Samantha Birch, my teaching career, which has now spanned over twenty years, has been quite eclectic in nature, starting in a small village school in the UK. It was in this supportive environment that my passion for catering for the uniqueness of the individual child began. Upon moving back to Australia, I have worked in many roles including: Classroom Teacher, Learning Support Teacher, Differentiation Coach, University Tutor and Deputy Principal.
In complete contrast to the small village school in the UK where my career started, I have also been part of an invigorating leadership team within the largest Junior School within Australia. This was a demanding, yet highly educational experience for me, as it enabled me to cement my proficiency in the pedagogy surrounding the teaching of reading. This expertise in reading led me to be being asked to work for Regional Office as a Principal Education Advisor, supporting multiple schools in developing high yield reading strategies which supported all students, with a significant focus on the high achievers.
Studying for my Masters in Special Education, enabled me to be reflective about my own practice and how to creatively cater for the needs all of students. Whilst this was significant to my teaching philosophy, more importantly, it ignited a spark for lifelong learning which is what I hope to share with our amazing students.
Presentation from Parent Information Session
NAPLAN Parent Info Session – Presentation
Numeracy Workshop – Information for Parents
Numeracy Workshop for Parents – Handout
Numeracy Workshop for Parents – Mental Computation Strategies
Insights – Helping Your Child Achieve
Interpreting your daughter’s Report