Meet Laurie, New Owner as of 2021!
2020-2021 marked the year that Sue Fitzgerald and Carmela Polson announced their gradual transition into retirement after 30+ wonderful years at Magic Circle Preschool. Mother-of-three Laurie Hartlen was handpicked to take over the business and carry its magic forward into the future.
Learn more about Laurie on this page!
Laurie Hartlen is a wildly creative graphic designer and longtime online entrepreneur. All while building her business, she tirelessly devoted her time and energy to hands-on involvement in the enrichment of her three children’s academic and athletic careers.
Laurie has always loved volunteering and served on the Home & School Committee for 13 years, wearing many hats until finally tackling the role of Vice-President of Special Events. Her focus in the academic sphere has always been on improving the students’ experiences at school, bringing fresh new ideas to the table, and motivating parents to become more involved.
Laurie also spent a decade spearheading Terry Fox Runs and Hema-Québec Blood donor clinics, organizing food drives, and loved to help coordinate an annual Soccer Camp-Day for a Community Center in an underprivileged, downtown neighborhood. Laurie approaches everything she does with the same underlying motto: “we’ve got something important to get done here - let’s do it well and make it as fun and memorable as we can.”
Laurie has also been a substitute elementary school level teacher for both school boards in the West Island and is perfectly bilingual.
Laurie studied business at the John Molson School of Business, and recreation management at Dalhousie in Halifax. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that as the new owner of the well-established Magic Circle Preschool, she will shepherd the celebrated program into the future with the same enthusiasm, focus and accomplishment that she brings to all her endeavours.