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Summary

I have been teaching for 17 years. I previously worked as a senior teacher and team leader at a large urban primary school in South Auckland. When my family relocated to Palmerston North at the beginning of last year, I took up a fixed term, Scale A position at Rongotea School and was offered a permanent position for 2016. I have also been appointed as Curriculum Development Leader for this year and will be Acting Deputy Principal in Term 4.

 I have extensive experience in team leadership, curriculum development and assessment processes and interpretation, including e-asTTle and Star.

I have taken a leadership role in literacy across the school as well as mentoring teachers from other schools who were new to our cluster to develop their literacy teaching skills. I believe in leadership by example and from the middle...learning alongside other teachers and students to improve the teaching and learning experiences, and achievement for all.

I also have experience in using both GAFE and Office 365 to support and enhance classroom learning.

Contact Details

442 Albert Street

Hokowhitu

Palmerston North

Phone Numbers

Home: 06 359 4985

Mobile: 0204 073 5948

email camnruth@xtra.co.nz

Skills and Abilities

I have 17 years of teaching experience across the junior levels. Most recently I have taught Year 4 and Year 5 classes and I for 8 years I was a Senior Teacher/ Team Leader for  Year 3 and 4 team.

  • Motivated and dedicated classroom teacher, focused on supporting each student to reach their potential, building positive relationships with the students as well as between them.
  • Experienced in leading change, leading staff and team meetings, modelling to other teachers, observing and supporting teachers to improve their own practice
  • Strength in literacy learning, building literacy strategies, skills and knowledge
  • Strength in maths teaching and developing strong maths programmes
  • Strong belief in encouraging students to understand their own learning needs and achievements through formative assessment, self and peer assessment and feedback
  • Explicit teaching around mindset and self-regulation
  • Commitment to culturally responsive pedagogy - with a strong belief in the reciprocal nature of teaching and learning, and the need to build strong relationships with students and between students
  • Use of ‘teaching as inquiry’ model to monitor student achievement and the effectiveness and the impact of my teaching
  • Innate curiosity and analytical mind, driven to seek out new ways of doing things and to critically examine own practice
  • Open to new learning, new ideas and new approaches to teaching and learning
  • Passion for science teaching and learning
  • Use of ICT to support learning in the classroom, including using Office 365, GAFE,  Storybird, Mathletics and a range of other tools
  • Experienced in leading and mentoring teachers.
  • Organisation of events for the school, such as Rippa Rugby and football tournament days, WearableArts Show, team trips, Living Museums, School Production, Camp etc.
  • Monitoring and purchasing appropriate resources to support learning

Work History

Jan 2015Present

Curriculum Development Leader/Acting Deputy Principal (Term 4)

Rongotea School

This is a summary of my main areas of responsibility in my role at Rongotea School.

  • Lead review process and development on local curriculum for the school, with a major focus on maths  this year (and a minor focus on writing)
  • Lead the review of assessment practices across the school, taking into account the purpose and timing of assessments
  • Introduction of e-asTTle reading and writing assessments and the interpretation of the data gathered using these tools
  • Lead discussions and beginning the process of reviewing report formats and the timings of when to report to parents
  • ALiM Lead teacher. Developing the ALiM programme. Identifying students to be targeted, developing programmes to meet the needs of those students, monitor their progress,
  • Also as part of ALiM leading a review of school practices and programmes in maths and identifying ways to move forward as a school
  • Develop ways to engage parents in their children's learning. I am currently exploring ways to share information digitally with parents and we are also planning a maths evening to share and explain how maths is being taught at school and how they can support their children at home
  • Directed school production 
  • Class camp organisation
Feb 2006Dec 2014

Senior Teacher/Team Leader

Opaheke School

This is a summary of the main areas of responsibility in these roles. I was the Year 3 and 4 Team Leader at Opaheke School. In this role my responsibilities included:

  • Leading discussions around raising student achievement, particularly in reading and writing, but also in other areas
  • Monitoring and appraising teacher performance in line with the school guidelines and relevant teacher standards
  • Organising and co-ordinating team events, such as trips, special sporting activities, concert performances, science exhibitions, wearable arts shows, living museums
  • Purchasing and maintaining team resources
  • Contributing to the management team decision making process through Team Leader/Senior Teacher meetings
  • Explaining and implementing management decisions in the team
  • Supporting team members in their work with challenging students
  • Supporting other team members when meeting with parents
  • Developing home-school partnerships  - with parent information evenings, blogs, newsletters and inviting parents into class to observe and take part in lessons
Feb 2010Dec 2014

School-Wide Literacy Leader

Opaheke School

I was also a school wide Literacy Leader. This was a role which first came about as part of the Papakura Achievement Initiative which was aimed at raising student achievement initially in reading and then later in writing.

