Melissa Stephens, known as Mim, is Kerry Street’s Year 3/4 class teacher Tuesday – Friday. Mim holds a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, which she completed at Edith Cowan University. Mim has many years experience in education, in a variety roles, including the delivery of social and emotional wellbeing programs and school holiday camps. Through this involvement, Mim grew a passion for ending disparity in education. Meeting many children from a variety of backgrounds, she could see that opportunities were not equal. For this reason, Mim strives to bring a holistic approach to education so children can develop all areas of themselves and be the best they can be.
Mim believes children need to enjoy academic experiences and challenges of the classroom to develop a ‘can-do’ attitude. For this reason her favourite classroom motto is “mistakes are expected, respected, investigated and corrected.” She creates learning experiences that engage children and connect to their interests, while complimenting the values of the school community.
Mim has studied Nyungar language and culture and is keen to support Kerry Street in achieving the goals in their Reconciliation Action Plan. She aims to allow children to understand the beauty, strength, spirituality and resilience of the Aboriginal culture.
“I believe connecting to the culture and language of our first people unlocks the door to understanding, which supports us moving towards reconciliation.”Mim Stephens