Our teachers at Lamplighter Preschool are qualified, caring, nurturing, and have obtained certification as professional Registered Early Childhood Educators, or the equivalent approved by the Ministry of Education. All staff are qualified with First Aid and CPR; regularly attend workshops and seminars to maintain on-going professional development; and provide clear criminal reference checks every five years.

Our Cook has successfully completed and maintains their Safe Food Handlers Course and all staff is aware of any posted allergies or any special dietary needs.

We help mentor our community youth who are interested in the field of Early Childhood Education (ECE). Our preschool regularly welcomes students from Loyalist College and St. Lawrence College who are performing placement duties required for ECE certification. We also accept co-op placement students from local secondary schools. All students are required to provide clear criminal reference checks before starting a placement with us.

Krista Embury
Registered Early Childhood Educator - Preschool Room
“Hi! My name is Krista Embury and I’ve been a part of the Lamplighter family for 7 years. I obtained my RECE in June 2018 from Loyalist College, after joining the ECE Apprenticeship program with Lamplighter in Sept of 2011. I started at Lamplighter in 2009 as a supply teacher and became a full time Preschool Staff in 2011. I love seeing children grow , explore and learn through play!”
Lindsey Hodgson
Registered Early Childhood Educator – Preschool Room
“Hi! My name is Lindsey Hodgson, I’ve been an RECE since 2004. I graduated from Loyalist College and have been a part of the Lamplighter family since I was 3! I attended as a child and have volunteered, done placements and worked at Lamplighter throughout my life. I am now working Full time in the Preschool Room. I love how spontaneous and creative children are!”
Jennifer Lloyd
Registered Early Childhood Educator – Toddler Room
“Hi! My name is Jenn and I graduated from Loyalist College in June of 2017. My passion for children started in my early years when I began baby sitting. After High School, I began Post Secondary School to become a Pediatric Nurse but quickly realized that that was not the way in which I wanted to nurture children. My journey at Lamplighter began in January of 2016 when I started my first Practicum Placement in the E.C.E. field. After Practicum, I began supplying in the summer and over my Christmas holidays. What I love about children is their curiosity and thirst for knowledge. I enjoy the opportunity to watch children learn and grow allowing me to learn along side them. I love seeing the growth and change of each child and am honored to be able to help them learn basic knowledge and self-help skills.”
Kayla Vander Wey
Registered Early Childhood Educator – Toddler Room
“My name is Kayla Vander Wey and I’ve been an RECE since 2009 and started my Lamplighter career in 2010. When I was hired, our Preschool was just licensed for Preschoolers. In 2012, I helped open our Toddler Room and I had been running the program for 3 years with a license of 5 Toddlers. In 2015, we moved locations and expanded our Toddler program with a license of 10. I thoroughly enjoy the toddler age group! It is rewarding to teach children to communicate, develop self- help skills and learn basic knowledge such as colours, letters and shapes. I also love the bonds I am able to build with the children! It has been a joy to care for the toddlers at Lamplighter!”
Jessica Reid
Registered Early Childhood Educator – Infant room
Hi my name is Jessica Reid. I have been working in the Toddler room at Lamplighter since June 2018. With the expansion of the infant room I received the permanent full-time position in the Infant room. I am so excited to be part of the team and for the new adventure. I am a registered Early Childhood Educator and have 7 years experience in a licenced child care center. I also worked in a home daycare full-time while completing my E.C.E. program online. I love working with children and being able to watch them grow and develop their new skills. Getting to know their different personalities, building special bonds, and listening to them tell their stories is my favourite part of working with children. Each child is unique and each day is new and exciting!
Nicole Forse
Registered Early Childhood Educator – Infant Room
“Hi, my name is Nicole Forse and I’ve been working in the Infant Room at Lamplighter since December 2015. I’m an RECE and an Ontario Certified Teacher (Primary Division) from York University. I also have qualifications in Special Education. I’ve been working with children and families for over 23 years in childcare centres, private tutoring, dance schools and public schools. I hold my ECE Diploma and ECE Degree from Ryerson University. I’m a mother of 2 teen boys and new to the area – military move. Helping children to thrive and learn is one of my passions. Other passions are dance (ballet), and nature. I enjoy the Infant Room and watching the infants explore. “Play is the highest form of research” – Albert Einstein”
Nicole Moore
Registered Early Childhood Educator – Infant Room
"My name is Nicole Moore, and I am an Infant Teacher at Lamplighter Preschool. I have been with Lamplighter Preschool since 2011, when I started as supply staff before graduating from Loyalist College, and joining the Lamplighter team full time in 2013. I love working with the children at Lamplighter Preschool, helping them learn and grow in a nurturing, loving environment. I enjoy creating classroom experiences that provides children with a variety of opportunities to learn through play. One of my favourite parts of the Infant Program would be creating sensory and art experiences for the children. Of course baby snuggles are great as well! Working as an Early Childhood Educator is my passion, and I couldn't imagine working in any other field. I'm a first time mom of a baby girl, born in January 2016, and a step mom to a spunky seven year old girl. When not working, I enjoy reading, being outdoors, and spending time with my family. "
Cheri Mitchell
Cook
Hi, my name is Cheri Mitchell, born and raised in Renfrew, Ontario and now reside in Napanee. Proud Nana to five beautiful Grandchildren ages 4-7! I started babysitting at the age of 11 until finishing High School. I was then hired by The Municipal Office of Renfrew as Receptionist to the Town Planner. After taking time off to raise my children, I was Receptionist for an Accounting Firm & The Renfrew Mercury. After relocating to Kingston I was hired as Receptionist for Kingston This Week. Since retiring, I have babysat in private homes and as a daycare provider in our home on a one on one basis. I recently joined Lamplighter for supply staff and now I'm hired as the full time Cook. I have completed my Food Handling & Safety Course and enjoy my work! I love to interact with our “little friends” at Lamplighter when covering breaks or delivering the food trays. They are all so welcoming, inquisitive and say the cutest and funniest things!
Cherilyn Eves
Registered Early Childhood Educator – Director
“I’m Cherilyn Eves, a Registered Early Childhood Educator and I have been with Lamplighter since 2002. I have been the Director since 2010. I am from the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, and I graduated from Loyalist College in the Early Childhood Education program in 1988. My interest in the child care field started early with babysitting for neighbours, being a Summer Camp Counsellor for the ages of 5-12 year olds and I was a parent relief worker for a Cerebral Palsy boy for one summer. What I love about this field is the children’s humour, innocence and their constant, playful, eagerness to learn.”