Alix Gravel, OCT.

  • Auckland, New Zealand
Alix Gravel, OCT.

Primary Teacher


I am an enthusiastic beginning teacher motivated to creating a warm and welcoming student-centered learning environment. My curriculum strengths include Literacy, Learning Languages and Information Technology. I am completely bilingual in French and conversational in Spanish. My leadership skills have been developed through work experiences, volunteering and qualifications. I am a team player who collaborates easily with others and can adapt quickly to changing work environments. I love to travel and explore new societies and cultures. I am equally passionate about teaching and learning.

Emerging Teacher Philosophy

My desire to teach is deeply rooted in my passion for education and lifelong learning in both being able to educate and in return to also be educated by the experiences that I encounter. In the words of Nelson Mandela I truly believe that “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world “.

I have decided to enter the teaching profession, as positive educational experiences were an integral asset to my personal development. The best teachers I have had have shared similar qualities: they kept me engaged and interested in the material, they taught material in such a way that gave it meaning in the world outside of the classroom and they used inclusive strategies to navigate through difficult topics and subjects allowing me to tackle it at my own pace making me feel as if they cared about me, not as merely a student but as a person. These educators have influenced how I would like to continue to nurture my own philosophy around education and teaching practices.

In the fast-paced and ever-changing world we live in children must now be equipped with a set of tools and knowledge to make sense of their surroundings. As a teacher you have the ability to provide understanding and critical thinking as well as lead children on creative pathways to explore and discover. Education is no longer perceived as linear but more as a complex web of teaching and learning. It is my personal belief that that the ultimate intention or goal of schooling is to provide students with the appropriate tools and motivation for them to continue their learning journey, contribute to their community and lead fulfilling lives. This is closely combined with the development of critical thinking skills in order for students to be able to make meaning of the multitude of perspectives and issues that encompass our global community.

Work History

Work History
Jan 2015 - Present

Year 2/3 Primary School Teacher

Te Huruhi Primary Waiheke Island, New Zealand

During my time at TeHuruhi Primary School, I have become more confident in the use of assessment processes and the New Zealand Curriculum.  I have worked with my teaching partner to design a flexible curriculum for our children which enables them to progress well in all areas of their learning and to also allow the children to have clear ideas about learning and being motivated to succeed.  We have worked together to ensure we are working towards the children's learning needs and to their interests. I am actively involved in extra-curricular activities including the Garden to Table program as well as a member of the Enviro school team. Our school was recently awarded the Silver Enviro Schools award.

2012 - 2014

Trip Leader/ Lifeguard

 Westcoast Connection/360 Student Travel ; Montreal, Canada – July 2012 – July 2014 ( Summer Program)

Coordinated and lead several groups of youth on teen-focused summer programs in Western Canada, Community Service in Costa Rica and Australia.  My responsibilities during these trips included: Supervision, Lifeguarding, healthcare manager, blogger, and information guide.

Jun 2012 - Jan 2014

Bilingual Communications Associate; Toronto, Canada 

College of Early Childhood Educators

As a bilingual communications associate for the provincial regulatory body, the College of Early Childhood Educators, I  helped organize logistics and preparation of outreach events and professional development events including scheduling and distribution of materials as well as gathering and reporting on monthly department statistics.  I was responsible for coordinating responses to mail, phone and email inquiries and compiled a weekly media watch report of news occurring in the sector in the province of Ontario.  I contributed research and support in the development of the College Style Guide and assisted in the event planning and execution of the 2013 Leadership Symposium for Early Childhood Educators of Ontario.

2005 - 2012

Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

City of Kingston Aquatics, Shendy's Swim School and G.S. Aquatics

Throughout my adolescence until the end of University I taught children ages 1 to 15 in several aquatic centres.  Through both Red Cross and Lifesaving Society programs I developed different methods of teaching swimming as well as ongoing professional development and collaboration with colleagues on various assignments.

2007 - 2011

Canoe Trip Leader/ Camp Counselor/ Swim Instructor/ Lifeguard (Summer Program)

Camp Wabikon

For four summers I worked at an International co-ed residential summer camp in the wilderness of Northern Ontario.  On staff for Wabikon, I led leadership training canoe trips for youth ages 6-17.  This included facilitating team building and action learning initiatives for youth.  Furthermore I prepared the itinerary, mapping, equipment, food and medication for camping trips.  The nature of this employment included collaboration in a variety of team training sessions for staff concerning first aid, bullying and homesickness.


