About Me

My name is Irena Sikorska and I am a professional education specialist, with many years’ experience in the education sector. I began my career as a high school English teacher, teaching in both the public and private sectors in Western Australia and the eastern states. I temporarily left teaching for eight years and worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra. I completed a four year posting to Bangkok, Thailand, where I reported on a range of political and economic issues at the Australian Embassy.

 

Since returning to education, I have worked closely with students in a range of educational contexts in both the not for profit and public sectors.

 

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Diploma in Education, both from the University of Western Australia, and a Master of Education from Murdoch University. I am now a doctoral candidate, also at Murdoch University, conducting research on the role of the school in the fulfilment of aspirations. 

 

My Philosophy

I believe that, as far as possible, schools should be chosen to best fit the child and their family. Children and young people have highly personalised needs, occupational and life aspirations, and different schools are able to meet the requirements of different students.

 

Identifying the best school for your child can be a difficult task. There is an abundance of information in the media and on the internet, as well as stories from other parents about their own experiences of the schooling system in Western Australia. Filtering through the information can be daunting, confusing and anxiety provoking for many parents.

 

My aim is to provide clarity to parents on all the many factors which impact on the school decision making process.

 

I do not promote one school sector over another. Every school sector in Western Australia – public, Catholic and independent – offers valuable and worthy choices to parents. School choice is largely dependent on the individual needs of the child and the financial means of the family.

 

All the information and guidance I provide is impartial and free of bias. I do not accept commissions from any education provider.