All posts by Karren Amadio

Karren Amadio has worked at the Ngallingnee Jarjum Tabulam & District community preschool for 29 years. She has job shared the role of director with a local Bundjalung women for the past 23 years. Currently Karren works two days a week at the preschool and does contract work for the early childhood unit at the University of New England. In 2011 she completed a Masters thesis titled ‘An Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal find Relational space: Yarns from a Joint Leadership Team at a Rural Community Based Preschool’. This thesis tells the story of a relationship of belonging, of community and of creating a place for early childhood education. As a non-Aboriginal person living, teaching and working with community in the traditional home lands of the Wahlubal tribe from the Bundjalung Nation, Karren needed to learn about, and understand how to turn down ‘white noise’. With this understanding she was able to move from a contact zone to a relational space with colleagues and community.

Celtic Country

A lesson on seeing something through the eyes of another. I had travelled past the Celtic Country sign many times as I returned from TAFE residential in Armidale. I had looked at the sign with interest; it is spectacular as it stands proudly on massive stone pillars on the rise of a hill as you enter […]

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