Jo Ferguson is a Junior Primary and Primary classroom teacher at Rose Park. She has worked at Rose Park for 8 years and recently spent a year teaching in an international school in Japan. She has experience teaching the IBPYP in Reception, Year 1, 2, 4 and 5. Jo has taught in a variety of contexts across the Adelaide Metropolitan area and in Western Australia. She completed her Bachelor of Education (Junior Primary and Primary) at UniSA in 2009.
Jo’s expertise lies in teaching and learning through authentic inquiry, while also balancing the need for explicit skills-based instruction. She is experienced implementing inquiry learning, play based learning, Reggio Emilia educational principles, embedding digital technology and teaching students with English as an Additional Language.
Jo fosters an environment where students feel safe, secure and able to ask questions and take risks in their learning. The well-being of students in Jo’s classroom is promoted by engaging and encouraging students’ agency in all aspects of their learning; from forming classroom routines and agreements, to being accountable for their own choices.
Chanell is a passionate and dedicated educator with a strong understanding of Primary Years Pedagogy. She graduated from The University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Education Primary/Middle degree.
Chanell views respectful and trusting relationships as the cornerstone of establishing a positive and success-orientated school climate. She is a dynamic educator who seeks to recognise and understand the holistic child, so that purposeful learning can be planned and implemented. She prides herself on developing a class climate that embraces diversity, nurtures creativity, and enriches life-long learning. Hence, empowering students to become agents of change, not only for themselves but for the greater good of others, and the world. She achieves this by appreciating and promoting participation, facilitating curiosity and most importantly, encouraging questions and wonderings.
Chanell seeks to cultivate a positive growth mindset in her students by modelling appropriate language and encourages students to relish challenges, embrace mistakes, value effort and respond to constructive feedback.
Chanell is delighted to be joining the Rose Park Primary School community and looks forward to working in partnership with students, staff and families, to help all individuals to become confident, creative and innovative learners.
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.