Anna Nichol is the specialist physical education teacher at Rose Park Primary School. She has a Bachelor of Education from the University of South Australia in Junior Primary/Primary teaching, specialising in physical education. She has been a teacher for 17 years both as a classroom teacher and a PE specialist, predominantly in South Australian Independent Schools and more recently in the Education Department.
Anna enjoys working as a specialist teacher in the subject area that she is passionate about along with coordinating SAPSASA sports, swimming carnivals and sports days. Her teaching methodology promotes a happy and safe learning environment where students are encouraged to be individuals, to always try their best, and to have fun while learning. Her teaching includes an active approach, where learning occurs through hands-on practice, inquiry, cooperative learning, and reflection.
Mandy Raymond is a PE Teacher this year, after teaching in the classroom or in a Librarian role for the past three years at Rose Park Primary School. Since graduating over ten years ago, Mandy has taught across all year levels from Reception to Year 9, in both public and private schools, here in SA and the ACT. She obtained her Bachelor of Education (Primary/Middle) through the University of South Australia with majors in Mathematics and Physical Education; it was through sports coaching, particularly in netball, that Mandy discovered her passion for teaching.
Prior to Rose Park Primary School, Mandy taught Year 6/7 and was the IB MYP Coordinator at her previous school. She has high level curriculum skills, enthusiasm and demonstrates a firm commitment to supporting her students to achieve their learning outcomes. Mandy has a strong passion for the International Baccalaureate Program and encourages her students to be lifelong learners who demonstrate the IB PYP attitudes, in addition to instilling in her students the quote:
‘Every expert was once a beginner – Rutherford B Hayes’
Niki Peak has been teaching Japanese at Rose Park Primary School since 2008. She studied Japanese language and gained her Bachelor of Junior Primary and Primary Education at The University of South Australia. She has spent a considerable amount of time studying and sightseeing in Japan. As an Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowship awardee, in 2014, Niki took part in an intensive course of Japanese language and cultural immersion and gained much insight into the future direction of primary school language education.
Niki first travelled to Japan when she was in year 7 on a school exchange trip, and fell in love with the country. Her passion for Japan, its people, and its language and culture has led her to continue to share this with her students. When she started in her role as Japanese teacher at Rose Park, Niki worked to set up a sister school exchange programme. In 2014 Rose Park Primary School signed a sister school agreement with Jyosei Elementary School, Hikone, Japan. Niki now facilitates a biennial exchange trip for our year 6 and 7 students.
Niki believes that learning a language should be fun, so endeavors for all of her lessons to be hands on and engaging for a wide variety of learners. Japan’s many wonderful cultural aspects, both traditional and modern, provide Niki’s lessons with many points of fascination for young learners. Niki hopes that through learning Japanese at Rose Park, students gain an appreciation of other cultures and languages, and are fostered to develop their international mindedness.
Deb’s love of travel and teaching has seen her, and her husband, teach in 3 different states in Australia. After graduating from Uni. S.A. with a Dip.T in Primary Education, Deb taught for 2 years in Adelaide and then two fabulous years in the Northern Territory as the Director of Tennant Creek Kindergarten. This was followed by ten years in country Victoria where she completed a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood and then had the opportunity to be the Director at a local kindergarten.
Following this, Deb and her family ventured overseas and spent 7 memorable years in Japan. This was a wonderful experience as Deb had the opportunity to travel extensively and teach English at every level of Education from Kindergarten to Junior College. She also taught adult classes in Conversational English.
Deb and her family fully immersed themselves in everything Japan had to offer. The food, culture and amazing scenery. The wide variety of teaching and cultural experiences, both home and abroad, have shaped Deb’s teaching style as a flexible, adaptable and passionate educator.
Deb’s recent teaching experiences have been as a Contract Japanese teacher in Western suburb schools and as a J.P. classroom teacher at West Beach Primary School. Deb is excited to have the opportunity to continue her love of teaching Japanese to the students at Rose Park. Deb’s passion for the Japanese language and culture is reflected in her language program that is designed to be hands on, fun- filled and engaging for her students.