Wendy Edmonds is the business owner and creator of Soul Shine People. She has been teaching since 2006 and is the proud mother of three boys. Wendy and her husband Kurt, are passionate about improving mental health awareness in their community. Mrs Edmonds is completing a Master of Education (Guidance and Counselling) at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ).
A researcher, Wendy uses evidence-based practice to provide enriched educational experiences that improve group wellbeing and utilise the creative and performing arts. She relishes the opportunity that creative practice presents so participants have autonomy, build inter- and intra-personal relationships and experience a sense of competence. The experienced teacher enjoys developing creative ways to engage and educate through workshops, interactive tours and arts-based platforms.
Wendy integrates the skills and experience she has had as a performer, tour guide, education program designer, drama tutor and primary school teacher. Graduating from USQ with a Distinction in Bachelor of Drama/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) in 2007, she began teaching senior drama in the West Midlands (UK) before directing children’s shows for Tranquility Camp (New York). On her return to Australia, Wendy was employed by the Historic Houses Trust (now Sydney Living Museums) where she designed and collaborated on education programs and tours for Vaucluse and Elizabeth Bay houses. During her time in Sydney, she was contracted by The Song Room (Sydney) to deliver drama programs for learners with English as an addition language, children visiting the Starlight room of Westmead Hospital and disadvantaged children during school holidays. She also tutored drama at Presbyterian Ladies College before spending the next decade working as a mainstream primary school teacher for the NSW Department of Education and Education Queensland. Her current research concentrates on how wellbeing and learning can be supported through arts practice. This is complimented by an interest in the oral traditions of teaching and storytelling in pre-literate cultures. Mrs Edmonds is due to graduate with a Master of Education (Guidance and Counselling) in 2023.