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.
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.
After successfully working in industries other than education, Jo Hurn completed a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Pre-service) in October 2011. In 2014, she was nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award.
Jo believes that strong, meaningful and honest relationships underpin her teaching practise. This is evidenced by her positive approach to collaborative relationships with colleagues, families and students. These relationships have allowed her to learn and grow as an educator.
Jo is a continuous learner with a focus on improving the learning and lives of her students. She is a member of the Literacy Committee and has been researching programs for the future development of reading, writing and spelling at Rose Park Primary School. She has also been involved with the Work Health and Safety Committee in 2018/2019.
Jo has taught from Reception to Year 4. Whilst teaching Year 1 at Westbourne Park Primary School, she instigated a play-based learning program as a teaching and learning tool for students to explore, investigate, experiment and discover in a natural and meaningful way. She wrote an article, “Discovery Time”, which was included within the South Australian Primary Principals Association, Primary Focus Magazine (October 2014 edition).
Jo is a committed teacher who is excited to be developing life-long thinkers who are confident and creative problem solvers and decision makers.
In her spare time, Jo is a bit of an adventurer who enjoys spending time with her family and friends trying new experiences and exploring the natural wonders of our State.