Lawrence Park School Staff, Bernadette, Elisa, Rochelle, Alana and Julia

About Us

Rochelle Navarro

Bachelor of Arts, Registered Early Childhood Educator

School Director

Rochelle has been with the Lawrence Park School, first as a teacher since 2004, and more recently the School Director since 2021.  Rochelle graduated from Mothercraft College of ECE where she worked with children in the Infant, Toddler, Preschool and Kindergarten Programs.  She obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from Ryerson University and has experience working at Sick Kids Hospital, Ontario Science Centre, the School-Aged program at Parkdale Public School and was a supply teacher at Ryerson’s Early Learning Centre. 

Rochelle has always had a passion for working with children and enjoys building relationships with each child in her care, and their families. All 3 of Rochelle's children were previous students at Lawrence Park School.

Alana Lougheed

Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Education

Preschool Teacher

Alana graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She worked as a Teaching Assistant with the Toronto District School Board for a year prior to Teacher’s College. Alana obtained her Teaching Certificate at St. Andrew’s College in Scotland. After teaching in Edinburgh for a year, she returned to Toronto to teach Grade 4 at the Sterling Hall School. Alana also worked in the Resource Department at the Sterling Hall School and joined the Lawrence Park School in 2008.

Julia Purdy

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education

Toddler/Preschool and French Teacher

Julia graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours B.A. in French Language and Literature. She then went on to obtain her Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto. Julia is a qualified teacher at the Primary, Junior, and Intermediate levels and has additional qualifications in Special Education and French. She worked at the Toronto District School Board for 2 years as well as the Sterling Hall School for 5 years. Julia has been teaching at Lawrence Park School since 2007.

Bernadette Mabalot

Bachelor of Science, Registered Early Childhood Educator

Toddler Teacher

Bernadette received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in the Philippines where she worked with children with special needs. Bernadette joined the Lawrence Park School in 2008 as a support staff. In 2019, Bernadette received her Early Childhood Education Diploma with Honours, from George Brown College. She transitioned in the Toddler and Preschool Programs with ease and took on a role of a Resource Teacher. She is the Health and Safety Representative for our school and was employee of the year in 2018, which is a true testament to her positive energy and her passion for teaching.

Elisa Lower

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Music and Movement Teacher

Elisa received her Honours degree in Music from York University, majoring in jazz vocal performance. Upon graduation she combined her love of children and music by developing music programs for young children and singing at childcare centres and schools in Toronto. After taking several years to stay home with her two daughters, she returned to teaching and joined Lawrence Park School in 2013. Elisa strives to create a positive, supportive, and joyful environment in her music circles and classes, incorporating movement, drama, self-expression and always lots of fun!