TAREE TAFE head teacher Sue Roberts inspired a national audience recently with her presentation on mentoring at the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).
The conference session, delivered at the first official National Quality Framework conference at Sydney's Convention and Exhibition Centre, attracted around 400 people keen to learn the latest quality methods in the child care industry.
It was the most popular choice with conference participants.
Sue Roberts, who is currently a head teacher of child and family services at Taree TAFE, has taught in a range of services and educational settings for more than 36 years.
"Our session was critical reflections and my presentation was 'The leader as a mentor'. I talked about how mentoring is different to coaching and how it is not always teaching at someone and expecting them to do what we do but the relationship of nurturing and guiding."
Sue had great feedback after her presentation from participants. The session will be used in future training and will be on the ACECQA national web page.
This was Australia's first official NQF conference held at Sydney's Convention and Exhibition Centre and was a learning opportunity for educators, directors, providers, trainers and others in the children's education and care sector.
As an educational leader, Susan has promoted the value of education and lifelong learning.
Her extensive experience as a teacher, trainer/assessor, academic adviser and university adviser for early childhood student teachers (Macquarie University Institute of Early Childhood) has provided valuable insights into the role of the leader as a mentor and advisor.
A career highlight was the opportunity to participate in the Australia 2020 Summit in the Productivity Agenda Stream.
Sue is currently a Communities for Children community consultant for Mission Australia and vice president of the First Steps Count Foundation.