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Meet Your Teacher


Emma Wiles is the head teacher at the Dalhousie Community Preschool. She loves getting to know all the children and families that attend the Preschool each year and helping them on the start of  their school journey.

Emma is originally from the north of England and moved to Calgary in 2010, after also living in Australia for a year. She attended the University of Leicester and the University of Leeds, receiving an undergraduate degree in Geography and History, as well as her teaching certificate. She has experience teaching 11-18 year olds as well as preschool, kindergarten and a grade 2/3 class. Much of her teaching experience prior to the Preschool has been working with special needs children in their homes and in the classroom.

She loves traveling the world with her husband: some of her favorite trips have included a safari in Botswana, swimming with sharks in Belize and visiting Angkor Wat in Cambodia. She has a toddler at home and loves to cook, read and play with him.


Leslie Hutchins will be taking over as the teacher during Emma’s maternity leave, and is looking forward to this opportunity. Leslie loves the way that children see the world, and loves learning and exploring alongside them. She is extremely excited about getting to know each child as well as their families.

Leslie was born and raised in Calgary, and aside from living in Victoria, BC for a few years, she has lived here since. Leslie has a husband, a one-year-old daughter, and an extremely active dog at home. She has her Early Learning and Childcare Diploma from Mount Royal University and has her Level 3 (Child Care Supervisor) certification. She is also trained in First aid and CPR.

Leslie loves swimming, hiking, reading, crocheting and crafting, Disney movies, and loves spending time with family and friends.


Leslee Marquardt is our teaching assistant and joined us in 2019. She is looking forward to getting to know all the students and their families. Leslee has always had a great love and respect for children and believes they bring so much joy to anyone who truly appreciates them.

Leslee has been home raising her children for the past 12 years and in that time she has spent many hours volunteering in her children’s classrooms. In 2015, she completed two online courses in early childhood education from Lethbridge College. She also received a certificate in the TLC Living Letters reading program in 2017. Leslee has her Child Development Assistant certification and has completed First Aid/CPR level C training.

She loves to spend her summers camping, swimming, biking and kayaking with her family. In winter, she spends her time watching her children play hockey and ringette. She also loves to ski when she gets the chance.