Professional Learning Facilitator
Post Graduate Certificate Applied Practice (Digital and Collaborative Learning) MindLab AUT
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning – Canterbury University
Diploma of Teaching – Christchurch Teacher’s College
Amanda joined CORE Education as a Professional Learning Facilitator after more than 30 years as an experienced classroom teacher and senior leader. She has taught across all primary year levels, with the last 20 years focused on bringing out the best in Year 7 and 8 students.
Amanda has extensive experience in student management systems and supporting staff and students in different areas of the curriculum, including the rollout and implementation of digital technologies in the classroom. She has organised and run numerous professional development sessions focused on self-directed learning and has worked tirelessly to build a collaborative culture that focuses on achieving high-quality outcomes for students.
Throughout her education career, Amanda has actively fostered professional relationships with, and between, colleagues and external stakeholders. She strongly encourages proactive relationship management and student-focused programmes.
Amanda is extremely passionate about keeping learners at the centre and has focused on ensuring both teachers and students become self-directed learners, which she believes helps create engagement.
Student Engagement - successfully supporting kura to:
- Using student voice to inform teaching and learning
- Empowering ākonga to be self directed learners
- Provides authentic contexts to engage students in their learning
- Increase student achievement and engagement using digital tools
- Improving student leadership opportunities
Collaboration – successfully supporting kura to:
- Building trust within professional relationships
- Using inquiry to identify needs and respond to changes required
- Working with kaiako to develop collaborative practice
- Develop effective systems to support collaborative practice
- Curriculum Design- successfully supporting kura to:
- Co-construct a localised conceptual curriculum that reflects the school’s needs
- Implement authentic learning opportunities that recognises and shows understanding of the importance of equitable outcomes
- Use inquiry models to grow and develop Kaiako capabilities
- Passion for teaching mathematics and literacy using mixed ability groupings
Assessment successfully supporting kura to:
- Understand the importance of moderation
- Use a variety of assessment tools to identify needs of ākonga to identify target students
- Use achievement data to inform learning programmes, delivery and appropriate assessment tools
I am a passionate and innovative educator with recent experience in the classroom and in leadership. I love working in a collaborative environment and working with others to provide the best possible outcomes for all tamariki.
I have strong pedagogical knowledge of teaching and learning and thrive on building positive relationships with people. I thoroughly enjoy working alongside others to empower them to reach their full potential.