Meet Kirsty - the creator behind Inspire
Kirsty is an educator at heart having earned her BA(Hons) degree in Education from Cardiff University in Wales, UK in 2012. Prior, during and since her University days, Kirsty has gained an impressive amount of voluntary and paid experience working with children and young people across many sectors of society both in formal and informal education.
Following graduation, Kirsty moved straight to Australia for a year to work and travel and then landed in New Zealand mid 2013. She is a bubbly, friendly, positive soul who is keen to make a difference in the world through working with young people.
In 2004, Kirsty won the ‘Princess Diana Memorial Award For Services To Young People’ for her region in England - a testament of her dedication to the work she undertook whilst being a young person herself – a prestigious award that she is still very proud of today!
Kirsty's experiences range from running after schools clubs, holiday programmes, co-teaching Citizenship and PSHE, being a peer mentor, working with disabled children to organising events and fundraising for a successful student led charity, youth participation; representing young people in her home county, attending national and international events for young people in the UK and Europe and most recently running the Wakatipu Girl Guiding Unit in Queenstown for 5 years.
Kirsty's contribution to each community that she have lived in has enabled her to develop a strong sense of social responsibility through volunteering and not-for-profit experience; something that she believes is important to teach young people along with valuable skills that are not necessarily acquired in the classroom.
Kirsty is passionate, energetic and enthusiastic about educating the next generation. She loves to be interactive, creative and engaging when delivering sessions and is keen for positive change – Kirsty is a natural born leader and is proud to be a positive role model to younger generations.
Kirsty really ‘gets’ young people and brings out the best in them!
Qualifications, Professional & Personal Development Training
BA(Hons) Degree in Education - Cardiff University - 2008 - 2012
Counselling Skills Level 1 - Cardiff Lifelong Learning Centre - June 2012
Peer Mentor Training - Mind UK - September 2004
Current First Aid Certificate
NZ & UK Drivers Licence
Reiki Level 1 (Usui system) - January 2017
Reiki Level 2 (Usui system) - May 2017
Mind, Body, Energy Techniques I with Nikki Sainsbury - September 2019
Reiki Level 3 (Usui system) - September 2019
Mindfulness Educator Training - Mindful NZ Schools - October 2019
Youth Mentor Training - Shine from Within AU - August 2020
Mental Health First Aid - St John - March 2021
Kids Yoga Teacher Training - Cosmic Kids
Meet Kimmy - the advocate behind Inspire
Kimmy is also an educator at heart having earned her BEd degree in Early Childhood Education specialty Steiner from AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand in 2017. Her passion for working with young children spans over 20 years.
Prior to gaining her degree, Kimmy has worked in many fields of the education sector ranging from primary school Teaching Assistant to facilitating holiday clubs in Europe, teaching at multiple ECE centres and currently mindful nannying.
Also hailing from the UK, Kimmy is a natural nurturer and comes from a family of carers. Her heart based approach with young people has lead to the importance of forming respectful reciprocal relationships along with a peaceful mentoring approach.
Kimmy joins Kirsty at iNSPiRE after nearly a decade of friendship with their ethos and values in great alignment of wanting to change the world, one mindful child at a time!