Our Staff

Natalya Shyyan, Program Supervisor, Supervising Teacher

Natalya Shyyan, Program Supervisor, Supervising Teacher

Natalya Shyyan, Program Supervisor, Supervising Teacher

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   Education & Certification: Zaporizhzha Municipal Pedagogical College, Zaporizhzha State University (Ukraine); Child Development Supervisor Certification (Government of Alberta). 


Started at Kalyna Kids: 2004 


Other child/classroom experience: Teacher of Ukrainian Language and Literature at a school in Ukraine for 5 years; summer camp Scout Leader. 


Favourite things about working at Kalyna Kids:I love to work with children at this age because they are open, curious, inquisitive – it is a lot of fun to work with them and they also give me something to learn from them.”

Oksana Kravets, Supervising Teacher

Natalya Shyyan, Program Supervisor, Supervising Teacher

Natalya Shyyan, Program Supervisor, Supervising Teacher

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Education & Certification: Elementary School Teacher, Physical Education and Sports Instructor, Specialist of Physical Rehabilitation (Ukraine); Child Development Supervisor Certification (Government of Alberta). 


Started at Kalyna Kids: 2008 


Other child/classroom experience: Special Needs Teacher Assistant with Edmonton Public Schools. 


Favourite things about working at Kalyna Kids: “I like to make kids happy and help them to learn new skills in growth and fine motors, as well as new knowledge about the world.”

Oksana (Ksenia) Shoykhet, Supervising Teacher

Natalya Shyyan, Program Supervisor, Supervising Teacher

Oksana (Ksenia) Shoykhet, Supervising Teacher

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Education & Certification: Teacher in Preschool Institutions with Right to Teach the English language, Junior School Teacher, Teacher of the English Language and Literature, English Teacher (Ukraine); Child Development Worker Certification (provisional, Government of Alberta). 


Started at Kalyna Kids: 2016 


Other child/classroom experience: English Teacher at a school in Ukraine for 7 years; Teacher at Russian Saturday School 2008-2019.

Iryna Shevtsova, Supervising Teacher

Iryna Shevtsova, Supervising Teacher

Oksana (Ksenia) Shoykhet, Supervising Teacher

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Education & Certification: TBD;  Child Development Supervisor Certification (Government of  Alberta).  
 

Started at Kalyna Kids: 2019
 

Other child/classroom experience:  TBD
 

Hobbies/interests: TBD
 

Favourite things about working at Kalyna Kids: TBD

Alla Semenko, Assistant Teacher

Iryna Shevtsova, Supervising Teacher

Alla Semenko, Assistant Teacher

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Education & Certification: Art College (Belarus), Academy of Publishing (Lviv, Ukraine); Child Development Assistant Certification (Government of Alberta). 


Started at Kalyna Kids: 2011 


Other child/classroom experience: Ukrainian Drama Club for 5-15-year-old children (9 years). 


Favourite things about working at Kalyna Kids: "It is so fun to work with the children; they love to learn and it gives me so much pleasure to teach them. I enjoy using my art background to help the children with new arts and crafts."

Natalka Bogdan, Assistant Teacher

Iryna Shevtsova, Supervising Teacher

Alla Semenko, Assistant Teacher

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  Education & Certification: Tavrida National University (Ukraine); Child Development Assistant Cerfitication (Government of Alberta). 


Started at Kalyna Kids: 2012 


Other child/classroom experience: In Ukraine: Kindergarten teacher, Junior High and High School language teacher; in Edmonton: operating a Russian Saturday School and Summer Camp since 2004. 


Favourite things about working at Kalyna Kids:I was a Sadochok Mom for 5 years, when my oldest kids went there. They absolutely loved going to Sadochok; games, crafts, tons of toys, attentive teachers, friendly atmosphere, celebrations of all kinds – lots and lots of fun! Now when my youngest visits Sadochok, I cannot make her leave. So it just seems so natural for me to return to our wonderful Ukrainian Playschool and offer my services.”


Lesia Mashchak, Supervising Teacher (as needed)

Lesia Mashchak, Supervising Teacher (as needed)

Lesia Mashchak, Supervising Teacher (as needed)

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Education & Certification: 5 year University Diploma in Education (Foreign Languages and Literature-Ukraine); Child Development Worker Certification (Government of Alberta). 


Started at Kalyna Kids: 2004, retired in 2017 


Other child/classroom experience: Total of 33 years of teaching. Grades: elementary, junior high, high school in Ukraine; St. Josaphat Sadochok in Edmonton; Ridna Shkola in Edmonton 


Favourite things about working at Kalyna Kids: “Wonderful students, supportive parents, nice team of teachers. I am very happy to work with kids and to teach them. I love my job very much.”

Bonni Wengreniuk, Operations Manager

Lesia Mashchak, Supervising Teacher (as needed)

Lesia Mashchak, Supervising Teacher (as needed)

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Bonni looks after the daily administrative non-teaching activities such as  Registrations, Forms, Program Handbook, Family Duties, Subsidy claims, Expenses, Bookkeeping, Licensing, communications, class lists and attendance logs, and liaising with St. Martin School.