Employment History

 

 

Brief Summary of My Employment History

After completing my Bachelor of Education in November 2013 I began applying for work. I received my first contract in January 2014 and moved to the Kimberly and later the Pilbara for five terms at three different schools. I loved living and working in the Kimberly and the Pilbara. I especially enjoyed my time at Wangkatjungka Remote Community. I saw no problems with living remote and could have happily lived out there for the rest of my life. As a consequence of not acknowledging the so called issues of living in remote areas was rejected from the Remote Teaching Pool. In April 2015 I got engaged and after being rejected from the remote pool for the third time I made the decision to move back to the Perth Metropolitan Area. During our engagement I moved back in with my parents in Rockingham I worked at a child care centre in Warwick. When the morning two and a half hour commute got to much for me I began doing relief teaching at primary schools around the Peel Area and Southern Metropolitan Suburbs. After James and I married I moved to East Perth and continued relief teaching while also working at a petrol station in Mandurah. In January 2016 I started the Switch program for Design and Technology. While still completing this program I received a one term contract at Bullsbrook College. The high needs of this classroom caused me to fail one assignment of the Switch program and as a consequence I have still yet to complete the program. After working at Bullsbrook I went back to relief teaching. Majority of my work came from East Waikiki Primary School. I was offered a contract on term by term bases covering for a teacher on sick leave. This contract saw me employed from April 2017 to December 2018.

For details of each place I have worked please click the links below. Alternatively you can scroll down through this page to see my employment history in order from most recent.

Comet Bay College

July 2019 – December 2019

Design and Technology Teacher

Years 7-10

I began working at Comet Bay at a relief teacher at the beginning of term 3 2019. By the end of week 3 I was asked to begin working full time. I taught a variety of subjects and year groups in the design and technology learning area:

  • Year 7 Woodwork
  • Year 8 Fashion Designs
  • Year 8 Electronics
  • Year 8 Mechanics
  • Year 9 Electronics
  • Year 10 Mechanics
  • Year 10 Engineering and Mechatronics

Before starting at Comet Bay I felt under skilled to teach these subjects. However, as the semester continued and after spending many of my D.O.T.T. periods working closely with my colleagues to develop my skill, I felt more confidant.

I enjoyed teaching Electronics and Engineering and would love to continue expanding my skills and knowledge in these subjects areas in the future. Teaching at Comet Bay has been an amazing learning opportunity and I feel that working there has greatly improved my teaching strategies and developed my skill set. 

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborating with other teachers to plan for years 7 to 10 across a variety of Design and Technology subjects including: Mechanics, Engineering, Electronics, Wood Work, Metal Work and Textiles.
  • Assessment for the above-mentioned subject areas and year groups
  • Communicating and collaborating with other professionals within the school.
  • Communicating with parents and caregivers
  • Organising and implementing behavioural management strategies.

 

Key Achievements:

  • Built relationships with students, parents, caregivers and other staff.
  • Developed skills and knowledge in Engineering and Mechatronics, Electronics and Mechanics including learning how to solder, how a PCB works, parts of an engine etc.
  • Working closely with colleagues to expand my skill set and design and technology knowledge.
  • Learnt how the make and edit Reporting Outlines and use Comment bank on Reporting to Parents.
  • Learnt many necessary skills for working in a high school setting verses a primary school setting 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Planning for and teaching all learning areas for year 3 students (excluding Science, LOTE, Performing Arts, and Physical Education)
  • Assessment for all learning areas for year 3 students (excluding Science, LOTE, Performing Arts, and Physical Education)
  • Communicating and collaborating with other professionals within the school.
  • Communicate with parents and caregivers.
  • Organising and implementing classroom procedures.
  • Organising and implementing behavioural management strategies.
  • Creating IEP’s.
  • Communicating with SSEND and Rocky Bay regarding  Jack*.

Key Achievements:

  • Development of plans to monitor/calm Bob’s* outbursts and prevent these outbursts.
  • Developing, organising and implementing a Harry Potter themed behavioural management program that was enjoyed by the students.
  • Built a love for reading within my classroom by immersing my students in J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter in 2017 and Emily Rodda’s Deltora Quest in 2018.
  • Assisting a graduate teacher in planning and assessing for her class.
  • Organising an excursion for all the year 3 students at East Waikiki Primary School.
  • Built relationships with students, parents, caregivers and other staff.
  • Acedemic improvements for special needs students.

