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Rural Roots; Confident Kids

Meet the Staff:

L. Erin Jensen (Miss Erin), Owner/Operator, Director, Preschool Teacher

Erin began her career with a diploma in nursing as a Licensed Practical Nurse  in acute care (medical/surgical and pediatric units in Calgary hospitals) as well in in education as a teacher for the nursing and Health Care Aide programs in post-secondary institutions. 


After the birth of her second child, she found an increasing need for child care in the community. Having been raised by an ECE, she found this a natural transition from nursing and began the process of opening this facility.


Miss Erin graduated from Red Deer College with her diploma in Early Learning and Child Care in December 2019. 

Miss Erin is currently working hard to expand our child care reach to in need rural communities through our Day Home Agency and community consultations across Alberta. She is also a  rural acute and emergency department nurse for Alberta Health Services.

Ma Crispina F. Surigao (Miss Kris), Child Development Assistant

Miss Kris has an extensive background in childcare starting in the Philippines, as a nanny in Hong Kong and Toronto and now to us! 

She also has a background in accounting and has a second job as an assistant manager in retail. 

Miss Kris is hardworking, kind, and consistent. She develops amazing relationships with the children and has incredible powers of potty-training. 

Miss Kris is looking forward to continuing in her ECE training here in Alberta. We are so grateful that she is here at Country Kids. 

Genesis Marucha-Barrientos (Miss Gene), Child Development Assistant

Miss Genesis joins us as the daughter of a fellow ECE, (Miss Wendy worked with us in 2016). She demonstrates a natural talent to care and play on a daily basis.


Miss Gene is currently working toward her paramedic diploma at SAIT, but we are going to hold on to her for as long as we can!

Alexandrea Fuselli (Miss Alex), Preschool Teacher

Miss Alex comes to us as a student of Education. While she earns her bachelor's degree, she is planning to soak up all the appreciation and experience we have to offer. Miss Alex wants to teach at an elementary level (eventually) and is loving the early childhood pedagogy.

Miss Alex is looking forward to settling in and starting her family in our community and we look forward to the years to come!

Katielee Heilman (Miss Katie), Child Development Assistant

Miss Katie has been a patron of CKCC since her own boys were in diapers. As a young mother, she has learned the value and importance of hard work and living a full life.


We are so grateful that this wonderful woman has decided to start her ECE career with us and look forward to growing together.

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