STEM leaders

Educators speak to Little Scientists about their passion for STEM education in early childhood and how they integrate STEM learning in their services. A new STEM leader will be featured each month.

Nicole Lonergan

STEM leader – March 2021

With seven years’ experience in early childhood education, Nicole focuses on child-led learning and outdoor play, which is very important to her as she feels this is a great space for children to explore a wide range of concepts, ideas and interests as they emerge.

Hayley Drennan

STEM leader – February 2021

Hayley Drennan is currently working as a kindergarten teacher in an integrated 3- to 5-year room at Saltwater Childcare Centre in Footscray, Melbourne. With 16 years’ experience in early childhood education, Hayley focuses on blending the magic of both left- and right-brain thinking by meshing drama with STEAM…

Margaret Chua

STEM leader – January 2021

Margaret Chua, Nominated Supervisor and Teacher at Patterson Lakes Kindergarten in Victoria, has been working in early childhood education for almost 11 years. Her professional focus is on STEM exploration and social inclusion, her approach inspired by Reggio Emilia…

Shanika Dantanarayana

STEM leader – December 2020

Shanika says, I do not think there could be early childhood education without STEM. Even before truly unpacking STEM, there will always be STEM throughout your daily interactions and learning without even noticing. Children are born curious and full of wonder it is only natural to support that curiosity…

Ashlea McClear

STEM leader – November 2020

Ashlea loves looking at the world and hypothesising about an idea or question posed by the children is at the core of STEM exploration. She enjoys engaging the children in experimentation using the inquiry cycle and to observe their pride when they have achieved an outcome…

Tania Loro-Montin

STEM leader – October 2020

Tania loves researching and creating new STEM learning opportunities for her students. She also loves being creative and bringing out each child’s inner artist through different art experiences that focus on the process and encourage individuality…

Cate Halbert smiling

STEM leader – September 2020

Cate Halbert believes her role as an educator is to observe the children’s interests and to listen, document and share their ideas and theories, then to provide them with the materials and resources that will assist, extend and spark interest…

Yuji Ono

STEM leader – August 2020

STEM leader Yugi Ono, encourages the children in his care to take the initiative to learn and discover new things, letting them lead the learning. He believes his role is to guide them through the process and to anchor important learnings in the children’s memory through conversation and reflection…

Amber Porter

STEM leader – July 2020

Amber says… I love everything related to science. As I mainly work with school-aged children, we regularly engage in advanced science explorations and experiments. We practice hypothesising about the results of an experiment and I introduce new vocabulary that provides my little scientists with the correct scientific words for what they are doing…

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