  • School-wide Literacy Leadership - leading PD and moderation sessions
  • Mentoring other staff members in developing quality reading and writing programmes
  • Observing and feeding back to teachers on their practice
  • Reading relevant research, attending workshops to develop my own skills in this area, and using this knowledge to support others in improving their practice
  • Leading discussions around student achievement in reading and helping teachers to find ways to raise achievement levels for individuals and groups of students
  • Collecting, analysing and reporting on student achievement data and using this to inform future teaching and learning programmes
  • Leading school wide writing moderation exercises using asTTle writing resources

Feb 2011Dec 2012

Cluster Induction Mentor

Opaheke School

During 2011 and 2012 I was the Cluster Induction Mentor for the Papakura cluster of schools. The aim of this programme was to support teachers who were coming in to Papakura schools in learning about and applying the knowledge, skills and approaches that had been introduced during the Papakura Achievement Initiative. This involved:

  • Planning and leading workshops for Year 3 and 4 teachers who were new to the schools in the cluster based around practical help on how to go about organising a reading programme in line with the principles of the Papakura Achievement Initiative
  • Teaching demonstration lessons for those teachers
  • Sharing ideas and resources to support those new teachers as they begin to implement new initiatives in their programme  
Jan 2004Dec 2014

Science Curriculum Leader

Opaheke School

As the science curriculum leader my responsibilities included

  • Reviewing resources that could be used to support learning in science
  • Offering advise and assistance to other teachers in respect to teaching and learning in science
  • Reviewing the school science curriculum
Mar 2013Dec 2014

ALL Project Lead Teacher

Opaheke School

During 2013 and 2014 I was also  the Lead Teacher for the ALL (Accelerated Learning in Literacy) programme at Opaheke. Some of the key activities in this role included:

  • Designing an intervention to raise the achievement of  low achieving students in writing as a model for the school to follow next year
  • Meeting with and explaining the intervention to the parents of the students
  • Gathering student voice and using this to inform teaching
  • Explaining and demonstrating to the students what they need to learn and how much progress they need to make
  • Maintaining regular contact with parents to keep them informed of progress and to encourage their involvement in their child’s learning
  • Working with the students daily in explicit group teaching sessions with a focus on self and peer assessment and feedback
  • Making formative assessment of the students work daily and planning the next lesson in direct response to the day’s learning
  • Monitoring and assessing progress
  • Reporting to senior management, parents and the board on the progress and results of the programme

I have also used blogs to communicate with parents to share learning immediately and for students to receive encouragement from their family.

Education

Jan 1997Dec 1997

Graduate Diploma in Teaching

Unitec
Oct 1988Jun 1991

BSc(Hons) Agricultural Economics

Wye College, London University

Other Relevant Experience

Other Relevant Experience During my time at Opaheke School, I have also held the following responsibilities: 
Tutor teacher to provisionally registered teachers 
Associate teacher to student teachers 
Teacher with Library Responsibilities.  
PTA teacher representative 
Special Needs Committee member 
ICT team member 
Knowledgenet team 
Assessment team member 
Maths team member 

Referees

Murray Wratt

Retired Principal,

178a State Highway 2,

RD1 Pokeno 2471

North Waikato

Ph: 09 23361656

Mobile: 021 113 7922

email: murray.wratt@gmail.com

Brenda Marquet

Deputy Principal,

Opaheke School

Tasman Drive

Papakura

Auckland 2110 
Ph: Work 09 298 5410      

Home 09 

Email: brendam@opaheke.school.nz

Nikkie Laing

Associate Principal,

Opaheke School

Tasman Drive

Papakura

Auckland 2110 
Ph: Work 09 298 5410      

Home 09 296 5881

Email: nikkiel@opaheke.school.nz

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