Jackie has been at the Fintona Early Learning Centre for the past 12 years and currently teaches the Pre-prep Young Thinkers Program for four and five year olds. She is a passionate educator and revels in the conversations she has with her children on a daily basis.
What makes the ELC so special for the students?
The sense of community. As educators we work very hard to help children and families feel that they belong and this in turn has a positive impact on their learning and wellbeing.
What do you love the most about your job?
Four-year old conversations. The wondering, the curiosity, the questions, the humour, the innocence and the knowledge.
What are you passionate about?
In my role as an early learning educator, I am passionate about creating the best conditions I can for children’s development and learning. I am an avid reader and I enjoy being up to date with the latest educational research and trends and translating some of these ideas into my practice. Being a mother myself I have had experience assessing how important early childhood has been in my own children’s development and am passionate about providing a quality program for the children at Fintona. And, of course, I’m passionate about coffee (my husband runs a coffee business).
How do you encourage kindergarten children to learn?
Viewing every child as an individual is imperative. Children come to the ELC with varying backgrounds and experiences. To establish a connection we have to respect these differences and recognise the prior knowledge that they bring to the centre. We need to truly ‘listen’ to them, observe them and from there we can create learning experiences that cater for their individual needs.
How do you like to spend your weekends and term breaks?
My husband, John and I have two teenage boys, so sport features heavily in our weekends. We also love spending time at the beach with family and friends.