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, he 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.
Geoff Cubbin is a dedicated and caring teacher who strives to challenge all students in the classroom setting. He is extremely excited about teaching at Rose Park Primary School in 2019 and looks forward to establishing his teaching practices at this school. Geoff has been teaching for 14 years in various school settings. He spent 10 years at Loxton Primary School before moving back to Adelaide. Geoff completed his Bachelor of Education at the University of South Australia: Magill Campus and majored in studying Children’s Literature.
Geoff has followed his passion for English by implementing a routined literacy program in his classroom. He has developed a strong plan for literacy based around the “Daily Five” research. Students are encouraged to work independently on spelling, writing and reading tasks during different lessons. Geoff also uses Literacy Circles reading groups as a basis of his reading and literacy program. The children have a chance to analysis different texts, discuss them with peers and complete weekly reading roles. Geoff has implemented the Flexible Learning approach to his teaching pedagogy. This allows students the chance to work independently, be trustworthy as they work and choose places in the classroom where they can work successfully.
Geoff has completed many hours of productive Mathematics professional learning from working with experts such as Ann Baker to completing a “Thinking Maths” program in 2018. He uses many different mathematics strategies in the classroom which allow students to enter the questions at many different levels. Geoff has completed Positive Education and Mindfulness training that he implements in the classroom and allows students time to focus on their strengths as a learner.
Outside of school, Geoff enjoys spending time with his three beautiful children and playing tennis every Tuesday night at Happy Valley. He was born in Adelaide and has one sister who also has three children. Geoff has thoroughly enjoyed moving back to Adelaide from rural SA and is getting back into the swing of living in a big town.
Michael Porter joined Rose Park Primary School in 2018 after holding the role of ICT Coordinator and Digital Technologies teacher within the Independent system. Currently Michael is the Year Six Class Teacher in Room 10, as well as Digital Technology/ Innovative Pedagogy Coordinator. Michael received his degree in Primary Teaching from the University of South Australia and has more recently completed a range of Digital Technology and STEM studies through CSER (University of Adelaide), accreditation through both ‘Google for Education’ and ‘MicrosoftEd’, and is currently a member of the Department for Education ‘STEM 500 Project’. Michael has a passion for Technology and the development of STEM in schools, and through working with teachers and students, is eager to see Rose Park Primary School continue to develop its Technology and STEM focus, including the integration of Chromebooks throughout the Primary Years. In his free time, Michael is an avid Crossfitter, volunteer 1st base junior baseball coach and an unashamed Carlton Football Club tragic.