East Waikiki

Primary School

April 2017 – December 2018

Classroom Teacher

Year 3

2017:

I taught at East Waikiki Primary School from the beginning of term 2 2017 covering for Mrs Melanie Woolf who was away on extended sick leave. This was a full time term by term contract. When I stepped into the classroom everything was in disarray as the class had many relief teachers in Term 1. I had to reestablish order in the classroom. I started by introducing a rewards system using a classroom currency and jobs within the classroom. The students enjoyed this system and most quickly changed their behavior to earn the rewards. However, there was one student in the room, Bob*, who had a troubled home life and this came out in violent outbursts directed at other children and teachers. Using a calm and gentle approach I was able to get Bob* to open up to me. With the admin staff we organised plans to monitor and prevent his outbursts. We also organised plans to ensure the safety of other students in case he had an outburst. 

In Semester two Bob* left the school. Many students in my classroom enjoyed the Harry Potter series so I implemented Harry Potter themed behaviour management and grouping. The students loved it and asked if we could have a whole class Book Week costume. Together we decided on characters and costumes and all twenty one students received an individual character from within the Harry Potter world. Later in the term we had a great feast and house cup ceremony as our end of term party. The students asked our school principal to come and award the house cup to the group with the most points.

2018:

In 2018, I was given a 4 day a week fixed term contract on a term by term bases. Melanie desired to return from sick leave for one day a week. Sadly, Melanie was unable to fulfill her desire to return to work at any point during 2018. Because she was unable to return I worked full time. In 2018 I had a class of 21 year 3 students again. This cohort of students were very bright and mature. However in my classroom I had two students who were unable to read or write and four other students who were suspected to have Learning Disabilities. One of these students, Jack* was diagnosed with autism and low IQ at the end of 2017. It was recommended Jack* attend a special needs school. However his family wanted him in Mainstream education. Jack began the year at the mental age of a toddler and did not understand much of what was happening in the room. He could not participate in any year 3 work and had his own curriculum. When left to work independently he would start throwing items in the classroom. Through working with admin staff, previous teachers, SSEND, Rocky Bay and Jack’s* mother and grandmother we were able to establish plans for Jack*. He had EA allocation. The EA’s that worked with him spent the year focusing on basic literacy and numeracy skills.

By the end of the year Jack* was able to identify all the letters of the alphabet and write most of them unassisted. He could also count to 20 without assistance and add and subtract numbers less than 10 when using concrete materials. Our greatest achievement was that Jack* could now write his full name and was beginning to sound out CVC words. While EA’s worked with Jack* I focused on Jill*. Jill* had poor attendance and was often very late for school. Although she was behind academically she was a polite and well behaved student. Jill* wanted to succeed and was like a sponge. By the end of the year her attendance had improved greatly. She was now a C grade in Math and able to independently sound out simple words. Her Oxford Words went from one at the start of the year to 124 at the end of the year.

Photos: 2017 Book Week dress up day and 2018 the day we made slime as part of our study of procedures.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Planning for and teaching all learning areas for year 3 students (excluding Science, LOTE, Performing Arts, and Physical Education)
  • Assessment for all learning areas for year 3 students (excluding Science, LOTE, Performing Arts, and Physical Education)
  • Communicating and collaborating with other professionals within the school.
  • Communicate with parents and caregivers.
  • Organising and implementing classroom procedures.
  • Organising and implementing behavioural management strategies.
  • Creating IEP’s.
  • Communicating with SSEND and Rocky Bay regarding  Jack*.

Key Achievements:

  • Development of plans to monitor/calm Bob’s* outbursts and prevent these outbursts.
  • Developing, organising and implementing a Harry Potter themed behavioural management program that was enjoyed by the students.
  • Built a love for reading within my classroom by immersing my students in J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter in 2017 and Emily Rodda’s Deltora Quest in 2018.
  • Assisting a graduate teacher in planning and assessing for her class.
  • Organising an excursion for all the year 3 students at East Waikiki Primary School.
  • Built relationships with students, parents, caregivers and other staff.
  • Acedemic improvements for special needs students.

Relief Teaching

November 2015 – April 2017

January 2019 July 2019 

Various ages and schools

Between my contracts I have had the pleasure of working within a variety of schools as a relief teacher. One of the great pleasures of relief teaching is that I am able to see what other teachers are doing in their classrooms. My experience relief teaching has broadened my teaching strategies and knowledge of different whole school curriculum and programs. Some programs I am familiar are mentioned on my home page. 

Working in relief teaching taught me to communicate more with other staff with in the school. I also enjoy meeting new Admin staff and having the opportunity to gain knowledge from them. I am not afraid to ask for help or offer help. After all teaching is a collaborative practice.

