I began at St Stephens Preschool as a new graduate in 2004. I have taught across the preschool in many of the groups but in the last five year mostly in the Dolphin group on Thursday and Fridays. I began to also step into admin and leadership roles and now have the role of Educational Leader and Assistant Director. I now get to spend time with all of the groups and assist the team with all things related to teaching and learning.
I graduated from Macquarie University in 2003 (with a Bachelor of Education, Early childhood) as a mature aged student having managed to study in amongst bringing up a young family, my youngest son and I began preschool on the same day!
I believe that children learn through play and social interactions, and therefore the social and emotional wellbeing of children is paramount. Once children feel secure and loved they are then ready to learn. I believe that our first job is to build relationships with each child through warm, caring and meaningful interactions. My goals for children are for them to be empowered, confident in problem solving skills, self-motivated, innovative, to be able to persevere, to be able to work with others, self-regulated, compassionate and to have empathy.
I am so enthused by sharing stories and connecting with families through this online tool, Educa. I love the way it is so immediate, that families can share stories and write comments and finally I can share videos. They say a picture is worth a thousand words but to see and hear what happens, albeit in short snippets, shows so much more.
Other things that fill my world are my three grown up sons, a husband, a Cavoodle called Alfie, fitness in the form of ‘Cross-fit’ and bush walks with Alfie. I like to dabble in ceramics, crochet and print making. I am passionate about all things recycling and sustainability.