From a very young age Diane knew she wanted to become a teacher just like her mum.
After completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Education in 2006 she began working in a Primary School, in Melbourne’s South Eastern Suburbs, as a classroom teacher. Teaching in all areas of the school and holding a number of leadership positions over 14 years, Diane quickly realised the importance of knowing the whole child and how important it was to build relationships with each individual. She also learnt that learning and teaching was not the same for every child and a lot needed to be considered when planning curriculum and lessons. The student’s wellbeing, their family and culture, their learning styles, their ability to express themselves and their interests.
Diane began to research many different theorists and ways of teaching and learning from all around the world. She learnt about how to obtain school funding to help assist children in the classroom and attended many Professional Development sessions building her understandings. With all of this knowledge obtained it led her to rewrite the Junior School Curriculum adding in ‘Play’ and ‘Project Based Learning’ for two hours each day. This program became known as Discovery Time. Discovery time puts the whole child at the centre and allows each individual to learn at their own rate and pace. It also puts emphasis on the children building on their own interests allowing them to explore, create, investigate and play. This curriculum is now a huge part of the school that Diane works at and has been taught now for over 8 years. Wanting to explore and research student wellbeing and the notion of play in children further led Diane to complete her Certificate in Play Therapy Studies through the Centre for Play Therapy.
With Diane’s experience in the school setting and now in completing her Play Therapy training it has helped increase her passion and highlighted the importance of working with young children as soon as possible to ensure they are given the tools and intervention needed to succeed in life.
Diane is really looking forward to bringing Play Therapy into a school setting and having the wonderful opportunity to be able to do this working for the Centre for Play Therapy as part of the Victorian team.
- Bachelor of Education, Monash (2005)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Play Therapy, C4PT (2020)
- Associate Member, Play Therapy Practitioners Association (PTPA)