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Career Overview

Following my 4 year degree (B. Teach and B. Arts) at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia I successfully gained employment at Auburn South Primary School as a grade 5 teacher. At this school I gained a good insight into the PYP, including the authorisation process, as well as developing my skills in the classroom. I was involved in a number of whole school events, such as musical productions and school fairs. Over the years I took on a number of roles of responsibility including a position on an Occupational Health and Safety committee, maths committee and I also led the ICT committee for a year. It was at Auburn South where I met my partner, Carrie Wilton.

After 3 years at Auburn South, Carrie and I decided to head overseas to teach to allow us to travel more easily and affordably. We attended the Search Associates job fair in Sydney in January 2007 where we interviewed with a number of schools including Tokyo International School, Dresden International School, New International School of Thailand and Canadian International School (CIS) in Singapore. We were both offered positions at CIS and began there in July 2007 and remain employed at CIS. In my years at CIS I have taken on the role of Grade 5 Lead Teacher, Community Outreach Lead, Grade 4 and 5 classroom teacher, undertaken the Assessment in the PYP and PYP Concept-Based Learning workshops and been a driving teacher in the development of classroom technologies. In September 2012 I served as a member on the advisory panel to the New Media Consortium (NMC) Technology Outlook: Singapore K-12 Education report. I am currently working in Early Childhood through Grade 3 as an Educational Technology Coach. 

Key experiences and skills:

  • Elementary classroom teaching.
  • Team and curriculum leadership.
  • Curriculum development.
  • Coaching of colleagues in the area of educational technology.
  • Excellent problem-solver, communicator and team member.

Educational Philosophy

Today's learner is one who is immersed in technology, one who has instant access to a wealth of information and connectivity with others like never before. Today's learner will be faced with problems not yet imagined and will make use of technologies not yet invented to solve these problems.

My role as an educator is to teach learners how to learn through skills based conceptual learning, how to creatively solve problems and how to access technologies with transferrable skills. 

Interests & Extra-Curricula Skills

Photography

Photography has become a hobby of mine, particularly with my travels over the last 18 months. These skills have become very handy at work and I have been given some responsibility to photograph whole school events such as house league days. You can see some of my personal photography here

Ecology & Gardening

I enjoy gardening and teaching kids about plants, food and ecology in general. I have conducted lessons and activities focused around ecology and gardening in a number of contexts.

Cycling and many other sports

Education

Certifications

Jan 2004Present

Making the PYP Happen

International Baccalaureate
Sep 2008Present

Assessment in the PYP

International Baccalaureate
Mar 2012Present

NETS Leadership Academy: NETS Foundations (March 2012)

International Society for Technology Education (ISTE)
Mar 2012Present

PYP Concept-based Learning Category 3 in English

International Baccalaureate Organisation
Jan 2013Present

PE Geek - Bringing Technology into the PE Curriculum

21st Century Learning International
Sep 2010Present

The Role of ICT in the PYP

International Baccalaureate
Oct 2012Present

Visible Thinking with Ron Ritchhart

CIS
Sep 2013Present

Google Apps for Education Certification Bootcamp (for Trainers)

Ed Tech Team (http://www.edtechteam.com/)
Oct 2012Jun 2013

Visible Thinking Workshop Facilitator

CIS
May 2010May 2013

Level 1 First Aid

American Red Cross
Mar 2011May 2013

CPR Adult and Child

American Red Cross

Work History

Oct 2013Present

Contributing Editor

New Media Consortium (NMC)

The New Media Consortium is an organisation who research the use of technology within education. They are well known and respected for their publication, Horizon Report, which reports on educational trends, issues and technologies likely to occur within the short, mid and long term. 

More information my role as a contributing editor can be found at http://www.nmc.org/news/welcome-contributing-editors

Sep 2012Present

Advisory Board Member

New Media Consortium

The Technology Outlook for Singaporean K-12 Education 2012-2017 presents the findings of a research project led by the New Media Consortium (NMC) and intended to inform educational leaders about significant developments in technologies supporting teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in Singaporean K-12 education. 

As an advisory board member, I worked with a group of colleagues representing educational fields, government and the private sector to advise on the likely trends, issues and technologies related to education within Singapore over the period of 2012-2017. The full report can be read here.

Jul 2014Present

Grade 4 Lead Teacher

Canadian International School

As lead teacher I work closely with school administration, curriculum coordinators and other teachers to ensure high quality learning and teaching. Some specific tasks include:

  • identifying and addressing professional development needs, 
  • curriculum planning,
  • administrative procedures,
  • organising and administering a 3 day excursion,
  • being a role model for best practice within an inquiry based learning environment.
Jul 2011Jul 2014

PYP Educational Technology (EdTech) Coach

Canadian International School

Working with teachers and students from Early Childhood Education to Grade 3 in the International Baccalaureate Organisation Primary Years Program (IBO PYP), I help to provide planning, teaching and assessment advice on how to best integrate technology. 

I have overseen the implementation of an iPad program within the elementary school. Every classroom in the school has a dedicated number of iPads available for enhanced learning experiences. My role within this program has been to oversee the setup and management of the iPads, locating apps to support learning, and supporting teachers and students with the successful integration of iPads within their learning. 

I closely follow the philosophy of the role of ICT in the PYP, working to ensure that ICT skills are developed in genuinely integrated uses of technology to help students investigate, create, communicate, collaborate, organise and be responsible users of technology.

My experiences as classroom teacher and grade level learning lead teacher have provided me with the teaching expertise and understanding needed to know how to best integrate technology in to an existing curriculum framework. My ICT passion, interest and belief in self-learning provide me with the knowledge on how to best use technology to enhance teaching, learning and assessment.

Jul 2007Jun 2010

Grade 5 teacher

Canadian International School

As grade 5 class teacher I am responsible for the planning, administering and assessing of English, Math and units of inquiry, among other subjects, within an inquiry based learning environment. 

Some particular highlights currently within my classroom include:

  • English Workshop - students are involved in the decision making process of their learning within English studies. Students undertake reading responses, book discussions, writing within a Writer's Workshop format, as well as particular skills development as identified by myself. Most of this learning occurs online with the use of Google Apps. 
  • Math - My math classroom allows students to work at the appropriate skill and knowledge level for their own needs. Tasks are tailored to students' needs and all students have the opportunity for small focus group interaction with the teacher at least once a week. An emphasis is placed on developing conceptual understanding followed by consolidation of skills.
  • PYP Units of Inquiry - with over 5 years teaching the PYP, I have developed a strong understanding of how to implement conceptual based learning with development of necessary skills to be a successful learner. 
Jul 2008Jun 2010

Grade 5 Lead Teacher

Canadian International School

As lead teacher I work closely with school administration, curriculum coordinators and other teachers to ensure high quality learning and teaching. Some specific tasks include:

  • identifying and addressing professional development needs, 
  • curriculum planning,
  • administrative procedures,
  • organising and administering a 5 day excursion,
  • being a role model for best practice within an inquiry based learning environment.
Jan 2004Jun 2007

Grade 5 teacher

Auburn South Primary School
  • Grade 5 generalist teacher following IBO PYP
  • Collaborative planning with other staff members
  • ICT committee member
  • OH&S review member
  • Technical Assistant in grades 5 & 6 musical
  • Summer & Winter sports coach and referee/umpire
  • Organise various fundraising activities totalling over $AU11,000 over three years