All schools have a whole school behaviour management system in place. Working at a huge variety of schools has allowed me to see many different strategies in action. I learnt to quickly adapt to different schools policies.  Moreover through relief teaching I have had the opportunity to trial different behaviour management strategies. It is well known that students often try to misbehave for relief staff. I have found that the gentle but firm approach works best.

As a relief teacher I have the opportunity to work across every year group. This has endowed me with a broad range of curriculum knowledge. I have been able to see and use a variety of recording and assessment strategies. 

Sometimes I was called in with very little notice and arrived in the classroom to find no plan for the day had been left. These situations taught me to think on my feet. I am able to plan lessons at short notice by looking at what is around me. I also have a go to pack for different age groups and a variety of quick no printing needed lessons that cover the Australian Curriculum outcomes. 

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Communicating and collaborating with other professionals within the school.
  • Communicating with parents and caregivers
  • Reading and implementing classroom procedures and lessons that are left by the Classroom teacher.
  • Quickly planning for all learning areas for students between kindergarten and year 6 based around what they have been studying in their classroom, the Early Learning Years Framework and the Australian Curriculum when no relief pack has been left.
  • Implementing behavioural management strategies based on the classroom teacher’s strategies and the school’s behavioural management plan.
  • Organising and implementing behavioural management strategies when no classroom or school strategies are in place.

Key Achievements:

  • Working collaboratively with other school staff.
  • Built relationships with students, parents, caregivers and other staff in a short space of time.
  • Working flexibly within the school.
  • Working at Armadale Senior High School in the Design and Technology department.
  • Working at short notice.
  • Coming into classrooms at short notice and having to make lessons on the spot because nothing has been left by the regular classroom teacher.
  • Teaching music and sport.
  • Adapting to different schools procedures.

Relief Teaching

November 2015 – April 2017

January 2019 – July 2019

Various ages and schools

Between my contracts I have had the pleasure of working within a variety of schools as a relief teacher. One of the great pleasures of relief teaching is that I am able to see what other teachers are doing in their classrooms. My experience relief teaching has broadened my teaching strategies and knowledge of different whole school curriculum and programs. Some programs I am familiar are mentioned on my home page.

Working in relief teaching taught me to communicate more with other staff with in the school. I also enjoy meeting new Admin staff and having the opportunity to gain knowledge from them. I am not afraid to ask for help or offer help. After all teaching is a collaborative practice.

All schools have a whole school behaviour management system in place. Working at a huge variety of schools has allowed me to see many different strategies in action. I learnt to quickly adapt to different schools policies.  Moreover through relief teaching I have had the opportunity to trial different behaviour management strategies. It is well known that students often try to misbehave for relief staff. I have found that the gentle but firm approach works best.

As a relief teacher I have the opportunity to work across every year group. This has endowed me with a broad range of curriculum knowledge. I have been able to see and use a variety of recording and assessment strategies.

Sometimes I was called in with very little notice and arrived in the classroom to find no plan for the day had been left. These situations taught me to think on my feet. I am able to plan lessons at short notice by looking at what is around me. I also have a go to pack for different age groups and a variety of quick no printing needed lessons that cover the Australian Curriculum outcomes.

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Communicating and collaborating with other professionals within the school.
  • Communicating with parents and caregivers
  • Reading and implementing classroom procedures and lessons that are left by the Classroom teacher.
  • Quickly planning for all learning areas for students between kindergarten and year 6 based around what they have been studying in their classroom, the Early Learning Years Framework and the Australian Curriculum when no relief pack has been left.
  • Implementing behavioural management strategies based on the classroom teacher’s strategies and the school’s behavioural management plan.
  • Organising and implementing behavioural management strategies when no classroom or school strategies are in place.

Key Achievements:

  • Working collaboratively with other school staff.
  • Built relationships with students, parents, caregivers and other staff in a short space of time.
  • Working flexibly within the school.
  • Working at Armadale Senior High School in the Design and Technology department.
  • Working at short notice.
  • Coming into classrooms at short notice and having to make lessons on the spot because nothing has been left by the regular classroom teacher.
  • Teaching music and sport.
  • Adapting to different schools procedures.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Planning for and teaching all learning areas for year 6 students (excluding Science, LOTE, Performing Arts, and Physical Education)
  • Assessment for all learning areas for year 6 students (excluding Science, LOTE, Performing Arts, and Physical Education)
  • Communicating and collaborating with other professionals within the school.
  • Communicate with parents and caregivers
  • Organising and implementing classroom procedures
  • Organising and implementing behavioural management strategies.

