Why did you decide to become an early childhood educator?
Because I have the passion for working with children. I think that early childhood educators are some of the most important people in setting children up for life. From education through to everyday activities, we help to teach children. We are also there when they need someone to talk to or to run around with in the yard. It’s a dream!
What was your favourite subject at school, and why?
My favourite school subject was drama. I have been involved in theatre since I was child – my first production was when I was five (The Wizard of Oz). Theatre has always been my creative outlet and I use the skills I learned in drama with the children during dramatic play, or when my ‘twin sister’ comes in and raps to the children (it’s me with my hat turned backwards!).
What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned from the children you work with?
No two children are ever the same. The joy of finding out what they are capable of, in their own time and space, is a very exceptional thing. You need to adapt the activities you have for teaching to suit each individual learning style. It’s a challenge, but it is one of the joys of working with children and learning from them.