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Lower Sackville Nursery School

Welcome to LSNS, an inclusive place for all children to play, learn and grow.

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Our Philosophy

Our goal at LSNS is to provide a nurturing, emergent, play-based environment for Early Childhood learning, that promotes diversity, inclusiveness, creativity, exploration and developmental growth.

Lower Sackville Nursery School is an inclusive community. We welcome all families, inclusive of race, religious beliefs, socioeconomic status, gender identification or orientation, sexual orientation, physical health or mental health. We believe that every child has the potential to learn, grow, and succeed within an inclusive environment.

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From toddler to preschool we have a range of options to suit your families needs.

About LSNS

Our Team

Chelsey vanRossum


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I have been working in the Early Childhood field for 17 years. Throughout that time in the profession, my philosophy on education has grown through professional training, classroom experience, collaboration with educators and families and management experience. I am a lifetime advocate of quality care and play based learning for young children. I believe that educators should strive to be positive role models for children while respecting the cultures, genders, and views of all children and their families.


At LSNS we support the idea that families, communities, and educators should work together to provide all children with a caring and inclusive environment in which to learn and grow. My favorite part of being at LSNS is watching the children enjoy meaningful play experiences in our care.


I live in the Bedford community with my husband, 2 year old daughter and our golden retriever. In our spare time we enjoy outdoor activities, and being with friends and family.

Candace Fiander 
Assistant Director

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I have been a level 2 ECE for 15 years. I have worked with all age groups, my longest position was working with infants for six years! I really enjoy helping to create quality programs for young children and mentoring other Early Childhood Educators. I am also currently attending NSCC part time to complete the Office Administration program. I am a wife and mother of 7 year old identical twin boys. We are a very active family and enjoy swimming, camping, and hiking with our Golden Retriever.

Grace Mansvelt
Inclusion Coordinator

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Hello, I am Grace (they/them) and I have been the Inclusion Coordinator at LSNS since November 2021. From an early age, I enjoyed mentoring others and knew that teaching was the career I wanted to pursue. Last year I graduated from Mount St. Vincent University with a degree in Child and Youth Studies, and received my Level 3 Early Childhood certification.


What I love most about my role is helping children and families. By setting up specific learning environments tailored to each child’s needs, each child at LSNS is able to explore and develop to the very best of their potential. In my free time, my partner Elizabeth and I enjoy visiting family, as well as seeking out new hiking trails.

Abiola Ajayi
Early Childhood Educator

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My name is Abiola and I am a dedicated Early Childhood Educator with over 6 years of working with children in educational settings. I currently hold a level 2 Early Childhood classification with background trainings in conventional and Montessori methods of teaching for children age 0-3 years. I also employ special skills in deploying age appropriate learning methods for children to enhance their growth and development.


My favorite thing about working at LSNS is watching the children grow and learn everyday. I am the dedicated mother to three children, two boys and a girl.

Kelsey Lovell 
Early Childhood Educator

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Hello! My name is Kelsey. I am a certified level 2 Early Childhood Educator, with a background and diploma in Recreation Therapy. I have spent most of my life growing up in the wonderful community of Sackville. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, arts and crafts, and spending time outside with my partner and dog. Some of the many things I love about working with children is getting to help them learn and grow, exploring their interests and ideas. 

"Let the child be the scriptwriter, the director and the actor in his own play." ~ Magda Gerber

Tara Goddard
Early Childhood Educator

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Hi my name is Tara Goddard. I have been working with children for 13 years. I work in the preschool room here at LSNS. It is a joy to watch the children explore and try new skills. 

Floralba Mosquera
Early Childhood Educator

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My name is Floralba (Flora) Mosquera. I have always had a love and passion for teaching young children. I am a patient, caring and empathetic educator who brings lots of enthusiasm to the early learning profession. I have been working in the field for over 12 years as a trained Early Childhood Educator. I am currently attending Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Education to gain a higher ECE classification level.

Kathy Nickerson
Early Childhood Educator

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Hi everyone! My name is Kathy Nickerson and I am a level 2 ECE in the preschool room here at LSNS. I have been in the childcare field for 25+ years. My favorite activities to do with the children include reading and making flannel board stories and finding new and exciting sensory bin ideas. I currently live in Lower Sackville with my husband, daughter and cat named Charlie. In my spare time I enjoy camping, crafts and spending time with my family.

Tish Goble
Center Cook & Baker

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Hi, I’m Tish, and I’m the cook here at the nursery. I got my degree in Baking and Pastry Arts in 2013 from Algonquin College. Over the past few years, I have done everything from café fare to ice cream created from scratch. My newest adventure has been relocating to Nova Scotia. When I’m not at the nursery, I’m out and about with my dog Earl, or soaking up as much time as I can with my nieces and nephews.