Our Teachers

Tracey Marques

Tracey Marques

Tracey is our Teacher/Supervisor. She joined Waterloo Co-operative Preschool in September 2013.

In 1995 Tracey graduated with her Social Services Diploma from Conestoga College and led lifeskills groups at the Canadian Mental Health Association for adults with mental health concerns and volunteered with inmates at the Guelph Correctional Centre. Tracey began working with children at the Guelph YM/YWCA as a team teacher. She was promoted to team leader after obtaining her School Age Certificate (with distinction) in 1998 and eventually became School Age Supervisor with a team of 10 staff. After the birth of Tracey’s first child, Tracey opened and operated her own licensed private home daycare for 10 years while her children were young, she continued to participate in workshops, attend conferences, and join panels to keep her skills up-to-date. Tracey continued her studies and became a Registered Social Services Worker in 2008 and a Registered Early Childhood Educator in 2010. Tracey has also worked as a child care supervisor and supply staff in kindergarten with the Board of Education and an inclusion facilitator for children with differing needs. Tracey have been involved in licensed child care for over 20 years now and is always ready for a challenge.

Tracey is the mother of two beautiful young ladies. Her family has been very involved in soccer and hockey, horses and ball. Tracey volunteered to coach when the girls were young and to fundraise as they got older and more competitive. She enjoys cottaging, fishing, dirt biking, hiking, snowmobiling and her cats and her dog Crosby. Tracey stands on the board for the Whiskey Harbour Rocks Association and organizes the children’s games for the Rate Payers association during their annual Pig Roast in Pike Bay.

Tracey believes that developing close relationships with the families she partners with will enhance child development in a fun and enthusiastic way.

Tracey enjoys mentoring University students and Early childhood education students who come to Waterloo Cooperative preschool to complete their placements. Tracey is thrilled to take part in partnerships within the community while fostering and promoting inclusion and diversity in our Preschool.

Tracey embraces the opportunity for you to allow your child to grow within our preschool. Tracey thrives on watching the children she guides grow into confident young people full of adventure and curiosity… with a love for learning.


Julia Manning

Julia Manning

Julia is our Teacher. She joined Waterloo Co-operative Preschool as a long-term supply teacher in December 2014 and is now our permanent teacher. Julia is a familiar face at Waterloo Cooperative Preschool as she has had the unique experience of being a participating parent in the Toddler and Preschool classes while her daughter attended the preschool as well as a member of the Board of Directors.

Julia and her family immigrated to Canada in 2011 for a new experience and to explore a different continent. Prior to her move she worked as a classroom teacher at a small infant school in London, UK in grade 1 and grade 2. She has mentored several student teachers, worked with a full time Teaching Assistant and was the science coordinator for the school. Julia has extensive phonics training, and planned for and supported children with English as an additional language and special educational needs. One of her career highlights was being selected to participate in a Teachers International Professional Development trip to Riga, Latvia with 10 other teachers from South London.

Since moving to Canada Julia has enjoyed taking time out from her career to be a mum and help her family build roots in the community. As well as participating at the Preschool, Julia volunteers as a Strong Start coordinator at Lincoln Heights and have recently been working as a Get Ready for School Instructor at various community centres in KW. Julia has taken additional qualifications through OISIE at the University of Toronto in Special Education and Reading. In her spare time Julia makes fabric bunting for her Etsy store, loves movies, coffee with friends, cooking, travel and spending time with her family.