Sharon Alexander is a finalist in the 2018 HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards Outstanding Graduate category.
Sharon has been recognised for designing a peer mentoring program for staff, which supports educators in setting professional development goals and encourages them to critically reflect on their work.
Described as having an innate ability to lead and a real passion for teaching, Sharon spearheaded the development of the staff mentoring program, devising clear goals and strategies to help educators improve their skills.
The program encourages staff to share their knowledge and experiences via staff meetings and peer mentoring sessions, with staff setting individual goals and identifying key focus areas they’d like to improve on.
This tailored approach towards staff professional development ensures that teachers are continually learning new skills, ultimately resulting in improved experiences for the children in their care.
Sharon said if she won she's use the $10,000 prize money, provided by ME- the bank for you, for professional development as well as giving back to the centre where she works, the Lilyfield Early Learning Centre.