Hello dear parents and students! My name is Fiona and I was born in Melbourne. I am 37 years old and I live with my husband and our four lovely children-two boys and two girls aged 11, 9, 7, and 5. We are an active family who enjoy hiking, raising chickens and spending time exploring nature. Personally, I also love reading, cooking, and of course teaching English!
My educational journey began in the year 2000 when I completed VCE at a private girls’ school, achieving a final study score of 97.45 including 49/50 for English. My strengths were writing essays, spelling, debating and grammar. I continued on to the University of Melbourne where I completed a Bachelor of Commerce. I have enjoyed working in various local and international industries and roles, however following the births of my children, I decided to retrain and follow my passion in working with children, especially those with languages other than English. Thus began my career in English teaching. In May 2019 I obtained a Level 5 TEFL Certificate and became qualified to teach English as a second language. Over the past year I have tutored around 200 students, focusing on reading, writing, speaking and pronunciation with primary aged children, ranging from 4 to 12 years old.
Of course we all understand that success in English is very important for life, but with young children, their success lies with a patient, encouraging and enthusiastic educator. When a child trusts and likes their tutor, they will feel relaxed and confident to try their best! In my classes I like to utilise a range of methods to ensure the child has fun while completing the required tasks. Songs, stories, real life examples and educational games can all enhance a child’s learning experience. I always check understanding with comprehension questions and try to expand the courseware with further discussion to improve the child’s critical thinking and life knowledge.
At home, my children and I also speak a second language (Russian), so I certainly understand the challenges faced by families where English may not be a native language. We can overcome most of these problems with patience, persistence and empathy. We must also remember that academic achievements are not the only aspect to a great education. A balanced attitude to life, together with social awareness is equally as important and valuable in the life of a child. This must be provided from a stable, mature and culturally sensitive perspective.
I believe success in life must also include community contribution, so I regularly volunteer my time to help at my childrens’ school and at our Church. I teach Sunday school lessons to a large group of children every month. I love working with children and learning from one another. I love watching them grow and develop, and helping them to become well balanced individuals. I look forward to meeting you and your children, and sharing a precious learning journey together.