Mrs. Michelle Garside
Bachelor of Education JCU (Early Childhood, Psychology)
Kodaly method teacher
Certificate in Creative Arts & Health UTAS
Graduate Certificate in Counselling (in progress)
A registered school teacher, Michelle has a passion for helping people of all ages to succeed at learning new skills, with a special heart for First Nations peoples. She brings 25 years of primary school teaching experience to the business, having taught classes from Kindergarten (Prep) through to year 10, as well as lecturing and tutoring students at James Cook University. Michelle has recently begun working with NDIS and private clients as an art therapist.
For many years Michelle was Head of Primary at an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander day and boarding College in Northern Queensland. Michelle’s love of arts and music is represented through nine years as a choral and school music teacher, running successful art programmes and her current role as a specialist performing arts educator in Dalby, Queensland. The nature of teaching music and art means facilitating many camps, concerts, plays and Eisteddfod performances, which has equipped Michelle with the ability to remain calm under pressure and to bring out the best in her students.
Michelle’s diverse teaching experiences include roles in learning support for reading, writing and maths intervention, and she has completed and is continuing postgraduate studies in creative arts for mental health support. Michelle has presented at various conferences and facilitated education forums over the years, and stays at the forefront of teaching innovations.
Outside of the teaching environment, Michelle enjoys making natural products, singing and mentoring young members in choirs, directing musicals and creating beautiful works of art.