New to the MultiLit team, Vikki brings her experience in supportive education for diverse learners to her role as the manager of our Brisbane Literacy Centre — opening soon.
What inspired you to get into education?
Initially, my inspiration came from a keen interest in early years education and the development of foundation skills for children in the 0-5 age range. My focus quickly moved to inclusion and supporting diverse learners, with a specific interest in autism.
Tell us a bit about your background and experience.
After graduating with my teaching degree, I began working with an early intervention program for children with autism as part of a multidisciplinary team. During this time, I also earned a Master of Special Education.
I then moved across to work in primary schools in the Queensland public system as an inclusion support teacher. For the last several years, I have been a Head of Supportive Education Services. In this role, I mentored a team to support and advocate for students within our school and helped families navigate their children’s education, including connecting those families with external services.
What are some of the key responsibilities in your role?
As manager of the Brisbane Literacy Centre my responsibilities will focus on creating and supporting a skilled and enthusiastic team to enable more families to access MultiLit in Queensland.
In addition to ensuring the general day-to-day running of the centre, I also want to establish a culture for staff and families that is safe and welcoming.
What can people expect from the Brisbane Literacy Centre?
People can expect a warm welcome to the Brisbane Literacy Centre. We are excited to join families on their literacy journey and watch their children grow with confidence as their skills and their ability to learn improve.
What’s one thing you wish more people knew about literacy?
Literacy is a life skill. It is never too early to start reading to a child — daily reading at home from a young age can greatly impact a child’s development of language, vocabulary and comprehension.