Introducing Katy Schroeder

Name: Katy Schroeder
Position:  Head Educator – Lil’ Troopers North

Tell us more about your role at the PMFRC and the programs that you are involved in.
I recently became a Head Educator in the toddler program at Lil' Troopers North. The toddler program provides children with engaging materials and activities.  We always follow the children's lead. 

Get involved. The PMFRC offers so many different programs for people of all ages. It is a great way to get to know people and learn about the area. 

How long have you worked for the PMFRC?
I will have been with the PMFRC for two years this summer. I started working at Lil’ Troopers South as a Casual Educator, then became a Part-Time Educator and Resource Teacher.  Later I became a Head Educator of a pre-school room. I recently moved to Lil' Troopers North as Head Educator in the toddler room. 

Tell me about your background (experience, education, etc.)
I completed the Early Childhood Education course at Algonquin College, here in the Ottawa Valley, and am a Registered Early Childhood Educator. Before working with the PMFRC, I was an Educator at a day care in Eganville. In a short period of time, I've had the opportunity to work with a wide range of age groups in various roles. 

What can people expect to see when they first meet you?
Families can expect to see a friendly smile, along with my warm and welcoming personality.

What is your favorite part about working for the PMFRC?
I enjoy getting to work with such talented individuals; I have learned so much from my teammates and will continue to do so.

I love the wonderful families that I get to meet and work with, while watching their children learn and grow.

What is your greatest accomplishment or proudest moment working for the PMFRC?
Being hired as a Head Educator within a year of becoming a Registered Early Childhood Educator would have to be my greatest accomplishment.

Where are you from and what brought you to Petawawa? How long have you lived here?
I grew up on a farm on the outskirts of Pembroke and still live in the town. I really love the area and have no plans to leave.

What advice do you have for families transitioning to Petawawa?
Get involved. The PMFRC offers so many different programs for people of all ages. It is a great way to get to know people and learn about the area. Visit the many great places Petawawa has to offer -- there is always something going on. 

What is your favorite thing about living in the area? What is your favorite thing to do in the winter? The summer?
In the winter I enjoy snowmobiling and spending time outside (when it's not too cold!). I also enjoy having movie days with hot chocolate. In the summer I enjoy spending time by the lake, camping with my family. There are so many great parks and campsites to visit throughout the county. 

Leave us with a few words of wisdom -- what is your favorite quote?
"Don't get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life." Dolly Parton

"Life's a dance, you learn as you go." John Michael Montgomery

This quote is particularly important to me, it reminds me that we can't plan our lives exactly the way we want them -- sometimes things happen and we're faced with unexpected challenges.  You need to persevere and enjoy the journey.