Elementary School Educator
Short-term Missionary to Haiti
Dedicated follower of Jesus Christ
First Aid & CPR Certified
Energetic and driven
About Carol Ford
Carol Ford began her career as an Elementary School Teacher in Welland, ON within the French Public School system. While taking maternity leave for her first born, Carol ventured into sales on a casual basis, which enabled her to contribute to the family revenue while raising their first two children over the subsequent years. When the two children were of preschool ages, and upon moving to Toronto, Carol returned to the workforce and directed a number of licensed childcare centres for several years. Carol then ventured into the corporate world and climbed the ladder very quickly, attaining executive management roles for most of her career thereafter.
In 2016, Carol and her husband decided to move from the GTA to the Niagara Region. Carol continued to serve in the role of Vice President with an iconic Canadian company in Mississauga, until deciding in March 2018 to hang her corporate hat and return to her love for making a difference in young children’s lives.
Over the last 4 years, Carol has been operating a home childcare, which she recently sold to put more time and focus into the ministry that she and her ordained minister husband, Garry, opened in May 2021. As part of their God-given call to minister to the people of Merritton (which is part of St.Catharines), Carol and Garry offer various community programs, including Sunday morning gathering time, Monday night Healing Journey and Tuesday night Men's Bible Study. It seemed just natural to also offer alternative schooling to the community during these trying times when many parents are dissatisfied with the mandates and restrictions placed upon their children in the public and separate school system. That is how Maranatha Schoolhouse has come to be. Although Maranatha Schoolhouse will remain as a separate identity from their Haven of Hope Ministry, it will be held at the same location.
Carol's mission is to offer parents a safe, enjoyable and faith-based environment for their children to develop academically, physically, socially and spiritually. Carol offers a quality structured program that makes learning fun while also instilling values and disciplines that are so important in developing a next generation of well-balanced and respectful citizens. Having all grades together in one classroom also helps to keep a warm family-feeling to the school. Carol accepts Kindergarten to Grade 8 students, and offers programs year-round. Class is kept very small in order to provide quality time with each student individually, as well as nurturing quality group interaction.
In addition to the above career path, Carol has been involved in children’s programs for many years through her community church, leading Sunday School, mid-week Kids’ Clubs and other such programs. Carol and her husband both have current police checks. Carol also has her Food Handler Certificate, her Emergency First Aid & CPR Certificate and she is a Certified Therapeutic Counsellor. She is Registered with the College of Early Childhood Educators, which has earned her the designation of RECE.
Carol is thrilled to be an integral part of helping to shape the future generation through her love, teaching and guiding of all the children in her care.
Carol and her husband Garry have 4 adult children who each have 2 children, so they are blessed with 8 amazing grandchildren who are quickly growing out of their teens years.
Excellent references are available upon request, in addition to testimonials of former families Carol has served.