We believe in celebrating diversity. We believe in respectful relationships. We believe in equality.
Sparkt is working towards positive change in Australian schools. We celebrate the individual. We believe children have an innate desire to learn. We believe every child has special gifts, talents and passions.
The school years should be a time of exploring and sharing gifts and talents and nurturing and developing each child’s unique, individual needs.
Through a positive education experience, we believe each child has the opportunity to:
- develop a deep self-love
- discover and develop their gifts and passions
- learn of their responsibility to others
- share their gifts and give back to the world
Sparkt will help your school to be a community based on respectful relationships. We believe children and their families need to be supported by caring, nurturing, respectful role models.
We create policy, workshops and in-service education for students, parents/caregivers, educators and coaches.
We will help your school or organisation to:
- Move towards an holistic, balanced program acknowledging the mind, body and spirit.
- Develop a student driven curriculum; an individualized education program for each child in your school which is child led and developmentally appropriate.
- Deliver a purpose driven, experience based curriculum which fully engages children and draws on and develops their innate, intrinsic motivation to learn.
- Work from a shared leadership philosophy to develop a just and equal environment so that all may prosper and thrive; students, parents/caregivers and educators.
- Work from a strengths based model of education; promoting positivity, gratitude and appreciation for our world.
- Intertwine play, imagination, creativity, collaboration, questioning and thinking for oneself.
- Move from discipline to nurturing and scaffolding respectful relationships amongst all.
- Support students in the discovery and development of their unique gifts and passions.
I am a primary teacher, beginning my career in 1993 and reside in Brisbane. During my teaching career I taught mostly in the early years and became active in leadership roles with experience in the development of social skills programs, a School English Program and creating and delivering curriculum update seminars. I also lead an Early Years Committee involving teachers from various schools in the area.
After ten years of full time teaching in primary classrooms I changed direction to raise our three beautiful children, Hannah 14, Emily 11 and Luke aged 8. During that time my husband and I built a small business in building industry delivering new homes and renovations. Through our business I have gained experience in administration, marketing, HR and design.
Over the last eight years I have enjoyed organizing and running a yearly fundraiser in memory of my father. The Cure Cancer Lunch has grown from an initial 40 guests to 200 this year. Samuel Johnson of Love Your Sister was our key speaker this year and we have raised nearly $60 000 over the years for cancer research. We have donated to the Cure Cancer Foundation, the Garvan Foundation as well as people needing assistance with funding for cancer treatment.
My passion for systemic change in the education system began initially with my own children attending primary school. In 2013 I was invited to become a member of our School Board and one of our tasks was designing a master plan. I was absolutely inspired by the thought of creating a school that worked for everyone. Since that time I have visited numerous schools around the country that I believe are providing a holistic education in order to research best practice. I would love to continue this research and am looking into grants that I can apply for to help fund this.
I returned to teaching in 2013 in a part time capacity, working in Learning Support with small groups of children. This experience changed my beliefs about how best to teach young children. In 2015, I was asked to take on a year two class with a high number of children with special needs in Booval, a low socio-economic suburb of Brisbane. I decided I could no longer teach what was required as in all honesty I strongly believe that the National Curriculum is a one-size-fits-all approach to learning and is not developmentally appropriate for young children. I believe it is damaging a large number of children. I chose to change to relief teaching during 2016 in order to put my efforts into Sparkt.