Learning from industry leaders
Our faculty members in the School of Early Childhood Education come from multiple disciplines and have extensive backgrounds in such fields as:
- Child care administration
- Special education
- Health promotion
- Community development
They aren’t just teachers: they maintain deep connections in their field at all levels, from research to advocacy to leadership roles.
For example, Early Childhood Education professors regularly publish articles in the IDEAS journal, an industry publication that focuses on the emotional wellbeing of children. They also work on steering committees and boards to shape new policies and laws regarding child care education. To stay current in their field, faculty also complete graduate and post-graduate programs and ongoing collaborations in the community, academia and government. They are recognized nationally for their efforts.
Internationally, faculty members have been involved in early childhood development projects in Jamaica, China and Cuba, strengthening professional development opportunities for students and faculty.
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Patricia Chorney Rubin
Patricia Chorney Rubin is the Director Community Services and Early Childhood at George Brown College, a position she has held since 2002. Patricia came to the College in 1984 when she joined the team as an Early Childhood Educator. She has collaborated with others in the department in the area of Lab School development and has been the Manager of many of the Lab School teaching child care centres operated by the college. Patricia has taught and coordinated in both the full and part-time Early Childhood Programs. Patricia was appointed to the Ontario Government's Best Start Expert Panel on Human Resources in the Early Childhood Sector (2007). In 2009 Patricia led the launch of the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Early Childhood Leadership at George Brown College. Patricia obtained a diploma from Sir George Williams University, and a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University.
Kimberly is an Early Childhood Educator and researcher, whose teaching career includes work in early years settings, labschools and kindergarten classrooms, as well as teacher education programs in British Columbia and Ontario. With an interest in child development, she earned her Early Childhood Education Diploma (1989), and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology at the University of Windsor (1991). Her graduate studies focused on Early Childhood Curriculum with a Masters of Education at the University of Victoria (2000) and PhD at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto (2009). She is a published author in early literacy, play, and the arts, as well as an educational consultant, appearing on TVOntario’s Gorilla Parenting, and Your Voice. Providing numerous professional workshops and keynote addresses, Kimberly was also a panellist speaker at the 2009 R.W.B. Jackson Lecture titled: Early Learning in Ontario: A conversation on the implementation of Charles Pascal's recent report to the Premier of Ontario – advocating the importance of children’s ‘classroom play’.
Rachel is a Registered Early Childhood Educator and graduate of George Brown College’s ECE program. She has designed and taught drama and art workshops for children, volunteered as a fitness coach for women and youth, facilitated family resource programs and worked as an ECE with a variety of age groups. Some of Rachel’s most significant teaching experiences were the years she spent living and working in Nunavut & Nunavik. In the north, Rachel collaborated with two different Inuit communities to organize and teach a college level ECE program to local residents. She has also worked internationally as a program coordinator & facilitator for Youth Leadership Workshops on the island of St. Lucia. Rachel has a BFA in Theatre and a MA in Early Childhood Studies both from Ryerson University. Her master’s research focused on Aboriginal Early Childhood Education in Canada. Currently, she is PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Education at York University where her doctoral research combines literature, psychoanalytic theory and representations of childhood to examine adult-child relations. Areas of interest: early childhood curriculum, the role of the adult in early childhood education, emotional relationships to teaching and learning and questions of diversity, equity & human rights in ECE.
Prior to her full-time faculty position at George Brown College, Karen’s extensive experience includes working with children, families, and professionals in early childhood, mental health, education, and recreation environments. Through this work, Karen focus is on the development of leadership, social justice and the continuous learning of Early Childhood Educators and leaders. Throughout her career, Karen is involved in the application of research to practice and reflecting on lessons learned for informing EC policy. She currently facilitates a community of Practice for RECEs which enables her to build continuous awareness of successes and challenges faced by Early Childhood programs and professionals.
Karen was seconded as a senior policy advisor in strategic initiatives to the Ontario government, facilitating the development of the ELECT document, the College of ECEs and policy recommendations in the creation of full day Kindergarten. Karen is involved at a pan Canadian level as a founding member and past president of the Canadian Child Care Federation, serving on the executive of the Child Care Human Resources Sector Council where research focused on issues such as salaries and working conditions, the development of Occupational Standards and the need for revisions to post secondary Early Childhood curriculum. She currently serves as an expert witness with the College of Early Childhood Educators.
