mexico as a volunteer in a Kindergarten and more than 3 years as a childcare
assistant in Canada. Currently, I work in Inclusive Care. I love coaching and playing with kids
because they are the happiness of life, and they make me see things with other eyes. I speak
Spanish and English but I would like to learn French someday. My favourite hobbies are
spending time with my husband and my daughter, shopping and playing some online games.

Razia Kosar

Team Member

My name is Razia. I was born and raised in Pakistan, but I moved to Canada in 2016. I have
completed my Bachelor of Education from Allam Iqbal Open University, Islamabad. I graduated

with my Bachelor of Arts in 2009. I received my Master’s in English. I know two languages, Urdu
and English. I lived with my husband and two children. I have been working with young children
for three years. I am loving, caring, flexible and patient person who deeply enjoys working with
the children. My hobbies are reading books and watching TV.

Malaisy Sirisavath

Team Member

My name is Malaisy and I was born in Laos. My family and I immigrated to Canada and settled in Alberta in 1980. I have two children, a daughter and a son who both attend Brooks Junior High School. I have been working in an early childhood setting for five years as a Level 1 Early Childhood Educator. I enjoy working with children because I get to be a part of their developmental growth. I think it’s impressive to see not only physical growth but also personal growth in children. I have to smile at their defiance and emerging independence to become their full potential. Currently, I’m pursuing my part-time studies in Early Childhood Education. Personal growth is essential to me because we are always learning about ourselves and we should always thrive to be better versions of ourselves.

Tina Reimer

Team Member

My name is Tina Reimer and I am currently an educator in the Toddler Room. I started my journey in childcare in 2017 and since have worked in multiple areas. I have taught in another daycare, provided care for families as a nanny and started a home-based childcare business. During this time, I have also completed my childcare certification. My two children and I enjoy spending time together outdoors, telling imaginative stories and impromptu dance parties. Aside from spending quality time with my children, I like to build homemade sensory boards out of wood and educational objects. With children, I value using a combination of love, proper discipline and education. I enjoy working with the staff at NICCS because everyone here is treated as part of a family.

Insha Shahzad

Team Member

Hello, my name is Insha Shahzad. I was born in Punjab, Pakistan. Before coming to Canada, I used to teach Maths in primary school in Pakistan. I moved to Brooks in 2016. I live with my husband and two sons. I have completed Bachelor in Arts from University of Punjab, Pakistan. I completed my diploma in Montessori recently. Now I am doing my Diploma in Early Learning and Childcare. I started my first ever job in Canada as an early childhood educator here at NICCS in 2018 and feel lucky to have such nice co-workers. I love to work with children because they bring joy to me and I enjoy making positive changes in their lives.

Hannah Potyra

Team Member

Hi, my name is Hannah Potyra and I’m currently working in the Preschool Room. I’ve always been the kind of person that loves to help and be around children, starting as a child when my mom ran her own day home. I’ve been working with children for the last 14 years, starting with babysitting, working in elementary classrooms, and now in a daycare setting. I’ve nannied in Brisbane Australia and in Limerick Ireland and I’m always looking for my next adventure. When I’m not working with kids I love to travel, spend time with my family, read, hike, and do puzzles. I love that I get to be a part of helping the kids explore and learn new things every day and that I get to enjoy a positive environment with the kids. The ladies at NICCS have been so warm and welcoming since I’ve joined the team which has made this transition so amazingly easy! I couldn’t ask for better bosses and coworkers. Thank you to the parents for letting me be a part of your children’s lives. I can’t wait to get to know everyone!