In 2020, I graduated from Flinders University with a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Special Education) and a Bachelor of Disability Studies. In recognition of my academic achievement, I received the Chancellor’s letter of commendation. I was also nominated for the Medal of Excellence in Beginning Teaching, for my work as demonstrated throughout my final teaching practicum.
Since 2010, I have held various roles supporting babies, children and teenagers in their learning, including Swimming Teacher/Coach and Supervisor, Disability Support Worker and Dance Assistant. I have also previously worked in school administration. Through these roles, I have had the opportunity to work with students who have a diverse range of capabilities, including students with disabilities or learning difficulties and gifted students. During my university study, I travelled to Bali, Indonesia, where I volunteered alongside my colleagues to deliver professional development to allied health and disability professionals, participate in community outreach, health promotion, and delivery of therapy services, and engage in disability advocacy, international networking, and teaching. Through this experience, I developed both professional and interpersonal skills alongside a deep sense of gratitude for the life I am privileged to live. I hope to share this sense of gratitude with the school community, so we can all find the positive in each day.
My teaching philosophy is centred around a student-led, differentiated, and inquiry-based teaching and learning approach. I firmly believe that young children are strong, capable and active citizens, who hold rights and contribute to their community. Children are explorers and scientists, making sense of their world every day. My role as an educator is to put students in the driver’s seat of their learning. I believe that all children have the right to access high-quality education that is responsive to levels of readiness and promotes the active engagement of all children. I thrive on building meaningful, positive relationships with students and colleagues. I find great joy in being part of a learning community where I can support students to develop a love of learning and have the tools to pursue excellence in all that they do.