Passionate About Inspiring Others
My name is Michelle but I have been called many other names over the years like Miss Michelle, Shell, Shelly, Teacher, Mum and a personal favourite from a wonderful little toddler...'Mahole'.
Throughout my 20 plus years working with children and Educators I am still amazed every day by young children and those who choose to learn alongside them. I believe we can not expect children to learn unless we continue the learning Journey ourselves.
My career began in a long day care setting as a Group Leader in a Toddler room, it was here I realised just how unique every child was and how much more I would need to learn as well as my Diploma! I continued the Journey as Group Leader for many years and spent time with all age groups which was fulfilling and rewarding. Before long I wanted to Manage a centre and use all I had learned to encourage other Educators and families. As Director of a long day centre for many years I then assisted in building and managing a new service which was a wonderful experience. Again I felt the need to help more people so I entered the corporate world and was a Regional Manager which saw me looking after 10 childcare services. This still didn't seem enough so before long I made the move to Melbourne and took on the role of Quality & Curriculum Manager and was lucky enough to assist and support over 30 services and their teams.
As Im a bit of a beach fan (I know you cant tell with my skin!) I moved back to sunny Queensland and felt it was time to broadan my horizons further. This new change in direction led me to Project Management and Businees Analyst roles eventually leading to Consulting where I finally found where Im meant to be.
As I have a thirst for knowledge and am constantly curious I have been very fortunate within my career to travel to Boulder, Colorado where some immediate friendships were developed with the team at Boulder Journey School. I have attended conferences in New Zealand, Malaysia and in 2013 finally went to Reggio Emilia, Italy which was a profoundly moving experience.
I started Sustainable Childcare Consultancy in 2015 as I saw a growing need to assist Educators and services to meet the National Quality Standards and enhance the learning opportunities for everyone involved in caring for and educating young children. Using my experience, qualifications and natural curiosity to learn I have developed a range of presentations and workshops which will support you in your role.