Having worked in the space of Early Education for 7 years. Catalina’s passion for working with children was sparked long ago, when she was a tiny tot herself.
With a Bachelor in Primary Education from the University of Technology Sydney, Catalina first joined Greenwood Rose Bay in 2015 as our Preschool Room Leader.
Let’s get to know Catalina
- My favourite weekend pastime…listening to Spanish music with my family and friends.
- My favourite childhood memory…celebrating my very first Christmas in Australia at the age of 3 with my cousins.
- My fussiest vegetable growing up…was and still is, broccoli.
- My mentor in life… my parents. Arriving in Australia and non-English speaking, my parents worked to give my brother and I the very best opportunities in life. They taught me to be strong, always work hard and to pick myself up and try again.
- Playing in the sandpit or craft corner…craft corner! I love any opportunity to exercise my imagination.
What inspired you to work in Early Childhood Education?
I was eleven years old when my younger brother, Sebastian started Speech Pathology Therapy. Sitting on the other side of the glass window, and watching him learn to pronounce words correctly, not only sparked my desire to help him with his school work. I realised I wanted to make a difference in the lives of other children.
Share something about yourself, that we may not already know!
Hola! I was born in Chile and came to Australia when I was 3 years old. My family is a melting pot of cultures, from Greek, Bangladesh, Lau to Chilean. You can imagine how amazing our family lunches are.
What do you find most rewarding working in Early Education?
Hearing the appreciation of my parents when they discover their child has learnt a new skill or engaged in a new experience. To know that we are playing such an important role in shaping a child’s life is extremely motivating.
What do you think is most special about Greenwood?
The most critical years of a child’s brain development and learning occurs in the first five years. Our G Learning Curriculum sets the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Every child is given the opportunity to develop their sense of identity whilst engaging in authentic and stimulating learning experiences.
Which G Learning Curriculum resonates most with you?
Why is learning through play so important for our little ones?
Learning through play nurtures a child’s motor skills and sense of imagination. Play allows a child to organically explore their curiosities, engage with others, problem solve, try new things and extend on their previous learnings. When a child is aware that they can do more, their confidence develops and so does their character. Play based learning is critical in the shaping of emotionally resilient and confident children.
Book a tour of Rose Bay and meet Catalina today!
For any other questions please contact our Support Team on 1300 947 336.