Key Achievements:

  • Developing, organising and implementing a classroom currency based behavioural management program. This program encouraged work ethic, teamwork skills, communication, and courteous behaviour while teaching money managing skills.
  • Working collaboratively with the other teaching staff.
  • Built relationships with students, parents, caregivers and other staff.
  • Developing a possitive relationship with a student with Oppositional Defiant Disorder.

Bullsbrook College

April 2016 – July 2016

Classroom teacher

Year 6 

In April 2016 I was employed at Bullsbrook College on a one term contract teaching year 6. In my classroom, there was a student with cerebral palsy. He was entitled to EA time however did not require it. There was also a student in my class with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (Bob*) and a student being assessed for Dyslexia (Jack*). The EA worked closely with these two students under my instructions while I worked with the remainder of the class.

While there I organised for Jack* to receive intervention. Jack* was working at a year 2 level across all learning areas. He had a negative opinion of school. I spent the term working to change his opinion of school. By the end of the term he enjoyed school and was more willing to challenge himself.

I also developed a relationship with Bob*. He opened up to me about his life outside of school and how he was feeling about school and home. I was able to take this information to the admin staff and began setting up a behaviour management plan with him that had rewards he had chosen. His behaviour towards the end of the term had greatly improved. 

 

Bullsbrook College

April 2016 – July 2016

Classroom teacher

Year 6 

In April 2016 I was employed at Bullsbrook College on a one term contract teaching year 6. In my classroom, there was a student with cerebral palsy. He was entitled to EA time however did not require it. There was also a student in my class with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (Bob*) and a student being assessed for Dyslexia (Jack*). The EA worked closely with these two students under my instructions while I worked with the remainder of the class.

While there I organised for Jack* to receive intervention. Jack* was working at a year 2 level across all learning areas. He had a negative opinion of school. I spent the term working to change his opinion of school. By the end of the term he enjoyed school and was more willing to challenge himself.

I also developed a relationship with Bob*. He opened up to me about his life outside of school and how he was feeling about school and home. I was able to take this information to the admin staff and began setting up a behaviour management plan with him that had rewards he had chosen. His behaviour towards the end of the term had greatly improved. 

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Planning for and teaching all learning areas for year 6 students (excluding Science, LOTE, Performing Arts, and Physical Education)
  • Assessment for all learning areas for year 6 students (excluding Science, LOTE, Performing Arts, and Physical Education)
  • Communicating and collaborating with other professionals within the school.
  • Communicate with parents and caregivers
  • Organising and implementing classroom procedures
  • Organising and implementing behavioural management strategies.

Key Achievements:

  • Developing, organising and implementing a classroom currency based behavioural management program. This program encouraged work ethic, teamwork skills, communication, and courteous behaviour while teaching money managing skills.
  • Working collaboratively with the other teaching staff.
  • Built relationships with students, parents, caregivers and other staff.
  • Developing a possitive relationship with a student with Oppositional Defiant Disorder.

Woolwoths Petrol Mandurah

April 2015 – January 2016

While I was studying to be a teacher I worked for Woolworths petrol in Warnbro Fair. The 2IC at the Warnbro Fair became the store manager at Mandurah. Abishek and I had developed a professional relationship in my time at Warnbro Fair. So when he was aware that I was without a job he phoned me and offered for me to come work with him again. He asked for my help in improving the upselling at Woolworths Petrol Mandurah. 

Abishek and I worked together to make signs for in-store and to train staff in customer service. I had previously recieved customer service awards while working for Woolworths. As many of my colleagues had thick accents I often was asked to calm disgruntled customers. I would do this by following Woolworths policies and remaining calm and polite at all times. Even when customers would shout and swear I kept my calm. 

I rearranged the storeroom and cool room for maximum efficiency. Previous to me working there the storeroom and cool room was not organised in an effective manner. A lot of stock was having to be reduced because it was not being rotated correctly or was lost in the storerooms. I trained others how to rotate stock correctly. These changed reduced the amount of waste and boosted profits. This, in turn, made it easier when ordering stock and receiving orders.  

Key Responsibilities:

  • Serving and communicating with customers.
  • Receiving stock orders and keeping the stock organised.
  • Counting the till (End of shift)
  • End of day transactions.
  • Cleaning (Toilets, storefront, coffee machine, food preparation areas, storeroom, and service area)
  • Working as a team to ensure the store runs smoothly.
  • Communicating with team members to maintain a professional relationship.

