Inspiration has come to us from many places:
an image an idea a question from a child
This blog comes to life as we aim to capture the moments that provoke us as educators. Children are naturally curious and capable, and when engaged in meaningful learning opportunities that reflect their interests, they are empowered to act as the protagonists of their own journeys. We hope that through being a part of this journey with children, you will be “playfully inspired.”
I am who we are – Loris Malaguzzi
Laura Logaridis brings her love of music, photography and story-telling to the classroom each day and can be found capturing the action on film while singing along with her students, or cozying up in the Book Nook with a puppet on her hand. A true ‘people person’, she is passionate about building relationships with her students and creating a collaborative community of learners. When not in the classroom, Laura is heading north of the city to spend her days on the sands of Thunder Beach or hopping on the next plane to explore a new country. Laura looks forward to each day spent as an early years educator, questioning, wondering and laughing until she cries.
Laura holds a Master of Teaching degree from Griffith University in Queensland Australia and a Bachelor of Arts – Psychology from the University of Western Ontario. Laura has attained her Reading Specialist, as well as additional qualifications in Kindergarten, Mathematics, and Special Education.
Leslie Siegrist-Hood is passionate about nurturing creativity and curiosity in our earliest learners. An artsy girl at heart, Leslie enjoys watercolors, creative movement, singing, and playing with beautiful stuff! She feels so fortunate to have had the chance to be exposed to the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education early on in her teaching career, as its philosophy has been transformative for her. She was deeply inspired by the metaphor of the 100 languages of children and is guided by its message each and everyday.
Leslie Siegrist-Hood holds a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education from York University, a Master of Teaching degree from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Music Education from Queen’s University.
As a child, Katie Tranter spent many of her days high atop a crimson maple tree on her family’s cucumber farm, searching for inspirations she could sketch, write, and wonder about. Now, as an urbanite and constant city stroller, inspirations come from different places: graffiti, hustle and bustle, architecture. A weather enthusiast, an avid reader of fiction, and an amateur Indian chef, Katie embraces each day as an early years educator, nurturing wonder and creativity in its many forms.
Katie Tranter holds a Master of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Child, Youth and Family Studies from the University of Guelph.
Katie, Laura and Leslie have had the opportunity to act as presenters on topics surrounding best practices in early years education, presenting on their experience and research on literacy development, principles of play based learning, Reggio Emilia-inspired settings, inquiry and social constructivist theories. They look forward to continuing to engage in a dialogue with other educators who share their passion for early childhood education.
Powerful Play: Inquiry-Based Learing in the Early Years | Havergal College – 2012,2013,2014
National Conference on Girls’ Education (NCGE) | Advancing Girls Together – 2014
Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia | Playing it Forward: Discovering the Wonder and Value of Authentic Play – 2012
Kindergarten Additional Qualification Course, York University – 2013, 2014
School of Early Childhood, George Brown College – 2012
Kindergarten Additional Qualification Course, University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education – 2011, 2015
Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers | Havergal College – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
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