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Candidate, Doctor of Social Sciences; Professor ECE, Royal Roads University

Professor of Early Childhood Education,
Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellness, Humber College, Toronto

My connection to water goes back to childhood with family picnics at the beach and swimming in lakes, first connecting to ocean - the Atlantic Ocean in Nova Scotia and then oceans all over the world, connecting to the Humber River as part of play, teaching and learning , working with sea turtles in the Caribbean.

My work, research and advocacy focuses on early childhood pedagogy and practice that promotes children’s play and learning, particularly in outdoor and natural spaces. I am involved in global work that explores using green blue natural spaces and environments to promote learning through play, for example:
https://www.legofoundation.com/en/what-we-do/playfutures/explorations/green-blue-spaces-where-play-and-learning-are-natural/

I am currently exploring how collective engagement, inquiry and storytelling alongside educators, children, the Indigenous community and the other-than-human world in a land-based program (co-piloted and launched in 2016 at Humber College) may contribute to (re)storying and reshaping place-based early childhood pedagogy and practice.

As an Indigenous Ally living and working in Toronto on Treaty 13 land, I acknowledge I am a visitor/guest on this land and acknowledge my privilege. I am committed to an ongoing process of listening, walking on the land and learning and continuing to building relationships in meaningful ways.

Experience

  • 2014–present
    Professor , Humber College

Education

  • 1997 
    Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, Masters of Education, Adult Education (Specialization in Comparative, International and Development Education)
  • 1988 
    Ryerson University, Bachelor of Arts, Early Childhood Education