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Faculty Profiles

Michelle Edey

Michelle Edey

Professor, Early Childhood Education program

Michelle Edey is a full-time faculty member in the Early Childhood Education program at Sheridan College. After completing her diploma in Early Childhood Education at Humber College, Michelle worked directly with children and families in infant-toddler care. Michelle then completed her B.ASc. in Early Childhood Studies at the University of Guelph-Humber, as well as her M.A. in Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University. During her M.A. Michelle studied Children’s Rights, specifically the Barriers to Education for the Girl Child in Sub-Saharan Africa. This research stemmed from international experiences of teaching in a remote community of the Massai Mara.

Michelle recently returned to the GTA after spending the past 4 years teaching at St. Lawrence College in Kingston. With the support of St. Lawrence College Michelle developed a Community of Practice for RECEs working in diverse settings and students to share knowledge, stay current and think critically about new legislation, policy and practice related to Early Learning and Care in Ontario. Michelle is passionate about leadership and advocacy in ECEC, promoting social inclusion and social justice in early learning environments, engagement and identity of diverse families in early learning environments, infant mental health, as well as curriculum and pedagogy for infants and toddlers.

In her teaching, Michelle values reflective practice, mindfulness and co-learning. She strives to learn with her students as they explore content together and share experiences. Michelle works to embed critical thinking into her classes, to empower students to view themselves as leaders and to find their voice to create awareness around their individual areas of passion within the field. Michelle is an advocate for a progressive, affordable and high-quality child care system.