Key Achievements:

  • Building a good repour with regular customers.
  • Assisting in sales ideas to boost sales of the focus product. These ideas were used and boosted sales to the top in Western Australia at Woolworths Petrol stations.
  • Defusing angry customers when a situation at the pump has upset them by: listening to the problem, sympathising with the customer, remaining calm, and suggesting a solution to the problem on a near weekly basis.

Woolwoths Petrol Mandurah

April 2015 – January 2016

While I was studying to be a teacher I worked for Woolworths petrol in Warnbro Fair. The 2IC at the Warnbro Fair became the store manager at Mandurah. Abishek and I had developed a professional relationship in my time at Warnbro Fair. So when he was aware that I was without a job he phoned me and offered for me to come work with him again. He asked for my help in improving the upselling at Woolworths Petrol Mandurah.

Abishek and I worked together to make signs for in-store and to train staff in customer service. I had previously recieved customer service awards while working for Woolworths. As many of my colleagues had thick accents I often was asked to calm disgruntled customers. I would do this by following Woolworths policies and remaining calm and polite at all times. Even when customers would shout and swear I kept my calm.

I rearranged the storeroom and cool room for maximum efficiency. Previous to me working there the storeroom and cool room was not organised in an effective manner. A lot of stock was having to be reduced because it was not being rotated correctly or was lost in the storerooms. I trained others how to rotate stock correctly. These changed reduced the amount of waste and boosted profits. This, in turn, made it easier when ordering stock and receiving orders.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Serving and communicating with customers.
  • Receiving stock orders and keeping the stock organised.
  • Counting the till (End of shift)
  • End of day transactions.
  • Cleaning (Toilets, storefront, coffee machine, food preparation areas, storeroom, and service area)
  • Working as a team to ensure the store runs smoothly.
  • Communicating with team members to maintain a professional relationship.

Key Achievements:

  • Building a good repour with regular customers.
  • Assisting in sales ideas to boost sales of the focus product. These ideas were used and boosted sales to the top in Western Australia at Woolworths Petrol stations.
  • Defusing angry customers when a situation at the pump has upset them by: listening to the problem, sympathising with the customer, remaining calm, and suggesting a solution to the problem on a near weekly basis.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Communicating and collaborating with other professionals within the centre.
  • Communicating with parents and caregivers • Organising and implementing classroom procedures
  • Creating learning chronicles.
  • Changing nappies
  • Checking children to adult ratios
  • Serving meals
  • Set up the classroom to encourage student learning
  • Plan for learning using the ELYF

Key Achievements:

  • Working collaboratively with the other centre staff.
  • Built relationships with students, parents, caregivers and other staff.
  • Implementing an oral phonics program using cued articulation to assist students in my classroom with speech development.
  • Setting a shop themed home corner to encourage children to interact.

Community Kids Warwick Early Education Centre

June 2015 – August 2015

Kindy Room Coordinator

for a short period of time, I had the pleasure of working at Community Kids Warwick. I was employed as the Kindy Room Coordinator. When I arrived there was no structure to the learning through play. I set a more kindy classroom setup in the room. I started by organising the learning environment. I rearranged the furniture in the room to set up play based learning oportunities. I created rotating activities that were changed throughout the day. I made a numeracy-focused area, literacy-focused area and oragnised outdoor fundamental movement skills activities.

As part of creating a play based learning environment, I set up a shop themed home corner. The children were able to use this corner to interact and communicate with each other. I put toys on the shelves and children hired toys from each other exchanging custom made play money that was made by the children in the writing corner.

I also implemented story time, music time and traditional kindergarten mat sessions. Furthermore, I encouraged speech development using “Apple apple Song” by Barbara Milne along with Jane Passy’s Cued Articulation.

Community Kids Warwick Early Education Centre

June 2015 – August 2015

Kindy Room Coordinator

for a short period of time, I had the pleasure of working at Community Kids Warwick. I was employed as the Kindy Room Coordinator. When I arrived there was no structure to the learning through play. I set a more kindy classroom setup in the room. I started by organising the learning environment. I rearranged the furniture in the room to set up play based learning oportunities. I created rotating activities that were changed throughout the day. I made a numeracy-focused area, literacy-focused area and oragnised outdoor fundamental movement skills activities.

As part of creating a play based learning environment, I set up a shop themed home corner. The children were able to use this corner to interact and communicate with each other. I put toys on the shelves and children hired toys from each other exchanging custom made play money that was made by the children in the writing corner.

