Sonya Nedovic, Early Childhood Educator at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Education Institute, has been short-listed as a finalist in the 2014 Victorian Education Excellence Awards in the category of Early Childhood Teacher.
The Victorian Education Excellence Awards is the most prestigious reward and recognition program for teachers, principals, business managers and support staff in Victorian government schools. Being nominated for one of these awards is an incredible honour and a positive reflection on a teacher’s contribution to school learning.
Sonya has been at the RCH Education Institute for just over 12 months and in that time she has proven herself to be a teacher of outstanding quality and commitment. She has established the hospital’s inaugural early learning program for 3-4 year old children who would otherwise miss out on vital early learning opportunities due to their hospitalisation. This highly individualised and innovative program has attracted a great deal of interest from clinical staff, other early childhood educators and parents.
Sonya’s skills and expertise as an early childhood professional have added a dynamic new dimension to a shared environment. She delivers learning sessions in small groups on wards or at the bedside. Her role also involves consultation with families from diverse backgrounds, development of Individual Learning Plans, liaison with, and referral to, kindergarten programs, and working with clinical staff to ensure children remain engaged in learning whilst they are receiving treatment at the hospital.
We regularly receive positive feedback from parents, nursing and allied health staff in relation to Sonya’s professionalism, warmth and sensitive approach with young patients who are dealing with chronic health issues.
We are looking forward to hearing some good news at the Awards ceremony which will be held on Friday May 16.
We wish Sonya the very best of luck!
If you would like to send a public message of support to Sonya, you can submit a note, picture or even a video on the Thank a Teacher Tribute page by Tuesday May 6.