Introducing Our Teachers

With four years of preschool experience already under her belt, Shaylene Saxton’s passion for teaching children is undeniable. And with her training in child psychology, she understands the intricacies of child development, and how to motivate each individual child towards their full potential.

Shaylene Saxton

Rio Terrace Community Preschool teacher

Shay Saxton, head preschool teacher

My name is Shaylene Saxton and I am so excited to be living this wonderful adventure, teaching at Rio Terrace Preschool!  I have a husband, John and 3 children.  Ben is 14, Sam is 12, and Sophie is 7.  I am so proud of my family; they are pretty fantastic!

I graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.  I have my Child Development Worker certification along with level 1 and 2 American Sign Language.  I have been teaching preschool for the last 4 years.

I am passionate about early childhood education and the important role that play has in early learning.  I believe in strength based teaching, focusing on a child’s many strengths and reinforcing their successes.  By engaging children in relevant and meaningful play experiences, we are ultimately strengthening their cognitive, physical, social and emotional development!

I look forward to a strong partnership with parents in an environment where children are encouraged to create, discuss, sing, move, observe and play!

Be silly.  Be honest.  Be kind.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Playfully Yours,

Ms. Shay



With specialized training in both music and math, and experience teaching both to very young children, Emma Anderson knows her numbers. And her notes! No rote learning here. With Miss Emma, our kids enjoy a treat!

Emma Anderson

Rio Terrace Community Preschool Teaching Assistant


Hello!  My name is Emma Anderson and I am thrilled to be a part of Rio Terrace Community Preschool!

A year ago, I moved to Edmonton from Vancouver island, where I spent six years teaching piano to children at Wildflower Music Studio in the Cowichan Valley.  At Wildflower, I specialized in teaching a pilot early learning program that combines music and math to give preschoolers an intellectual and creative head start.

Over the past four years, I have attended the University of Victoria and am currently working on the final stages of a degree in Child and Youth Care, specializing in Early Years Education.  I have also worked with youth in residential treatment facilities, and as an appraise aid to children with special needs.

Working with children, youth, and families has shaped my very strong belief in the importance of this work.  I look forward to the opportunity to learn along with you and your family.

Let’s begin!

Ms. Emma


We were looking for a west Edmonton preschool when we discovered Rio Terrace. I can’t express how happy we are with the school, the teachers and the overall experience. My son loves going to school and is always excited to tell us about his day. Being able to spend the day in class with him on his “special day” was likely more of a treat for me than it was for him. First class experience all around!

Bruce R- Edmonton

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