More than 150 employees of Affinity Education Group joined a virtual event hosted by Human Resources Director Linda Carroll in recognition of International Women’s Day and the theme of “Breaking Down Stigma.”
During the event, Affinity Education explored the roles and opportunities of early childhood educators in creating bias-free opportunities for women of the future, with a particular focus on the role of STEM education in making both available and encourage young girls to develop a love for life. to learn.
Keynote speakers at the event included:
- Elizabeth Death, CEO of ELACCA
- Dr. Tess Boyle, STEM educator and author of the soon-to-be-released Affinity Big Thinkers Early Education STEM Curriculum
- Cathy Montesin, Financial Director at Affinity Education.
Ms. Death discussed the role female educators play in raising awareness of women’s equality and breaking down stigma in the community, while Dr. Lesley Jones, Head of Education and Practice at Affinity, interviewed Dr. Tess Boyle, who has a wealth of teaching and teaching experience, with a focus on STEM education. Dr. Boyle shared facts about women and girls in STEM and the importance of introducing children, especially young girls, to the world of STEM.
She shared highlights from her career as a teacher and educator, including the joy her role brings in seeing children’s faces light up as they make new discoveries. She also discussed the importance of encouraging children to explore STEM as part of their daily lives, harnessing their natural curiosity and demystifying STEM as a powerful way to change perceptions and break down biases for children. future career and work choices.
Affinity CFO Cathy Monstein spoke about her experiences as a C-suite executive and mother of three daughters, and the role her own mother played in preparing her early for future success. She also gave a nod to her accounting teacher who inspired her career choice to enter the business world.
“It’s important to raise awareness so that people are more aware of natural biases,” Ms Monstein said. “In doing so, the more we put forward in the future, the more opportunity we have to change the way people think and behave.”
During the call, Affinity also celebrated and recognized 16 of Affinity’s incredible and inspiring educators, center managers and operational teams across Australia.
Special recognition was given to Charlene Dean of Papilio Early Learning BlackburnSamantha Ellis from Kids Academy RegentvilleTala Pothecary from Milestones Early Learning Tingalpa and Kerri Kyte, Head of Affinity Operations, Western Australia and Northern Territory.