Geoff is a dedicated and caring teacher who strives to challenge all students. Geoff has been teaching for 15 years in various school settings. He spent 10 years at Loxton Primary School and has a Bachelor of Education, with a major in Children’s Literature.
Geoff has followed his passion for English by implementing a structured literacy program based around “Daily Five” research. Students are encouraged to work independently on spelling, writing and reading tasks during different lessons. Geoff also uses reading groups as a basis of his reading and literacy program. The children have a chance to analyse different texts, discuss them with peers and complete reading roles. Geoff has implemented the Flexible Learning approach to his teaching pedagogy. This allows students the chance to work independently, be trustworthy as they work and choose places in the classroom where they can work successfully.
Geoff implements a range of strategies including Natural Maths and Thinking Maths to support students to ask questions, target misconceptions with explicit teaching and provides scope for open-ended inquiry investigations. Geoff has completed Positive Education and Mindfulness training that he implements to promote student wellbeing with a focus on their character strengths.
Cathy is a dedicated and passionate educator with over 10 years teaching experience, and is delighted to be part of the Year 3 team at Rose Park PS.
Cathy previously taught in both special education and mainstream settings, working with learners from Year 3 to Year 7. Her tertiary qualifications include an Honours Degree in Psychology, as well as a R-7 Bachelor Degree of Education.
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 personalised learning experiences and the tools to maintain an active role in their own education. As a life-long learner, Cathy enjoys researching innovative pedagogical practices and works to continually expand her craft. She feels very privileged to have the opportunity to learn and collaborate with her professional colleagues.
Ida was born in Adelaide and her family is of Italian origin. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree (majoring in English and Italian) and Masters in Teaching (Junior and Primary). She worked at various places which has helped her to bring a wealth of experience to the classroom.
Over the past 11 years, Ida has taught a range of roles (Italian, French, Drama) as well as classroom teacher for Grades 2, 3 and 4. She taught in an International School of Siena, Italy, where she fell in love with the IB Educational philosophy and visited the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre in Reggio Emilia. These experiences strengthened her professional skills in inquiry-based learning and in nurturing and developing agentic, open-minded global citizens who are curious and respectful. This has also inspired Ida to take on further study – Graduate Certificate in International Education (IB).
Ida creates a nurturing, inclusive and supportive environment and creates an engaging classroom that allows students to be courageous in their learning while challenging them to achieve their personal best. Ida looks forward to continuing to collaborate with students, staff, families, and the Rose Park community.