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Administrative Staff


Anita Entz

Executive Director


Hi, I am Anita.

I grew up as a Hutterite in Saskatchewan, spending my time as a child (from 6 to 13 years) babysitting young children. After leaving the colony, a whole new world opened where I was able to choose my own career, and have access to education that had not been an option for me before.

I was first introduced to Children’s House as a practicum student in 2012. This is also the year that I worked here for the summer before going back to college to complete my education, graduating with a Child Care Supervisor qualification in 2013. I returned to Children’s House and was placed in the Maple room as a primary Educator. Since then I have held positions of Supervisor, Acting Director and now Executive Director since 2017.

As part of ongoing professional development, I am part of the Core Pedagogical team for the FLIGHT curriculum framework at Children’s House Where we meet in reflective practice to look at the curriculum and look at the next steps towards higher quality for the center. I also attend the Child Care Directors of Southwest Alberta meetings, and Fairy Dust teaching series-online on a regular basis.

I love the field of Early Childhood because we see children with huge amounts of possibilities and a whole world waiting for them to explore. I enjoy spending time in the classroom co-learning with the children as they share their theories and together, we get to wonder what happens next. I get excited when a child’s eyes light up with pride in their idea or accomplishment -ones that they choose to tackle. I believe that children are able, capable, and need time to know themselves without adult pressure to reach the next step/level/milestone. Children will amaze you every time you give them the time, space and right to just be. When the adult chatter fades, the children can be found.

Jen Block

Inclusive Supports/Supervisor


Welcome, I’m Jen! After graduating from the Early Childhood Program in 2000 with my Child Development Supervisor Certification, I have spent my time working in the Early Learning and Childcare field ever since. I have worked in many settings; an educator in centre-based care, an educational assistant in elementary school, ARCQE mentor, and a day home educator. Being with children is my passion.

I have been with The Children’s House Child Care Society as the Day Home Coordinator, Consultant, and Home Visitor since 2012 and most recently included the position society wide as the Inclusive Supports Coordinator/Supervisor. I attend the Child Care Directors Association of Southwest Alberta and Lethbridge Early Years Coalition, places where professionals prioritize children’s early years. I have been part of the GRASP- Guiding Responsive Approaches to Strengthening Practice and ELCC- Early Learning and Child Care pilot projects within our society that focus on networking, providing regular and sustained support and access to quality care for all families.


I have been fortunate to continue my learning in the field throughout the years and most recently received my certificate of completion of the Flight course: Exploring Early Childhood Curriculum: Play, Possibilities and Participation through MacEwan University, I am now a member of Children's House Core Flight Team.  In 2019 I helped develop our Riverbottom Program where the children,  Leslee and myself spent the whole day in the river bottom exploring and connecting with nature.  I love expanding my knowledge and continuing to reflect on my practices. I love being part of a society that allows me to co-learn, co-research, and co-imagine possibilities with children, families, and educators within our programs. 


Exploring in nature; hiking, fishing, hunting, camping and gardening with my husband and two children is where you will find me outside of work.


Beth Petersen

Kindergarten Teacher/Educator


My name is Beth Petersen.  I grew up in Santa Ana, California, I have my Bachelor of Science Degree and an Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Development from the California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, California.  I received my Bachelor of Education from the University of Lethbridge specializing in Early Childhood Education.  I studied and completed the Children’s Mental Health program at Mount Royal College.  Additionally, I have extensive training on autism.  I completed the Flight Curriculum course through Grant MacEwan as of January 2019, I am currently a member of the Core Flight Team at Children’s House.

I have 2 grown children and 2 grandchildren.  When not at Children’s House, I enjoy camping, music, running, reading and spending time with my family.

I believe children are mighty learners.  I enjoy watching as they inquire, investigate, explore and research.  My favorite thing to do with children in my class is explore and co research all about insects in the spring and summer.  Part of my education in California included collecting 50 different species of live insects and arachnids and preparing a display showcase to present to my professor and class.

June Grover



Hi, my name is Harumi June Grover.  I grew up in Taber and have been working in the Early Childhood field for 45 years, I graduated from Lethbridge College in 1975.  Prior to being and Early Childhood Educator I was a licensed hairdresser.  I have been employed by Children's House since 1998.  My greatest joy is with infants and toddlers and their families. 

