“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” (Ignacio Estrada).
Zara Lygo is a year 7 teacher at Rose Park who has taught at every primary year level. 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 STEM in the classroom. She has a Fitness Leaders’ certificate from TAFE 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 Michell is a Year 7 Teacher at Rose Park Primary who has been teaching for over 12 years. During this time, Michael has taught predominantly in the classroom from Year 5 to Year 7.
He has a passion towards 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 achievement standards from the Australian Curriculum.
Michael believes in the power of innovation and creativity within students and the use of Digital Technologies to assist in this process.
This will be Haylee’s first year at Rose Park Primary School. She is a Middle/Secondary School trained teacher with many years’ experience at both Primary and Secondary Schools, in both the public and private sector. She is passionate about teaching students in the middle years especially within her specialist subjects of English, Physical Education and Visual Arts. She has vast and varied skills within the teaching and learning areas and is deeply motivated to pass on her own broad and deep knowledge to engage and develop resilient students who can imagine, discover, create and achieve.
In Haylee’s classroom, she hopes to encourage all students to think creatively and critically and find their own connections to the world beyond school. She believes in student centred approach of self-discovery to create a dynamic environment of intellectual rigour and enjoyment.
Outside of school Haylee enjoys travelling, in particular to the snow for snowboarding trips. In the summer, she enjoys playing Beach European Handball in the Australian squad. Also, cooking, baking, and eating with family and friends.