Patricia Gora’s credentials include a diploma in Early Childhood Education from George Brown College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Master of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Studies from Ryerson University. Her major research paper titled, “I don’t have a creative bone in my body”: Awakening Creativity in Educators” investigated how educators working in the field of Early Childhood Studies conceptualized creativity. Her inquiry focused on the symbiotic relationship between creativity and learning and how educators may encourage and foster creativity in children. Since joining the Ryerson faculty in 2010 Patricia has taught courses in visual arts, literacy development, technology and curriculum planning. She has worked extensively with HELPS Inc. (Health, Education, and Learning Partnerships Promoting Social Inclusion of Children with Developmental Delays and Disabilities) a national study investigating and describing the social inclusion of young children with developmental delays and disabilities in social, recreational and educational settings as they transition from preschool into the public school system. Patricia has also co-authored a nationally distributed resource, available in 33 languages, for newcomer families to introduce and assist them within areas of health and childcare, education, housing, the legal system, financial management, employment and observing traditions and cultural heritage in Canada.
Kilbride, K. M., Ali, M. A., Gora, P., & Sadeghi, S. (2010). Forging new ties, planting new roots: A guide to Canadian resources for immigrant parents of young children (2nd ed.). Toronto, ON: Chestnut Publishing.
Outside of Ryerson, Patricia works at the Art Gallery of Ontario as a museum educator. She has designed educational studio-art experiences in the form of workshops, courses, and summer camp programs that compliment in-gallery exhibits and explore theoretical and technical aspects of art making. Her passion for art education with children and families has been a driving force throughout her career. However, it wasn’t until the beginning of 2013, that she envisioned how she could combine her love of art education with her dedication to health and wellness. The idea of using yoga and art as a vehicle to motivate and teach young children to focus on their inspirations developed on a surf holiday where she also spent time volunteering with a non for profit organization promoting street art to young children. After a morning of amazing surf, Patricia joined dozens of young children in painting and designing recycled oil barrels. Each oil barrel had a theme: happiness, community, health, etc. and children painted what each of those ideas meant to them. Seasoned in designing learning opportunities that promote creative thinking and skill building -such as active listening and possibility thinking; Patricia realized that she had a unique skill set to assist children to envision and dedicate themselves to an idea -or inspiration, that was personally meaningful to them. However, with few waves in Toronto, surfing was replaced with yoga and YOGART STUDIO was born. Patricia had practiced yoga for several years before travelling to India to complete her Teacher Training Certification through the Yoga Alliance recognized Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in Kutir, Uttarkashi, Himalayas, India.