From childhood, Juliette Lovius was fascinated with how we learn.
After a 25 year career in teaching in Australia, one of things she discovered was that conventional classrooms don't always encourage the best results for children and many leave school thinking they are 'dumb' because they don't jump through the 'hoops' of school assessment.
In pursuit of offering a more holistic and hopeful educational solution, Juliette herself became the student, completing two Masters Degrees in Human Rights and Education (Curtin University, Western Australia) and International Development, Education (Amsterdam University). As part of her research in education in developing countries, Juliette travelled to East Africa and worked with European charities providing education programs and teacher training in the war torn country of Burundi, testing her theories on the brain's capacity to overcome obstacles and find creative new ways for learning, even in this extremely traumatic context.
Juliette established Lovius Educational Consultancy in 2011 and under that banner devised Flourish Tutoring: a holistic program that used the brain's amazing capacity to grow new synapses and help struggling kids find new paths to success and, more importantly, positive self esteem.
Today, in addition to tutoring and working with teachers, Juliette provides consultancy for organisations who implement education programs in the developing world. Her expertise is in primary education in East Africa.
Now settled in Ireland, Juliette has turned the organisation's resources towards working with Irish schools, families and community organisations. She has a particular interest in non-conventional educational strategies for the Traveller Community and for the refugee community transitioning into mainstream schooling.
Most importantly, Juliette is a mother of three adult sons. She has personally experienced the challenge of parenting children who fail to flourish in the traditional classroom, for a variety of scholastic, psychological and social reasons. Her combined personal, academic and professional experience resulted in the creation of Flourish Parenting Courses: training parents in understanding their child's brain, learning how their child interprets love and establishing a positive, long term culture in the home. Juliette will tell you that despite three decades of education, experience and academic rigour, she continues to learn from ordinary, resilient parents and her own three boys.
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