28 Aug

Recently our Learning Support teacher, Jo Hirst was nominated and elected to become a member of the Learning Difficulties Australia Council.

Learning Difficulties Australia brings together teachers and other industry professionals dedicated to assisting children with learning disabilities and difficulties. The organisation promotes and supports effective teaching practices based on scientific research, both in the classroom and through individualised instruction. It also aims to ensure all children are getting the resources and support they need to learn effectively.

Jo Hirst – Learning Support Teacher
Jo has been working at St Peter’s Woodlands both as a teacher and in Learning Support for the past four years. Her background in the disability industry and as a classroom teacher has seen Jo develop a rich and thorough understanding of how best to assess and identify learning difficulties in children. Her skills in developing learning interventions to support children, their parents and teachers is an invaluable resource for the school.

Building Industry Connections
After building a strong relationship with Dr Lorraine Hammond through the school’s partnership with the Let’s Decode literacy program, Lorraine nominated Jo to be on the council. Jo has since been elected as a member to share her expertise and knowledge as a front-line Learning Support teacher for ELC to primary school aged children. Her experience will inform important work as the organisation continues to research and develop learning programs for children.

Looking Forward
Congratulations Jo, for having your important hands-on work recognised and affirmed by industry leaders. We have no doubt this appointment will be a terrific opportunity to collaborate with industry professionals, innovate and continue your work in developing great resources for our children.

Article by Demelza Cadwallader, Marketing and Communications Coordinator