Empowering Childhood Experiences

An approach to foster relationships, knowledge and imagination.

About Discovery Preschool

Working together as mother and daughter, Sandy Shields R.ECE and Allison Barrow R.ECE have a combined history of 73 years in the field of Early Childhood Education. Their passion and personal connection with families and teachers have been a trademark for them as the school celebrates its 19th year in operation.
Sandy Sheilds

Sandy Shields R.ECE

Sandy Shields has devoted the past 35 years to the education of young children. Graduating with her ECE in 1984 she successfully went to school part time, raised 3 children and worked full time. Sandy’s resume includes the opening and development of 5 childcare centres for another operator in York Region prior to the opening of the Discovery Preschools. Sandy is a role model to follow from her wonderful personality to her team spirit. Her personal relationship with children and their families seem relentless and she will always bump into Discovery Preschool alumni at Markham events and fairs. Miss Sandy looks forward to welcoming your family to our ever-growing community!

Allison Barrow R.ECE

Allison Barrow has been teaching and supervising in the field since graduating with her ECE in 1991. Her love of early childhood education has been focused on reflections of the Reggio Emilia Approach for the past 21 years. Allison was part of the 2002, 2011, 2015 and 2018 Canadian delegations to the schools of Reggio Emilia and participated in an in-depth study of the philosophy and the reflections within a Canadian context. Allison was elected to participate as a Pedagogist with the Provincial Centres of Excellence from 2018-2019 and collaborates with cohorts of professionals across Ontario inventing new identities of the work of an Early Childhood Educator. In 2006, she was on the executive committee to host the 100 Languages of Children Exhibit in the prestigious TD Centre in Toronto and is an executive member on the Board of Directors as treasurer for the Ontario Reggio Association for the past 10 years. Allison’s passion for children’s curriculum is contagious to the 70 teachers of Discovery Preschool, and to the childcare community as new changes offer a different pedagogy of educating children. Her 15 year old son is a constant reminder that you can never underestimate the power of a child.