A passionate early childhood teacher for 30 years, Parrish Khalili has been named Australian Scholarship Group (ASG) National Excellence in Teaching Award winner.
Parrish said it was an honour to be nominated for the award by her school community.
“As a young child, playing the role of the teacher was one of my favourite games. Fortunately, my passion for teaching grew as I grew older. Hence, choosing teaching as a profession was an easy decision,” Parrish said.
Trained by a woman who was trained by Maria Montessori, Parrish loves using Montessori principles in her teaching at Cameragal Montessori Preschool in North Sydney.
“I take a nurturing approach, considering each child as an individual and catering for their individual needs.
“When a new child enters the classroom I observe him/her to get knowledge about the child and form a relationship with the child and the family.
“Based on that information, I diligently direct the child’s energy in the right direction and cater for his or her developmental requirements.
“I always attempt to take a holistic approach to help children achieve their full potential.
“The child can become a positive role model as he/she develops leadership skills”.
The IEU member believes in immersing children in the natural environment and also promotes learning though classroom routines. For example, a child learning to wash their hands after going to the toilet can also be taught science concepts such as body parts and water conservation, reading, (from bathroom signage), antonyms (hot and cold water) and mathematics.
The ASG awards give parents, grandparents, school boards and committees of management the opportunity to formally thank and recognise dedicated teachers.