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Teaching Philosophy

I believe in a safe  environment where students are able to reach their full potential without any fear or doubt. I want students to be able to come into my classroom and know that their opinions and beliefs are completely valued by myself and their peers. It will sound like confidence and laughter, as well determined hard work inside the four walls. I hold very dearly to my heart that students' names should be pronounced correctly straight away, and how important it is that I understand them as learners and humans.

I believe that learning should be collaborative and reciprocal. That I can learn from the students as much as they can learn from me. Co-constructing success criteria and classroom expectations I think, is essential for students, as they feel a sense of ownership and that they are at school to really co-exist and not just listen. Students will have the opportunities to work together, sit together, talk together and share their understandings with each other and me.

I believe in respectful relationships between family and myself. Gaining the respect from parents and family, allows positive, honest relationships to be built, ultimately accelerating their child's learning.  However, I also have a strong sense of social justice, and if a student is unable to get support from home, I will make sure that child receives the best learning opportunities they can in the classroom.

I believe in collaboration with my colleagues. Sharing ideas, resources and having additional support is vital as a teacher.  I want to be able to learn from others, and also be able to contribute to team discussion. I wish to gain respect from my colleagues and be able to work alongside them in all aspects of the school. 

Work history

May 2018Present

Classroom Teacher

Watson Road State School

This trauma informed school is where I have found my most passions. I have been fortunate enough to learn from incredible and attend many Professional Development courses to better myself as a trauma informed educator. My above philosophy has aligned perfectly here, where I have been able to have a large focus on building relationships and making children feel safe. Positive behaviour for learning is our prime tool. I have been relied upon to help admin with particular children who I have previously taught and I have continued to have a relationship with even after they move on from my class. I have a strong passion for behaviour management and through working in this supportive environment I have understood that working with children of trauma is a real strength of mine. I have completed the Berry Street School Trauma training,attended many other trauma PDs, a Black Card training on working with Indigenous students, as well as an introduction course on AUSLAN.  I also am currently taking the lead on our schools junior school literacy, in particular trying to streamline a common phonics and phonemic awareness program throughout our junior school.

April 2017Dec 2017

Classroom Teacher

St Matthews Catholic Primary School, Cornubia.

I moved to Brisbane in April and was fortunate enough to pick up a fixed term job beginning Term 2. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, learning so much about the Australian curriculum and working collaboratively with an amazing staff. 

Feb 2016Dec 2016

Classroom Teacher

Sunset Primary School, Rotorua, New Zealand

I completed my first year of teaching at this school. It was a decile 1a, with our families coming from very low socio-economic backgrounds. I received so many amazing Professional Development opportunities, made life long family members with the staff, and was able to extend my teaching practice in ways I never imagined. It was an incredible place to start my journey.

Professional Referees



1.Murray Branch 

Principal/Head of Curriculum-Watson Road State School

Email- mbranch41@eq.edu.au

Phone-  0420678330

2. Lisa McLeod

Deputy Principal/Head of Behaviour-Watson Road State School

Email- lmcle183@eq.edu.au

Phone- 0404360989

3. Ashleigh Noble

HOSE (Inclusion)- Watson Road State School

Email- amnob@eq.edu.au

 

Strengths

Classroom Management

I believe I create an environment where the children felt safe enough to make mistakes without getting upset. I am able to ease children into daily routines and they knew what was expected of them. I have a passion for building relationships with children and have a lot of experience in the PBL behaviour tool. I have been asked by admin by a number of times to help with other children in the school that respond well to me. 

Assessment

 I am always developing, improving and learning from others the best assessment practices for each individual child. I can use a range of formative for learning assessment strategies, these have helped me form OTJs about students and supported me in knowing exactly how a child is progressing. I am able to implement summative assessment fluently and efficiently. I also have strong capabilities of adjusting assessment tasks to cater to children while still following GTMJs as necessary.

Literacy


I have a strong passion for Literacy. I am currently upskilling and leading our junior school in phonics and phonemic awareness.  I always have loved literacy, and in turn I have come to love to teach it also. I aim to make students multi literate and access their literacy skills through almost all learning areas.

Mathematics

I have a good basis for teaching Mathematics, and I am always seeking new and different ways to implement practices in order to excel. Mathematics through play has been a huge success in my 4 years as a junior school educator.

Health and Physical Education

I have a passion for health and fitness. Although  I have never been a sole Health and Physical Education Teacher I incorporate my own into my class as much as possible. Being active at a young age is crucial for a child's development.

Language incorporation

Being from NZ I have a good basis of New Zealand Maori. However, in my classroom we honoured many languages everyday. By the end of 2020 I would have completed a course in basic AUSLAN.

Education

20132015

Bachelor of Teaching (BTCHNG)- Primary

The University of Waikato

The Bachelor of Teaching Degree is a qualification that will set me up for a rewarding journey as Primary School Teacher. 

20122012

NCEA Level 3 Endorsed with Merit

John Paul College, Rotorua