Category: Leadership & Innovation Country: Australia
Katica Perinac, since her arrival in Australia in 1978, has been an active member of the Croatian community in the state of Victoria. She is a teacher of Croatian Language at the Victorian School of Languages – since 1980 and a teacher of Croatian Language at Holy Family Primary School Bell Park in Geelong since 1985. For the last 25 years Katica has been a Learning Diver- sity Leader at Holy Family Primary School caring for students with disabilities. She is a former President of the Croatian Language Teachers’ Association in Victoria and has been a member since 1996. Katica is the author of the Croatian Language program from Prep to grade six for the Holy Family School and has authored and co-authored several Croatian Language workbooks for the Victorian School of Languages. Katica was a member of delegations from the State of Victoria in 2008, 2012 and 2017 to the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia with the aim of establishing a Teacher Assistant program and gaining financial support for the only Croatian Language Program integrated into a mainstream curriculum at the Holy Family Bell Park, Geelong since 1978. She was awarded recognition from the state of Victoria in 2003 for her contribution to the preservation of the Croatian Language and identity.