Ms Dora’s personal qualities of integrity, excellence, innovation and persistence have contributed to her strategic and instructional leadership – ‘personalise learning and target teaching’ through ongoing analysis of data and effective team work to drive improvements.
She models life-long learning and loves working with children, families and colleagues to find their passion and purpose in education. She attended Mercedes College, Adelaide University to complete her Masters in Literacy and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Uni SA. She has engaged in a range of roles: R-7 classroom teaching; Italian language; Librarian; promoting 21st Century learning skills as a Microsoft Coach; and leadership in Literacy, Numeracy, ICT, STEM and Inquiry initiatives. She worked at St Morris, Blair Athol, Ardtornish, Tea Tree Gully, East Adelaide and Thorndon Park Primary Schools. She is accredited as an Advanced Skills Teacher and is a National Assessor of Highly Accomplished and Lead teachers. She is a Principal Reviewer who conducts External School Reviews to evaluate a schools’ capacity to improve student learning, sustain high performance and inform new directions.
Together with her leadership team, staff, Governing Council and collaborative school community, she is excited to build on Rose Park’s great reputation of a high performing school by leading the implementation of the Australian Curriculum, International Baccalaureate and extra-curricular programs. Her vision is to inspire learners to be confident, creative, active, global citizens of the future and to nurture each child’s values to be Caring, Respectful, Honest and Courageous.
Rebecca has been the Deputy Principal at Rose Park Primary School since 2016. Her current role is to lead the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme across the school. Rebecca is particularly inspired by students taking meaningful action that emerges as part of the learning process. She is very committed to ensuring Rose Park Primary School is an inclusive learning environment that embraces all members of the learning community, making certain that everyone has a shared responsibility for learning.
She has worked in the education sector for 13 years in various roles which include teaching in both Primary and Secondary schools. Her experience as a leader includes Principal, Deputy Principal and Curriculum Coordinator. Most of Rebecca’s career has been spent working in IB schools and she has presented internationally at an IB Global Conference about inquiry-based learning which is an area she is passionate about.
Her University qualifications include Undergraduate studies in Communications, Media and Culture and Postgraduate Education (Middle/Secondary School). Prior to working in education, Rebecca has worked in a number of administration roles in Human Resource Management and Legal and Accounting firms. Rebecca is a life-long learner and her passions lie in classroom teaching, and leading teaching and learning.
Assistant Principal – Student Support & Wellbeing
Kim Copeland has had the pleasure of working at Rose Park Primary School for the past 3 years and has taught Reception, year 2 and year 5 as a classroom teacher, specialist in Performing Arts and recently leading Student Wellbeing and Inclusion/intervention. Kim studied at Geelong Grammar where she was able to experience firsthand world leading practices of student wellbeing. She works in collaboration with teachers and SSOs to personalise student learning goals in order for each individual to achieve their personal best.
Kim believes that the wellbeing of each student at Rose Park is vital to their personal and academic success as well as creates the ability to equip and empower them with the necessary agility to lead a life with meaning and purpose.
Assistant Principal – Digital Technologies & Innovative Pedagogy
Michael Porter joined Rose Park Primary School in 2018 and brings his expertise as ICT and Digital Technologies Co-ordinator to the current leadership role of Assistant Principal: Digital Technology/ Innovative Pedagogy. Michael has a Uni SA Primary Teaching degree and studies in Digital Technology and STEM through CSER (University of Adelaide) with accreditation in ‘Google for Education’, ‘MicrosoftEd’ and DfE ‘STEM 500 Project’.
Michael has a passion for Technology and integrates computational thinking skills across the curriculum and through working with teachers and students. Michael has helped to implement the Chromebook and GSuite program across the Primary Years with the aim to further develop RPPS Technology, STEM and IB foci. Michael manages and coordinates student academic data (NAPLAN, PAT-R & PAT-M) to support teachers to personalise learning, target teaching and to achieve our Site Improvement Plan goals.
Senior Leader – Literacy & EALD
Sarah brings to the leadership team at Rose Park Primary School a wealth of experience and passion for ensuring every student is able to flourish and achieve their personal best.
She has a passion for the development of the whole child, bringing a depth of knowledge and experience in building relationships, embracing diversity and promoting wellbeing.
Sarah’s tertiary qualifications include a Master of Education, specialising in Early Childhood education and a Bachelor of Social Science. Using the strengths of her mentoring skills, Sarah works alongside teachers and students towards developing their personal aspirations. As a strong advocate for the International Baccalaureate, she is committed to promoting the school’s mission for developing caring young people to become lifelong learners.
Prior to teaching and leading at Rose Park Primary School, Sarah has taught at Burnside Primary School and several schools in Victoria.