Alithia Mentors 2019-2020

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.

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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


Thursday Program

Lara Freeman (Fitness & Health Development)

Lara is a professional fitness facilitator and has been developing Upside Down Fitness program at Alithia in addition to Youth Networks and Home School environments. Her background as a Circus Coach, Personal Training and group exercise instruction for over 18 years sets the foundation of her newest facilitation qualifications: Inspired Kids Yoga and Yin Yoga.
Upside Down Fitness is a mix of Circus skills, Gymnastics, Yoga, Tai Chi, Dance, Games and Relaxation to create a holistic and fun approach to exercise and a tool to demonstrate the links between healthier choices through activities as a link to stress management and self-regulation.
Activities like aerobic dance routines, juggling, gymnastic drills, yoga sequences, and breathing & relaxation help develop fine motor skills, coordination, concentration, trust, teamwork and confidence.

Friday Program 

Mary Flaskas (Literature & Fine Arts Educator) & Substitute

Mary Flaskas has many years' experience in education and training, working with young people in school and vocational settings and with people with intellectual disability in the provision of training and support in independent living. She has degrees in Literature and Fine Arts, Graduate Diplomas in Education and Community Development and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
Recently, her work has focused on delivering training to a range of professionals around inclusivity and diversity, more specifically, around the support needs of LGBTIQ+ young people in schools.
Mary is passionate about art and poetry and loves gardening, cooking, pilates, yoga and dancing. She speaks Greek (and cooks a mean spinach and cheese pie).

Thursday and Friday  Support Mentor

Ben (Design, Robotics, Music & Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics (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.


Friday Program Music Workshop

9.30am - 10.30am: Bonnie Nilsson (Music Teacher/Therapist)

Qualified music teacher, Music therapist & Composer, Bonnie fills the room with laughter and musical games, flowing from sitting-down activities to rhythmic-movement as she reads the needs of the group, encouraging them to throw in requests and ideas.

Bonnie uses the Sol-Fa method of teaching, which easily translates across to reading music and uses the white board to visualise bars of music, her training as a therapist enables her to to recognise the natural ebb and flow of restlessness that children have; by working with this flow, the group remain intensely engaged.

Substitute / Casuals / Future Mentors

Michael Jarrett

Michael Jarrett:  

Language and Culture Mentor / Educator

Michael is currently working full-time for the language centre and will join us for one full day every month. You can read his bio here

See our full mentor list here

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