My name is Hayley and I am working at HeadStart as the School Counsellor and Drama coordinator. This is my eleventh year teaching, which has allowed me to have strong interactions with the diverse student body, developing a strong social and cross-cultural sensitiveness and an ability to effectively communicate with individuals from various minority groups and cultures. I have a Master’s in Education in School Guidance Counselling and worked in an Australian school as a school Guidance Officer and Counsellor. I believe it is integral for students to have someone that will build trust to establish confidentiality to act as their advocate. Outside of supporting students and their well-being, my passion since I was young was in drama and the performing arts. My passion in the dramatic field has taught me the power of drama as a tool to achieve growth and change and to think about others perspectives on situations. In Australia, I studied a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Theatre. I then completed my PGCE in Secondary English and Drama. I enjoy writing plays and directing as well as acting as a dramaturg. Within the classroom, I aim to provide each child with a safe and supportive environment where they can feel comfortable to be themselves and develop social independence and collaboration. I encourage building resilience, courage and curiosity in learning whilst engaging students in a sympathetic, genuine and understanding manner.