I also implemented story time, music time and traditional kindergarten mat sessions. Furthermore, I encouraged speech development using “Apple apple Song” by Barbara Milne along with Jane Passy’s Cued Articulation.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Communicating and collaborating with other professionals within the centre.
  • Communicating with parents and caregivers • Organising and implementing classroom procedures
  • Creating learning chronicles.
  • Changing nappies
  • Checking children to adult ratios
  • Serving meals
  • Set up the classroom to encourage student learning
  • Plan for learning using the ELYF

Key Achievements:

  • Working collaboratively with the other centre staff.
  • Built relationships with students, parents, caregivers and other staff.
  • Implementing an oral phonics program using cued articulation to assist students in my classroom with speech development.
  • Setting a shop themed home corner to encourage children to interact.

Marble Bar

Primary School

January 2015 – April 2015

Classroom Teacher

Years 2-4

In January 2015 I moved to Marble Bar where I taught the year 2 to 4 students where I worked under the direction of Mike Cuneo. Marble Bar Primary School is a small primary school with three multi-age group classrooms; Kindy-Year 1, Year 2-Year 4, and Year 5+.

The school had four teachers. The school had one specialist teacher who taught Health, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Science for one day a week in each classroom.

Three days a week after lunch the classes would rotate to different teachers for the specialty classes: Sport, Visual Art, and Performing Art. I ran the performing art program. Many students in the year 5+ class enjoyed this program and wanted to be able to participate in performing arts more frequently. Because of this, I set up a Drama Club at lunchtimes. The students with my guidance began to write a Drama Club Play. We developed a plan for costumes, stage props, and backstage organisation to be completely student directed. After planning the script a director was chosen by vote out of the year 6 students. This student and I ran auditions for parts in the Drama Club Play. Parts were issued and students began learning their lines. The play was a 15-minute performance that the students had planned to perform at the end of Term 2.

Sadly I left Marble Bar Primary School at the end of the first term after not being accepted into the remote teaching pool. Although the Drama Club was self-sustaining and student ran I am not certain if it continued after I left.

Key Responsibilities

  • Planning for Literacy and Numeracy for students between year 2 and year 4.
  • Assessment for Literacy and Numeracy for students between year 2 and year 4.
  • Planning for Performing Arts for students between pre-primary and year 6.
  • Assessment for Performing Arts for students between pre-primary and year 6.
  • Communicating and collaborating with other professionals within the school.
  • Communicating with parents and caregivers
  • Organising and implementing classroom procedures
  • Organising and implementing behavioural management strategies.
  • Creating IEP’s.

Key Achievements

  • Developing, organising and implementing the Behavioural management program.
  • Setting up differentiated literacy and numeracy activities.
  • Built relationships with students, parents, caregivers and other staff.
  • Organising and running a drama club during lunch time.
  • Implementing an oral phonics program to assist students in my classroom with speech development issues.

Marble Bar

Primary School

January 2015 – April 2015

Classroom Teacher

Years 2-4

In January 2015 I moved to Marble Bar where I taught the year 2 to 4 students where I worked under the direction of Mike Cuneo. Marble Bar Primary School is a small primary school with three multi-age group classrooms; Kindy-Year 1, Year 2-Year 4, and Year 5+.

The school had four teachers. The school had one specialist teacher who taught Health, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Science for one day a week in each classroom.

Three days a week after lunch the classes would rotate to different teachers for the specialty classes: Sport, Visual Art, and Performing Art. I ran the performing art program. Many students in the year 5+ class enjoyed this program and wanted to be able to participate in performing arts more frequently. Because of this, I set up a Drama Club at lunchtimes. The students with my guidance began to write a Drama Club Play. We developed a plan for costumes, stage props, and backstage organisation to be completely student directed. After planning the script a director was chosen by vote out of the year 6 students. This student and I ran auditions for parts in the Drama Club Play. Parts were issued and students began learning their lines. The play was a 15-minute performance that the students had planned to perform at the end of Term 2.

Sadly I left Marble Bar Primary School at the end of the first term after not being accepted into the remote teaching pool. Although the Drama Club was self-sustaining and student ran I am not certain if it continued after I left.

Key Responsibilities

  • Planning for Literacy and Numeracy for students between year 2 and year 4.
  • Assessment for Literacy and Numeracy for students between year 2 and year 4.
  • Planning for Performing Arts for students between pre-primary and year 6.
  • Assessment for Performing Arts for students between pre-primary and year 6.
  • Communicating and collaborating with other professionals within the school.
  • Communicating with parents and caregivers
  • Organising and implementing classroom procedures
  • Organising and implementing behavioural management strategies.
  • Creating IEP’s.

