Tomatis® Practitioner Level 1
I have extensive experience with teaching and special education; Wellington College of Education Diploma of Teaching, Reading Recovery, Bachelor of Education in Special and Inclusive Education, Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching with Distinction in Learning and Behaviour.
Ever since I began my teaching career in the 1980’s as a scale A teacher I have been deeply committed to making a difference for all students and have continued to hold that belief close to my heart.
Over the years I have had the opportunity and privilege to work in several primary schools throughout the Wellington area holding a variety of positions including Associate Principal in two of these schools. I have also trained and taught Reading Recovery in one of the schools. I worked at Te Kura (The Correspondence School) as a Scale A Teacher in Learning Support for two years. I then held the positions of Team Leader, Central South, and then Curriculum Leader for Special Education, Central South before we moved to Taranaki.
During the first few years in Taranaki, I was a Supplementary Learning Support Teacher, working with students, teachers, and their families in several different schools in south Taranaki. I then became a Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching with Distinction in Learning and Behaviour. It was during my time in Taranaki that I first heard about and became interested in TOMATIS. Through my work as an RTLB I was always looking for alternative and non-invasive ways to support students with their learning and behavioural difficulties.
Why I work with Tomatis®
As an RTLB visiting different schools I began to hear and see evidence of the positive effects of TOMATIS programme on several of the students. I wanted to know more as this seemed to be what I was looking for, a non-invasive gentle but effective programme using music that would complement what I was already doing.
I was able to introduce TOMATIS for schools’ programme into several schools in Taranaki. Even though I have returned to Wellington and now back working part time at The Correspondence School these schools in Taranaki continue to use TOMATIS as one of their interventions. My commitment to make a difference to all students remains as close to my heart as it did when I first started teaching however, I now believe that TOMATIS is the tool that can truly make a difference.
Article published in Education Gazette:
Tuakana/Teina approach helps oral language development
Education Gazette | Tukutuku Kōrero, firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted: 5 November 2020
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