Assistant Program Head of Early Childhood Studies, University of Guelph-Humber

Elena Merenda is the Assistant Program Head of Early Childhood Studies at the University of Guelph-Humber. Since 2015, Elena has worked alongside the Program Head with all administrative and academic aspects of the program; managing and guiding faculty with course development; supporting student initiatives; and managing the redevelopment of the program curriculum.

Elena has more than 15 years of experience in early learning and therapeutic settings. Her background is in early childhood education, with a specific expertise in therapeutic play and supporting families with children who have special needs.

Elena holds a Masters of Art in Early Childhood Studies from Ryerson University and is currently enrolled in a Doctorate Education program at Western University, to be completed in 2019. In addition to her experience at the University of Guelph-Humber, Elena has taught academic courses at Humber College ITAL, she was the Program Advisor for a continuing education stream of the Early Childhood Education program at Humber College ITAL, and she has spent multiple years supervising students practicing in the field

Expert In:
Early childhood education
Inclusive education
Leadership in early childhood studies
Therapeutic play
Children with exceptionalities
Children's grief

Experience

  • –present
    Assistant Program Head of Early Childhood Studies, University of Guelph-Humber