Getting to know Mrs Melissa Berg
For those who do not know me, I’ve been working at General Gordon since 2015. My two daughters have both come to Kindy at General Gordon and both had wonderful Kindy years. I am told regularly by both girls that; “it’s not fair that I get to stay at Kindy, when they must go to school!” It is such a wonderful place to work with a lovely sense of belonging and community.
I have been teaching for the past 16 years and have worked in various Kindergarten and Preparatory settings. I helped develop the Kindergarten at Sheldon College and worked extensively in the Prep and Kindergarten areas there. I was also team leader in Kindy and worked closely with the Early Years Framework. In 2016, I received a National Excellence in Teaching Award. Prior to teaching I was a Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse at the RBH, a very heavy ward but I believe it helped develop important skills that I use daily in my teaching.
The Kindergarten year is such an important year, filled with discovery and joy as your child works and plays in an environment that is warm, safe and challenging. The program is carefully developed to encourage independence, self-confidence and group cooperation through large group, small group and one-to-one participation in a variety of hands-on, interactive experiences. Each day we incorporate literacy, language, numeracy, gross motor, fine motor skills, social and emotional skills, freedom to be creative and investigate.
I believe a child’s success is based on a cooperative parent/teacher relationship and I feel my strongest contribution to teaching so far has been focusing on children as individuals and encouraging all children to fulfil their ideas creatively and nurture their love of learning. Continually nurturing children’s love of learning through exploration and discovery in a natural setting designed to engage children’s curiosity and imagination.
To keep up with the Kindergarten children and my own, I enjoy running and tennis. I feel very privileged to be looking after your young children, guiding them in their learning journey.