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Lisa Phyllis

Lisa Phyllis


Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies


Committed to quality early childhood programs for families, Lisa has over 20 years of experience in a variety of settings and positions within the field of ECE including child care, parent cooperative programs and family resource programs.  Equally important, her passion and commitment to supporting student learning has developed over 21 years of teaching in various Community Colleges.

Through her experience as an educator, supervisor and manager in a variety of settings Lisa supports students understanding of theory related to curriculum and development with professional anecdotes and practical application of concepts and principles related to working with children and families.

Lisa remains connected to the early childhood community through her role as President of Child Development Resource Connection Peel (CDRCP) and through her work developing and implementing workshops and courses for the Early Childhood Community.

Lisa’s interests in Guidance, Diversity, Inclusion, Social Justice and Reflective Practice have developed through her pursuit of an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education and a graduate degree in Early Childhood Studies. Interest in educational systems and policy are explored through her ongoing PhD research. 

Teaching Interests

  • Early Years Systems; Advocacy and Ethics; Pedagogy and Leadership; The role of critical reflection on ECEC practice

Research Interests

  • Effects of Educational Systems on achievement, parent engagement and policy development; ECEC systems and Educator practice; ECEC Advocacy

Conference Presentations

  • Phyllis, L. (2018-10-15). On the margins; perceptions of otherness for children with perceived behavioural differences within Ontario's Full Day Kindergarten program . RECE 26th Annual International Conference . Copenhagen , Denmark.


  • "Behavioural Special Education Identification and Family/School Engagement: Perceptions and Recommendations from a Community Research Team". Sheridan College. SRCA Growth Grant. $10,000. 2022.
    Lisa Phyllis (Principle Investigator), Lisa Phyllis, Salwa Zahra, Sonia Bartlett.

  • "Understanding the Factors that Influence the Professional Trajectory of Early Childhood Professionals". Sheridan . Generator Growth Grant . $10,000. 2023.
    Lisa Phyllis (Co-Investigator), Katherine Becker (PI), Yalin Gorica, Lisa Phyllis.

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