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 our 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
Working alongside Mim in the Year 3/4 class is Eylish Hodgins teaching on Mondays. For more information about Eylish, please visit our Drama and Music page.
Carolyn MacDonald currently works as the Year 3/4 Education Assistant alongside Mim. She began her Kerry Street journey in February 2013, and quickly became a pivotal member of our community.
Prior to working in the Education field, Carolyn worked as a Registered Nurse, but wanted a change of scenery, and it is evident in her interactions with students and staff that she has found her place. Her nursing skills however, have not been put to rest, she can be an extremely handy person to have around for First Aid emergencies.
“I love working with students because of the opportunity to be part of the amazement and joy that comes from their learning and discovery.”Carolyn MacDonald
Carolyn believes that learning should incorporate a good balance of play-based exploration in both small and whole-group sessions, and that it should also include a sense of safety, community and a big dose of humour.