After extensive interviews with amazing mentors from across the East Coast, we are delighted to introduce the following facilitators as of July 2020.
Tuesday - Friday:
Kylie Wauchope (Head Mentor)
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!
This role will be shared with Camilla Ticehurst who is also currently running Alithia Junior's Nature, Art and Mindfulness Programs and ran numerous programs, 3 days per week, at Alithia in Term 1.
Pinar O'Connor (Youth Mentor | Yoga Teacher)
Alice (Environmental Education | Camp Creative)
Bonnie Nilsson (Therapist | Music Teacher)
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.
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.
Thursday Program Support (TBC)
Bronya Marillier (Educator | Volunteer Parent)
Tue - Fri Support
Innica (Facilitator | Fitness)
Innica supports children to find the expression of their natural gifts and creativity in a calm and nurturing way. Innica facilitates groups to settle or regulate the nervous systems so the body mind functions are operating in optimal states. Innica's work has shown that technique, creative workshops, play, and building trust to settle nervous systems, are the key for rapid growth and embodied presence. Innica is also a yoga and fitness instructor, as well as facilitates body movement and dance. Innica holds a degree in communications, and extensive training and experience that includes somatic therapy, meditation and life coaching.
Lara (Facilitator | Fitness)
Substitute / Casual / Future Mentors
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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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