An author of numerous publications including Administering for Quality: Leadership and Collaboration of Canadian Early Childhood Programs, 5th edition and the Whole Child, Canadian editions. Her undergraduate education focuses on early childhood education completing credentials at Ryerson and Canadore College. Karen's graduate work in Assessment and Counselling was completed at the University of Toronto.
Maria Ciampini has earned her PhD from the University of Toronto, in the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Department., a Masters of Education degree in Foundations of Teaching and Learning through Brock University, a B.A. in Early Childhood Education through Ryerson University, and a Diploma in Early Childhood Education through Humber College and her Early Childhood Education Certification from the A.E.C.E.O. Her teaching background is varied. She worked with many levels of adult learners including students enrolled in E.C.E. program at George Brown College, Ryerson University’s Early Childhood Education (E.C.E.) Program; in the York / Seneca joint program; and in Seneca’s E.C.E., E.C.A. (assistant) and Apprenticeship program. Maria spent ten years in the role of the Director of the ECE Lab School at Seneca College and played an instrumental role in the development of the Lab School’s permanent site and program at the Newnham Campus of the college. Prior to teaching adult students she acquired a background of extensive experience in a variety of children’s programs in the role of supervisor and early childhood educator.
Bernice Cipparrone has been in the field of early childhood education for almost thirty years. She graduated from York University with a B.A before receiving her Diploma in Early childhood Education from Seneca College. After working in the field for several years in various capacities including Director for a multisite organization; she returned to school to complete graduate studies at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Child Studies. Bernice then worked in children’s mental health specializing in infant mental health, trauma as well as healthy child development. In addition, during her professional and person time she has been committed to creating inclusive accessible communities. Bernice has developed three cultural competence evaluation tools for the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. These tools have been well received by the community which led to a number of local and national presentations. Bernice also worked at a Senior level for the Ontario Trillium Foundation (an agency of the government of Ontario) for three years while she was an instructor with George Brown College in the ECE continuing education department since 2000 before becoming full-time faculty in 2011.
A George Brown College graduate of the ECE program, Lora worked at three college lab schools designing curriculum for all age groups from infants to kindergarten children. She facilitated creative play workshops and taught courses in the E.C.E. continuing Education department before joining the E.C.E. faculty as a Field Instructor.
Gail's educational background includes a B.A. in Social and Political Thought, an ECE Diploma, a Certificate in Psychology of Human Relations and a Certificate in Teaching and Training Adults. Her ten years of child care experience includes both teaching and supervisory positions. Gail held the position of Child Care Program Advisor with the Toronto Board of Education and in that capacity she facilitated workshops, centre start-ups and worked closely with centres located in school facilities. Gail joined the ECE Faculty at George Brown College in 1991 as coordinator of the Winter Intake ECE Program.
Palmina has 20 years of experience working with young children, families, and early childhood professionals in various settings including schools, child care centres and family support programs. She has a PhD in Human Development and Applied Psychology with a Specialization in Early Childhood Education from the University of Toronto/OISE, a M.A in Child Studies from Concordia University and a B.A in Psychology from McGill University. Palmina has taught a variety of early childhood education courses in Ontario and Quebec. Prior to her full time position at George Brown College, she taught at Ryerson University in the Early Childhood Education Department. In addition, Palmina has extensive experience in supporting students in field practice. Palmina has been involved in a variety of applied research projects in Canada and the U.S. including numerous studies on parenting for Invest in Kids and the Toronto First Duty Project - a pilot project integrating kindergarten, child care, and family support through schools.
Palmina is a Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE). Her special interests include parenting, school, family and community partnerships, and early childhood teacher education and professional development.
After completing her ECE at George Brown College, Suzette worked as a playroom teacher at five of the College Lab Schools over the next fifteen years. She was assistant supervisor at three of the centres while also teaching extensively in the Continuing Education Program. Suzette recently joined the ECE Faculty as a Field Instructor.
Noor’s area of expertise is in human brain and cognition. After completing her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from McGill University, Noor worked in the field of medical imaging to explore the developmental and degenerative processes of human brain. Her experience with children included studying the trajectory of typical brain development as well as structural changes associated with familial language impairment. Noor is also a registered early childhood educator; following her graduation from Mothercraft College. Her academic interests focus on teaching in the fields of brain development and early childhood education as well as conducting research on the influence of socio‐economic factors and interventional strategies on early brain development patterns in children with underprivileged personal or familial history.
