Wendy joined the College in 2012 and is passionate about curriculum, pedagogy, professional growth and quality learning and teaching. Wendy has taught in early years classrooms and in universities and has conducted research on supporting educations and engaging children in ethical decision-making around sustainability issues. In recognition of her achievements, Wendy was recently awarded the Australian Council for Educational Leaders WA Teacher Leader Award for Excellence.
Why do you teach?
I am so lucky because teaching is not just my job; it is also my passion. The children I work with everyday inspire me. They are rich with wonder and curiosity and this makes my job easy. I see my job as building on their existing knowledge and helping them learning about who they are and the world around them.
The quality relationships between educators, children, families and community is what makes Wesley a special place for me. I think we build a real sense of belonging and this in turn creates our wonderfully rich and holistic learning environment.
What is the most important life lesson you want students to get from their year with you?
My aim to ignite children’s imaginations and instil a love of learning in them all. My hope is that all children view themselves as confident and involved learners who are capable of posing their own questions and solving problems.
How do you ensure each student learns how to learn?
It is a team effort. I work with an amazing Early Learning Team. We make it our priority to build nurturing relationships with every child in our care. We create a positive learning environment and uphold high expectations for each child and their learning journey. We make children’s learning visible in the classroom and use ‘learning intentions’ and ‘I can statements’ to describe what the children will be able to do as a result of the learning and teaching activities. We also have regular reflection meetings to consider what we have learnt, share ideas and ask questions. It is impressive to think that our young Pre-primary children are already setting their own personal learning goals.