CORE's Team

Rachel McNamara

Facilitator - Professional learning

Qualifications


2013 National Aspiring Prinicpals Programme - Te Toi Tupu
2011 Masters of Education - University of Tasmania
2006 Diploma of Educational Management - University of Otago
2006 Certificate of Educational Management - University of Otago
1999 Diploma of Teaching - Dunedin College of Education
1999 Bachelor of Education - University of Otago

Contact details

E: rachel.mcnamara@core-ed.ac.nz

P: 0800 267 300

M: 021 899 727

Accreditation Number: ACC 833

Region: Otago / Southland

Enquire Now
Rachel McNamara 2 Full shot

Professional profile

Rachel is an experienced teacher and leader, with a background in digital technologies, curriculum development, and the Arts. She has worked and facilitated in all ages of primary schooling. She has coached/facilitated/modeled in the areas of:

  • Teaching as Inquiry and appraisal processes - the use of strategic goals, charters, data and evidence to inform practice and to set goals
  • building positive relationships as a key part of leading teachers to improve their practice
  • the use of digital technologies to enhance learning (with a particular focus on Google Apps)
  • implementing and maintaining collaborative practices and team teaching within an innovative learning environment context supported by the use of digital tools for open sharing of resources, and communication
  • curriculum design – best practice for student engagement, integration of curriculum areas and digital tools, use of digital technologies to support design, delivery and learning within curricula, and purposeful assessment, and curriculum reviews 
  • digital infrastructure support and problem solving
  • student agency, voice, choice and inquiry for learning
  • event organisation within and across schools e.g. e-Days, Educamps

Expertise

  • Acting Principal – Elmgrove School (2013)
  • Deputy Principal / Curriculum Design Leader – Elmgrove School (appointed 2007)
  • ICT Facilitator (2004 to 2006) - Taieri te Awa ICT Cluster of 9 Dunedin schools

Professional body membership

  • Music Education Otago committee member
  • Virtual Learning Network groups
  • TKI
  • Facebook teacher groups
  • Taieri Music Festival committee member

Conferences/presentations

  • Educamp, 2013-17: Digital tools across the curriculum, tools to engage students into inquiry learning. Dunedin.
  • Balcutha and Invercargill ICT clusters, 2006: Digital tools across the curriculum, tools to engage students into inquiry learning. Balclutha and Invercargill.
  • I Love Teaching (ILT) Conference, 2006: Digital tools across the curriculum, tools to engage students into inquiry learning. Invercargill.
  • Learning@School Conference, 2005-06: Digital tools across the curriculum, tools to engage students into inquiry learning. Rotorua.

Awards/Fellowships/Scholarships

  • National Aspiring Principals Certificate 2013.

Personal statement

I am enthusiastic about working with teachers and students to build strong relationships that enhance a love of learning and enrich wellbeing. I believe in the importance of focusing on engagement to extend learning in all areas, for students and for teachers.