- I am a highly organised and resourceful individual.
- I am able to communicate well with others.
- I work well both individually and as part of a team.
- English (Fluent)
- German and Spanish (very basic)
- Te Reo Maori (very basic)
Use of technology:
- Technology is incorporated across all curricular areas.
- Technology has been used to engage, support and teach children skills for the future.
Learning and teaching:
- Planning and teaching core curricular areas, ensuring challenge of work and pace of learning is appropriate and specific to individual children, and is maintained through ongoing formative and summative assessment, as well as peer and self- assessment.
- Activities and tasks are designed to meet the needs of learners with all required support provided.
- During my two years of teaching in Primary schools in Scotland, I was praised by management for my teaching style of firm but fair and how the children respond to the clear expectations within the classroom.
- I implement a variety of strategies to promote positive behaviour, including praise and encouragement, and positive reinforcement.
- Real life contexts and local environment is used when possible to make learning more meaningful.
Learning experiences or lessons I provide will include... :
- Lively discussions between myself and the learner.
- A mixture of teacher-led and child-led activities, which promotes independence and active learning.
- Interactive resources.
- Various forms of assessment.
- Experiences that will improve different skills.
- Experiences that enhance knowledge and understanding of curricular areas.
What makes me a good tutor...
- I'm a good listener.
- I support the children in my care and offer guidance when necessary.
- I am empathetic and fair.
- I provide consistency and familiarity to the children in my care.
- I learn with the child/children in my care.
- I ensure that the learning is relevant and fun!
- I create a warm, welcoming and safe learning environment where children feel comfortable and stimulated to learn and play.
I have never been a tutor before, but I think I would make an excellent tutor as I can offer my knowledge and understanding of the different curricular areas taught in Primary schools; I can offer an enthusiastic and inclusive approach to learning incorporating many of my own interests such as literacy, drama, and music, as well as the child's interests; and I appreciate the value of play in teaching and learning, and aim to ensure play is incorporated in my learning experiences.
The establishment I was based in in Queenstown, New Zealand, provided me with opportunities to enhance my knowledge and understanding of the Reggio philosophy and allowed me to attend Professional Development events that provided me with opportunities to enhance my skills as a practitioner. For example, I attended a Maori workshop, gained a First Aid certificate, and participated in meetings based on developing children’s social competences.
Whilst working with children in both Scotland and in New Zealand, I have strived to provide the best possible education and support to all learners in my care, helping them academically, socially, and emotionally. Above all, I have a passion for working with children, equipping them with the skills they need to reach their potential.
I enjoy a challenge and like learning something new every day. I am a passionate person, who demonstrates an enthusiastic manner to any task I am given. I always show a high level of commitment in my work and I value communication. In addition to this, I am patient, efficient and caring towards others. I am a highly organised person, who has been praised for time management and punctuality by previous employers.
My hobbies include reading, cooking, yoga, kayaking and walking. I also love music; I used to sing in a choir and play the saxophone. One of my main passions in life is travelling; my partner and I have recently returned from New Zealand where we lived for almost two years. We were also lucky enough to travel during those two years away from home; we visited Dubai, Singapore, Australia and Fiji.
2009- 2013 University of Strathclyde
Bachelor of Education
(Hons.) in Primary Education
2007- 2009 Cardonald College
Early Education and Child
Higher and HNC level
2000- 2006 Hillhead High School
Seven Standard Grades at First
and Second levels
November 2015- April 2017
Kindergarten teacher at Zig Zag Zoo 2, Remarkables Park, Queenstown, New Zealand
My roles as a kindergarten teacher involved planning and implementing activities that promoted and ensured the progression of key skills, such as developing motor skills and directionality; ensuring the safety of all children in the Kindergarten Room and in the outside areas at all times; observing individual profile children regularly and planning for their particular needs and goals; working with other professionals, external agencies and parents to support the children in the Kindergarten Room; assisting with planning and implementing ‘mat time’ activities; being involved in Zig Zag Zoo events, such as the Christmas Shows; taking responsibility for the presentation of the Kindergarten Room, ensuring children were intrigued by and excited about what was on display; and attending a range of staff and centre meetings, as well as CPD opportunities that enhanced my practice.
August 2014- June 2015
Primary School teacher at Harrysmuir Primary School, West Lothian, Scotland
My roles as a primary school teacher involved planning and teaching core curricular areas, ensuring appropriate pace and challenge of work; assessing learner’s needs then designing, implementing and tracking required support; working with other professionals, external agencies and parents to support learner’s needs; assisting with planning and organising whole school events; planning, resourcing and organising committees; being involved in the working parties, developing school policies; running a variety of afterschool clubs; and attending a range of CPD courses to develop school’s aims and personal practice. I left this position to travel to New Zealand.
August 2013- June 2014
Primary School teacher at Moorpark Primary School, North Ayrshire, Scotland
My roles as a primary school teacher involved planning and teaching core curricular areas, ensuring appropriate pace and challenge of work; assessing learner’s needs then designing, implementing and tracking required support; working with other professionals, external agencies and parents to support learner’s needs; assisting with planning and organising whole school events; planning, resourcing and organising committees; being involved in the working parties, developing school policies; running a variety of afterschool clubs; and attending a range of CPD courses to develop school’s aims and personal practice. I had to leave this establishment due to my contact coming to an end; I was covering a maternity position.
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