Collaborators

Early Learning Café is a collaboration of knowledge, experience, skills and ideas. Join us in this journey as we explore ways of implementing contemporary pedagogical practices.

Susan Ramsay

Susan Ramsay

Inspired to Learn

I have long been inspired by children — their sense of wonder, their ways of seeing the world, and their joy in every day moments.  Because of this inspiration, I pursued academic studies in sociology and early childhood education through Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College, and have embarked on a lifelong journey of learning. Experiences as a daycare provider, preschool director, special needs worker, family support worker, family literacy coordinator, and early literacy specialist have taught me valuable lessons and shaped my view of children and of myself as an educator.

I value inclusion, democracy and justice for children, parents and communities. These values have found a home in Reggio-inspired philosophies — philosophies that continue to inspire me as I study Emergent Curriculum courses with the Ontario Reggio Association, and search out books and conversations that prompt me to think more deeply about early learning.

I love to learn and I learn best through reflection and conversation. I am excited to be part of Early Learning Café — a place where I can engage with each of you in conversations that truly matter.

Kathy Boelsma

Kathy Boelsma

ReCognition

I love to learn. It’s my passion.  As a former Children’s Librarian, an Early Literacy Specialist in Lanark County, Ontario for seventeen years and  as Lead Collaborator in my consulting social collaborative ReCognition, I am excited to be part of a group interested in creating a space for learning across distances and perspectives with educators.

I am a Registered Early Childhood Educator, a current Forest School Practitioner in Training with Forest School Canada, a student of the arts with my current studies taking my Creative Arts Certificate at the college level and I also work at Blueberry Creek Forest and Nature Centre on a part time basis. My current interests in researching learning are: materials children use with their whole bodies, how the elements offer provocations to learning with different ages, and how I can affect sustainable practices with materials in my programs. I welcome you to learn with us, get a coffee or tea, a comfy chair, and join in the conversation. We can’t wait to hear your ideas…

You?

You?

Collaborator

YOU are a contributor at Early Learning Café. Our online learning space is participatory and draws on the wisdom in the room — the knowledge, experiences and insights that grow from discussing ideas and reflecting together. At Early Learning Café your voice is important to the conversation!