Hello, I’m Jacey!
To say that creative and performing arts are a passion of mine is an under-statement! I went to high school at John Curtin College of the Arts and then studied Drama and Visual Art at Edith Cowan University. I later attended Murdoch University and graduated with a Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education.
While at Murdoch, I travelled to Kunming, China, and taught at Beanstalk International Bilingual School under the New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program. The experience was life-changing in that it allowed me to see the International Baccalaureate Curriculum in full swing and gave me lots of experience with English as Second Language students. And in the fourth year of my teaching degree, I was chosen as an intern and taught the Pre-Primary class at Bertram Primary School.
In 2019, I was incredibly fortunate to start working at Kerry Street in a part-time capacity, teaching Drama and Music. I fell in love with the school and community quickly and so when former Principal Karen Kennedy asked me to stay, I couldn’t say no! I now teach our school’s Year 1/2 class full-time and love having a small class in which every student’s voice is heard and valued.
As a teacher, I place a large emphasis on meeting my students’ needs as individuals and creating meaningful relationships with every child in the school. I use my silly sense of humour to make learning entertaining and keep kids engaged. Our classroom is always one with lots of laughter!
I have fully embraced the Inquiry-based approach used here at Kerry Street. It’s a fact that children have a natural curiosity about life and it is my aim as their teacher, therefore, to capture that curiosity and facilitate meaningful learning experiences. I find that Inquiry-based pedagogy helps students to become fully realised participants within their community.
One thing that makes Kerry Street kids unique is their genuine concern for the world’s people and our environment. Our students have an investment in making our school, community and country a better place for everyone. In the Year 1/2 class, our students drive the learning experience by participating in goal-orientated projects that link with their interests and many of our goals are geared towards creating safe spaces for animals and educating the community on issues we consider important.
“I am so thankful to be a part of a wonderful team here at Kerry Street and am excited to see our school continue to grow and make a positive impact within our community. Oh, the places we will go!”Jacey Long