Teaching is Shalvey mum's love

Katherine Wilson is dedicated.

The Shalvey resident was back in the classroom for her teaching degree two days after giving birth.

Ms Wilson began a Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies in 2007 at The University of Western Sydney and is now completing a Masters of Teaching, birth to 12, which she says is ideal preparation for the primary school environment.

"It's what schools need because for teachers to know the pupil they really need to understand the development of a child," she said.

"We learnt the rote method — repeating the same thing every day knowing that eventually it would sink in — but some children are visual learners, some are physical learners who have to get up and move around, some are auditory.

"You just need to observe and get to know your kids.

"We've got such a diverse society now that the key is getting to know the families as well, because that plays a massive role in the way they develop and progress."

Ms Wilson, who is mother to an eight-year-old son on the autism spectrum and three daughters including twins in kindergarten, said her degree had become useful on another level.

"When I became a single parent it really helped me," she said. "At one stage when I had the four under 3½ I almost ran home like a daycare centre."

Teaching reforms introduced by NSW education minister Adrian Piccoli include an increase in school spending on staff professional development from 2016.

Ms Wilson said any teacher passionate about their jobs would continue to learn and evolve.

"You need to keep yourself updated," she said.

"For me the biggest hurdle was technology.

"We didn't have computers or tablets when I was at school.

"You just have to got to get into it."

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