I am a primary school teacher, education consultant, PhD candidate and university lecturer passionate about the development of social and emotional skills in children so that they may achieve wellbeing, resilience and academic goals. I provide training, information and resources to teachers and parents so that they can do the same. Having started studying Psychology at school and then at university, I began my career working in recruitment. A few years in I decided it wasn't for me and studied to become a teacher, knowing I wanted to 'get psychology' into the classroom in some way.
At my first school I was introduced to a social emotional learning (SEL) program and my passion was sparked - I've since completed a Masters research thesis about effective implementation of SEL programs and am now completing my PhD researching the classroom practices most conducive to student wellbeing. Having formulated a model based on self determination theory (made to look like a pot plant, above) I am in the process of testing the model on school students and their teachers.
I am so grateful to have been mentored by educational psychologist, teacher and creator of the Bounce Back! Wellbeing and Resilience Program Dr Toni Noble, who has believed in me from the start and given me so many opportunities, as well as my PhD supervisors Professor Alex Yeung and Dr Anthony Dillon.
I understand teachers' workloads and have created workshops and resources such as 7 Steps to Thrive conversation cards and the Leaders of Tomorrow student leadership program. All make it easy to integrate the development of social and emotional skills along with academic outcomes in their lessons.
Currently I am working on a new project with two colleagues named The Whole Student. This platform will enable teachers to access both professional development and wellbeing resources for themselves and their students, both online and face to face. Follow on Instagram to stay updated with its progress!
I am the Head of Professional Development for the Bounce Back! Wellbeing and Resilience Program, presenting and/or coordinating workshops across Australia, Asia and North America. Please visit the website for more information about implementing the program at your school.
Finally, I am the proud author of the companion teacher manuals for the student wellbeing resource My Wellbeing Journals, from Teachers 4 Teachers Publications.
Please get in touch about this or with any other questions or comments; I believe that collaboration is the key to success in education, as it is in any industry.
With best wishes