Ms. Amy Lehmann is our Early Years Coordinator, an excellent professional who has been working with us the last 5 years. Ms. Amy, from Australia, is passionate about education and she has been practicing as a teacher 12 years. Now, is one of the pillars of Gresol’s team and we would like you to know more about her.
Why did you want to be a teacher?
The first degree I completed at university was a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management. When I graduated, I got my dream job as a park ranger in a coastal National Park in Victoria, Australia. In Australia there are loads National Parks and protected areas. After working in my chosen field for a while I started getting involved in Environmental Education and I saw the value of working with younger generations to create attitudes and mindsets that care for our natural environment. I worked with the Education department in a Zoo and with youth in an Outdoor Education center. I then went back to university as a mature age student to complete a Bachelor of Teaching. So basically, I first became a teacher to be part of creating a new generation of environmentally conscious citizens. My reason for being a teacher has evolved over the years, now I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
How important do you think it is to offer a good education?
I think someone’s experience at school can “make them” or “break them” so to speak. There are many versions of what a “good education” is, but I think what is most important is that a “good education” comes from school and home. There are many things we can’t teach at school. It’s a team effort between teachers and home.
What is the best methodology for children’s education?
Huh! The big question! Firstly, I think we need to show students our trust and confidence in them. Children are smarter than adults think. Teaching methodologies need to be continually evolving to cater for the world we live in. It’s not so much about teaching facts and figures any more. Now days with the internet anyone can find any information they want. We need to teach our students the skills of how to find information and then how to use that knowledge wisely. We need to create critical thinkers, problem solvers and risk takers. Teaching social skills and how to be empathetic and just being kind to one another is really important. Children need to be given agency in their own learning, they need hands on opportunities to investigate and explore. I think it’s the teacher´s job to guide their students in their learning and provide a scaffold so students go deeper in their thinking. Teachers need to spark curiosity and foster wonder, or rather maintain it. Children are naturally curious; teachers should be working with that and inspire their students to keep wanting to learn.
Oops sorry, obviously this is something I feel quite passionate about. Back to the question…the best methodology is the best methodology for that particular child. Instruction needs to be child centered and differentiated. It’s our job as educators to inspire and help our students to be the best version of themselves. They all learn differently; they all have their own experiences and ideas. I am a big fan of Project Based Learning because I think it provides varied opportunities for student learning. At Gresol we use a variety of methodologies to meet our students’ needs and it’s working really well.
What would you highlight about the education given at Gresol?
The atmosphere at Gresol is unique. We are one international family. All the children are all the teachers’ students. Each child has many adults that are looking out for them and their education. That’s pretty special. Also, the physical environment at the school is amazing, we have so much open space, trees, dirt and nature which our teachers use to provide so many learning opportunities.