Meet the friendly, fully-qualified staff of St. Jacobs Daycare!

In addition to being qualified Registered Early Childhood Educators, our educators are trained in First Aid and CPR.

St. Jacobs Daycare educators are committed to ongoing professional development, in areas of child development, behaviour management, nutrition, documentation and curriculum planning. They are dedicated professionals who bring unique qualities and gifts to the program.

Denise Fretz

Denise Fretz, RECE

Executive Director Denise is one of the first people you will meet or speak to at St. Jacobs Daycare. She always has a smile and kind words for the children and parents alike as they enter the daycare each morning. … Read More

Meghan Bennett

Meghan Bennett, RECE

Facility Supervisor Meghan has an energetic and outgoing nature, which helps her connect naturally and easily with both children and parents.  The children love her wonderful creative art experiences and her positive attitude.  She has an eye for design, which helps … Read More

Amanda Clemmer

Amanda Clemmer, RECE

Amanda has a strong ability to create exciting, relevant, and challenging learning experiences through observation and documentation of children’s play.  She draws on her knowledge of child development combined with her ability to connect with children and families to create … Read More

Reda Edres

Reda Edres, RECE

Reda has a strong ability to plan learning experiences based on children’s interests through observation and documentation. She has a deep understanding of child development which helps her to challenge children based on their developmental level. She loves the outdoors … Read More

Carissa Budimlic

Carissa Budimlic, RECE

Carissa is a warm and empathetic educator who connects to children and families easily. Carissa knew at a pretty early age that she wanted to work with kids. So, she joined the ECE program at Conestoga College, and graduated the … Read More

Holly Martin

Holly Martin, RECE

Holly has a warm, caring and friendly personality. She is passionate about creating a learning environment that fosters children’s sense of belonging. She creates learning experiences that build on children’s interests and sense of wonder. Holly graduated from Conestoga College … Read More

Tina Courtney

Tina Courtney, RECE

Tina has a warm, positive and nurturing attitude that makes it easy for her to build qualityrelationships with children and families. Tina completed the ECE program at Conestoga College in April, 2020 and has been working in the field since. … Read More

Kaleigh Gaudette

Kaleigh Gaudette, BA, NAMC

Kaleigh received her Child Psychology degree from the University of Windsor in 2013, and her Early Childhood Diploma with the North American Montessori Centre in 2017. Through Kaleigh’s extensive knowledge of child development, combined with her creativity and love of … Read More