Mrs Ruth Forder


Life before Girton
Prior to working at Girton, I spent 9-years working as an Integration Aide in both the State School and Catholic School systems.  I had been a stay-at-home Mum for the 8-years preceding this, raising my own children.  In my “other” life (before becoming a mother), I worked for one of the major Australian banks as a Set Supervisor in their Ledger Section in the heart of Melbourne.

What I Love about Teaching:
I love the fact that the students I work with place their trust in me.  I respect that many of their school experiences have been far from smooth and am humbled to have an opportunity to turn their perception of school around by immersing them in a joyful environment.

What is the best thing about teaching at Girton?
I’m really proud to work in a school that supports its staff to think and experiment with concepts that are, “out of the box.”  My experience has been that this allows students needs to be met at Girton in a more individually tailored way.

My favourite classroom activity
I really enjoy using games to extend students’ peer relationships, thinking, knowledge-base, language and social skills.  I am also passionate about creating social development resources such as, Social Stories and Social Autopsies because the benefits the students reap from them are invaluable.

What difference can good teaching make?
Good teaching can positively impact, not only on strong academic achievement, but can enhance the self-perception of the student.  I strive to make a positive contribution towards each student’s life-journey each day.

Other Hats
My other most important passion is my family.  I am the wife of a husband who is generous with his time and talents.  I am the mother of four children, three of whom have a range of disabilities.  Without my children having taught me so much, I could not have gained the knowledge I rely upon so heavily to meet the needs of the students whom I serve.  I am Nanna to three grandchildren, all of whom are spectacular human beings.