Staff

​"A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind,    
  and touches a heart." Unknown
Darcy Criddle

Darcy completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Psychology from the University of Regina in 1998.  Her career began in working with adults with developmental disabilities in Regina, before relocating to Calgary in 2000 with her husband. By the mid 2000s, Darcy took a break to be a stay at home mom to her two sons, and was an active fixture as a volunteer in their schools. Her younger son had the privilege of attending Serendipity in 2010/2011 when her family moved to Okotoks from Calgary. She resumed her career by providing employment consulting support for persons with disabilities, and for the last three years has worked for Cause and Effect Foundation as a Child Development Facilitator. It brings her great joy working with the preschool children and enjoys learning about their experiences and how they view the world.  Darcy looks forward to teaching your kids and getting to know their families.

LeAnne Kostyk

I started with Serendipity in the fall of 2015 and hold a Child Development Assistant Certificate.  In my previous career I was a Registered Dental Assistant and worked in Public Health with children.    When my twin daughters were 3, they attended Serendipity, and I loved what Serendipity had to offer them and how caring the teaching staff was.  Through volunteering, I realized I love working with young children, so I decided it was time to change my career.  I find the 3 and 4 year olds so much fun to work with. They make you laugh with their expressions, stories, they warm your heart with their bright smiles and laughter.  I feel very fortunate to work with great families and an amazing staff.

Alesha Manning 
My journey with Serendipity began back in 2014 when my son attended the school, I fell in love with the philosophy of Learning through Play. I have a passion for working with children and have enjoyed my time with all age groups.  I ran a day home for 10 years before starting my career in education and intervention with the Foothills School Division as a PUF Education Assistant. In June 2018 I completed my Child Development Assistant certification and became Serendipity’s summer school teacher.
I’m very excited to be back in the classroom and look forward to a fantastic year ahead.