I am a quaified preschool teacher, with 20 years experience working within the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. My personal philosophy of early education has evolved over the years from a thorough knowledge of child development theory and a strong desire to understand how young children think and learn. My teaching practice has been influenced significantly by three important intellectual traditions: Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences; European and American strands of Progressive Education; and, Piagetian and Vygotskian Constructivist Psychologies.
In more recent times, I have become inspired by the philosophies and practices of Reggio Emilia and Te Whariki. I believe that children learn best when ongoing opportunities are personally meaningful extensions of their own experiences, interests and investigations. Curriculum should emerge directly from the children, and children should be encouraged and supported to explore and investigate interests that they are inwardly driven to tackle. Children come to us equipped with many strengths, competencies and capabilities. There seems to be no limits to their imagination, creativity, curiosity and inquiry. They are typically learning optimists.
Prior to working within the early childhood profession, I was employed for 10 years within the Victorian secondary education sector specialising as a Biology, Environmental Science and General Science teacher. A personal passion for environmental science has led to an unwavering desire on my part, to see STEM and nature pedagogy embraced and sustained within the early childhood profession.
B.Ed. (Environmental Science)
M.Ed. (Educational Leadership E.C.)