I grew up in Sydney and now live on the Gold Coast QLD. I have four children and eight grandchildren. Yes Eight!
I have worked with children in early childhood most of my working life, as a playgroup co-ordinator, preschool group leader, swim teacher from babies to adults and people with disabilities and as a Teacher’s Aide in SEDU and Special Schools.
I currently work with families in crisis (in home care) – they might have a mental or physical challenge with either the parent or the child/ren. This is rewarding work and gives me flexibility to study.
My other interest is working with children with disabilities. Here on the Coast recently I have worked at a Special School in class and Hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy benefits these children so much as they have more freedom of movement in the water. In Sydney there is a voluntary group that has children with disabilities who play and race each other in the water. Also adults with disabilities and stroke victims (the zipper club because of the chest scar they have after open heart surgery) come and build up their strength in the water. Unfortunately I haven’t found anything similar here.
I want to be a teacher who inspires her students to be strong, confident and capable adults.
I am looking forward to this semester!