After extensive interviews with amazing mentors from across the East Coast, we are delighted to introduce the following facilitators that will launch Alithia's Full Program as of July 2019. Friday is known as our "workshop day" which is more flexible with mentors. Every day will include two Alithia Co-Educators working along-side these coordinators in a three hour block each (9am - 12pm and 12pm- 3pm). Alithia Co-Educators are volunteer parents on a set roster, with training and checks, who will bring in their skills and qualifications to run additional workshops.
Tuesday and Wednesday Program:
Brony (Arts Therapist/Educator)
"I have worked with children from Kindergarten through to Year 12, encompassing Primary, Secondary and Special Education Schools. My seven-year career as a teacher has been diverse; from supporting students with intellectual differences to students to youth ‘excluded’ from mainstream schooling due to behavioural challenges. I can see the disconnect that our youth are facing, and the continual pressures they are experiencing from our current schooling systems. My ten-year career as a Paramedic allowed me to interact on a daily basis with people from various cultures and social demographics".
Brony holds qualification in a range of therapy, including holistic counselling, and currently runs Self-Empowerment Programs for children. Her way of communicating creates mutual respect between children and mentor, and empowers children to make responsible choices. Brony's work has showed her ability to help children build deep connections (with self, nature and others). The Alithia Board were inspired by Brony's past experiences encouraging creative thinking and hands-on-projects with children, and her recognition of for innovation, holistic development, and a democratic environment. We are very excited to have Brony on board!
You can read about a Typical Day at Alithia here
Rachel Faith (Educator & Drama Teacher)
‘I am a primary and high school educator with twenty years of experience (thirteen in schools). I especially enjoyed my role as tutor for indigenous children in the Norta Norta program and support-unit teacher with children of various needs. However, upon repeatedly witnessing the great apathy of children in schools and the dis-engagement from their natural passion and wonderment of learning, I became disenchanted with the education system. I stepped onto a pathway of discovering a new different way of learning - inspired by ‘Walker Learning’. This pedagogy focuses on intrinsic motivation, creativity, empowering children with decision-making, problem-solving and leadership, with a focus on emotional and social health. I also began tutoring homeschoolers at the same time. I believe that through the seeds of play, joy, creativity and discovery, we foster curiosity in our children and watch the sprouting of life-long learning at a deeper level with delightful sprinkles of laughter along the way.’
Rachel has facilitated Drama programs for ten years with children involved in all the roles of producing a Play - script writing, costumes/props, stage management, effects. Rachel invites community members with specialised knowledge, e.g, lighting/sound engineers, to assist. Rachel co-founded a local learning hub for homeschoolers, where she facilitates Drama and Creative Writing courses. Rachel supports children to lead activities seeing the great value in peer mentoring. Rachel home-educates her children with a focus on their interests, themed activities, hands-on skill development, fun, building confidence and resilience.
Elintari (Nature Academy Mentor and Early Educator)
Elintari is a mentor from Nature Academy and has worked with 6-12 year olds on Wild Camps, 4-8 year olds at Bush Kindy and various ages at the Nature Playgroups. Her skills and interests include: fire craft and cooking, whittling, weaving lomandra grass, creating bush swings and slack lines, recreation, arts, permaculture gardening, imagination and hands-on building in nature. Elin fosters a deeper connection with nature through child led play and exploration.
Elin has worked as a facilitator in Out of Hours Care at Thornbury Primary School. In this program she offered movement or yoga postures to calm the mind or emotions and drew on her mindfulness training. She further assisted in helping the children to manage difficult emotions and social interactions. Elin is Steiner educated and an experienced and qualified early child-hood educator. Elin ran a full-day at Alithia during Term 1.
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Support Mentor
Ben (Makers-Space Mentor: design, robotics, music, STEM)
While Ben was raising his 15 year old daughter, he began to see the disengagement in schools and wished to inspire interest. He worked as a Student Learning Support Officer at Bowraville Central School. He ran a Makerspace where he designed and implemented learning opportunities for students from Kindergarten to Year 10. Some of these skills included: 3d printing, Construction, Electronics, Robotics, Music and Multimedia (STEM).
Ben has experience and qualifications in Architectural Design, drafting, Town Planning, Permaculture Design and Horticulture. Ben and his daughter were part of the Yarrahapinni choir and he is interested in sharing his love of singing, Ukulele and Djembe drums throughout his day.
Substitute / Casuals / Future Mentors
UpsideDown Fitness Instructor, Circus, Aerial skills, Yoga, and Healthy Development. Lara ran a full-day at Alithia during Term 1 and has been requested by the kids and parents alike.
From the Blog
Alithia Learning runs a range of child-led programs designed for 5 to 12 year-olds. The defining characteristics of our programs are positive communication and freedom to learn.
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