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Work History

Jan 2009Present

Teacher Librarian

Camira State School
  • Facilitate staff to implement and resource the Australian Curriculum
  • Plan and teach lessons to engage students from Prep to Year 7 and stimulate their intellectual curiosity within the context of the Australian Curriculum
  • Developed and implementing whole school Digital Citizenship and Guided Inquiry programs 
  • Developed, manage and facilitate various blogs including School Library, Classroom, Travel Buddy (in conjunction with various other school libraries within my district), Lego Robotics, Information Literacy (current university studies) as well as guiding individual students in their own blog management (e.g. Sarah)
  • Introductory stages of implementing a school iPad program
  • School coordinator of Education Queensland's U2B (Upper 2 bands) maths online learning program 
  • Support parents in proper library procedures and communicate regularly through fortnightly online newsletters
  • School website design, coordination and maintenance
  • Provide literature guidance and a stimulating environment which promotes and supports a love of reading
  • Facilitator of Professional Development for all staff in ICT’s (including iPads)
  • Actively involved in the schools extra curricular program including facilitator of the bi-weekly Lego Robotics Club (team entry in First Lego League Competition 2012)
  • OneSchool Administrator – including reporting, curriculum, behaviour, roll marking and timetabling
  • Attend and supervise major school functions/events, such as the school disco and fete
  • Attend regular meetings with the principal
  • Participate in and occasionally run whole school, junior and senior assemblies
  • Attend operational meetings such as Year Level Coordinators and Program Managers
  • Managed Internet Service (MIS) Administrator
  • Digital Pedagogical Licence holder (Education Queensland's second level of the Smart Classrooms Professional Development Framework)
  • ICT and Resource Centre coordinator (including budgets)
  • Coordinator of yearly Reader’s Cup competition (interschool)
  • Administering the web-based library system (Oliver)
  • Coordinate Book Fairs, Book Week and other literature based activities throughout the year
  • Manage the day to day running of the library ensuring resources and equipment are ordered, well maintained and readily available to students and staff
  • Fulfill all professional obligations relating to the effective running of the Library, administration and delivery of the curriculum; which include: meeting all deadlines, fulfilling timetable commitment, fulfilling supervisory duties, maintaining good order and discipline among students in accordance with the school’s procedures, encourage excellent learning habits with regard to punctuality, behaviour, standards of work/homework, managing and developing Library Assistant
  • Coordinate lunchtime activities including student clubs (Reading and Writing, Book Club, Drawing, Games), Lego Robotics, dancing, computer games, Wii and chess 
  • Coordinate student library helpers
  • Continual participation in professional development including library network meetings, State Library conferences, ICT Learning Innovation Centre (Sunshine Coast), Syba Signs conferences, Education Queensland online workshops
  • Member of ICT and Literacy committees
  • Remain abreast of developments in education generally, but specifically within the areas of Teacher Librarianship, Children’s Literature and the use of information technology
Jan 2008Dec 2008

Prep Teacher

Camira State School
  • Planned and taught lessons to engage Prep students and stimulate their intellectual curiosity within the context of the Early Years Curriculum Guidelines
  • Studied to obtain Pedagogical License (ICT course)
  • Produced digital portfolios for every child at year end
  • Continual use of Early Childhood philosophy, based on children’s interests, free choice, small group activities, whole class
  • Continual use of ICT in classroom, set up of a virtual classroom that children had access to at home
  • Participation in professional development 
Jan 2005Dec 2007

Year 1 and Composite 1/2 Teacher

Camira State School
  • Taught a composite Year 1 and 2 class for 1 year
  • Participated in team teaching
  • Member of technology, prep teams and social club
  • Assisted in set up of school website
  • Consistent use of behavioural management skills
Oct 2004Dec 2004

Supply Teacher

Kenmore and Coorparoo State Schools
  • Taught children aged 5-7 when their teachers were away
Sep 2003Jul 2004

Year 1 Teacher

Spring Grove Primary School
  • Effective delivery of the English National Curriculum
  • Organised and conducted end of year school play production and class assemblies
  • Multicultural classroom
  • Effective use of an interactive whiteboard in classroom
  • Frequently attended professional development courses after school hours
Jan 2003Jul 2003

Year 1 Teacher

Alma Primary School
  • Educated children with English as a second language (ESL)
  • Multicultural classroom
  • Effective delivery of the English National Curriculum
Mar 2002Dec 2002

Year 2 Teacher

Moorooka State School
  • Planned to meet the needs and interests of the children through effective delivery of the Queensland Curriculum
  • Provided a positive, supportive, stimulated and challenging environment to meet the needs of every child
  • Organised and conducted school excursions
  • Attended regular staff meetings to discuss the schools needs
  • Conducted Year 2 Diagnostic Net validation and moderation
Feb 2000Dec 2001

Year 1 Teacher

Tannum Sands State School
  • Coached a Year 6 girls netball team
  • Supervised a group of 15 children for 6 weeks while doing a web page design course
  • Participated in team teaching
  • Planned to meet the needs and interests of the children through effective delivery of the Queensland curriculum
  • Provided a positive, supportive, stimulated and challenging environment to meet the needs of every child
  • Organised and conducted school excursions
  • Attended regular staff meetings to discuss the schools needs
  • This teaching experience was considered country service
Jan 1999Feb 2000

