Laurel Aplin, Teacher

Hi Everyone!

For those of you who don’t know me, I’d like to share some of my background and family life with you. First of all, I feel very fortunate to be able to spend time getting to know such wonderful children and families that we have at the Playschool.

I received my Bachelor of Education and Early Childhood Diploma from the University of Alberta and then began my teaching career with Edmonton Public Schools in 1989 at Windsor Park School, where I taught kindergarten and grade 1 for six years.  Once I had children I decided to teach part time, mainly at Michael A. Kostek School. After my third child, Josh, was diagnosed with Type 1 (Juvenile) Diabetes when he was 3 years old, I chose to stay home and care for him until I returned to teaching here at Westridge Playschool in January 2007. I have enjoyed teaching at Westridge Playschool for over 10 years now!

My husband Kevin and I recently celebrated our 25th anniversary, and we love to travel with our family to amazing places like Europe, Kenya, Turkey, all across Canada and Maui.  This year our daughter has finished her International Business degree at MacEwan University, our son is in third year of Science at the U of A, and our youngest son is in grade 12 at Jasper Place High School. 

I truly enjoy teaching preschool aged children since they are so enthusiastic and energetic and I love fostering their natural curiosity and desire to learn.

Looking forward to an exciting year of learning!

Please contact me with any concerns or questions you may have.

Laurel Aplin


Tricia Jones,  Educational Assistant

Hi Everyone!

I am the mother of two amazing daughters. My eldest daughter, Ashlyn, is currently in her 3rd year at the U of A, and my youngest daughter, Kalia, is currently in grade 12 at Jasper Place High School.

I have been a parent volunteer, a lunchroom supervisor, a Brownie/Sparks helper, and the manager of an educational toy store, before joining Community Options in the capacity of Educational Assistant. I have always worked with or volunteered with children in some capacity of various ages since my girls were in preschool and absolutely love it.

I am excited to be a part of the Westridge Playschool staff. I love to see children’s faces light up as they discover new concepts and look forward to working with your children. I find working in this field extremely rewarding, even magical!

I am looking forward to a wonderful, fun filled year of laughter, fun and learning!

Tricia Jones

Educational Assistant