I am a happily married mother of three.
Over the past 30 years (since I was 17) I have had three careers: Veterinary Nurse, Florist and Early Childhood Educator.
I am now a Diploma qualified Early Childhood Educator and through my years of experience also working as an Educational Leader in an early learning centre, I have committed myself to mentoring and guiding educators as they care for and develop educational pathways to our most precious future generation.
I also dedicate a lot of time mentoring and offering support and guidance to the placement students visiting the early learning centre that I work in. Through this experience I have built a deep desire to teach new up and coming educators that are stepping into the Early Childhood Education industry.
I hope I can be a productive contributor to Yarrawonga Neighbourhood House and I promise to do my best to help all students enrolled in Early Childhood Education, reach their full career potential.
But remember: "Your future is in your hands, you have the control to choose which learning pathway you will take"
Let work together to make it SPECTACULAR!
Alex is the most recent addition to our team of Individual Support Tutors. She is currently looking after our Numurkah students. Alex had been a tutor for another Registered Training Organisation for several years before she joined our team.
Her background is in disability and she is currently employed in that field.
Alex is passionate about supporting and empowering people and communities to enhance their understanding and knowledge – to guide their unique journeys and inspire and empower people to take control over their own lives and dreams.
Alex is a valuable addition to our team.
Trudi Butts is another of our Individual Support Tutors. Trudi is a YNH success story. She completed our first ever Certificate III in Aged Care course in 2006. From there she went on to do her Division 2 Nursing Certificate and then returned to YNH in 2010 to complete Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She was employed by YNH in 2011 and has been a dedicated Tutor ever since.
Trudi has worked at Woods Point Aged Care in Yarrawonga since 2006 so also brings important current industry knowledge to her training.
Trudi is the first to admit that school wasn’t her favourite place so she is able to develop great rapport with students who have also had less than great experiences at school.
Bernie is one of our amazing team of Individual Support Tutors. Bernie has a wealth of experience both in actual care of the aged and in teaching.
She is a Division 1, Registered Nurse and has been working in the field for over 20 years at a range of facilities including Corowa Hospital, Woods Point in Yarrawonga and is currently employed at Irvine House in Cobram.
She has been delivering training at YNH for 3 years.
She has a strong belief in the importance of continuing professional development and has undertaken a range of additional qualifications including Diplomas in Palliative Care and Dementia Care.
Anne has extensive experience as a tutor over some 30 years. She has worked in a variety of educational settings including TAFE and not-for-profit organisations. Anne was recently employed in a Child Care centre. She also attends regular face to face Professional Development activities.
So apart from many years of experience her current knowledge of the Child Care sector is clearly demonstrated. Anne has a fantastic rapport with her students and is an asset to YNH teaching staff.
After completing his Certificate IV in Training and assessment with YNH Ricardo Hafon commenced delivering First Aid courses for our organisation.
We have had fantastic feedback about the experience and enjoyment he brings to the course.
Ricardo is a local paramedic who is passionate about sharing his knowledge of life-saving techniques. In the words of one student: Fantastic Trainer! This was the most enjoyable and relevant course I’ve ever done.
When Shauna was at Secondary School she had “no idea what I want to be when I grow up”. Some of the teachers wanted her to go to Uni, but why? What for? To keep them quiet she told them she would like a career in hospitality. She knew how to organise a party (maybe too well) and wasn’t a bad cook. She also loved to dine out.
After finishing year 12 in 1990, she joined the team at Club Mulwala (RSL). What began as an Apprenticeship in Waiting eventually led her to becoming a Vocational Education and Training (VET) facilitator.
“As an apprentice, we were sent to Geelong three times a year, for two weeks, on block release to the Gordon TAFE. The Gordon had a fully operational restaurant (still does). We were required to complete full service to the public and the teachers sat alone on a table close to the entrance noting their observations as we students served them a three (maybe more) course meal, accompanied by the relevant drinks. I thought then, ‘imagine being paid for that, that’s going to be me one day!’.”
18 years and a load of experience later she enrolled in the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment at Yarrawonga Neighbourhood House, and the rest, as they say is history.
Shauna still loves dining out, keeping up with the trends in wines, beers and ciders and swears worse than Gordon Ramsey when those TV chefs don’t encourage safe work practices. She is passionate about the VET industry, embracing e-learning and technology as training tools. Her passion for training and genuine love of people makes her an invaluable member of the YNH team.