“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” (Ignacio Estrada).
Zara is a Year 6 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.
Brad is excited to be teaching again at Rose Park Primary School and he has a Bachelor of Education (Primary). This year he will be teaching Year 6 students in their final year before graduating to high school and looks forward to supporting his students to showcase their IB learning. Brad worked at Burnside Primary School undertaking management roles in co-ordinating sport and site facilities.
His reputation as a strong public speaker has meant that he has been selected to be the Master of Ceremonies for whole school sporting events.
Brad is committed to becoming a mentor to all students by creating positive relationships and providing relevant knowledge and skills to support each individual’s social and emotional wellbeing. By getting to know his students and how they learn, he will personalise learning and connect to student’s interests. He targets teaching to cater for the needs and different learning styles of each student and in diverse ways to promote student engagement and motivation.
Brad’s warm and approachable manner enables the creation of a safe, happy and organised learning environment underpinned by promotion and enactment of our school values and IB learner dispositions.