Following working in information technology in higher education for 16 years, Karsan Hutchinson returned to postgraduate study to achieve a long-held ambition to become a teacher. Completing his Master of Teaching (Primary & Middle) in mid-2016, he has enjoyed teaching at a number of schools in the eastern suburbs, before joining the 6/7 team at Rose Park Primary School in 2017.
Karsan is committed to developing and supporting a safe learning environment, where students are open-minded risk-takers in their learning, which is underpinned by the IB PYP programme. Along with his IT knowledge and background, Karsan is a Council Member of the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association, which is dedicated to literacy and English language learning.
Adopted from Sri-Lanka, Karsan is the youngest of four children, growing up on a fruit orchard in the Murraylands. He enjoys playing the guitar and piano, eating Greek food and maintaining an encyclopaedic knowledge of The Beatles.
Brad Schutz is excited to be teaching at Rose Park Primary School in Room 20 again this year. This is his second year teaching and last year he secured permanency within the department in his graduate year, which saw Brad achieve a long-term career goal. In the 10 years prior to 2018 Brad was employed at Burnside Primary School undertaking roles at a management level within After School Sports, SAPSASA, Whole School Sporting events and site Facilities.
Outside of School, Brad competes as a professional runner with the South Australian Athletic League!
In 2019, Brad aims to become a mentor to all students by creating positive relationships, providing sufficient knowledge surrounding social and emotional wellbeing and teaching in a way which promotes student engagement and motivation.
Brad will achieve this by creating a safe, happy and organised environment, teaching in a variety of ways to cater for the different learning styles of each student. This will be supported by his warm and approachable manner.
Belinda is a committed and enthusiastic educator who is excited to be teaching Year 5 again at Rose Park Primary School. She has previous experience teaching and learning in IB schools and appreciates how the IB and Australian Curriculum complement one another to foster development of holistic and autonomous learners.
Belinda is extending her professional knowledge as she undertakes a Master of Education (Cognitive Psychology and Educational Practice), where she is specialising in IB education. This professional learning provides her with an in-depth understanding of the importance of recognising how individuals learn best. She is also currently undertaking a creative writing course in writing picture books.
She endeavours to promote a growth mindset in her classroom, where regular conversations are had with each student to foster relationships and drive autonomous learning, while providing regular, constructive feedback and encouraging questioning. She strives for her students to set achievable goals and enjoys seeing them succeed.
In her spare time, Belinda enjoys reading, writing, walking and learning anything new!