Mary Lou Lamont, ECE, BAA, MT
Mary Lou began teaching at George Brown College in 2006, after completing her Masters of Teaching at OISE/UT. She also achieved her Bachelor of Applied Arts in Early Childhood Education from Ryerson University, and her Early Childhood Education certification from George Brown College. Mary Lou has devoted over 25 years as a child care professional in a variety of environments, obtaining practical experience via increasingly responsible roles. The environments included College Lab Child Care, workplace settings, and community-based centres, while her roles ranged from participation as an ECE team member, to training staff and student ECEs and ECAs, to supervising child care centres, and finally to coordinating multiple centres. For many years, Mary Lou sat on the Child Care Advisory Board representing centres in the former City of York, as well as serving on various ad hoc committees addressing child care issues. Since joining George Brown, she has been active supporting students in the College’s highly regarded ECE and ECA programs in the classroom, tutorial, seminar and field-placement settings
B.A. (Toronto), D.C.S. (Diploma in Child Study, Primary/Junior Teaching Qualification, OISE, Toronto), M.ED. (Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, OISE, Toronto), Ph.D. (Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, OISE, Toronto)
Monica is a former elementary teacher with the Etobicoke Board of Education and co-founder and principal of The Abelard School, an independent school in Toronto. She has also worked as a consultant and facilitator for social service and educational organizations including the Metro Association for Family Resource Programs. Prior to joining the George Brown Faculty in January 2012, she was an Instructor and Faculty Advisor in the School of Early Childhood Education at Ryerson University for 7 years. For over 20 years Monica has researched, presented, and published on many topics including teacher action research, reflective practice, student engagement, literacy learning and teaching and Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten teaching teams in Ontario. Currently she is the director of the SSHRC funded research project, Toys or Tools? Using Open-Ended Tablet Applications for Early Literacy Learning.
Shelly Mehta is obtaining her PhD in Developmental Psychology and Education at OISE at the University of Toronto under supervision of Dr. Janette Pelletier. Shelly's dissertation focus is on children's experiences in the full-day kindergarten program and in the Peel Best Start Program. Shelly received her Master's in Child Study and Education (M.A) at OISE/UT and her MA thesis focused on young children's perception of their own skin tone and the skin tone of others. Shelly obtained an honours Bachelor of Science (BSc) specialist degree in Psychology (focus on: Developmental psychology, Neuropsychology and Women's studies). Her undergraduate thesis focused on tactile memory differences between visually impaired persons and non-visually impaired persons. Shelly is a certified primary/junior teacher in Ontario (OCT) with additional qualifications in special education and primary education. Shelly is also a registered early childhood educator (RECE). She has actively been involved in various research initiatives at OISE/UT; some of these projects included: Shaken Baby Syndrome Project, The Balanced Literacy Diet Website, TV Ontario Kids Fun For Families Literacy Program with TVO, the Toronto First Duty Project, and through an internship with the Atkinson Center, completed a research project/report examining the experiences of internationally trained early childhood educators in Ontario. Shelly has also been involved in the Initial Teacher Education program at OISE where she co-taught Psychological Foundations of Learning and Development and From Student Teacher to Professional for 5 years as a TEPA. Shelly was a part-time instructor at Seneca College, York University Campus, teaching Psychology. Shelly has had numerous experiences teaching and working with children and adults; with particular focus on individuals with various exceptionalities and English Language Learners. Shelly continues to be a member of several organizations within Toronto and the GTA and has ongoing involvements in various research projects and initiatives in education. Aside from being first-year coordinator and faculty in the ECE diploma program, her areas of interest and focus at the college include: Student success initiatives, the international student experience, innovative uses of technology in the classroom, and diversity and equity in teaching and learning.
Elaine Winick has recently joined the faculty team at George Brown College (Winter 2013) and brings with her a 30-year background in the early years that includes: various positions in an assortment of early childhood settings; a college professor; an Early Literacy Specialist; early years consultant; and community advocate. Elaine is a registered early childhood educator (Seneca College); has her resource teacher certificate (Seneca College); a certificate in Family Education (Jewish School Board of Education); a B.A. (York University); a Masters in Education (Brock University), and has successfully defended her PhD dissertation (OISE/UT) focusing on the current changes in the early years sector, from a leadership perspective.