I began my teaching journey as a part-time tutor and Sunday School teacher before retraining professionally as an Early childhood educator at Macquarie University. Since then I have worked in a number of early childhood settings that have been inspired by play-based and Reggio Emilia practices in Australia. My previous experience, combined with my Masters’ work, has influenced my views of children, education and the role of the educator and the learning environment. I currently work with the Nursery unit in BSKL.
During my free time, I enjoy hiking and gardening. It's important to practice mindfulness and spending time with nature allows me to do that. I think that also influenced part of my teaching philosophy. I believe that early childhood is an important time to foster children’s appreciation for the environment and young children need contact with nature as a part of their growth and development (Montessori 1948a). It is also vital to instill an appreciation of the environment and the difference we can make when we care for it.
Student's happiness is evident when they feel confident, comfortable, belonged, loved, appreciated and at ease with themselves and others, including the teachers within the classroom and school environment. At BSKL we strive to explore ways and means for us teachers to create positive and caring classrooms that enhance individual student happiness.