Meet our team

Joanne Saunders

Executive Director

My name is Miss Joanne (Joanne Saunders), Certified Early Childhood Educator and I have been in child care since 1978. I am a retired foster parent of 20 years and have adopted 3 children as well as having 3 biological children. My training has been in many different philosophies including The Reggio Philosophy of Early Education from Italy. I have been on the Board of Directors for The Association of Early Childhood Education for 10 years in which I have been President, have taught Early Childhood Education in the Continuing Education at Algonquin College, have advocated for services for families at many different venues and remain committed to serving children and families in whatever way I can.

Many Smiles,
Miss Joanne

Melissa Daly

My name is Miss Melissa, and I am very happy to be a part of the Little Acorn family since 2015. Previously, I ran my own home daycare for 3 years, and prior to that I worked for 11 years at a local credit union. What better place to blend my skills and past experiences together than here at Little Acorn. I have two children who also enjoy their time spent at Little Acorn as well as Acorn. I look forward to learning alongside the children and meeting and communicating with their families.

Miss Melissa

Natasha Ayoub

Hello, I’m Natasha, one of the preschool teachers in preschool 2. I have graduated from the Early childhood Education program at Algonquin college. I have been working in this field for over 7 years and enjoy creating opportunities for children to grow and learn. I have been a part of the Acorn family for years and so grateful to be a part of the Little Acorn family as well.
Miss Natasha

Danielle Creamer

Hello! My name is Danielle; I am a bilingual registered early childhood educator. I studied Éducation en Services à l’enfance at La Cité collégiale and graduated with honors in 2011. I am very excited to be a part of the Little Acorn team in the toddler room. Since entering the field, I have worked with infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school aged children. I got into childcare because having the chance to contribute to and observe a child’s development is something I find extremely rewarding. I look forward to working with and alongside your child watching them learn and grow.

Miss Danielle

Jennifer Proulx

My name is Jennifer Proulx, Registered Early Childhood Educator. I studied Early Childhood Education at Algonquin College and graduated in 2014. As soon as I began this program, I knew it was the right spot for me. It is such a rewarding experience to work with children and to assist in their development. I first learned of the Reggio Emilia philosophy during my studies at Algonquin College and was immediately drawn to it. This is where I also learned of Miss Joanne and her Acorn Early Learning Centre. From that moment, I knew I wanted to work for her. As soon as I was able, I applied to her Centre and was very excited to learn that Little Acorn had opened. I am looking forward to teaching as well as learning during my time here at Little Acorn Early Learning Centre.

Miss Jennifer

Madison Richardson

Hello Everyone!
My name is Madison Richardson. I am one of the preschool teachers here at Little Acorn. I have been employed with the Acorn family for a few years now, and after I came to join the Little Acorn family, I absolutely love being here. I enjoy working with children and having the opportunity to watch them grow and flourish. I believe every child should be valued and treated with respect. Children allow you to be yourself and get in touch with your inner child. I am extremely happy to be a part of the Little Acorn Team!

Miss Madison

Shana Anderson

My sister Hannah Tan and I operate our Old Ottawa South music studio together. Teaching music is my full time career. I love music and teaching and am passionate about combining fun fundamentals with sound instruction music classes for children. I have been teaching private piano classes and Music for Young Children pre-keyboard and keyboard classes in the Glebe and Old Ottawa South from January 2007 to present. I have completed my Grade 8 Piano with the Royal Conservatory of Music. I studied at the University of Ottawa from 2006 to 2013. I have a BA Honours Specialization in Music and Masters of Music. In 2013, I began studying jazz piano with Canadian artist Brian Browne and continue to have weekly lessons.  I look forward to teaching your children and meeting you.
Thank your for this opportunity.
Shana Anderson
Music for Young Children

Miss Lisa Poushinsky

Piano Teacher

 Miss Lisa grew up in the Ottawa area where she attended an arts high school.  She has taught private art, piano, and guitar lessons to students ages 5 and up for the past 20 years and is now a certified Kindermusic teacher, teaching piano lessons to three to five year olds at the Acorn Early Learning Centre in Ottawa and rhythm and movement classes in Kemptville / Ottawa.

Miss Lisa performs regularly and tours Canada as singer/songwriter ‘L. Poushinsky’.  She is currently soprano for Ottawa’s Southminster Chamber Music Choir, director of Sainte Marguerite Bourgeoy’s children’s choir in Merrickville, Merrickville Studio 106’s music camp director, and leader of the a cappella singing group Bella Borealis.

Music lessons with Miss Lisa combine proper technique with classical to contemporary approaches to reading, writing, theory, rhythm, and performance, and are tailored specifically to meet the student’s interests and needs.

Please contact Lisa for more information at

Miss Lisa


Our Key Values which include “Loving and Safe Environment”, “Quality Early Childhood Programming” and “Leadership in Early Childhood Education and Care” cannot be achieved without trained, committed professionals in Early Childhood with enhanced trained in the Reggio Philosophy.  Introducing the team…..

Although we are not able to introduce you to our teaching team at this time, we can introduce you to the team that is preparing Little Acorn for its opening.  It is not to say that we don’t have a great team working together to bring this centre to its opening date.

All of the staff of Acorn Early Learning Centre supports the opening of Little Acorn in partnership with…

Plenary Group

WZMH Architects

Ministry of Education (licencing)

Department of Health

Douglas Crump Electrical

Chris Busby Construction

This list will be updated regularly