Kelilah Hughes: Student Services Specialist
Ms. Kelilah Hughes received her Bachelors of Arts, with a focus in psychology, in 2010 from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She immediately began working towards obtaining her Bachelors of Education. Kelilah received formal training in the United Kingdom in a school in London before graduating with the distinction of being placed on the Academic Dean’s List. Her first teaching position took her to a northern community where she worked with Aboriginal children at the elementary level. Her students found a great deal of success through a literacy recovery program that Kelilah implemented. She quickly discovered a passion for academic recovery and support and soon moved into the field of student services in a Southern Alberta school. In this new position Kelilah worked with at-risk youth to build both their social-emotional skills and literacy abilities. Through this process Kelilah honed her philosophy of teaching to the whole child and helping students achieve a growth mindset. Her holistic approach to teaching includes building relationships with her students and encouraging mindfulness. Kelilah is currently working on her Masters of Education with a focus on Educational Leadership. Kelilah is committed to working with and supporting both parents and staff to help create a learning community where all students can find success. She is excited to continue working at Westmount Charter Elementary School for the 2019/2020 school year.
Jeanette Rostad: Student Services Specialist
Mrs. Jeanette Rostad received her Bachelor of Education with a major in art, in 2008 from the University of Lethbridge. She began her career working with the Calgary Catholic School District as a grade 1 teacher. After spending two years in early elementary she moved to teaching grade 4 and later grade 6. In 2013 Jeanette had the opportunity to move to Aberdeen, Scotland where she spent the next 5 years of her career teaching elementary aged children. She spent two of those years teaching in a Language Development Unit, which fostered the learning of young children with speech and language disorders. During her time in the Language Development Unit Jeanette gained an immense appreciation for working collaboratively with a range of specialists and a team teacher to meet the individual needs of her students. Having been exposed to such a diverse range of children throughout her career, Jeanette understands the importance of building meaningful relationships with children, as well as their families to provide the best learning environment possible. Jeanette is excited to be part of the Student Services team at Westmount and working to nurture the learning needs of gifted children.
Our TLA’s: Heather Lofthouse, Robyn Hamilton, Jacqueline Mercer-Livesey, Jackie Kondrat, Madhu Ramdaursingh, Annika Stein-Harries.
Our Teaching and Learning Assistant Team stands out as one of the best with diverse backgrounds and a wealth of knowledge and training. To share, here are some of the expertise that our TLA’s bring to Westmount:
- Bachelors of Education Degrees
- Educational Assistants Certification
- Special Needs Certification
- In home support workers for kids on the spectrum
- Teaching English Abroad
- Training and Development in Gifted Education
- Specialized work in Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Autism, Anxiety, Attention Deficit Disorder, Trauma Intervention, Learning Disabilities
- Former Students of Westmount
- Parents of gifted and twice exceptional children
Most importantly, our TLA’s are an invaluable resource for teachers, parents and students alike. Their profiles add to the make-up of our department and we are fortunate to have them on our team working towards building resiliency.