Starting as a History Teacher in 2012 and completing her pre-service teaching at St John’s in 2011, Kelly is now the MYP Coordinator for the St John’s Anglican College. After experience in Retail, Kelly came into her career as an educator and knew on her first day in the classroom that teaching was the career path she had been looking for.
The adoption of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (MYP) by the College provided Kelly with the opportunity to extend her professional learning, and work with other teachers at the College to build capacity in the young people they teach, and themselves. She views students experiencing ‘lightbulb moments’ and having increased confidence when tackling unfamiliar tasks or situations as two of the highlights of implementing the MYP, as it stands them in good stead for their senior years at St John’s.
Kelly believes the transferable nature of elements of the program, such as the Approaches to Learning (including critical and creative thinking) and Learner Profile attributes, has resulted in students integrating their studies across subjects in a way that perhaps wasn’t as evident in the past. In addition, the MYP has opened up a variety of professional development opportunities for the College staff to consolidate and diversify their teaching in collaboration with MYP teachers around the world.
Kelly has presented at state and national history teacher conferences, in addition to hosting online webcasts for an International audience. In 2017 she was the first ‘Formative Certified Educator’ in Australia, contributing to a global network of educators interested in harnessing the power of formative assessment for improving student outcomes. This experience informed a session at the 2017 History Teachers’ Association of Australia Annual Conference, during which Kelly and another St John’s history teacher, Scott Kerr, showcased how teaching based on understanding memory and the adolescent brain can improve understanding and skills for Grade Nine students.