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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.

STEM Leader – March 2021

Posted on February 28th, 2021 in the category(s) STEM leaders

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.

STEM Leader – February 2021

Posted on January 30th, 2021 in the category(s) STEM leaders

Hayley Drennan

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

STEM Leader – January 2021

Posted on December 30th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM leaders

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.

STEM Leader – December 2020

Posted on November 30th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM leaders

Shanika Dantanarayana

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.

STEM Leader – November 2020

Posted on October 30th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM leaders

Ashlea McClear

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.

STEM Leader – October 2020

Posted on September 30th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM leaders

Tania Loro-Montin

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.

STEM Leader – September 2020

Posted on August 31st, 2020 in the category(s) STEM leaders

Cate Halbert smiling

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.

STEM Leader – August 2020

Posted on July 29th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM leaders

Yuji Ono

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…

STEM Leader – July 2020

Posted on June 24th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM leaders

Amber Porter

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.

STEM Leader – June 2020

Posted on May 30th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM leaders

Carreen Long - Preschool Coordinator at St Thomas School and Preschool

Carreen Long is Preschool Co-ordinator at St Thomas School and Preschool, the 2018 Early STEM award winner for SA. She has 30 years experience in early childhood education. Carren says when she thinks of STEM, she thinks… of wonder; fostering children’s and adults’ curiosity; children working creatively; children using their imagination; children exploring and discovering the things they are interested in; teaching resourcefulness; enhancing engagement, joy and excitement; engaging children in research; supporting children with the construction of theories; collaboration…