Having completed her four year Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education at the University of New England in Armidale, Naomi is excited for her career ahead and to be back home to the coastal way of life in Port Macquarie.

With a strong passion for travelling and teaching abroad, Naomi has already experienced the nature of Preschool in Japan, where she enjoyed a study tour around the country. Before starting at Columba Cottage, Naomi spent two months volunteering in Nepal teaching English to young children. Spending more of her spare time outside of Australia than in, Naomi is excited and ready to take the Emu children on a learning journey of the world as she has seen it so far!

Through her experience in diverse learning environments, Naomi is a strong believer in providing flexible and play based learning opportunities. Naomi honours play as a child’s right, and as an educator is deeply motivated to see young, unique individuals engage in such a natural yet meaningful process through which they learn, discover, create, imagine and develop skills for lifelong learning.

Moreover, Naomi believes educators play a vital role as co-constructors in this play based progression as they provide a balance between self initiated learning experiences and intentional learning demonstrations. Part of Naomi’s philosophy when working with children is to collaborate effectively so that they can become independent advocates for their own learning when constructing knowledge and understanding of the world around them.

Naomi says that she is inspired by the idea in life of when a career and a passion can successfully come together and she believes that Columba Cottage has secured the beginning of that dream for her!