Kellie Di Maria
Kellie was born and raised in Adelaide and comes from a lively, Italian family. Positive relationships with her family and close friends are paramount. This extends into her teaching philosophy where positive and strong relationships are highly valued. Kellie strongly believes that every child is competent and capable, values personalised learning and student agency and views the environment as the third teacher. These beliefs underpin the Reggio Emilia Philosophy and Kellie’s teaching pedagogy is heavily influenced by this.
Kellie wants her students to problem solve and make informed decisions by using effective communication, collaboration, critical thinking and questioning. Kellie’s use of language allows learners to identify themselves as authors, readers and investigators. Therefore, developing positive attitudes to learning and fostering the belief that all students can achieve.
Kellie holds a Bachelor of Education (Junior Primary/Primary). She has been teaching for 3.5 years and has had various experiences in that time. Kellie is a lifelong learner who enjoys challenging herself with new experiences and sharing her knowledge with others.
Wendy lives in the Adelaide Hills with her husband Michael and interesting cat Wilbur. Wildlife surrounds their home including koalas who may wander through the yard at night and ringtail possums that love the shed. Having a strong connection to nature and passion for the beauty of the natural world Wendy feels privileged to be a part of it. This passion extends into her teaching philosophies with a strong belief that every child is competent and views the environment as the third teacher. This is the belief of the Reggio Emilia approach which has inspired the world over.
Wendy wants her students to connect with the past, present and future. To access the different communication technologies available and still connect with the natural world and make informed choices that will affect their lives. She has a strong belief in supporting students to be the best they can be, now and in the future. She sees her role to foster within her students, through the attitudes they adopt and the choices they make, the belief that they can achieve.
Wendy has a diploma in teaching and is an Advanced Skills Teacher 2. She has taught for thirty five years from Port Lincoln, Tarlee, Balaklava, Prospect, Stirling, Basket Range, Heathfield and Rose Park. She has written published educational resources in the curriculum division working with university academics and authors of current educational thinking. Throughout this her best assessors have been her students,
“Wendy I like the way you learn from us and we learn from you” student, Wyl Godfrey, Rose Park Primary School. The message, we all learn together and it never stops.
Victoria Jones teaches in Reception as part of the Rose Park Early Years Team and last year taught in Year 2. Victoria moved to live in Australia in January 2017 and prior to this lived for 17 years on the Isle of Wight in England where she taught predominantly in Reception but also in Years 1 and 2.
She has been Early Years Leader of a large Primary School with a focus on developing early phonics and Literacy skills and also worked as part of an Early Years moderation team in Hampshire.
Her previous role was Maths lead across a Primary School and she is enjoying working as part of the Maths Committee Team here at Rose Park.
Victoria graduated from Liverpool Hope University, England with a Bachelor of Education Honours Degree with English Literature as the main subject.
When Victoria is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, going to the beach, the cinema and exploring new places!
Victoria loves being a Teacher and supporting children on their journey to become lifelong learners and to have fun!
Clare Rodger is a Reception teacher at Rose Park Primary. Clare has over 20 years teaching experience. She has taught reception to year 7 in Australia, Scotland, Sweden and Spain; in both public and private schools.
Clare’s invaluable exposure to a wide variety of teaching methods and strategies has been instrumental in the establishment of her strong and effective teaching pedagogy.
Clare is a passionate teacher and loves to inspire students to wonder, question, imagine and create. She finds it very fulfilling to watch her students learn, grow and flourish.
Clare values excellent relationships with pupils, parents/carers and colleagues. She also thoroughly enjoys working as part of an effective, collaborative reception teaching team. Clare feels very privileged to work in such a dynamic school that always seeks to provide the best for student’s education and wellbeing.
Clare graduated from Glasgow University with an Honours Bachelor of Education degree. In her spare time Clare enjoys reading, cycling, swimming, walking, and spending time with her family.