Mrs Mary Kerba is a highly motivated, experienced and gifted educator and communicator, with a wealth of knowledge and 34 years of combined Special Needs teaching and school leadership experience. Mary has a Diploma in Teaching from the Catholic Teachers College in North Sydney (currently ACU- Australian Catholic University), a Graduate Certificate in Learning Difficulties from University of NSW, certificate in Counselling and Advanced Communication Skills from the University of Western Sydney and has trained in many Specific Learning Difficulties (SLD) and other educational methods, some of which are Lindamood-Auditory Conceptualisation; Visualising /Verbalising for Comprehension and Learning; WRAP/Spalding; Junior Great Books; and Visible Thinking.
Her journey in special needs begun in the early 1980’s at the Deaf and Blind Children’s Centre at North Rocks, Sydney, where she taught children with a wide range of disabilities and sensory impairments for over ten years. By the early 1990’s Mary moved to the Western Sydney TAFE colleges where she taught and supported young adults with disabilities. In the mid to late 90’s, Mary established, and was owner/director of TLC (Telopea Learning Centre) in Sydney. During this time she also hosted and facilitated Professional Development for teachers in the area of early literacy and learning difficulties and also presented at SPELD’s Learning Conference at West mead. Mary returned to mainstream teaching in 2000 until mid-2014. She has taught at infants and primary levels; developed and implemented a school learning-support program; held the positions of Head of Infants, Head of Junior School and served on the school executive committee of an independent girls’ school in Sydney’s north-west.
Mary’s passion for teaching, and especially in the area of special needs and learning difficulties, has brought her back to this field by establishing The Hills Learning Centre in late July 2014. Mary is a current professional member of SPELD NSW and Learning Difficulties Australia (LDA);a committee member of the Learning Difficulties Coalition (LDC)and an associate member of the Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA).