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.
A dedicated and passionate educator with 10 years teaching experience, Cathy is delighted to be joining the Rose Park School community in 2020.
Cathy has previously taught in both special education and mainstream settings, working with learners from Year 3 to Year 7. Her tertiary qualifications include an Honors Degree in Psychology, as well as a Bachelor Degree of Education (Reception – Year 7).
Respectful and peaceful relationships are the cornerstone of Cathy’s teaching practice. She believes all children are born powerful, worthy and able to learn. She consequently strives to provide her students with personalized learning experiences and the tools to maintain an active role in their own education. As a life-long learner herself, Cathy enjoys researching innovative pedagogical practices and works to continually expand her craft. She feels very privileged to be stepping into the Year 3 team at Rose Park, and having the opportunity to learn and collaborate with the professionals around her.
In her spare time Cathy enjoys living as slowly and as mindfully with her young family as possible. You can often find them making the most of the natural resources around Morialta where they live.
Ida was born in Adelaide, South Australia however her family originate from Italy. She graduated from The University of Adelaide with a BA Degree (majoring in English and Italian) and then went on to complete a Masters in Teaching (Junior Primary/Primary) at the University of South Australia. Whilst completing her degrees, she worked at various places which she believes has helped her bring a wealth of experience to the classroom.
Over the past 10 years, Ida has taught a range of roles including teaching French, Music and Drama, Resource Based Learning, as well as classroom teacher for Grades 2, 3 and 4. She has recently returned from teaching 2.5 years at the International School of Siena, Italy, where she fell in love with the IB Education. Whilst living in Italy, she also visited the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre in Reggio Emilia. This experience has strengthened her professional skills in inquiry based learning and in nurturing and developing open-minded global citizens who are curious and respectful.
Ida is passionate about creating a nurturing, inclusive and supportive environment and has always set her classroom up in a manner that allows students to feel comfortable to take risks in their learning and to achieve their personal best. She looks forward to collaborating with students, staff and the wider community in educating the students at Rose Park Primary School. Ida is thrilled to be teaching at an IB school again and cannot wait to continue in her life-long learning.
In her spare time, Ida loves to cook, go to the gym, socialise with friends and family, and also enjoys football season supporting the Adelaide Crows and Norwood Redlegs.