Project Team


Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw a Professor of Early Childhood Education in the Faculty of Education at Western University in Ontario, Canada, and the co-director of the Pedagogist Network of Ontario and the British Columbia Early Childhood Pedagogies Network.  Veronica’s writing and research contribute to the Common Worlds Research Collective, and the Early Childhood Pedagogies Collaboratory

Veronica is currently the principal investigator of the SSHRC Insight Grant Transforming Waste Pedagogies in Early Childhood Education, and the SSHRC Partnership Development Grant Exploring Climate Change Pedagogies with Children. Veronica is the author/co-author of more than 40 peer reviewed articles, and six books, and is a co-editor of the open access Journal of Childhood Studies.

Tatiana Zakharova, MLA, is a playground designer with Canadian design-build playground company Earthscape Play, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. (Curriculum Studies) at the Faculty of Education at Western University (London, Ontario). Working under the supervision of leading ECE scholar Dr. Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw, Tatiana’s research focuses on the entanglement of pedagogy and design.

In her multidisciplinary work, Tatiana thinks with feminist post-human scholars to trouble the notion of play as a means of progress, imagining instead relationship-attuned play as worlding. Her work is a collaborative experimentation, as it wishes to reimagine play/grounding potentialities in wondering how can we respond, through design, to the question of living [well] together?


Joanie Vallinga, RECE, is a long-time toddler educator and now director of an early years learning centre. Her current position both fulfills her love of children and her passion for building strong community relationships.

Sherida Johnson is an Early Childhood Educator who has worked with preschool age children for 27 years. She is grateful that her work still makes her curious and allows her to nourish her love of writing.

Stacyann Stothers is a Preschool Educator and a mother with a passion for learning. She loves musical theatre, books and gardening,  and works every day to be an ally to the LGBTQ community.

Krista Kelly is an early childhood educator who believes in every child being an active learner. Krista writes, “Children teach me as much as I teach them. Always out for an adventure no matter how small, we learn together through it all.” 


Jewel is an ECE.

Sarah is an ECE.