Kidbiz Personal & Social Development Education | Middle School Years

Our Team at 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.

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.

Pauline Connell- Registered Nurse
- Bachelor of Nursing

Pauline ConnellChildren are naturally curious, especially about their bodies and where they come from. By explaining these topics with reliable, honest information at a level that children understand, the groundwork is laid to make healthy choices as they move from childhood to adulthood.

With 20 years experience as a Registered Nurse and being a mother of 2 children, I have the knowledge of the human body as well as a passion for supporting children through their own primary health education.

 

 

Sandra Quirk- Diploma of Teaching Secondary

Sandra QuirkEducating young people in the 21st century comes with great responsibilities, possibilities and opportunities. I have been teaching for over 25 years in a variety of year levels, schools and settings.

This experience has been formative in developing my professional skills including effective communication, obtaining and maintaining strong and trusted relationships, and as well delivering different programs in a way that is relevant, interesting and fun.

In any classroom setting, I endeavour to create a sense of anticipation, confidence and buoyancy amongst my students. I experience great satisfaction knowing they feel heard and respected. I believe young people thrive when listened to and are more likely to make better choices and decisions in their world.

Delivering a variety of health topics is particularly pertinent to young people. They need accurate and timely information about their bodies, their emotional and social development and well being. This information can be at times confronting, tricky and confusing, particularly as they are navigating the uncharted waters of adolescence.

As an educator with Kidz Biz Education, my aim is to deliver relevant and comprehensive programs, which not only inform young people but can allay anxiety which I understand many of them feel during the adolescent years. Equipping them with the skills needed to move forward with confidence and self respect and an eagerness to reach their full potential in life, is something I am most passionate about.

Testimonials

"Wendy dealt very sensitively with all topics and used humour well to enlighten the mood and help the students feel comfortable discussing any subject. The students are very sad that the lesson had to end."

A. Kingston, St Andrew's School