Michaela Wooldridge has spent her entire life caring for children, starting as a ‘mother’s helper’ at the age of five and later becoming a babysitter during her teenage years, operating a family daycare as a young mother, to a long career as a home visitor and supervisor in early intervention services (via IDP) while raising three children. Along the way, Michaela has found joy in teaching and mentoring early childhood practitioners to support families and educators in their important work of nurturing the next generation. Her research has focused on the development of young children within the technological context of the 21st century.
Michaela enjoys many physical interests, including swimming, biking, running, hiking, skiing, and tennis, both formally at Ironman races and marathons and casually especially in her beautiful ‘backyard’ that is the south Okanagan.
Together with her husband, Michaela has travelled extensively locally and globally. Wherever she goes, she finds herself marvelling at the universality of children at play and the diverse ways that families live their daily lives. Witnessing the common psychological needs that bind us globally and across generations continues to fuel my learning and my practice. She hopes to never tire of the sounds of children!