About Us

Carolyn Stevenson is the proprietor and sole owner of “Stepping Stones”, a brand new preschool facility in The Mission, Kelowna BC.

Having arrived in Canada in 2006 from her native Scotland, Carolyn decided to return to school in order to fulfill a lifelong ambition…..to qualify as a preschool teacher and open her own centre. In 2008 she graduated from Okanagan College with honours as an Early Childhood Educator, and is pictured here on graduation day with two of her favourite tutors.

The summer of 2008 was spent searching the city for a suitable property in a suitable location. The house on Gordon Drive, in The Mission, was chosen for its size, style, outdoor space and great location.

The property was purchased and rented out short term while a rezoning application was made to the City of Kelowna.

The house was fully renovated early in 2009, and was transformed into a completed, fully functional and self contained learning centre for up to twenty 3-5 year old children.

This centre  provides much needed preschool places for young families in an area of Kelowna which continues to grow bigger and more populated.

A mother of two young children herself, Carolyn knows the importance of good
childcare and of an excellent preschool education. “Stepping Stones” hopes to
provide both to a community whose children will benefit greatly from her passion and abilities

Teacher Rhonda

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Hello! My name is Rebeca Espinosa and I am from Argentina.  I moved to Kelowna with my family in 2007.

I have been working with children for over 6   years.  I graduated as an Education Assistant in 2015 from Okanagan College.  One of the reasons that I chose this career is because I have the opportunity to help and watch children grow every day.  

I am enthusiastic and energetic, I enjoy  being around people, I love to go outdoors as much as I can and I appreciate the beautiful simple things that nature has to offer.

I am really excited to be part of Stepping Stones as one of my passions is working with children as “knowledge” can lead them to better places.

Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, I feel so fortunate to be able to call Kelowna “home” for the past 22 years.  I am married, with one great son, Alex.

For the past 20 years, I have had the privilege of working at the Kelowna Young Parents Program as the Supervisor, providing support and quality care to children and their families within our community.

I am excited to begin a new chapter in my life with Stepping Stones Preschool.  I am honoured to be a part of a program that provides such respectful, exceptional care in a safe, secure, and nurturing environment.

Outside of working with children, I enjoying skiing, camping, hiking and travelling with my family.

Thank you to the wonderful children, families and teachers at Stepping Stones Preschool,  for making me feel so welcome!

It is with great excitement that I join the Stepping Stones Team. Although I have only been working in child care for the past 3 years, I obtained my ECE Diploma from Langara College in 1995. My passion for children and people led me to pursue my own business interests and then take the time to start and raise our family. As a family we are drawn to adventure and enjoy camping, canoeing and too many sports to list. My hopes and dreams for my own children are to see them believe in themselves and find success in the choices that they make. I hope to foster the same in the children I care for at Stepping Stones Preschool.

My name is Maddy Green and I have lived in Kelowna since 2010. I graduated from the Okanagan College in spring of 2019 with my Early Childhood Education Diploma. I am very passionate about teaching children and I love art. It is one of my favourite hobbies, I love drawing charcoal portraits and painting. I enjoy drawing my own colouring sheets for the children and i am a big advocate of process art, art projects where the focus in on th child’s experience of making art, rather than the final project. I also love cooking, going to the beach and watching movies in my spare time. I am happy to be here as a Preschool Teacher at Stepping Stones and look forward to getting to know all of your children.

My name is Ella Stevenson, I am delighted to be joining the Stepping Stones team for the 2020-21 term.  I graduated from OKM High School in summer of 2016 and immediately set out to travel the world.  It began in Spain and ended four years later in Australia.  I have my Responsible Adult Certificate, First Aid and Clear Criminal Record check and I am currently doing my Early Childhood Education online.   Unfortunately due to COVID-19 my plans were halted when College closed and I was unable to achieve my goal.  I have worked in many summer programs at Stepping Stones Preschool since 2016 and had the opportunity to teach and care for children during my international travels.   I have a passion for children and really look forward to working at Stepping Stones on a part time basis and getting to know your children.  

In my spare time I love to hike and spend time at the Lake reading a book or paddle boarding.    I love horses, dogs, cats, otters and most animals.