Emily Strauch, Graduate teacher, Kalianna School Bendigo
Kalianna School, Vic
A colleague calls Emily Strauch’s dedication to special education teaching “outstanding”. Strauch is specifically passionate about supporting students with Autism spectrum disorder and developing programs and strategies aimed at increasing the learning, social and emotional outcomes of her students. She has earned a reputation as a teacher who is hard-working, knowledgeable and fearless. She often spends her own time calling parents not only to communicate concerns, but also to celebrate students’ achievements. She is skilled in resolving conflicts and handling stressful situations, and she’s always open to assisting others with planning and technology.
Strauch is known among her colleagues for being open to trying new ideas and always seeking ways to improve her teaching. She inspires not only her immediate team, but also staff across the sector. “In time, the effect of Emily’s skills and passion for special education will filter to a state level as other staff get to work with her and take hold of the passionate, enthusiastic, unrelenting energy she holds in meeting the individual needs of our unique cohort of students,” a colleague says.