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The Learning Tree Preschool – Sherwood Park: Our Educators & Teachers

At The Learning Tree Preschool - Sherwood Park (A Division of A & D Child Care and Out of School Care), we have extensive experience in caring for children in the Sherwood Park community, located just outside of Edmonton. Our reputation has been built on the quality of our childcare services and the level of personalized care and attention we offer. In addition, our educational programs offer your child the opportunity to learn age appropriate tasks and we encourage creativity through play and structured activities.


Meet Our Team of Dedicated Preschool Teachers

We believe that a child’s first few years are very important to set the foundation for future learning and social skills. Our educated teachers are mandated to keep abreast of new approaches, techniques and learning methods to better provide for your child.

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Gillian Jobs – Owner and Director

Gillian is the Owner and Director of The Learning Tree Preschool – Sherwood Park. She believes that children are competent, self-driven learners who benefit most through exploration, their interactions with each other, and their environment.

Gillian graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Elementary Education degree in 1994, and in that year, she and her parents also bought A & D Child Care Centre (located next door to The Learning Tree Preschool). She also received an Early Childhood Diploma from the University of Alberta in 1995. She was the primary teacher for 10 years at Little Peanuts Preschool, now known as The Learning Tree Preschool.


Leslie MacDonald – Preschool Teacher

Leslie MacDonald is proud to be the teacher at The Learning Tree Preschool – Sherwood Park. She has always been an Alberta girl, earning her Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Alberta. After graduating, she taught the primary grades in Edmonton.

After 12 years of teaching (during which she got married), Leslie was eager to take on a new and equally challenging job: full time mom to her first child, Liam. Five years later her family grew by 2 with the birth of twin boys, Rhys and Sean. It was during her first son’s participation in various preschool programs that her desire to become a preschool teacher was born.

Leslie saw first-hand how stimulating environments, caring teachers, and engaging activities sparked curiosity and learning in her young boys. Plus, they always seemed to be having so much fun! So once her own boys were well settled into their school programs, Leslie decided to follow a new path of teaching preschool. She loves that every class is a new and exciting learning opportunity, and that the children ALWAYS make her laugh! When she’s not planning for preschool, Leslie loves to garden, cook, read, travel, and scour thrift shops for bargains.


Get in Touch with Us

For more information on our preschool and our staff, call The Learning Tree Preschool - Sherwood Park.

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