Author: Mariana Boules
Mariana Boules has been a practising lawyer for a number of years, but is currently an early childhood educator at Gowrie Victoria, Australia. She is studying for a Master's degree in Teaching (Early Years) at the Australian Catholic University. She is also a Sunday School teacher at St Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church, where she teaches religious curricula to primary school children. She is a strong advocate on issues of social justice and inclusion, particularly for children from diverse and marginalised backgrounds. She believes in the essential role of families and in effective partnerships between educational settings and families in order to foster the healthy development and wellbeing of children. She believes in the crucial role that highly skilled and accountable educators play in shaping the learning experiences and development of children. She is a creative educator who advocates a play-based curriculum, and is always coming up with new ideas and games to engage children in the learning process.