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.