Adriana Ferrari (Owner/Founder)
Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Adriana fell in love with this peaceful country in 2004 when she arrived for the first time. She holds a BA in Communications, a Diploma in Education with a specialization in bilingualism and early childhood education; and she’s currently working towards finishing her Master in Education at the University of Calgary. As a journalist, producer and host, she had the opportunity to create and produce children TV shows in Venezuela and Canada. Her passion is inspiring, engaging, teaching and working towards expanding her knowledge and sharing it, as well as, serving others to develop new concepts and ideas.
She opened an innovative home-based bilingual Spanish/English childcare space in 2009, which turned into a Montessori preschool after learning the benefits of the method. As a proactive, observer and enthusiastic individual, she recognizes her interest in guiding children thru the learning process as well as learning with them.
She is fully committed to Kido Care with love and dedication by working for the community in the present time while empowering our future. As an extension of her Master studies, Adriana is aiming to become an active participant in the International Reggio community. She has participated in a Reggio Study Tour in Italy and she’s been very motivated about encouraging young students and educators to learn through arts using a project-based approach, which she believes is as rewarding as learning through the senses.
She is now dedicating her time in learning from authentic and constructive international schools around the world. She has started her world touring at innovative schools in China, Italy, and some countries in South East Asia. She is now looking to gain experience and learn from schools in New Zealand and Australia. Our passionate team of educators and management team are supporting her on this learning journey. She is also grateful to have active families on board, and more importantly, our future: the youngest citizens of the world
Carlos Nieto (Co-founder)
An expert and passionate geophysicist with over 14 years of experience in oil and gas exploration that has been sharing his South American’s experience with Alberta’s geoscience community. He completed graduate studies in Exploration Geophysics in the Canadian Arctic contributing in the research of that part of our planet. He is currently expanding his horizons even more around South East Asia while sharing his knowledge and professionalism.
Teamwork is essential at Kido Care and Carlos has played the role of a resilient and supportive partner. He is one of the most reliable members at Kido Care family. Our founder recognizes his unconditional love, patience, involvement and support. Thank you!
Joseph Winzey and Family (Co-founder)
Joseph has established more than three successful medical enterprises and he’s also one of the top salesmen in Americas when it comes to medical imaging equipment and its trades. He is a successful businessman and an important investor in South America’s health services. He always wanted to invest in Canada and expand his visionary plan since he believes our country is a diverse and interesting place on Earth. In 2011, he decided to invest in our educational venture project and thanks to his wife, his two beautiful daughters and himself; our dream is now a reality!
Miss Rebeca Sztabzyb (Director | Bilingual Montessori Firefly Educator)
Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, she always had a passion for children. As a teenager, she had a volunteering job opportunity in a community center working with children ages 4 to 7. As she grew up, she followed her passion and obtained her degree as a Kindergarten Teacher. For several years she worked in both, private and public school programs. During those years she took courses in Psychology, Arts, Craft, Spanish Literature and body expression.
In 1990 she moved to Calgary with her husband and two sons. Having just moved to a predominantly English speaking culture, she quickly made the effort to go back to school to learn English. Her first job in Calgary took place at the Calgary Jewish Academy. Then, in 2002, she worked at Webber Academy as a Spanish teacher for eight years. In 2011 she obtained the Montessori level 1 Certification and worked at a local Montessori preschool for the last two years. She enjoyed watching the students grow and learn a language that is so close to her heart. She is currently very happy being part of the Kido Care team. She also sees how the Spanish language benefits students as they grow up and introduce themselves in the world today and the workforce in the future.
Aside from teaching, she loves having dinner with her family and playing with her grandchildren. Some of her hobbies include watching movies, reading books, cooking, sewing, knitting, traveling, music and she also used to take long walks with her Golden Retriever ‘Jazmin’. She has participated in an International Reggio Study Tour in the city of Reggio Emilia, Italy last spring of 2015. She is assuming the challenge of a new role in her career as Kido Care Director at Hotel Arts Gallery, in the Victoria Park community in Calgary.
Miss Katherine Rivera (Director Assistant | Bilingual Montessori Educator)
Born and raised in Colombia, Katherine has six years of experience working with children of different ages. She graduated with a business Administrative Diploma in CDI College and also a Child Development Assistant certificate from Alberta. She has worked at various preschools and daycares in Canada.
From all of her experiences, she liked best working with preschools, just like Kido Care, as it offers a structured environment planned by the teacher where children are able to learn and play at the same time. Katherine’s lifelong dream is working with children as well as administration; she strives to instill a passion for learning in young children’s minds. She also works in the administration of the school. She successfully accomplished her first challenge with commitment at Kido Care while completing the accreditation process through the government of Alberta. She believes that children have the ability to achieve great things at a very young age if adults give them the tools for success. Miss Katherine assumes not just administration duties but also educational tasks since she obtained an assistant Montessori Certification after her practical training in Calgary. Her enthusiasm, professionalism, self-motivation and happiness are part of Kido Care family for the past few years.
Miss Irene Agricoli (Reggio Specialist / Team support)
Irene was born (and grown up eating a lot of pasta and pizza) in the countryside of Florence, Italy. She got a bachelor degree in Education Sciences at the University of Florence. After getting her degree (which she celebrated with a big pistachio and chocolate ice cream) she started working with children in a kindergarten. Soon she put in practice her knowledge and learned a lot interacting with young students. The work was always grateful but demanding sometimes (a big piece of tiramisu always helped her to get enough energy!).
She got a master in Library Sciences and worked in public libraries, where she organized activities in collaboration with schools. She has never stopped working with young children as she has always been practicing her favorite hobby: read stories!
She is in Calgary for a matter of love; she is ready to teach her young students and… also to show them some Italian cuisine secret! Miss Irene is a self-motivated educator that any child would dream to have as a guide and teacher in their early years. She is very enthusiastic and active participant in our team bringing new ideas and concepts and challenging our team constantly.
Miss Diana Murillo (Spanish Caterpillar & Pupa Educator)
She was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. In 2012 she graduated from university with a Bachelor Degree in Preschool Education. She decided to continue her studies 3 more years and obtained a Diploma in Early Childhood Education. She was gaining teaching experience in preschool for eight consecutive years at a well-known and recognized learning center. She worked with children of various ages, which provided opportunities to understand more about children’s needs and development. She also has experience working on summer camps with children of three and four years of age. She is now fully committed with Kido Care and its philosophy, where she believes she will further develop, as well as share her own experiences while learning along with the children and the team. Miss Diana gained respect from Kido Care children at her first week at work. She has demonstrated to be very responsible, flexible and compassionate towards our young students. She is expanding her opportunities of growth as well as assuming many responsibilities within our team. As an excellent team player Miss Diana has not just gained the satisfaction and admiration of our children but also the rest of the team. Miss Diana is an excellent educator that we all honored to have her as a member at our learning center.