Wendy loves teaching foundation literacy skills and uses a systematic, cumulative approach with multisensory techniques and a synthetic phonics sequence. She is always striving to set children up for success – they build their confidence by practising discrete reading and spelling skills and reading decodable texts which match each lesson.
Wendy is accredited with the Australian Dyslexia Association after completing her MSL training and practicum. She takes delight in watching her students build their self-esteem and self-efficacy with their school work.
Having long had a passion for travel and languages, she lived overseas for most of the 1990s and taught English as a Second Language in Japan, Greece and Hawaii. Settling down in Coffs Harbour in 2000, Wendy taught English part-time at the CHEC Elicos Centre and then the Coffs Coast Community College while also studying psychology at SCU. She is proud to be a life-long learner and likes chatting with our community’s lovely library staff.
Having had her own children, Wendy decided to study Early Childhood and also fell in love with the Parent and Child Group at Coffs Harbour’s Casuarina Steiner primary school. She is a Playgroup Teacher there and loves sharing stories and songs. They have beautiful messages and can also help build phonological awareness which entail important pre-literacy skills.
In her spare time, Wendy can be found drinking coffee or browsing the shelves at the library. At home, her favourite activities are laughing over delicious meals with her husband Steve and children Blake and Emily.