Visits with Aunty Karen

Aunty Karen is a regular face around Bayside Early Learners; she can usually be found painting or yarning with the children in our outdoor environment. Aunty Karen shares her local knowledge and wisdom with us, she helps us to understand and allows us to ask lots of questions about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. At Bayside Early Learners we believe that by embedding these teachings and understandings within our daily programs we are helping to bridge the gap with indigenous people.

Hi my name is Karen and I am a descendant of the Butchulla Peoples, custodians of K’Garri (Fraser Island) and the Wide Bay Region.

I am an Early Childhood Teacher with broad experience in Culturally Inclusive Curriculum for Schools, Kindergartens, Child Care Centres and Playgroups. I have travelled throughout Queensland in various education roles and love supporting and working with teachers and parents.

I have now ‘returned to country’ to work and support my own community and look forward to a wonderful experience with the educators and children of Bayside Early Learners.

Karen Hall Butchulla (family – Blackman) – I acknowledge the Custodians of the lands on which I live and travel. I also acknowledge my Elders and Ancestors of the Butchulla Peoples who continue to guide me on my journey.