Kidbiz Personal & Social Development Education...Middle School Years

Our Team Kidz Biz Education

Wendy Hill- Director, Principal Consultant/Educator of Kidz Biz
- Bachelor of Education
- Registered Enrolled Nurse

Wendy HillI am founder, principal consultant and educator of Kidz Biz Education. A qualified teacher and registered as a nurse, I have generated widespread interest and enthusiasm among students and the teaching fraternity with my affable and engaging teaching style.

My teaching particularly focuses on primary and middle year students due to the increasing difficulties they face with puberty (both physical and on an emotional level), their vulnerability to peer group, media and social pressure and the mounting complexities associated with liberal attitudes within our society.

I have over 20 years of educating experience including classroom teaching and delivering programs as a health educator. During this time I have developed and delivered educational courses to state/private primary and secondary schools within South Australia's metropolitan, regional and outback areas.

Drawing upon my own experiences with adolescents, I have developed a strong passion, commitment and advocacy to propagating knowledge on young people's safety and well being.

With my unwavering enthusiasm, originative tutoring techniques and my ability to connect with young minds, I found my niche in contemporary and advanced personal and social development education.

In addition to my teaching background, I also have over 30 years experience within the health profession in all aspects of nursing. These highly developed skills complement my ability to create and deliver fun and interactive educational workshops to young people.

Natalia Ezergailis- Registered Nurse
- Graduate Diploma of Nursing
- Registered Counsellor
- Masters of Counselling

Natalia EzergailisAdolescence is a developmental period characterised by physiological, emotional and cognitive changes, coupled with social, academic and varying relational pressures. Not having an understanding of these changes can leave them vulnerable to insecurity, disorientation and anxiety.

I have worked professionally as a Registered Nurse for 19 years, providing services in a range of specialty areas with children, young people and adults. The aim of completing my Masters of Counselling was to combine both qualifications in order to make a greater difference to the growing number of kids and adolescents who are experiencing mounting distress around growing up and puberty. I've seen firsthand when kids and adolescents can't cope with mounting complexities around growing up today, both in hospital and private practice setting.

Both qualifications complement each other as I have the ability to connect at their level by having an understanding of issues they face, and support discussions in a safe environment.

Julie House- Bachelor of Education
- Diploma of Teaching Primary

Julie House"I think it is important that parents and children realise they are not alone in dealing with the issues of growing up. The more information young people have, the better they are equipped to make decisions and choices for their future well being."

With her passionate, friendly and approachable teaching style, Julie helps young people acquire knowledge, self-managing skills, self respect and confidence within a fun learning environment.

With her astute knowledge and experience of raising three children on her own, due to their father's untimely death, Julie is empathic with the difficulties which many parents face and the affects of outside influences.

Julie has over 30 years of educating experience including classroom teaching, managing a number of school sports teams, coaching and umpiring, assisting on school camps and chairing on various school committees. She has also had a research paper on "Girls In Education" published by DECD.

As a highly qualified public speaker, Julie facilitates  Kidz Biz Education's classroom workshops as well as the increasingly popular family evening workshops.

In her leisure time Julie enjoys handicrafts, Latin American dancing, travelling and fund raising for numerous world-wide charities, including World Families Australia Inc.

Josie Buckley- Registered Nurse
- Bachelor of Nursing
- Registered Midwife

Josie Buckley"Francis Bacon said; "knowledge is power." I agree with this belief and have a passion for building self esteem in young people, as well as a focus on providing them with skills to cope with life's challenges in what are their vulnerable years."

With more than 30 years of experience within the health profession and as a strong advocate on the importance of personal and social development education, Josie brings a unique knowledge base and perspective to the classroom through engaging and fun educational sessions. With a focus on the student's self esteem and well being, Josie takes pride in ensuring that the students she educates receive accurate information in an easy to understand manner.

As a mother, Josie understands the issues facing children today as they journey through their adolescent years. Using empathy and understanding, combined with her medical knowledge, Josie delivers growth and development education in an effective way that encourages children to talk and ask questions openly in a safe surrounding.

Josie is heavily involved in her children's school communities. She readily volunteers her time when parent assistance is required, including varied school and classroom activities.

Sarah Trussell - Registered Nurse
- Bachelor of Nursing

Sarah TrussellAdolescence can be a very difficult time, both physically and emotionally, for a young person. This is why it is important to educate young people about their bodies and the changes that they will go through.

I have the experience to be able to support children through these challenging times. Providing them with the correct information means they can make informed life decisions, and develop the knowledge and skills to manage the challenges.

I gained this experience in my work as a nurse for twelve years in mental health and paediatrics, and as a mother.

Keryn Carter- Registered Nurse
- Bachelor of Nursing
- Bachelor of Health Sciences (Health Education and Promotion)

Keryn CarterWhen educating young people, information must be delivered in an easy to understand, fun and relaxed manner. This gives students the confidence to ask questions and learn in a safe environment, and encourages confidence and self-esteem. This confidence makes it easier for students to manoeuvre their way through the complexities of adolescence. They have access now to more information than ever before and will inevitably come across some that is inaccurate and even harmful. Providing them with the correct information at the right time in their lives will allay most concerns.

I have two children of my own and have worked as a nurse since 2004, plus have always had an interest in education and primary health care. It is this combination of my nursing knowledge, training and life experience that enables me to make a real contribution to the primary health education of young people.

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"My year 6/7 class just completed a 4 week Personal and Social Development course with Kidz Biz Ed. I would certainly recommend the course and found the content to be informative as well as engaging.

Expectations for participating were made clear and students felt comfortable asking questions and being involved in the discussion. The topics covered were particularly relevant and of interest to teenagers and were presented using a PowerPoint display on the interactive whiteboard.

An excellent range of courses offered by an accommodating and professional presenter."

D. Williams, Brighton Primary School

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