About Our TeamEach and every one of our team represent the spirit of our children
Shiny Tharayil, Director
After serving Alberta Health Services for 12 years in various administrational capacities, to pursue my entrepreneurial passion, my husband and I ventured into the acquisition of Sandstone Child Learning Centre in January 2015. With the support of an outstanding team of committed and empathetic educators, we have been able to maintain the goodwill and uphold the philosophy of this organization, which offers a program that supports the diverse needs and values of our families. Having raised a son with special needs have offered me a valuable perspective on inclusion in childcare programs. I stay committed in providing professional development opportunities to my qualified and experienced staff, so that they are equipped to offer a program that caters to the developmental needs of all children, in their care. While my bachelor degree in Commerce (Mahatma Gandhi University, India) and the post-graduate diploma in Public Relations and Personnel Management (Indian Institute of Management Studies, New Delhi, India) has assisted me in managing the Company efficiently, my continuous learning in Early Childhood Education (Lethbridge College) keeps me updated on the current researches on child development and innovative strategies in child guidance.
Sharmishtha Bandyopadhyay, Assistant Director
I have been part of Sandstone Child Learning Centre since 2011. In addition to my role as the Assistant director, I have been closely involved with the preschool and kindergarten room for a number of years. I have my Masters in Arts from Bombay University and my Child Development Supervisor Certification in Alberta. Needless to say I love interacting with children and being in their midst. My hobbies include reading, yoga and travelling. Art and Culture has also been an area of interest and association.
Lopamudra Sanyal, Supervisor – Infant Room
I’m Lopa and I have been working with the children at Sandstone Child Learning Centre since 2006. I’ve a Master degree in Economics and a diploma in Early Childhood Education from Vanier College, Montreal. I like to see all kids develop naturally in a happy, healthy and safe environment. I believe that the most important skills while working with the children are love, patience and care. Together with the amazing and creative teachers in my team, I am committed to educate your child on all aspects essential for the growing age.
I’m dedicated to the social and emotional development of each child and have made it my goal to ensure that each child receives the best care and love that they all deserve.
Sharon Fehr, Infant Room
I am Sharon Fehr, a born Calgarian, married with three children and a grandson. I have a Child Development Assistant certification and have been part of Sandstone Child Learning Centre since 2008. I have been working in the infant room since 2012 and enjoy the special bonding I have with the babies. I love going for long walks with Ron, my husband of 42 years. I also enjoy reading.
Ashrumati Khanna, Teacher – Infant Room
I am Ashrumati Khanna, mother of two children, originally from India. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce majoring in accounting. After coming to Canada I did Child Development Assistant course in 2009 and since then I have been working at Sandstone child learning center. I have a high level of patience, immense love and compassion for children. I love to teach and play with children to ensure that their physical, emotional and all other developmental needs are met.
Beena Mohan, Room Supervisor – Toddler Room
My name is Beena Mohan and I work with the toddlers here at Sandstone Child Learning Center. I am a trained graduate teacher with a diploma in library science. I have been working with children for the last 20 years. I started my career as a primary school teacher in India in 1994. In 1998, I moved to Kenya, Africa, where I was offered a teaching job in a high school. In 2011, I immigrated to Canada and since then I have been working at Sandstone Child Learning center.
I enjoy being a part of this center’s family and working with each child makes my job more fun than work.
I am a mother of 3 girls and throughout my life I have dedicated a lot of my time to taking care of children and I enjoy every minute of it.
Shumaila Nasir, Teacher – Toddler Room
I am Shumaila Nasir and I have been working at Sandstone child learning center since 2010. I am a mother of two children a girl and a boy and it was originally them who developed my passion of working with children. I started off with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Physics and proceeded to obtain a Bachelor in Education after that. I soon found out that working with little children was what I was meant to do as that was my first position in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and I ended up working in the kindergarten department for over 8 years. Over the years, I have learned that the most important skills to possess while working with young children are patience, flexibility and lots of love. I think it is critical that all children receive developmentally appropriate education as it is a great asset in life. So as a toddler teacher at Sandstone child learning center since 2010, I strive to offer kids a strong learning foundation and I hope to learn more as I pursue my career in Early childhood education.
Reana Calja, Room Supervisor – Preschool
My name is Reana Calja and I work in the preschool room. I have been working at Sandstone Child Learning Center since October 2007. I hold an Early Childhood Certificate and a Bachelor Degree in education. I graduated from University “Aleksander Xhuvani” in Albania and worked one year as a teacher prior to moving to Canada in 2005.
I love to see the children grow, learn and change every day. Children have such big and bright imaginations, so I have no choice but to feed off their positive energy. I enjoy working with children and watching them grow intellectually and socially. Seeing a child smile and knowing that you contributed to it, is definitely most rewarding for me. I mean, who doesn’t love unexpected hugs and smiles from such innocent creations?
Tracy Quinn, Teacher – Preschool Room
My name is Tracy Quinn. I have worked at sandstone child Learning center over 25 years. I completed my Early Childhood Education Program at Lethbridge community college. I love working with children. Helping children learn and grow always amuses me because they have so much potential and great imagination. I enjoy playing and learning with them. My hobbies are camping, watching movies, spending time with my family and friends.
Helen, Teacher – ECS Room
My Name is Helen. I grew up in Quebec then moved to Winnipeg and have now settled in Calgary where I have been working at S.C.L.C for the past 17 years. I enjoy reading, photography and travelling, whether it is to Mexico or down the road to Banff. Life is an adventure and that is exactly what working in childcare is like. One never knows what to expect from day to day. Working with children can be challenging but always rewarding.
Melissa Yeomans, Infant/BAS Room
My name is Melissa and I work in the infant room and the Before and After School Program. I attended Lethbridge Community College where I obtained my Child Development Worker certification. I have worked in childcare for the past 13 years, out of which 7 ½ years has been at Sandstone Child Learning Centre.
Jyoti Bir, Supervisor – ECS Room
My name is Jyoti and I am the room supervisor in the ECS room. I have been working as the kindergarten teacher at Sandstone Child Learning Centre since 1999. I have CDS certification and I like working with children.
Kim Hodge, Supervisor – Before and After School Program
I have been the room supervisor of the School age program at Sandstone Child Learning Centre since January 2004. I have a Bachelor of Education (Primary Specialist) Degree from Lancaster University in England. I have over thirty years’ experience working with children three to twelve, as well as children with special needs.