Feb 2014 - Dec 2014

Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary)

University of Canterbury  Christchurch, New Zealand

Successfully achieved a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning at the Primary level.

Sep 2007 - May 2012

Bachelor of Arts and Science with Honours in Geography with a Minor in French

Queen's University Kingston, Canada

Graduated with a four-year Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science with a Minor in French.

Participated in a full year exchange at the Institut de Geographie Alpine in Grenoble, France.

Sep 2004 - Jun 2007

Bilingual Secondary School Diploma (with Honours)

York Mills Collegiate Institute Toronto, Canada

Graduated with a French immersion secondary school diploma with honours.


Aug 2015 - Present

Professional Certificate of Registration

Ontario College of Teachers

Jan 2014 - Present

Provisionally Registered Teacher

New Zealand Teachers Council

Volunteer Experiences

2015 - Present

Artworks Community Theatre Waiheke

Front of House 

Provided assistance in front of house of local community productions.

Sep 2014

Nuthall Trust Lecture in Education, Christchurch, New Zealand

Provided assistance in the set-up and execution of the annual lecture at the University of Canterbury.

Aug 2014

CantaMaths Christchurch, New Zealand, August 2014

Provided assistance in the set-up and execution of the yearly Canterbury region mathematics competition.

Sep 2008 - Sep 2012

Right to Play, Toronto, Ontario 

Participated in fundraising initiatives as well as events to support Right to Play, an organization working with volunteers and partners to use sport and play to enhance child development in areas of disadvantage.

Sep 2011 - May 2012

International and Exchange Student Committee, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada

Co-chaired the International & Exchange Student Committee, which works to improve the undergraduate experience of international students, former Bader International Study Centre (BISC) students, and exchange students at Queen's University. As a co-chair I organized and executed meetings, planned events and information sessions.  My committee strived to act as a resource for international and exchange students and to advocate on their behalf within the Alma Mater Society and university community.

Jan 2012 - May 2012

Running and Reading, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario January 2012- May 2012

Coached and lead an after school literacy and athletics program which aims to improve physical, mental, emotional and social health, fostering discipline and goal-setting to economically challenged children in the city of Kingston.  

Sep 2010 - Jul 2011

Queens Health Outreach, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario September 2010- June 2011

Participated in full-year training and a two month volunteer placement in the rural town of Lethem, Guyana as Peer Educator focusing on health and needs-based education initiatives.  As part of my placement, I assisted in disaster relief following severe flooding in the town in collaboration with the International Red Cross as well as Remote Area Medical.

Professional Development

Modern Learning Environment (MLE) training

  • Professional development with Mary Chamberlain to support and implement the modern learning environment style classroom.
  • Training in and introduction of Bill Claxton's 4 Rs (Resourcefulness, Reflectiveness, Reciprocity, Resilience).

Primary Beginning Teacher Programme University of Auckland – Kohia Education Centre, Epsom

Each programme is supported at every session by an experienced teacher who is available to assist with the induction and mentoring of beginning teachers.

Sessions are led by facilitators who have expertise in their field and include:

  • getting started in the classroom
  • keeping records of professional learning
  • working towards registration
  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • various other curriculum and management topics.

Teaching for Intelligent Mindsets - Learning Network NZ

A full day professional development conference which included speakers Dr.Carol Dweck on 'Mindsets', Professor Guy Claxton on 'Teaching Intelligence and Building Learning Power' and Auckland Guest Speaker Jamie Fitzgerald on 'Inspiring Performance'.

Bikes in Schools - Auckland Transportation

Participated in professional development to ensure that teachers have the skills to effectively deliver cycle skills training in PE sessions and feel confident in utilising the bikes at Te Huruhi school.

Waiheke Adult Learning Beginner Te Reo Maori 

Currently enrolled in a  weekly language learning Te Reo evening class.

Modern Learning Environment (MLE) classroom

  • Set up classroom environment in a modern learning style.
  • Planning with my partner teacher to create a learning environment to cater for the learning needs of all children.