Sami Truscott- Founding Director
When I was in Primary school I was bullied. I was miserable at school and as a result, my grades began to deteriorate. That was until a new teacher started when I was in grade four. She started a music ensemble and I eagerly joined. This completely changed my life. I finally had a place where I truly felt like I belonged and this gave me a new found love of learning. This is what inspired me to start Allegro Education. I truly believe that every child has the capacity to do amazing things if we as educators identify how they learn, and play to their strengths.
Qualifications and Experience
Samantha Truscott is an Early Childhood Music Teacher from Canberra with a passion for accessible Education. Samantha has studied the Orff Schulwerk approach for Music Education for the last seven years and has been working in Early Childhood Education for five years.
Samantha has recently finished 12 months of mentoring with Dr Anita Collins and through this process has discovered her dedication to teaching educators and parents on how to make educational experiences more accessible to children aged zero to 12 in Canberra and surrounding areas.
In 2019, Sami began studying a Graduate Diploma in Musical Play Therapy with Julie Wylie of Christchurch, New Zealand, and conducted both the With One Voice Ginninderry Junior and Senior Choirs.
This year, Samantha won the Telstra Business Women’s Award in the category of Emerging Leader. Later this year she will head to Sydney for the National Awards dinner.
Debra Evans- Partner
From a very young age, I was interested in helping others. I recall helping out at a school holiday activity centre as a very young person, reading stories to other children. I have always been pretty quiet and have always had to push myself to take on new challenges. Interestingly I can be crazy and fun with children where I am usually very reserved around adults – until my passion for teaching children with additional needs is tapped into. And by ‘teaching’ I really mean supporting children to learn through play – their play – to facilitate the best learning possible at that moment! There is no greater satisfaction than seeing a child have that moment where their play makes sense, or the problem is solved!!
Qualifications and Experience
Debra’s qualifications started with a Certificate in Child Care Studies and progressed onto a Bachelor of Education (Primary). After working in schools for several years, both in Australia and the UK, she discovered that supporting the children who find it a bit more difficult to learn is where her passion was. Understanding children and how they learned as individuals fuelled her to find strategies and different ways to teach and support so that all the children in her class could grow into confident learners. Learning should be fun and looking into Debra’s classroom, you could definitely see that was the objective – with glue, paper, cardboard, paint and many more resources available around the room, ready to access for fun creating and learning! Her experience over the years has become progressively more and more in working with families whose children have varied needs (from lacking confidence to ASD and everything in between).
In the last 15 years Debra has worked in several organisations that have supported families and children living with varied needs through playgroups (MyTime, PlayConnect and Supported), circus classes, cycling and road safety skills and now through Allegro Education with Sami.