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.

Sher Bailly

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.

Jane Dodge

Miss Jane Dodge is a level III Early Childhood Educator having graduated from Mount St. Vincent University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Child and Youth Study. During school, Miss Jane developed an academic understanding of childhood behaviours while gaining experience with children as a nanny. Since graduating she has worked as a lead teacher in childcare centres, continuing to follow a passion for the nuances of child development and the joy children bring to her career. Miss Jane enjoys working in a field that continuously provides new learning opportunities. Sharing a love of literature, music, and the outdoors has been an integral part of her practice.

Rita Xing

Miss Rita Xing is a level ll Early Childhood Educator, having graduated from LaSalle College, Montreal, after completing her undergraduate studies in Biological Science. Originally from Hebei, China, Miss Rita speaks Mandarin, as well as English. She joined HECS as a full-time teacher in November 2020. She knows the value of early education and is dedicated to encouraging young children to find excitement in learning. She brings warmth and a positive attitude to exploring each child’s unique interests. Miss Rita is a keen pianist, and loves to take requests from the children on our piano - anything from Parry Gripp to Frozen and everything in between! Miss Rita also has lots of furry pets at home, some of whom visited during our Zoom sessions together last year, to the delight of all! We look forward to some pet visits in the new school year! We highly value Miss Rita’s sunny and calm outlook, and her sense of adventure, both indoors and out. Miss Rita looks forward to exploring and growing with your children, and the amazing team here at the Halifax Early Childhood School.

Laura Gomez Garcia

Miss Laura Gomez Garcia graduated with distinction from the Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Education in 2021. As a mom of a former HECS child and member of the Board, she has experienced our school from multiple perspectives. Mrs. Laura is originally from Barcelona (Spain) and moved to Halifax in 2019, after living in Vancouver. Over this time, she has developed and enhanced skills as a caregiver and educator, prioritizing respect for diversity, inclusion, and uniqueness of the child.

Mrs. Laura believes in the power of setting environments where all children, families and staff members feel safe, represented, heard, and valued. Those who know her often describe her as a joyful, empathetic, and creative person. In the classroom and outdoors, she enjoys sharing stories and songs with the children, and providing activities and materials keeping in mind each child's needs, interests and strengths.

Lysa April

Teaching Assistant

Mrs. Lysa April, a Halifax native grew up in the neighbourhood. Her 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, Lysa 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. Lysa has taken many workshops and continues to be an active participant in regular learning sessions with Reggio inspired educators. Her goal has been to help bring Open Ended Curriculum, Documentation, and individual portfolios for all of our students to our program. Lysa loves working with children and watching their art progress from scribbles to faces and figures and their interest in creative representation grow.


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.