In Ashlea McClaer’s kindergarten class, children are taught to be curious and celebrate the differences amongst themselves.
The Sheldon College teacher applies a holistic approach to her teaching, supporting programs that promote the social, emotional, physical and cognitive wellbeing of each student.
Director of Early Learning Michelle Luhrmann says Ashlea draws on research regarding the impact of culture, identity and linguistic background to benefit the education of students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds in her classes.
“By extension, she creates opportunities for her students to become curious about other cultures, celebrate diversity and stimulate quality discussions about similarities and differences,” Michelle says.
“They have become critical and creative thinkers who are willing to have a go.”
Ashlea also knows that learning isn’t just for the classroom, developing strong relationships with her students’ families to best support? each child’s growth and development.
“Ashlea epitomises the pursuit of life-long learning and embraces every opportunity to deepen and extend her knowledge and understanding of best practice,” Ms Luhrmann says.
Principal Dr Lyn Bishop says Ashlea has “the most beautiful manner with her students”.
“Ashlea is a highly respected member of her team and makes a significant contribution to the educational outcomes in the Early Learning Centre,” Lyn says.
Congratulations Ashlea on your nomination.