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Kindy

Kindy

Kindy

 

I’ve been employed at Tuntable Falls Community School since late 2017 and I love the balance (work-life) that this community embraces and encourages. A work place that practices mindfulness and challenges the status-quo is exactly where I want to be.

I was, and still am, in a way, the kind of kid that wanted to do everything. When asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I had many replies – vet, ranger, eco-tourist guide, environmental scientist, performing artist….It’s a tricky question to ask children – you can only choose from what you know….and there’s so much out there we don’t know. Choosing teaching has taken me around Australia, connected me with inspiring people, challenged my whole being and kept me in touch with my inner-child.

I am qualified to teach Kindergarten to Year 10. I started my Bachelor of Education at ACU in Brisbane. After two years, I became disillusioned with the education system and ended up travelling around Australia for two years on the harvest trail. I ended up in Perth and completed my studies at ECU. As of July, 2019 I have 9 years of teaching experience.

The following schools and Professional Learning have shaped the way I learn (and teach). I strive to learn something from whom ever I meet.

Looma Remote Community School, Kimberley, W.A – Art/Drama Teacher; High School Maths and Cooking; Morning Fitness Co-ordinator

Millner Primary School, Darwin, N.T – Transition (Kindy) Teacher; Science/Garden Teacher; Year 1/ 2 Teacher; Rock and Water; Deep Democracy

Nhulunbuy Primary School, Arnhem Land, N.T – Transition Teacher; KWLA Play-based Learning

Girraween Primary school, Rural Darwin, N.T – Drama Teacher; Learning Support Teacher; Year 2 Teacher; ALEA Conference; Creative Writing

Tuntable Falls Community School, Nimbin, N.S.W – Year 1/2/3 Teacher; Kindy Teacher; Writer’s Festival

 

I aim to take a common sense approach with communication (and education) in this digital age…and Dale Carnegie’s advice resonates with me:

-sincere interest

-heartfelt empathy

-honest appreciation – affirming the good

-connect and take interest in individual needs (core desires) and interests

-listen longer

 

I am grateful to be at Tuntable Falls Community School - a unique place, where we learn, work and play together.

 

Jesicca McCaul