Priscilla Lavakula Teach. motivate. inspire

I believe every child is unique and every child deserves an opportunity to a an Education. I have been teaching for 11 years and I know that what teachings may work for one child, may not always work for others. As a professional educator, I hope to teach, motivate and inspire my students to strive for their best and be successful life long learners.

Professional Blog: www.plavakula@blogspot.co.nz

Class blog: www.pesteam2.blogspot.com

About Me:

I have been teaching at Point England School, Auckland for over 10 years. My teaching career began in 2006 and I taught Year 3 up until 2012. From 2013, I have been teaching Year 4, 5 and 6 children. I also teach in a classroom of one to one devices (chromebooks) and in a Innovative Learning Environment.

At Point England School, I have been a part of the Manaiakalani Cluster. I have attended professional development workshops, presented at and attended ULearn conferences, participated in cluster toolkits including the Manaiakalani Film Festival since 2008.

I am of Niuean descent and proud of my heritage. My family, identify, culture and traditions are very important to me. I have one amazing son, who I am very proud of and all his achievements thus far. I also attend Life church in Manukau and am a follower of Jesus.

Currently teaching in a Innovative Learning Environment (hub of 3 classes and 3 other teachers). All children have their own devices (chromebooks). Teaching and using google apps: mail, drive, documents, presentations, slides. Use of ipads to create movies and upload all work to students individual blogs. Collaborative work on team sites.

Literacy:

Professional development with Gwyneth Philips and Jannie van Hees. Delivery of teaching models in classroom and use of Reading Eggs as part of the literacy tumble. Strength is in raising student achievement from below to at their chronological age level..

Numeracy:

Delivery of Numeracy Project and one year in the ALIM (Accelerated Learning in Maths). Strengths include: use of Talk Moves, Xtra Maths, Maths Whizz and Teacher Tools in classroom programme. Knowledge in teaching both mathematical knowledge and strategy for Stage 5 and 6.

Technology

  • Kidpix and Hyperstudio (animations with voice overs and iMovie)
  • Use of ipads to create iMovies and Educreation clips
  • Using iMovie and creating movies to share learning on class and individual blogs

The Arts

  • Assisting in school wide productions
  • Leading and teaching performances for school cultural festivals
  • Creating art pieces for school art exhibition
  • Teaching dance for end of year school prize giving performances

Sports:

  • Coached Year 5 softball team
  • Coached Year 5/6 girls rugby team
  • Participated in all Kiwisport sessions: touch rugby, football, snag golf, Kiwi Kick (AFL), volleyball, tag, athletics
  • Otara Rugby League (2004) Niuean Women's Rugby League Team
  • Otahuhu Rugby Union (2005)

Strengths

  • Behaviour management: Incredible Years programme for teachers in 2014. Excellent skills in building positive relationships with students.
  • Assessments: easttle, PAT testing, Gloss, Star, helping children identify where they are in their learning and their next steps.
  • Sports: I am not an expert or professional athlete but I can help teach skills for rugby, basketball and other sports.
  • Building positive relationships with families of students. Pastoral care and visiting homes when necessary.
  • Team player: I work well with others on a professional and sociable level.
  • Innovative and keen to learn new ideas: I love teaching and am learning continuously throughout my career.
"Education is the most powerful tool which you can use to change the world". - Nelson Mandela

Education

  • 2004 - 2006 University of Auckland: Bachelor of Education (Teaching)
  • 2002 - 2003 Manukau Institute of Technology: Foundation Education Programme, Advanced Vocational Award
  • 1999 PIERC Education: Introduction to Teaching Certificate
  • 1994 - 1998 McAuley High School

Career Summary

  • Currently teaching Year 5/6 at Point England School
  • 2002 - 2005 Manukau Institute of Technology: Information Centre
  • 2000 - NFO CM Research: Cati Interviewer
  • 1999 Middlemore Hospital School: Holiday Programme Supervisor
  • 1998 Katies Fashion: Retail Assistant

Referees:

  • Russell Burt (Principal): russell@ptengland.school.nz, 0274 967162
  • Kent Somerville (Team Leader): ksomerville@ptengland.school.nz, 021 421685
  • Melanie Sua (Academic Registry Office Coordinator): mel.sua@manukau.ac.nz 021 667238
  • Ps. Rebecca So'e (Regional Pastor at Life Church): Rebecca@qes.org.nz 021 2900485
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