Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.

-- Margaret Mead


Our Values

At Pollywogs to Leaping Frogs Preschool, we offer a developmentally appropriate environment, allowing your children to feel safe and free to explore their world around them. We embrace all children and provide teachable moments for positive growth, readying our community for a transition to kindergarten.

We promote the development of physical, cognitive, and social skills, with a focus on trust, respect, and autonomy. Providing a balance in all developmental areas is key to your children's success.

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Our Team


Ashley Priestley immigrated to St. Albert from Northern Ireland in 1975. She earned her special needs teacher assistant diploma in 1995, and has complemented it with further training, specializing in special needs and early childhood development.

With 17 years of foster parent experience with over 35 children, Ashley trained and mentored foster parents in partnership with the Child Welfare Department prior to opening the Pollywogs to Leaping Frogs Preschool in 2003.


Marcie Turner was born and raised in St. Albert. She is married with four children who all attend school in St. Albert.

She graduated from Grant MacEwan with a diploma in Child and Youth Care. She has worked with children and youth for over 18 years and continues to further her education in child behaviour through Athabasca University.