“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” (Ignacio Estrada).
Zara is a Year 7 teacher at Rose Park PS who has taught from Reception to Year 7. She is a qualified special education teacher with more than twenty years’ experience of living with and teaching individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Zara has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Science, which drives her passion for inquiry and STEM in the classroom. She has a TAFE Fitness Leaders’ certificate and a Diploma in the Feldenkrais Method; understanding that health, wellbeing and physical fitness are also at the core of engaged learners.
In line with the beliefs of industry strategists, Zara believes that creativity and collaboration will be core skills sought after by future employers. To this end there are many creative pursuits and team presentations built in to units of inquiry and learning activities in her classroom. Along with her students, she is a multi-award winning scarecrow competition designer for the Royal Adelaide Show’s annual Horticultural scarecrow competition.
Michael is a Year 7 classroom teacher at Rose Park Primary who has taught predominantly in the Primary Years from Year 5 to Year 7 over the past 15 years.
His passions are evident in Mathematics, Civics and Democracy, Debating, and Technology. In recent years, he has taught from Year 2 through to Year 10 as a Technology Specialist, implementing the Australian Curriculum and integrating ICT in IB units of inquiry.
Michael believes in the power of innovation and creativity and uses Digital and Design Technologies to assist students to problem-solve real-life problems, research information and present their learning in multimodal ways.