Year 2 Teacher

Moura State School
  • Coached local swim team (advanced children)
  • Swimming Club Treasurer (for one season)
  • Participated in team teaching
  • Conducted Year 2 Diagnostic Net validation and moderation
  • Planned to meet the needs and interests of the children through effective delivery of the Queensland curriculum
  • Provided a positive, supportive, stimulated and challenging environment to meet the needs of every child
  • Organised and conducted school excursions
  • Attended regular staff meetings to discuss the schools needs
  • This teaching experience was considered country service
Feb 1998Dec 1999

Sales Assistant (Part-time)

Scribblers Card and Stationery

Worked as a sales assistant whilst continuing my studies in teaching

Aug 1996Feb 1998

Accountant

Calabro Partners

Worked in Litigation and Liquidation

Mar 1995Jul 1996

Front Office Clerk

Windsor Hilton

Worked as Front Office Clerk, Executive Floor Assistant and manned the phones in both Reservations and Switchboard

Jun 1994Aug 1994

Lifeguard

Camp Counsellors USA

Worked at a Girl Guides camp (aged 5-12) north of Detroit. Children spent a week at a time at the camp for a total of 8 weeks. 

Aug 1993May 1994

Accountant

Calabro and Co
Feb 1986Jul 1993

Sales Assistant (Part-time)

Scribblers Card and Stationery

Education

Feb 1998Dec 1998

Graduate Diploma in Education (Pre-service) - Early Childhood

Queensland University of technology (QUT), Kelvin Grove

Teaching Practice:    

  • St Lucia Kindergarten – 12 days and 2 Fridays
  • Moorooka State Primary School – Year 2 (2 weeks)
  • Pullenvale State School – Year 3 (3 weeks – S1 rating)
  • Fig Tree Pocket Early Childhood Centre (3 weeks)

On all teaching practices, I was responsible for:

  • Planning and implementing small and whole group activities
  • Observing and recording information about individual children

Skills

Information Communication Technology
Transliteracy (literacy across multiple media) and youth including: digital storytelling and creativity, youth information-seeking behaviour (including Guided Inquiry), online learning and information fluency Develop and manage various blogs (as above)  Both Apple and Microsoft software including iPad, iPod, iPhone Interactive Whiteboards Education Queensland - Virtual Classrooms and Ed Studios (online collaborate classroom platforms)  The Learning Place (Education Queensland learning platform) NXT Lego Robotics and Bee Bots Digital citizenship whole school program Initial stages of whole school iPad implementation program Develop Youtube educational videos (eg online searching) Whole school staff ICT Professional Development School website coordination and maintenance    

References

Maureen Buckby

Maureen was the headteacher when I worked at Spring Grove Primary in London in 2003/2004

Gillian Croaker

Gillian has been my principal for 9 years at Camira State School. 

Suzanne Wicht

Suzanne is a very good friend of mine whom I have taught with at Moorooka State School.

Short Courses

  • Information Landscapes for 21C Learners (Dr Joyce Valenza)
  • 1 week course in Early Childhood at Reggio Emilia in Italy
  • Teacher Librarian Summit - eBooks and Bytes 
  • Creating Future Libraries annual conference
  • Lego Robotics
  • Smart Classrooms ICT Certificate
  • H.E.R.T First Aid and CPR (Dec 2012)
  • Education Queensland Website for Schools workshops (5 hrs)
  • SLAQ/IASL joint conference - School Libraries in Action (2 days) 
  • Copyright - 2010
  • A Blooming Gr8 Day - Bloom's Digital Taxonomy
  • Multimedia workshop (Film)
  • Master Class Digital Pedagogy Leadership – Early Phase of Learning
  • Something that begins with play – Interactive Learning in the Early Phase conference
  • Blast - Interactive Learning in the Middle Phase conference
  • Prep Teacher Professional Development Program
  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention
  • Disability and Diversity Workshop
  • Working Mathematically Seminar
  • Introducing Prep – Curriculum implications for the early phase of schooling
  • Early Childhood Professional Education Course

Vision, Characteristics and Strengths

Career Objective

To lead staff and students in a supportive school environment where the development of skills and knowledge is prized and where people are valued for their contribution

Personal Characteristics

Hard working, responsible, enthusiastic and excellent interpersonal skills

Patient, dedicated and goal oriented 

Key Strengths

Strong leadership skills

Competent in Information Communication Technology (ICT)

Library management skills

Team player

Effective planning

Committed to teaching Prep to Year 7

Exceptional rapport with parents and colleagues

Excellent time management skills

Creative and willing to try something new

Interest

  • Evolving role of the teacher librarian
  • Online communities of practice
  • Twitter (pcala2)
  • Reggio Emilia Teaching Philosophy (Early Childhood) 
  • Travel
  • Cycling, swimming, running (triathlons)
  • Competing in Fun Runs (B2B, City2South, GC Half)
  • Golf, tennis, netball
  • Facebook, itunes, RSS feeds, Skype
  • Photography
  • Catching up with friends