Where are you from?
I am originally from the northern beaches area of Sydney, Australia. I have been living and working overseas as a primary school teacher now for 12 years. My home is the current city I am living in, which happens to be Shanghai, China. I am married to the Swedish author/strongest weight lifter/ Economist I know, Matt McGee.
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Who are you?
I am one of those unusual people who found their ‘passion’ for teaching later in life after trying out a range of careers including; florist, filmmaker, nanny, researcher, Customer Service Officer at Taronga Zoo, security guard and office worker at several Universities. Thanks to my good friend Christine (also a teacher), I jumped into teaching after watching her teach an art lesson one day. I am currently an Art Specialist teacher at an International School in Shanghai, China.
Where have you taught?
I have previously taught Kindergarten, Grade 3 and Grade 6 in Australia.
In the UK, I spent 2.5 years in south and inner city London schools teaching booster support classes for Grade 2 and 6 as well as teaching Year 4 and coordinating my school’s library program.
In Tanzania, Africa I taught the British Curriculum to year 5 and 6 and was the Humanities Coordinator. I also coordinated a Community Program called ‘Saturday School’, teaching English to underprivileged children.
Next, I moved to a British International School in Jakarta, Indonesia, teaching the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and coordinating a school wide film festival.
After meeting my fabulous husband in Indonesia, we moved onto Shanghai, China where I taught grade 5 for two years and helped to coordinate our Lower School Student Council and initiate a photographic competition.
In Rome, Italy I taught grade 2 before moving into Art Specialist teaching for grades 1 to 6.
In Shanghai I teach 485 children a week from grades 3 to 6, which keeps me on my toes!
What qualifications do you have?
Bachelor of Media Arts (Art & Filmmaking)-Wollongong University (with an exchange to The University of Colorado at Boulder, USA).
Graduate diploma of TESOL. Australia
Master of Teaching (Primary).University of Sydney
QTS Qualified Teacher.UK.
What curricula are you familiar with?
All of them! I have experience planning, teaching and assessing the New South Wales (Australian Curriculum), The British Curriculum, The American Common Core, The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and the Primary Years Programme (PYP).
What grades have you taught?
Kindergarten to grade 6 (5 to 12 year olds).
Being involved in many extracurricular activities means that I have also had experience working with students ages 13 to 18 years.
What hobbies do you have?
I love to travel and explore new parts of the cities I live in and can’t help but take a lot of photographs. On weekends I like to wandering art galleries and look at street art. I also enjoy cooking vegetarian food and baking yummy treats. My husband and I spend a lot of time, cycling, running and weightlifting, our way through the world.
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