My calling to become a teacher was one which I possessed from as early as ten years old. Following that, there would be several experiences, both personal and professional, which would fuel my desire to enter a profession where I could act as a mentor to children.
As a child who battled significant learning challenges, I sought a career in early childhood education as a pathway where I could provide the same emotional guidance to children within an age group that is paramount for their development.
Throughout my high school career I was a member of The Duke of Edinburgh Award where I had countless opportunities to work with children from a wide range of educational and economic backgrounds. I was active in similar work within the practical component of my early childhood education degree.
The child-centred, enquiry based principles of the Reggio Emilia philosophy are ones which have always intrigued me because it is apparent that a child cannot be truly enabled to enquire within their surroundings, unless love is present. No child can truly reap the benefits of this philosophy unless the tools they are given for self-discovery are done so in love.
Since 2019, I have been teaching at learning centres in Hong Kong, the daily opportunities working with kindergartners' has allowed me to endorse this imperative value within my engagement with these young minds. I have found this leading to success in enabling creativity, curiosity and a desire in the child for continued learning.
A child at heart, I have been commended for my loving and energetic engagement with children, and I have found this has led to great success in the pupil's learning, where acquisition has taken place in an environment that embodies positive energy. I so look forward to being part of your own child's growth, with the astounding philosophy of Reggio Emilia at the centre of it all.