Sharon has had over 30 years of teaching experience in a variety of roles and settings. Such as working in disadvantaged schools’ programs in the Western Suburbs of Sydney and in executive positions organising whole school welfare programs. Since moving to Victoria, she has completed a Masters of Education in Language Intervention and Hearing Impairment and has worked as Teacher of the Deaf.
As a team Sharon and Ebony, the Standard Poodle, have been involved in Therapy work for over 5 years in nursing homes, Universities and workplaces. Ebony is eager to attend her sessions and is always lovingly received.
As a mum of two young adults, Sharon has seen the education system from a parent’s perspective. She has had two different journeys with her own children, which has reinforced for her the need for varied student support systems and highlighted the difficulties in finding suitable services for both the student and the parent. Sharon is passionate about helping provide access to quality education for all. To be able to work towards this goal with Ebony as her partner and the Canine Comprehension team is her ideal job.
Ebony is Sharon’s main therapy dog. Ebony is a 10 year old black standard poodle. She is a much loved family member. Her family consists of two human parents, an older human brother and an older human sister and a dog brother Rufus, who is a cheeky one year old apricot standard poodle. Ebony has a very calm and gentle nature which has an immediate impact on those she meets. She has worked as a therapy dog in a variety of settings since she was 2 years old and loves spending time with people of all ages. Her first role was primarily working in Aged Care Facilities. This role then led to work in Universities with students and staff, as well as in other work places. At the age of eight, Ebony began working for Canine Comprehension and has now been a part of the team for 2 years.
When she is not working Ebony likes to go for walks to the local park to meet up with other dogs and human friends. On weekends she loves to go the beach with her family where she run around off lead and have fun with the other beachgoers, both human and canine. Her most common pastime is napping, curled up near family members as they work or in the sunlight in a cosy room.