We are thrilled to introduce you to our newest team member, Amanda Seabrook. Amanda is joining Strive as the Project Coordinator, so she will be all things professional learning and community responsiveness.
We asked Amanda some questions to get to know her a little better. Keep reading to see what she said!
Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Amanda Seabrook. I am an RECE with experience in the early years, as well as grade school and post-secondary levels. I’m passionate about Early Years research and advocacy.
I am a mother to a nine year old who keeps me both honest and on my toes. I enjoy knitting, crochet, cross stitch, reading, jogging, and the Great Outdoors!
What is something you’ve learned recently that you’re excited about?
I recently learned the Federal Government is providing funding for a National Child Care Framework. I cannot wait to see how our competent, capable, curious sector, filled with our own knowledge and experiences, will influence this framework for the benefit of all children, families, and Early Years Professionals!
What is something you’re unlearning?
I am unlearning perfectionism. Learning and growth are born of mistakes. If I allow myself to only focus on perfection, I rob myself of the opportunity to make mistakes and reflect on them. I extinguish my own spark of potential.
What is the biggest misconception about Early Childhood Education you would like to see debunked?
I think that the biggest misconception about Early Childhood Education and Care is that it’s biggest importance to society is the benefits it holds for the current and future workforce. While allowing parents the ability to work and giving children the best start through quality child care do contribute to the workforce and economy, this view completely misses the point that children and families are valuable right now. The well-being, joy, and development of children is important to society not because the children will one day be adults, but because children are a part of society today; they have rights, and they matter. Right now.
What advice would you give someone considering pursuing a career in Early Childhood Education?
My advice to someone considering pursuing a career in Early Childhood Education and Care would be to stay open to possibilities. As I said before, the field of ECEC is vast and full of opportunity. Look into what lies inside and outside the child care centre and school boards. Our sector is rich in research, policy, and people. Don’t pigeonhole yourself.
How has professional learning contributed to your practice?
Professional learning has opened my eyes to the world around me. It has provided the opportunity to hear and learn from the lived experience, research, and ways of knowing of others I would not have otherwise had access to. The emotional and academic labour graciously shared through professional learning opportunities has changed the way I view children, families, the environment, even the stories we tell and how they are told.
Do you have a favourite quote?
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” ~Maya Angelou
This quote is how I endeavour to live my life personally and professionally. It encourages me to keep listening, learning, and seeking to understand. It is the reflection and personal growth that allows me to know better, and do my utmost to do better. It speaks to my passion for Professional Learning.
If you were an ice cream flavor, what flavour would you be and why?
If I were an ice cream flavour I think I would be strawberry vanilla. I am a redhead, but as time passes my strawberry seems to mellow toward vanilla, both literally and figuratively.
Welcome, Amanda! We are so excited to work with you!
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