Your Teacher, Joelene Lavrick

About Me

I have a passion for emotional wellbeing and social skills.  I have always wanted children to be kind to each other and to have confidence in themselves. I understand that children make mistakes and, at times, they need to learn how to be kind to others.  I am patient with kids and I believe we must show unconditional respect and forgiveness.

My three year old daughter, Dawn, asked me the other day “You don’t love me when I’m being a mean girl, do you?” and I said “Yes, I love you even when you are being mean.” Then she asked “…but you love me more when I’m being a nice girl, don’t you?” and I said “I love you just the same whatever you do but sometimes I don’t like what you are doing.” I apply the same policy when teaching other people’s children. WE MAY NOT LIKE WHAT A CHILD DOES AT TIMES BUT WE STILL LIKE THE CHILD!

Strategies for mood management

Mission Statement

My mission, should you choose to accept it… is to:

  • Support children to manage their emotions/moods
  • Improve self-esteem and confidence
  • Assist children to feel calm and safe, reducing anxiety
  • Support children to form healthy friendships
  • Foster positive thinking and a growth mindset
  • Help children understand that they are unique and very special,  everyone has special qualities, talents and abilities

Positive self-talk and strategies for creating calm

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
  • Graduate Diploma of Education (Primary)
  • Over 20 years as a Primary School teacher
  • Helen O’Grady Drama Academy-Drama Teacher

I have taught at several Primary Schools including:

  • Amaroo Primary School
  • Brunswick Primary School
  • Dardanup Primary School
  • Djidi Djidi Primary School
  • East Victoria Park Primary School
  • Kingston Primary School

Developing Emotional Fitness

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