Taylah Griffin is Kerry Street’s Deputy of Teaching and Learning and Year 5/6 class teacher. Taylah holds a Bachelor of Education (Primary), majoring in Special Needs, and is part-way through a Master of Education in Learning Difficulties and Educational Leadership. She has a strong passion for life-long learning and is continually upskilling her knowledge and understanding, particularly in the field of Psychology, where she focuses on trauma-informed restorative care and inclusive education and intervention.
Taylah joined Kerry Street in 2019 and has quickly become a pivotal member of the team, providing our Principal Melissa Kennedy with administrative support across a wide range of business areas, and leading projects like the development of the school’s Reconciliation Action Plan. Her professional background in supporting students with complex needs makes her an empathetic and approachable member of our school’s community and a much-loved colleague and friend.
In the Year 5/6 classroom, Taylah takes care to create educational experiences in which students are accountable for their own learning, and collaborative opportunities in which students who have expertise in specific areas can teach and support their peers. The class spends their days exploring the curriculum in whole class, small group, one-on-one and individual lessons, using problem-solving strategies to investigate authentic, real-life issues.
“I love the atmosphere, culture and support of the school community here at Kerry Street. I have never felt more welcome and at home at work ever before in my life, with the community not just welcoming me, but also my family.
Progressing our school’s Reconciliation Action Plan was essential to me given my experience volunteering in a small Aboriginal community called Ali Curung, in central Northern Territory. The importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture simply cannot be overstated.”Taylah Griffin
Taylah confidently maintains, endorses and practices the philosophy that learning is holistic. It is the development of the whole person – their physical, emotional and social well-being, and not just the cognitive and linguistic attitudes of a child – that contributes to the acquisition of knowledge and becoming strong, vibrant and active members of society. She aims each day to provide a learning environment in which each student is able to achieve their own goals and push themselves to higher limits.
Taylah is currently on Maternity Leave until 2022. Ella Herbert, Eylish Hodgins, Caroline Colliss and Melissa Kennedy have each taken on roles within the Year 5/6 class to fill the role of class teacher. Caroline Colliss, and Tiahn Fitzhardinge also provide support as Education Assistant. Taylah has continued to fill the role of Deputy in an offsite capacity.
Ella Herbert teaches the Year 5/6 classroom on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Ella holds a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education from the University of Notre Dame, and has many years of experience working with children from birth to Year 7. She has developed a deep passion for inquiry and nature-based education; this aligns closely with Kerry Street’s educational values.
Ella aims to create an inclusive classroom where students are encouraged to pursue their interests and passions, nurturing students’ holistic development. She believes that a collaborative learning environment provides many wonderful opportunities for students to discuss, share and learn. Ella supports her students by creating an environment where students are capable beings, who are allowed to make mistakes. An environment that encourages students to be authentic learners and always try their best. Ella’s background is in early childhood education, and she has a passion for the Rudolf Steiner philosophy, making her a compassionate, kind and caring teacher.
Eylish Hodgins fills the role of Year 5/6 class teacher on Wednesdays and Fridays, whilst maintaining her role as Drama and Music Specialist Teacher on Thursdays. For more information about Eylish, please visit our Drama and Music page.
Caroline Colliss fills many roles within the Year 5/6 class including class teacher on Thursday afternoons, and Education Assistant on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Caroline also maintains the role of Italian and Art Specialist throughout the school. To read more about Caroline, please visit our Visual Arts Program page.
Tiahn Fitzhardinge joined the Kerry Street team in Term 3, 2021 and works on Tuesdays and Thursday across the K/PP and Year 5/6 class. To read more about Tiahn, please visit our K/PP Class page.