Key Achievements

  • Developing, organising and implementing the Behavioural management program.
  • Setting up differentiated literacy and numeracy activities.
  • Built relationships with students, parents, caregivers and other staff.
  • Organising and running a drama club during lunch time.
  • Implementing an oral phonics program to assist students in my classroom with speech development issues.

Key Responsibilities

  • Planning for Literacy and Numeracy extension for students between year 1 and year 5 .
  • Assessment for Literacy and Numeracy extension for students between year 1 and year 5.
  • Communicating and collaborating with other professionals within the school.
  • Communicating with parents and caregivers
  • Organising and implement Talented and Gifted Students program (TAGS).

Key Achievements

  • Developing, organising and implementing the TAGS program.
  • Working collaboratively with a multitude of other teaching staff with students in TAGS.
  • Setting up differentiated literacy and numeracy activities.
  • Built relationships with students, parents, caregivers and other staff.

Wickham Primary School

October 2014 – December 2014

Gifted and Talented Program Coordinator and Teacher

In October 2014 I moved to Karratha where I taught at Wickham Primary School running the Talented and Gifted Program. This program did not exist prior to my commencement. I spent the first week setting up the program and discussing with classroom teachers to find which students would benefit from extension. I set my programs around the whole school literacy and numeracy programs. I taught the year 4 and 5 students for two periods four days a week. The other two periods of the day were spent assisting in other classrooms as dirrected by admin. On Wednesday’s I worked with the year 1-3 students in year group 30-minute blocks for literacy extension and 30-minute blocks for numeracy extension. 

The highlight of working in the talented and gifted program was with the year 4 and 5 literacy extension group. I focused this group on engaging their imaginations. We looked at Narrative text structures and broke down what makes a good narrative. After developing an in-depth understanding of setting, the point of view, characterisation, and plot development the students wrote, computer processed and illustrated their own narratives. These narratives were combined to make a book that is now in the school library. 

Wickham Primary School

October 2014 – December 2014

Gifted and Talented Program Coordinator and Teacher

In October 2014 I moved to Karratha where I taught at Wickham Primary School running the Talented and Gifted Program. This program did not exist prior to my commencement. I spent the first week setting up the program and discussing with classroom teachers to find which students would benefit from extension. I set my programs around the whole school literacy and numeracy programs. I taught the year 4 and 5 students for two periods four days a week. The other two periods of the day were spent assisting in other classrooms as dirrected by admin. On Wednesday’s I worked with the year 1-3 students in year group 30-minute blocks for literacy extension and 30-minute blocks for numeracy extension. 

The highlight of working in the talented and gifted program was with the year 4 and 5 literacy extension group. I focused this group on engaging their imaginations. We looked at Narrative text structures and broke down what makes a good narrative. After developing an in-depth understanding of setting, the point of view, characterisation, and plot development the students wrote, computer processed and illustrated their own narratives. These narratives were combined to make a book that is now in the school library. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Planning for Literacy and Numeracy extension for students between year 1 and year 5 .
  • Assessment for Literacy and Numeracy extension for students between year 1 and year 5.
  • Communicating and collaborating with other professionals within the school.
  • Communicating with parents and caregivers
  • Organising and implement Talented and Gifted Students program (TAGS).

Key Achievements

  • Developing, organising and implementing the TAGS program.
  • Working collaboratively with a multitude of other teaching staff with students in TAGS.
  • Setting up differentiated literacy and numeracy activities.
  • Built relationships with students, parents, caregivers and other staff.

Wangkatjungka Remote Community School

January 2014 – September 2014

Classroom Teacher

Kindergarten and Preprimary

In January 2014 I recieved my first contract and moved to Wangkatjungka Remote Community where I taught Kindergarten and Pre-primary until September 2014.

Some of my fondest memories of teaching were made in Wangkatjungka. Working at Wangkatjungka was not just a teaching job. When working in remote communities you have to become part of the community.

With this knowledge before starting my position there, I did everything I could to become a part of the community. I made contact with parents and caregivers and asked to partake in cultural activities. I asked about the history of Wangkatjungka. I invited indigenous staff to come over for dinner and to socialise outside of school.  As a result of my efforts, I truly became part of the community and received a skin name.

Once I received my skin name many of my students began to call me Mum or Aunty. This changed my classroom dynamic and I found that the students treated me with even greater respect than before. People from the community were more willing to talk with me and actively came and volunteered in my classroom.  

