Caitlin Petrou

Caitlin is a dedicated Year 5 teacher who encourages students to be actively involved in their learning, and takes these experiences outside of the classroom where possible, with a focus on developing lifelong learners. Since completing her Master of Teaching in 2016, Caitlin has worked in a number of International Baccalaureate (IB) schools and successfully combines her knowledge of the IB with the Australian Curriculum to create student-centred learning experiences.

An enthusiastic, approachable, and collaborative teacher, Caitlin cultivates a Growth Mindset amongst all students, resulting in a safe and nurturing classroom environment. She identifies the strengths and needs of students through regular conversations, questioning, constructive feedback and assessment, and supports students to identify achievable learning goals and appropriate actions.

Caitlin holds a Bachelor of Arts (Writing and Creative Communication) and Graduate Diploma of Journalism and worked in Public Relations prior to her teaching career. Caitlin’s love of the written word is evident in the classroom, where she works with students to develop skills around effective writing and speaking.

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Tessa Mahoney

Tessa is excited to continue her journey at Rose Park Primary School this year. She has had experience teaching year 5 as well as year 6/7 at schools in Northern Adelaide. Tessa is currently undertaking a Masters of Specialist Inclusive Education through Deakin University and is developing a strong understanding of differentiation and strategies to ensure every student can be successful and happy in her classroom.

Tessa believes student success comes from fostering positive relationships and catering for individual needs. She is passionate about bringing positive psychology into her classrooms and has a big focus on mindfulness and wellbeing. Tessa is committed and flexible in her approach and welcomes student contribution and feedback. Tessa encourages students to be independent and driven by scaffolding self-ownership and cultivating a classroom environment that relies and depends on a growth mindset.

Outside of school, Tessa enjoys playing club netball, reading and cooking. She is looking forward to getting to know all the students and families as well as being an active member of the Rose Park School community.