Director, Expanded Learning Concepts
Charlene is a seasoned educator with over 20 years teaching experience with children from 18 months through to twelve years of age. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Waterloo and specialized in Psychology with a focus on child development and marriage and family studies. She continued her education at the Toronto Montessori Institute where she obtained her Primary and Elementary Montessori diplomas. In 2004, Charlene received her MACAR (Montessori Applied to Children at Risk) certificate specializing in dyslexia and ADD/ADHD from the Shelton School in Dallas, Texas. Charlene completed her Adult Education Diploma at Montessori Teacher's College in June 2007 and is currently recognized as a certified Teacher Trainer. She is a qualified facilitator for the Kids Have Stress Too! (KHST!) workshop series that was designed and developed by the Psychology Foundation of Canada. She has also completed a certificate course in Autism-A Montessori Approach and she also completed the group leader training from The Incredible Years in Seattle, Washington on Teacher Classroom Management applied to children with ADHD and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Charlene completed a Graduate Certificate in Adult and Community Education from the University of Calgary and recognized a Level 3 Child Development Supervisor. Charlene is recognized as a qualified RIRO resiliency trainer and offers parent education programs for groups and individuals in Halton. She has also completed a Graduate Certificate in Infant Mental Health from York University.
Charlene initiated one of the first inclusive and accessible social skills programs in the Region of Halton called CHOICES. She received referrals from Mental Health Organizations, Psychologists, School Boards, Family Doctors and Occupational Therapists.
Child and Youth Care Practitioner (CYCP)
Individual Supports and Coaching
Stephanie has been with Expanded Learning Concepts for over 5 years and she graduated from the School of Child and Youth Care at Ryerson University is a current member of The Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counsellors (OACYC). Through her 4 years of University, she gained a lot appreciation for programs that assist children, and youth who are most vulnerable. In her first internship at a community centre, she assisted Charlene in her social skills program, CHOICES, and assisted in diverse drop in programs that range from infants to 16 years of age, including programs such as a food bank, baby rhyme time and preschool. She supervised students in the Youth Diversion program, as well as coordinated an afterschool Homework Club.
In her second internship at an elementary school in one of the most high risk areas of Toronto, Stephanie assisted a child and youth worker in a variety of programs: E.S.P (Empowered Student Partnership), P.A.L.S (Playground Activity Leaders in Schools), Girls group, 1:1 Intervention/ Behaviour Modification Plan, LOVE (Leave out Violence), social skills, peer mediation, Safe School Safety Survey, Meditation for an L.I class and Camp Olympia. She obtained training in Crisis Prevention Intervention. Stephanie’s 4th year Independent Study focused on ‘The Impact on Practitioners when Working with Traumatized Clients’. She also entered in the Pepsi Refresh Project in 2010, where her program idea ‘Girl Talk’, had reached 10th place out of hundreds of applicants in Canada. She also engaged in creating a self-esteem building activity for Dove’s Self-Esteem Weekend in 2010. She is also the lead facilitator for the social skills programs and is offering in-home support services and behaviour supports to families living in the Region of Halton.
Stephanie’s main focus is on child development, children and youth who are experiencing, behavioral, social and emotional issues, and those with learning differences and disabilities. Stephanie is a Windsor, Ontario native, who currently resides in Oakville, Ontario where she continues to pursue her goals in the child and youth care field.