Specializing in Early Childhood Education
JumpStart's founder, Sharon, has been with the public school system for over 20 years teaching in the classroom and acting as a Consultant helping schools and teachers with Early Language Learners.
Shortly after obtaining her Bachelor of Education from the UofA in 2002, Sharon began her career with the Edmonton Public School system. She developed a passion for teaching the ‘Early Years’ students and it led her to complete her Master of Education in 2012 at the UofA focusing on Early Language Learners.
While on maternity leave with her first child, she founded Jumpstart Learning Centre in 2013. Here’s how…
Sharon and her husband, Gary, welcomed their first child in 2012. While on maternity leave, Sharon was a part of a local Mom’s group and they routinely got together to participate in various social activities with their kiddos. A common complaint amongst the Mom’s in the group was about the lack of quality preschool options that were more than just supervised play. All the options marketed learning but lacked the substance and results. This, coupled with her desire to prepare her own daughter for school, led her to create a service that would solve this problem using her passion, education, and experience,
While still on maternity leave, she opened the very first Jumpstart Learning Centre location out of her home with just a handful of students to keep her busy, but not too busy! She used her education and experience to create the perfect program that bridged the gap between preschool and Grade 1. The curriculum uses a combination of both tried and true, as well as the latest research-based methods. The curriculum ties directly into the school system and builds the required skills & abilities as well as confidence to succeed.
When it came time for Sharon to go back to the school system, word had already gotten out about the program and there was a large demand from referrals and word of mouth… Parents just wanted her to continue offering this program.
Even though Sharon had planned to return to the school system, she didn’t want to let down all these parents in the community. As a solution, she decided to create a standardized curriculum, lesson plans, and a training program to be able to show others how to deliver the Jumpstart program. Sharon knew there were key pillars of the program that could not be compromised such as:
- Small class sizes
- Separation of age groups
- Structured environment
- Individualized Programming
- Play with Purpose and Intentional Approach
- Meaningful Student Assessment
She hired the first outside Educator in 2014. Later, an opportunity to open a commercial location presented itself and the rest is history!
She now sits on the Board of Directors of Jumpstart Learning Centre and routinely tweaks the program and ensures the Educators are trained and delivering the programs original vision.
Idea for the Jumpstart Program is born
Jumpstart curriculum is standardized and first outside Educator is hired