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Erin Herndobler

Head of Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood

The Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Girls

Erin Herndobler is an experienced early years educator from Oregon in the USA. She holds a Master of Science in Education with a focus in Instructional Technology. She also has additional accreditations in teaching English as an additional language and IB PYP. Erin has worked at The Sheikh Zayed Private Academy since 2012 in the early childhood school and is Head of Learning and Teaching. Erin is highly experienced in the Walker Learning Approach and has been instrumental in implementing the philosophy into her school.  Before moving to the UAE she worked as a  Digital Technology Coach for Early Childhood for six years. Erin has previously taught English as a second language K-6 in her hometown of Oregon in the USA.


31 October, 2023 | 11:30 to 12:15
Exploring contemporary visions of Early Years Education

This panel will consider best international approaches to Early Years education from experts with global experience. Our panel will discuss what early years education should look like and how to meet children’s needs in an inclusive, empowering way. 



01 November, 2023 | 12:30 to 12:50
How we Developed our Model of Play Based Learning

Walk into our school and you will not see a traditional early year’s classroom. We have created a unique learning environment for our population of Emirati students with classrooms full of awe and wonder that ignite their curiosity. Our philosophy is underpinned by the Walker Learning Approach, and we have developed small learning centres where students are able to access their own learning and pathways. Our children have access to a variety of centres relating to real-life experiences, curriculum input, and creative opportunities. They learn to play and communicate together as they explore a variety of roles. In this presentation we will share with you how to develop an authentic and intention play-based learning environment.