Physical Education

Anna Nichol

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.

 

Connor McLean

Connor is one of the Physical Education (PE) teachers at Rose Park Primary School. He completed his Bachelor of Education (Primary/Middle) at University of South Australia with specialisation in Physical Education and English. He is also completing his Master of Education through Flinders University. He has taught at Norwood Primary school as a classroom teacher and has specialised in PE. Over the past three years he has volunteered his time to coach the East Adelaide SAPSASA football and cricket team.

Connor has a passion for both teaching and coaching. He believes in building strong and respectful relationships with his students. His teaching methodology includes focusing on both active and cooperative learning which allows students to grow and have fun in a safe and supportive environment. Outside of teaching and coaching, Connor plays football in the SANFL for the Central District Football Club. He also enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

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Science

Kellie Mensforth

Kellie is the specialist Science Teacher at Rose Park Primary School. She has a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Health Sciences from Flinders University, specialising in Health Education and Science. She has been teaching for over 5 years in a number of roles, including as a classroom teacher, PE Specialist and Science Specialist in all year levels across various schools in South Australia and England.

Kellie’s teaching philosophy focuses on fostering an enjoyment for Science through inquiry, wonder and activity, which enables students to become passionate scientists. Kellie also values building relationships as essential to working in the Rose Park School Community. She is looking forward to another exciting year at Rose Park PS.

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Japanese

Niki Peak

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.

 

Ali Doolette

Ali is an enthusiastic and committed teacher with a passion for building relationships, student-centred learning and making connections between the classroom and the wider world. Ali studied a Bachelor of Development Studies before completing a Masters in Teaching (Primary R-7). Ali has taught students from Kindergarten to Year 6 in regional South Australia and overseas in Japan. Teaching in a variety of places has allowed Ali to gain invaluable experience in a range of school and community contexts.

Ali is excited to be teaching at Rose Park Primary School in a Year 2 class three days a week and as a Japanese teacher for two days. Teaching and living in Japan has given Ali some rich cultural experiences and the chance to enhance her Japanese language skills, both of which she is excited to share with her students. Ali is looking forward to the challenge of working in two different contexts across the school and using this to build strong relationships with students in a range of classes.

Ali has a particular interest in incorporating sustainability into her teaching practice and has run school kitchen garden programs in two previous schools. She is looking forward to becoming involved in the garden at Rose Park PS. Ali values the IB program as it fosters the development of the whole child as a learner and world citizen, something which she sees as highly important for children to be successful for the future.

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EALD

Maria Miranda

Maria has been teaching for 14 years working predominantly within the Intensive English Language Program (IELP). She has taught in Northern Adelaide areas and has worked within Mainstream settings to teach English to newly arrived refugees and migrants from a vast array of cultures at Salisbury North Primary.

She thoroughly enjoys teaching a range of positive English language strategies to support students to become confident in speaking, reading and writing the English language and to develop their sense of independence and resilience to learning.

This year she works collaboratively with the English as an additional language or dialect (EALD) teaching team and class teachers at Rose Park PS to provide intervention programs for our EALD students. She will support students and teachers in classroom and in small groups in literacy and writing for assessment and learning. She looks forward to working with students, families and the wider school community in 2021.

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Performing Arts

Julia Mayer

Julia is a primary school educator and a practicing theatre maker. She studied at Adelaide College of the Arts and graduated with an Advanced Diploma (Acting) and continued further study at UniSA with a Bachelor of Media Arts and a Masters of Teaching (Primary). Over the last four years, she has held classroom contracts and has taught students Drama, Music, and Dance from Foundation to Year 8.

As a performer, Julia has worked with various theatre companies including State Theatre Company of South Australia, Frank.Theatre, Tutti Ensemble, Colourwheel Productions, and Splash Theatre. In 2019 Julia traveled to France to study Clown at École Philippe Gaulier, a skill which she has since enjoyed sharing with her students. In 2021 she called upon those clown skills to write, direct, perform and produce her award-winning, debut solo show, ‘Nella’, at the Adelaide Fringe.

Julia is thrilled to be joining the team at Rose Park and to be teaching in the field in which she is most passionate. She believes Arts Education opens a world of possibilities. Not only does it create opportunities for students to experiment, collaborate, build self-confidence and expression, it also provides avenues to develop understanding and empathy for different people and points of view. Julia prides herself in creating supportive and safe environments in which students are encouraged to be bold and take risks, prompting a growth mindset and a love for learning.

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Technologies

Lenka Hill

Lenka Hill is the Reception – Year 4 Technologies specialist teacher. She is passionate about using inquiry based learning to inspire young people to be creative problem solvers and global citizens who confidently use technologies as a tool to improve the world around them. She previously worked as a classroom teacher at Vale Park Primary School where she created and implemented the Technologies curriculum across the lower primary years.

Prior to becoming a teacher, Lenka spent three years as a project coordinator with the University of Adelaide’s Computer Science Education Research Group (CSER) and seven years as a Marketing Manager in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. She holds a Bachelor of Early Years Education and Bachelor of Management – Marketing.

In her spare time, Lenka is an amateur beekeeper, potter and builder who works with her husband and two children to transform 80 acres of bushland into a self-sufficient food forest, IoT driven hobby farm and nature retreat.

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