Kim Cootes is the Assistant Principal EAL/D at Fairfield Public School, in South Western Sydney. Fairfield Public School has 96% of its population from a language background other than English. Over 200 students are of refugee background. Her role is to lead the school’s EAL/D including refugee support strategy in the school.
Kim has over 25 years experience as an EAL/D teacher. She supported 35 schools with significant numbers of refugee students in primary and high schools in South Western Sydney as a Refugee Student Support Officer.
Kim is passionate about and committed to supporting the resettlement and educational needs of refugee students and their families and works closely with a number of government and non government agencies in her role.
In 2014, Kim was awarded the STARTTS Humanitarina Award for Education.