Michaela is a university student completing her final year of the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies program at Ryerson University, earning both a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and becoming a Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE) upon graduation.
Academically, Michaela specializes in courses such as Assessment for Programming, Human Development, Infant Mental Health, Inclusion and Consultation, and Policy in Early Childhood Education. She is passionate about the education sector and hopes to pursue a Masters in Education (MEd) in Educational Leadership and Policy following the completion of her undergraduate degree.
With nearly a decade of work experience, Michaela has continuously sought out opportunities to collaborate with children. With a background in first aid instruction, Michaela began her career as a Canadian Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructor (WSI) at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. There, she taught integrated swimming lessons for children with exceptional needs, some of which include Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cerebral Palsy (CP), Epilepsy, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Global Developmental Delay (GDD). Most recently, Michaela has worked as an Instructor Trainer and online educator, using her academic and work experience to plan and instruct curriculum for children in primary grades (Kindergarten – Grade 3).
Michaela’s approach to her work is in promoting a sense of belonging and in understanding the triangular relationship between children, educators, and families. Michaela ensures that children feel comfortable in their learning environments to foster strong positive relationships. She also believes in the power of communication with families since they are the main social environment for their children.
At Flourish, Michaela is very excited to work as the Clinic Coordinator, facilitating and planning programming around the clinic and communicating with families. Michaela will also be working with children in the Direct Instruction program.