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Staff Profile: Clair Wain

Clair Wain

Director of Early Years

For the past twenty years I have worked in international schools in Africa and Asia, and also in the UK, where I have had the opportunity to take on different roles and to develop my practice as a reflective and effective teacher. My pedagogy is based on the interweaving of theory and practice and I have been inspired by the Reggio Emilia Educational project as well as early childhood pioneers, such as Friedrich Froebel.

Most recently I was working at Jakarta International School, in the Kindergarten team. There I worked with colleagues to re-interpret the principles of the Reggio Emilia educational project in a the Kindergarten setting. I have led new practices and developed the pedagogical understanding of the team, through modeling practice, initiating discussions and leading projects. I was invited to be a member of the team designing our new purpose built early childhood centre. This has given me the opportunity to research and reflect on the possibilities for learning environments. To extend my understanding of an inquiry based approach to literacy within the elementary school setting, I volunteered to join the Literacy Task force. For two years I have offered workshops to local public school teachers through our Innovative Schools Program. Presenting a workshop at EARCOS 2015, Kota Kinabalu, was a wonderful context to share one of my favourite projects, which illustrated a collaboration between the classroom and the Atelier,  with other educators. Throughout my time at Jakarta International School I have especially honed my resilience, empathy and abilities to support colleagues emotionally and professionally. It was a deeply rewarding experience for me.

Over the years of teacher-researcher, I have gained a deep understanding of the principles of the Reggio Emilia pre-schools which was consolidated through visiting Reggio Emilia and participating in the International Study Group - Dialogues on Education. I have benefited from conversations with Lella Gandini and Claudia Giudici, who visited our setting and offered guidance. Meetings with Dr. Akita of Tokyo University further helped me to reflect on putting the Reggio principles into practise and I was able to make a presentation through Tokyo University. Our collaborative approach and our ongoing professional development has been of great significance to my development as a teacher.

I am a hardworking embracer of challenge, a critical thinker who leads by doing. I am a learner in its broadest sense, I read and research, I pursue activities of physical growth, I play in the outdoors. I love hiking and camping, cycling and exploring. I take personal joy from being with others, but also enjoy time to reflect by myself and I make my small personal steps towards thinking globally.