Our Academic Coaching team (from left to right) Jessi, Britt, Fiona and Tayla!
Steponafish Academic Coaching and Child Minding began in October 2011 when Jessica, our Director and one of our Academic coaches and Child Minder's, more affectionately known as ‘Jessi’, found that many school students and working families in the Port Stephens area needed a little extra help. Steponafish Academic Coaching and Child Minding is proud to be the recipient of the 2012 Port Stephens Examiner Small Business Award.
'Learning through learning' is the motto that drives those associated with Steponafish Academic Coaching and Child Minding. Our coaches learn just as much as the students we work with hence creating an integrated, inclusive and positive learning environment.
Our business' unique name is a tribute to our company director's family, who inspired and motivated her to embark on the wonderful journey of working with and educating children.
Learn more about our team below!!
Jessi is the founding director of Steponafish Academic Coaching and Child Minding. She went to Tomaree High School and is currently studying a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)/Bachelor of Arts at the University of Newcastle. She enjoys netball, physi (dancing), water sports, fast paced motor sports and spending quality time with her family and friends. Jessi believes that teaching is a combination of science and arts and endeavours to apply theory and strategy in innovative and personalised means for each and every student as they are unique individuals that need a secure, nurturing, caring and stimulating environment to learn, grow and mature intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically and reach their full potential. She desires to meet the needs of her students through providing a safe, supportive an environment that encourages group work, open minded thinking and healthy risk-taking. Jessi’s favourite quote is Nelson Mandela’s “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.
Britt went to Tomaree High school and is currently completing a Bachelor of Teaching (primary)/Bachelor of Arts at the University of Newcastle. She enjoys netball, horse riding, travelling and spending time with friends! Britt wants to create a classroom that provides interactive, hands on activities and promotes team work and encourages the use of good communication skills through cooperative group work. She believes that every student brings different talents and skills to the classroom and this need to be embraced and included to allow all students to experience success and enjoy their learning. Britt’s favourite quote is Albert Einstein’s famous “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will spend its whole life believing it’s stupid”
Fiona went to Tomaree High and is currently studying a Bachelor of Teaching (primary)/ Bachelor of Arts, specialling in Special Education. She enjoys creative, artistic and hands on activities, eating healthy, socialising, education and having fun with family and friends. Fiona wishes to provide a rich, hands on, engaging environment for her students to enable them to participate and grow into well rounded, creative individuals that contribute to our society peacefully. Her favourite quote is “If your not prepared to be wrong, then you will never come up with anything original” by Sir Ken Robinson.
Tayla went to Tomaree High school and is currently undergoing a Bachelor of Teaching (primary)/Bachelor of Early Childhood degree at the University of Newcastle. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Tayla’s teaching philosophy is that all children are entitled to a quality education and assistance wherever required. Everyone learns at a different pace and through different ways. That’s what makes each child special and unique! Her favourite quote is “Just because today was a terrible day, doesn’t mean tomorrow won’t be the best day of your life. You just need to get there!”