Our Staff

  • Celeste McIlhargey

    Program Implementation

    Celeste McIlhargey

    Program Director

    Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a degree in Secondary Physical Education

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    Celeste McIlhargey was formerly Kids U McKnight's preschool gym teacher, and program supervisor with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a degree in Secondary Physical Education. She has over 10 years of teaching experience, and her educational career has taken her all the way to Kenya, Africa, teaching physical education to high school students. Her vast knowledge of the Kids U curriculum and passion for "brain building" has led her to assume a position within the Program Implementation Team, where she is able to share this knowledge and passion with all of the centres.

  • Rashida Ali

    Program Implementation

    Rashida Ali

    Program Implementation Team Assistant Manager

    Early Childhood Education Diploma from Mothercraft College of Early Childhood Education

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    Rashida Ali cites "personal growth" as one of her passions, which is clear in her time spent working with Kids U. Rashida began as a teacher in the Right Brain room at Kids U McKnight, and then transitioned to a program supervisor role at both the McKnight and New Brighton locations. Currently, Rashida holds the position of Program Implementation Team Assistant Manager, where she uses her knowledge of brain development and early childhood education, to support the programming teams across all eight Kids U campuses.

  • Melissa Hackett

    Site Leaders

    Melissa Hackett

    Progam Supervisor

    Early Childhood Development Diploma from Mount Royal University

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    Melissa Hackett has an extensive background in early childhood education, stemming from her passion for working with children in her early teens. A graduate of Mount Royal University's Early Childhood Development program, she has worked with children of almost every age group. Melissa's experience in childcare, and in running several childcare centres, makes her an outstanding presence at Kids U West 85th as their Program Supervisor.

  • Rania Beshay

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    Rania Beshay

    Program Coordinator

    Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Alexandria University and Montessori certificate in the Preschool Child Development department from Caritas, NGO.

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    Rania Beshay is the program coordinator at Kids U McKnight. Formerly a teacher at our Bridgeland infants location, and then the lead in the Junior Left Brain room at McKnight, Rania has over 10 years of experience in caring for young children. Rania holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from the Alexandria University in Egypt, as well as certificates in Montessori education and child psychology.

  • Louise McIlhargey

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    Louise McIlhargey

    Early Childhood Development Certificate

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    Louise McIlhargey has been a valued staff member at Kids U for almost 5 years, starting as a Movement teacher at Kids U McKnight, to a lead Movement teacher at Kids U West 85th. Most recently, she has assumed the role of program coordinator with the West 85th team. True to her roots as a Movement teacher, Louise is an avid outdoor sports fan, and particularly enjoys rollerblading and disc golf in her spare time. Louise holds a certificate in Early Childhood Development.

  • Jenny Hinther

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    Jenny Hinther

    Program Supervisor

    Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Saskatchewan and Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of Regina

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    As Kids U Walden's Program Supervisor, Jenny Hinther brings a wide scope of experience in the field of care. She holds both a Bachelor of Social Work and a Bachelor in Sociology, and has worked with a variety of age groups, including adults with disabilities, children with autism, summer camp children and out-of-school care. Her passion for early childhood education was discovered early in her career when she completed a volunteer placement with children in Guatemala.

  • Kara Defoe

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    Kara Defoe

    Program Supervisor

    Early Childhood Education diploma from St. Clair College in Ontario

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    As Kids U Strathmore's Program Supervisor, Kara Defoe leads the site with her highly-qualified background in early learning and childcare. She holds a diploma in Early Childhood Education from St. Clair College in Ontario. With almost 10 of experience in the child care field and a mother to a lively toddler, Kara is passionate about working with children, and strives to build confidence, self-esteem, love and awareness in each child at her campus.

  • Anmol Kalirao

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    Anmol Kalirao

    Program Supervisor

    Early Learning and Childcare Diploma and Montessori Diploma

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    Before accepting the role of program supervisor at Kids U Bridgeland, Anmol Kalirao was a vibrant presence in the Junior Left Brain room at Kids U McKnight. She holds a diploma in Early Learning and Childcare, as well as a Montessori diploma, and has over five years of experience working with young children. With a particular passion for teaching the Montessori philosophy to children, Anmol's work with the infants at Kids U Bridgeland aims to help them develop and to build confidence among them.

  • Katherine Viltofsky

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    Katherine Viltofsky

    Program Supervisor

    B.Ed in Physical Education and Health from McGill University in Montreal

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    Katherine Viltofsky holds certifications to teach physical education and health at both elementary and high school levels. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and Health from McGill University in Toronto, Katherine has over 10 years of experience working with children in schools, working in the child care department in the form of after-school programs, and held the position of Lead Movement teacher at Kids U McKnight before taking over the Program Supervisor role there. Most recently, Katherine has used her years of experience with Kids U to help open and run the Kids U Centennial campus as its Program Supervisor.