Annabella received her PhD from
Simon Fraser University in the Curriculum Theory and Implementation program
with her work : Unswaddling Pedagogies; Imagining a new beginning to the practice
of Imaginative Education. She is a graduate sessional instructor and
Associate Director of the Imaginative Education Research Group at Simon Fraser
University where she had been involved with Imaginative Education since 1999.
Upon completion of her Master’s Degree at SFU, she initiated and managed
childcare centres and kindergartens in Europe between 1999 and 2010
(humanitarian early childhood educational centers for children ages 2 to 7) and
initiated and co-chaired an educational charity. Annabella's newest publication (September, 2017)
is the sole-authored Unswaddling Pedagogy, described by the renowned Dr.
Kieran Egan as outlining "a new
approach that challenges many of the taken-for-granted assumptions of present
Annabella is the initiator and manager
of the Journal of Childhoods and Pedagogies - the online journal of the
ECCE department of Capilano University. The journal is dedicated to valuable
pedagogical work of students and educators alike. She is a voting member of the
Senate Curriculum Committee, and the Dean's Advisory Committee at Capilano
Her areas of interest
include: unswaddling pedagogies; Somatic Understanding within the Imaginative
Education philosophy; wonder and its pedagogical value in education; inclusive
practices in ECCE; imaginative teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels;
faculty learning communities
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In 2010 Annabella was awarded with the Arthur & Ancie Fouks Graduate Entrance Award in Public Service, in 2011 with a Graduate Fellowship (PhD), and in 2012 with the Dr. M. Sheila O'Connell Graduate Publication Scholarship.
Annabella's Ph.D. thesis - Unswaddling Pedagogy:
Imagining a new beginning to the practice of Imaginative Education was nominated in 2017 for the CAGS/Proquest-UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award of Canadian Association for Graduate Studies.
Wonder-full Education – The centrality of wonder to science, mathematics, humanities, and arts teaching (as editor) Routledge and the Taylor & Francis Group (in press); The LiDKit: Resources for Implementing the Learning in Depth Program (as part of the publishing IERG team). Pacific Education Press UBC (in press); Dear Kindergarten Teacher. Thematic Teaching Projects with Narrative Integration of Curricular Content. (Pitesti, Diamant, 2010) and A New Outlook on Preschool Education. The Annabella Method (Cluj-Napoca, Risoprint, 2010).
Unswaddling Pedagogy, 2017, published with KDP, USA.