Our Staff

We are a licensed facility under Early Childhood Development Services, The Early Years Branch, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. All of our teachers are fully qualified and have either an Early Childhood Education (ECE) or a Bachelor of Education background.

Staff Members

Sara Lordly

(ECE Level 2, 2016-17 Recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education)
Coordinating Director / Preschool Teacher

Miss Sara Lordly recently celebrated her 34th year teaching at Halifax Early Childhood School. Miss Lordly was educated in Ontario, receiving her Early Childhood Education Diploma from Centennial College.  In the early 1980s, Miss Lordly returned to the preschool she had attended as a child, this time as a teacher, and she assumed the Coordinating Director position in 1999. Miss Lordly loves music and drama and believes these arts facilitate connections between both teachers and students and students with each other. She is also passionate about the importance of language arts activities as a foundation for students’ subsequent learning. Miss Lordly’s dedication to early childhood learning and development for over three decades has positively influenced generations of Halifax children. She is fully committed to seeing each child reach their potential, as evidenced by the commendable feedback given by parents about HECS, year after year.

Lysa April

Teaching Assistant

Mrs. April first experience with Halifax Early Childhood School was as a parent when her two children were students at HECS. After working as a floral designer for many years, Mrs. April was approached by the director of the preschool and asked if she would like to put her artistic talents to use in the classroom. She joined the HECS teaching team as an arts and crafts specialist in 1999, encouraging artistic expression and fostering creativity. Mrs. April loves working with children and watching them grow and learn. She has found that hugs never get old!

Sher Bailly

(BSc)
Teaching Assistant

For years, Mrs. Bailly has been involved in the field of child development and fostered new learning experiences for young children. She is mother of three children and a former Child Life Specialist at the IWK Children’s Hospital. Like other members of the staff at HECS, Mrs. Bailly’s first experience with the school was as a parent who watched her three children develop and flourish from the nurturing and supportive programming offered at HECS. When, a few years later, Mrs. Bailly joined the HECS teaching staff, she discovered that HECS provided the perfect environment to combine her strong skill set in childhood development, early education and advocacy-support for children with an inclusive educational-developmental setting. Mrs. Bailly is an energetic, compassionate, enthusiastic, champion of all children and their ability to grow and develop while expressing their own individuality.

Braeden Jennings

Ms. Braeden Jennings is an enthusiastic and empathetic caregiver who brings experience and training in behavioural childcare to the Halifax Early Childhood School. Miss J. completed a degree in Psychology at Dalhousie University in 2018, through which she developed a passion for developmental psychology. She worked in early childhood development as a behavioural interventionist at a preschool for children with autism in B.C., where she realized her passion for working with young children, and developed skills in applied behavioural analysis. Since returning to Halifax, Miss J. has volunteered at the IWK in the Autism Research Centre and the Pediatric Pain Clinic. Miss J. is excited to begin a new chapter as a preschool teacher at the Halifax Early Childhood School and looks forward to working with the amazing team there and to connecting strongly with students and their families.

Adam Savory

Mr. Adam Savory is bringing (along with his guitar) nearly a decade of experience working with children. From Lunenburg, NS, Adam attended the Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Education, is a former board member of the Nova Scotia Child Care Association, and a proud member of the community of Spryfield. Mr. Adam looks forward to a fantastic year and getting to know your children and helping them grow.

If you have a difficult time spotting Mr. Adam, remember, he's the one with the beard and possibly wearing a fanny pack.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

Halifax Early Childhood School is a non-profit organization that is committed to providing a learning environment of the highest quality for all children. HECS is guided by a volunteer Board of Directors and managed by a Coordinating Director. All parents and children at HECS are members of our community and the involvement of parents is always welcomed. Two individual parent-teacher meetings during the year offer the opportunity to discuss individual students and their development. Our Annual General Meeting is held each September and Parent Committee meetings are held twice a year. ‘HECS highlights’, a weekly summary including photos, stories and lyrics of new songs, is sent to all families every Friday.