Ailey, Carmel

Carmel

Learning Enhancement Director

Before joining CMS in 2002, I worked in Education Queensland, providing support for students with literacy and numeracy difficulties. I began teaching in 1976, and, apart from having time off to raise my own children, have been involved in education in a range of roles.

I chose to work with CMS because I was looking for a more individualised approach to education, especially for students with additional needs. The Montessori philosophy resonates with what I believe about children’s development:  children learn in their own way and at their own pace.

My role, as Director of Learning Enhancement, is to co-ordinate my dynamic team in supporting students with additional needs at CMS, including in literacy and numeracy, Dyslexia, ASD, social-emotional issues and more. I also continue to teach the students, as well.

The things I most enjoy about my work are the precious children. It is a privilege to be part of their journey, and to support them to gain the skills needed for life, and the confidence to be happy and healthy.

The main reason I was drawn to Montessori education is that each child is loved and respected for who they are, and supported to be the finest version of themselves. Their passion for learning is encouraged and the flame will continue to blaze throughout their lives.

My passions/interests include advocating for students with ASD and Dyslexia and their families. Outside of school, I love reading, walking on the beach, gardening and, most of all, spending time with my grandchildren.

Teaching at CMS has allowed me to reignite my own passions in education.

Qualifications: Certificate IV in Teacher Aide Studies, Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary), Graduate Certificate in Special Education, Diploma of Early Childhood & Primary Education (Montessori)

Service Milestone: 15 years

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