Learner, Educator and an everyday Adventurer
Ever since I can remember I have always wanted to be a teacher, I feel a great sense of fulfillment working and helping others. Throughout my life I have worked alongside children teaching swimming and dancing where my passion for teaching has developed. My rural upbringing has shaped my ‘can do’ attitude, hardworking behaviors and my community spirit. My career objective is to secure a teaching job in a primary or secondary school where I can enhance my curriculum expertise in religious studies, drama and history, build a safe learning environment and continue to develop my teaching philosophy and approach.
Emerging Teaching Philosophy: Through academic, school-based and work experience I am a passionate and motivated teacher. I build intrinsic motivation through creating project based learning experiences and positive relationships with my students. In my first years of teaching I will develop my philosophy of teaching through mentorship, creativity and constant reflection.
Primary and Secondary Trained: I have experience teaching in both primary and secondary schools. Therefore, I am able to teach extension students in my specialist curriculum areas. My knowledge, experience and understanding of the entire education curriculum is a strength.
Performing Arts Focus: I have completed a minor in Theatre in my Bachelor of Arts degree, specialist dance and drama curriculum studies in primary and secondary school as well as seventeen years of experience in the performing arts outside of the classroom. I am passionate about the performing arts and keen to use my skills and experiences to contribute to the school community; whether this be stage challenge, productions or other performing arts activities.
History Curriculum Strength: I have a major in History in my degree focusing primarily on New Zealand History. I am interested in making New Zealand History contemporary and motivating.
Knowledge of Mathematics: I have completed a University Statistics paper, have had experience in a secondary classroom teaching junior mathematics, as well as tutored an NCEA mathematics. Through tutoring I enjoyed creating practical learning experiences.
Catholic Education Studies: I am currently studying towards my Certificate in Catechetical Studies; therefore providing me with an understanding of Catholic Education. I have had experience teaching religious studies at secondary level.
"Miss Todd adapts the lesson if we are not understanding and simplifies things. Has different activities to do so the lesson is interesting, also is always positive when teaching us and always has a smile on her face. Overall a lovely teacher to have and I would love to be taught by her again." - Year 13 Student at Villa Maria College
Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington – Bachelor of Arts conjoint with a Bachelor of Teaching
MARCH 2013 - PRESENT
Majors History, Minor – Theater (Dance and Drama)
Performing Arts Curriculum Study 1 and 2 (2015-2016)
Teaching Senior History Curriculum Study (2016)
Intro to Statistics for Natural and Social Sciences (2015).
Intro NZ History (2013)
Dramaturgies of the World (2015)
Motivating Students (2015)
Building Learning Communities (2015)
Full transcript available on request
The Catholic Institute of Aotearoa NZ, online —Certificate in Catechetical Studies
FEBRUARY 2016 - PRESENT
Experience teaching Catholic Education.
Papers cover Scripture, Theology and Spirituality.
Waimate High School, Waimate
February 2007- November 2013
NCEA Level 1-3 achieved with Merit
Board Of Trustees Student Representative – 2012
Spirit of Adventure 2012 – awarded the Amakura award on the Spirit of Adventure for community spirit.
Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinbrough Award – 2010-2013
School Colour Award – Contribution to Performing Arts - 2013
House Captain - 2013
Canadian Ski Instructors alliance Level 1 - 2016
St Johns First Aid Certificate - 2014
National Certificate in Sport and Recreation (Aquatic Education) Level 3– 2014
Diploma in Highland and National Dancing Honours in Theory - 2013
"Thank you Miss Todd for teaching me how to be confident." - Year 9 Student Villa Maria College
Yaldhurst Model Primary School; Christchurch: yr 6-8, 4 weeks, 2016
Experience Gained: Teaching in a MLE using with Google Classrooms.
"Phoebe is a great teacher to work with. Almost all discussions centered around the learners and engaging activities, next steps for them. Always professional Phoebe showed initiative consistently from day one - offering to support whenever and however, with Netball, Football teams and lunchtime practices, zones day and at the school disco." Ruth Blair Associate Teacher
Glenavy Primary School; Glenavy (South Canterbury), NE-yr 2, 6 weeks, 2015
Experience Gained: Differentiating learning and catering for ELL students.
“Phoebe was always appreciative of advice. She would take the heed of any constructive advice that she was given. She has shown that she has the makings of a confident, creative and passionate teacher.” Amanda Prescott Associate Teacher
Thorndon Primary School; Wellington: yr 3-4, 2 weeks, 2014
Experience Gained: How to build a safe learning environment.
“From day one Phoebe put the students first. She initiated conversations to get to know them and the students responded to her instructions and were engaged whilst she was teaching.” Amanda Searle
Villa Maria College; Christchurch, 6 weeks, 2016
Subject taught: Religious Education, Drama
Experience Gained: Working with high achieving and extension students.
"Everyday Phoebe would learn and try new ideas to develop her skills and command of the classroom." – Linda Gordon Drama Associate Teacher
Wainuiomata High School; Wellington, 2 weeks, 2015
Subjects taught: junior maths, senior history, junior social studies.
Experience Gained: Catering for Maori Students.
“It is clear that Phoebe is in the right career. She has grown in confidence in the classroom and is a natural with the students, and most importantly enjoys being with them." – Louise Walker Associate Teacher
Silverstar Mountain Resort, Vernon – Ski Instructor
NOVEMBER 2016 – CURRENT
Teaching children between 3 - 12 years old the fundamental techniques of skiing. Whilst building relationships and making lessons fun and engaging.
Department of Conservation, Mt Summers – Volunteer
JANUARY 2016 – CURRENT
Volunteer Hut Warden at Woolshed Creek hut in the Mt Summers Conservation Area, responsible for attendants in the staff, collecting payments and cleaning up the huts.
YouthTown, Oamaru – Holiday Program Supervisor
Organising events for holiday program, supervising between 5-10 children, driving vans with children inside them and maintaining relationships with various groups of students whilst catering towards the needs of the various ages.
Wellington City Council, Wellington — Swimming Instructor
MARCH 2013 – PRESENT
Planning lessons and teaching 6-12 students at a variety of levels from preschool to adult classes, as well as training and supervising staff.
Wellington and Waimate — Babysitting
I have babysat in the school holidays, weekends and after schools since I was 13, for several families. Often babysitting up to 6 children at once for various hours. Including overnight and whole weekends, organizing activities and day trips.
CRT Farmlands, Waimate and Oamaru – Retail
NOVEMBER 2011-MARCH 2014
Selling, ordering and stocking stock, dealing with shareholders and customers. As well as stocktaking, cleaning and helping with shelf displays.
Highland Dance School Teacher, Waimate - Owner
JANUARY 2011-DECEMBER 2013
Owned and operated a Highland dance school with between 7-15 pupils. I was responsible for booking, organising the lessons as well as teaching the students.
"I really like coming to Miss Todds class because she is so lovely and makes me want to learn. She makes us feel happy all the time and is very encouraging and inspiring!" - Year 13 Student, Villa Maria College
Ruth Blair - Associate Teacher at Yaldhurst Model School
M 021 049 1530
Linda Gordon – Associate teacher at Villa Maria College
M 021 181 2613
Character Referees -
Sue Arthur – Mother of children I tutor and have babysat.
P (03) 689 6206