Before long I was fully emersed in the aboriginal culture. On weekends I would travel and go camping with my skin family. Nanarn (School AIEO and my skin mum) and Showie (my classroom AIEO and my skin sister) taught me about bush tucker and how to survive in the Kimberly. Nanarn spent time teaching me how to track animals and find water. I had the opportunity to participate in smoking ceremonies and was taught about which plants were needed to make the cleansing smoke. Narnan and Showie also began teaching me Kriol.

The video at the top was made with Indigenous Hip Hop Projects while I was working at the school and effectively portrays life in Wangkatjunka.

The photos of me was taken at a whole school trip to Christmas Creek where we were taught about the uses of ochre for art and for skin care. We were also taught about purifying water with eucalyptus 

Key Responsibilities

  • Planning for the teaching of all Learning Areas (excluding Languages other than English, Music, Health and Physical Education).
  • Assessment of all Learning Areas (excluding Languages other than English, Music, Health and Physical Education.)
  • Communicating and collaborating with other professionals within the school.
  • Communicating with parents and caregivers
  • Teaching life skills including personal hygiene and nutrition.
  • Teaching Australian Standard English
  • Teaching indigenous children with hearing impairments, disabilities and behavioural issues.

Key Achievements

  • Whole class behaviour management system.
  • Became a part of the community and was given a skin name.
  • Organised and planned a significant assembly item for my class.
  • Set up differentiated literacy and numeracy activities.
  • Set up a literacy corner with a water theme to immerse the students with the chosen theme for the term.
  • Built relationships with students, parents, caregivers and other staff.
  • Attempted to learn local languages, the Kriol dialect of the area and slang words commonly used by students and staff.

Wangkatjungka Remote Community School

January 2014 – September 2014

Classroom Teacher

Kindergarten and Preprimary

In January 2014 I recieved my first contract and moved to Wangkatjungka Remote Community where I taught Kindergarten and Pre-primary until September 2014.

Some of my fondest memories of teaching were made in Wangkatjungka. Working at Wangkatjungka was not just a teaching job. When working in remote communities you have to become part of the community.

With this knowledge before starting my position there, I did everything I could to become a part of the community. I made contact with parents and caregivers and asked to partake in cultural activities. I asked about the history of Wangkatjungka. I invited indigenous staff to come over for dinner and to socialise outside of school.  As a result of my efforts, I truly became part of the community and received a skin name.

Once I received my skin name many of my students began to call me Mum or Aunty. This changed my classroom dynamic and I found that the students treated me with even greater respect than before. People from the community were more willing to talk with me and actively came and volunteered in my classroom.  

Before long I was fully emersed in the aboriginal culture. On weekends I would travel and go camping with my skin family. Nanarn (School AIEO and my skin mum) and Showie (my classroom AIEO and my skin sister) taught me about bush tucker and how to survive in the Kimberly. Nanarn spent time teaching me how to track animals and find water. I had the opportunity to participate in smoking ceremonies and was taught about which plants were needed to make the cleansing smoke. Narnan and Showie also began teaching me Kriol.

The video at the top was made with Indigenous Hip Hop Projects while I was working at the school and effectively portrays life in Wangkatjunka.

The photos of me was taken at a whole school trip to Christmas Creek where we were taught about the uses of ochre for art and for skin care. We were also taught about purifying water with eucalyptus 

Key Responsibilities

  • Planning for the teaching of all Learning Areas (excluding Languages other than English, Music, Health and Physical Education).
  • Assessment of all Learning Areas (excluding Languages other than English, Music, Health and Physical Education.)
  • Communicating and collaborating with other professionals within the school.
  • Communicating with parents and caregivers
  • Teaching life skills including personal hygiene and nutrition.
  • Teaching Australian Standard English
  • Teaching indigenous children with hearing impairments, disabilities and behavioural issues.

Key Achievements

  • Whole class behaviour management system.
  • Became a part of the community and was given a skin name.
  • Organised and planned a significant assembly item for my class.
  • Set up differentiated literacy and numeracy activities.
  • Set up a literacy corner with a water theme to immerse the students with the chosen theme for the term.
  • Built relationships with students, parents, caregivers and other staff.
  • Attempted to learn local languages, the Kriol dialect of the area and slang words commonly used by students and staff.

*For ease of reading and legal reasons I have changed the names of all students named in this employment history to either Bob, Jack or Jill.

This is not their real names. Gender pronouns may have also been changed.