I have three children and three grandchildren.  I am the oldest of six,  4 brothers and 1 sister.  

My favourite past time is doing crafts of all kinds and watching the cooking shows.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of a group of wonderful staff.




Welcome!  My name is Jennifer.  I have been an educator at Children’s House since January 2001.  I have spent time in the kitchen preparing snacks and lunches, in the Maple Room with the 3-year-olds but, the majority of my time here has been devoted to the Oak Room (4-5yrs).  My group of the children is the Acorns, children not in Kindergarten, but I am involved with the whole group.


I grew up in the Crowsnest Pass and did my Early Childhood Education through Lethbridge College in an 18-month distance program which gave me the unique experience to work in 6 different child care centres while completing my training at the same time.


I participated in the Children’s Mental Health program through Mount Royal College.  Most recently I attended a 2-day forum virtually on implementing strategies in the classroom to help children who have experienced trauma in various forms.


When I’m not at Children’s House you can find me camping, walking or siting with a fresh cup of coffee, listening to quiet music and reading a good book.

Brenda Martin



My name is Brenda Martin. I started with Children’s House in April 2014 in the 4-year-old room (Evergreen), moved to the Toddler room (Birch). Continued into the threes (Maple), then back to Evergreen. During a slow period, I was moved into the kitchen for the mornings, and with the children in the afternoon.  I currently work in the Evergreen room with children aged 3.5-4.5. I love working with all ages of children, but 3-4 is my favourite age, as they are so inquisitive.


In my spare time I enjoy camping, baking, reading and being with my family. I have been married for 12 years and have three children aged 23, 22, 12. I also love hiking, and being outdoors, (but not in winter.) Prior to children’s house I worked in the customer service industry for 30 years. From worker, all the way to manager.


I believe that unless your child is dirty at the end of the day, did they really learn anything? A running joke I have with the children at the centre is that there are only three rules that I have at daycare. 1. No smiling. 2. No laughing. And the most important rule of them all....No having fun. I love each child as they are my own, and miss them on weekends. I look forward to getting to know you and your child as though they are my own family.

Elen Sekali



Hi, (Marhaba)

I am Elen, I am teacher in Maple Room (3 years old).  I started with Children’s House in January 3, 2017 as a float teacher then I moved to Birch Room (toddlers), then in Maple Room, and currently the Evergreen Room.  For me this my first job in Canada, because I moved to Canada in 2016.  I studied English in Lethbridge College 2017.  After that I looked for job and my chance it was in Children’s House, I am lucky to have this job because all teachers support me to take certificate and study Flight course.  I appreciate their support.


Why I choose to work in daycare?  Because in my back home I was teacher over 13 years in high school, I know it is hard to move from teenagers to children, but my friends in daycare help me and taught me how I can work with children, and the daycare gave me chance for many training so that help me to get more experience, and my Boss gave me her trust for translate from Arabic to English or from English to Arabic that more than my expect.  I found new family in Children’s House and I want to say thank you to everyone for their helping and support.

Thank you, my new family.

Anita Picken



More information coming.




I  joined Children's House in May of 2022 as summer support and was offered a full time position to continue working at the centre.  I got my level 1 in September 29, 2022 and my Canadian Citizenship in 2022 as well.

In my free time I like to listen to music and dance.  My favourite season is summer and my favourite hobby swimming.  I also like butterflies a lot!


May Choi


Hello there, my name is May and you can call me Teacher May. I'm a Level 2 Early Childhood Educator. I was born and raised in Korea and moved to Canada as an international student when I was 15 years old. I spent half of my life in the metro Vancouver area. I graduated from Trinity Western University with a Bachelor degree of Arts in Communications and Media in 2013. My calling and passion in teaching has led me to complete the Early childhood Education program at Vancouver Career College in 2019.
I have worked as an early childhood educator for 2 years in Surrey, BC. I joined the Children's House in May 2022. Since then I have been teaching in the Maple room, I feel like I belong here since long long ago.
I believe children learn through play in a safe and healthy environment. I love watching them grow in their own ways. My job is to offer them opportunities to explore and to cherish their growth together. I’m so excited to share the memory of playing and learning with your children at Children’s House.
The scariest thing I have done in my life was bungee-jumping. It was one of my bucket-lists which I can happily cross out from the list.





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