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Olivia Thomas, Anna Copping & Kathia Martin

Olivia Thomas

Olivia is an Early Years educator with a background across child care, kindergarten and school settings. She currently works at Penola Primary as a coordinator of quality teaching and learning.  Olivia leads the learning of teachers from the early to primary years through her work as Early Years Coach, with a focus on playful literacies. She is passionate about developmentally appropriate practice and allowing children time to construct their understanding of the world, particularly through play. 

Anna Copping

Anna is an experienced educator who has taught Foundation to Year 7, however, her passion is in Early Years education, playful pedagogies and student well-being.  She currently teaches a Foundation/Year 1 class, as well as holding the role of Intervention and Student Well-being Coordinator.  Anna believes that working collaboratively with children and their families is key to children’s success and that the role of educators is to develop the whole child – social/emotional, academic, intellectual and physical.

Kathia Martin

Kathia Martin is a kindergarten teacher in an Integrated Early Childhood Centre in Penola. She has been passionate about implementing and mentoring other educators to embed bookmaking into everyday practices and to make it inviting and accessible to all children. Her other passion is outdoor learning environments, using loose parts and the natural environment to ignite children's curiosity to wonder, question, problem solve and develop deep thinking.

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