Elissa Christie

Elissa is a passionate and dedicated teacher with a diverse background in the field of education. She is a Canadian citizen from Toronto, Ontario however; she has lived and worked in Australia for the past four years. Elissa is a qualified secondary school teacher in Australia and Canada, specialising in English, History, Geography, and Learning Support subject areas, working with students in grade seven through to grade twelve. Prior to receiving her post-graduate degree in Education, Elissa completed a BA in Environmental Sustainability and International Development Studies at Dalhousie University in Canada. Throughout her tertiary studies, Elissa worked as a Teaching Assistant leading weekly tutorials for first-year students, grading assignments, and collaborating with faculty members; as well as working as a Student-Wellbeing Assistant where she assisted university students with disabilities by providing coaching in planning, time-management, and academic research and writing abilities.

Through her extensive and varied experiences in Education, Elissa is able to differentiate her teaching style and content to meet the needs and learning style of her students. She is passionate about creating learning experiences that are student-centered, engaging, practical, and inclusive for all. Elissa is skilled in collaborating with clients to develop learning programs that will deliver the outcomes important to them.

When Elissa is not teaching, her love of travel has brought her to many incredible places around the world including, South East Asia, Kenya, New Zealand, Central America, and now, Vienna! She also finds joy in playing music, sipping coffee, and getting out into nature.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
2017: Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)

  • Core Subject Areas: History and Geography

Dalhousie University , Nova Scotia, Canada
2011 – 2015: Bachelor of Arts

  • Majors: Environmental Sustainability and International Development
  • Achieved a distinction average and appeared twice on the Dean’s List for High Distinction Performance
  • Worked as a Teaching Assistant for the Sustainability Department as a fourth year student.

Teaching Experience

Kalamunda Secondary Education Support Centre (KSESC)
2020: Learning Support Teacher

  • Developed engaging career and life skills lessons for KSESC students in grades eleven and twelve, which resulted in 100% of graduating students completing a personal CV, filmed mock interview, and participating in either volunteer or paid employment experiences
  • Engaged parents in their child’s learning progress through weekly emails, phone conversations, and in-person meetings.

Gladstone South State Primary School
2020: Primary Learning Support Teacher

  • Collaborated with classroom teachers and the Head of Learning Support to develop activities for students with disabilities, resulting in 100% of students achieving their Individual Education Plan Goals, or progressing to the next year level
  • Worked with students in small-group settings and individually across grades one to six

Gladstone State High School
2018 - 2019: Secondary School Teacher

  • Specialized in teaching English and Social Sciences across grades seven to ten
  • Successfully completed the Early Career Teacher Mentoring Program, which involved weekly observations, feedback interviews and reflections, and the completion of a teaching portfolio over a two-year period. This resulted in the achievement of “Full Registration” from the Queensland College of Teachers and an offer to extend my two-year employment contract
  • Co-Founded and facilitated Gladstone State High School’s first Environmental Club resulting in a new school vegetable garden, recycling program, and student members attending a regional “Reef Guardian” conference.

Relevant Employment & Volunteer Experience

University of the Sunshine Coast (USC)
2017: Student Wellbeing Assistant

  • Assisted USC students with disabilities to develop organizational and time management skills
  • Provided guidance and support for students in the form of essay writing and researching skills.

University of the Sunshine Coast (USC)
2017: AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience)

  • Mentored Indigenous high school students on the Sunshine Coast during weekly tutoring sessions by assisting students with their schoolwork, facilitating meaningful group discussions, and demonstrating positive leadership skills
  • Facilitated leadership workshops during the AIME Outreach Days throughout the school year.

Dalhousie University
2015: Teaching Assistant

  • Prepared and facilitated a weekly 2-hour tutorial for first year Environmental Studies students at Dalhousie University
  • Graded assignments in alignment with course rubrics and standards
  • Moderated assignments with fellow faculty members, including professors and fellow TA’s
  • Provided written and verbal feedback and one-on-one student conferencing.

The Deanery Project
2014 - 2015: Youth Group Coordinator

  • Facilitated and organized a weekly youth group for local young people in the rural Ship Harbour community
  • Created and piloted day camps focused on active transportation for children aged six to ten years old
  • Designed and co-lead a weeklong summer camp program for girls aged 13-15 completing their Duke of Edinburgh Programme.

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)
2014: Volunteer English Language Tutor

  • Volunteered on a weekly basis tutoring new Canadian immigrants through the ISANS organisation.

Skills Summary / Registrations & Qualifications

  • Experienced in communicating professionally with colleagues, parents and the wider community
  • Able to facilitate meaningful conversations and teaching moments in the classroom by creating a supportive and inclusive environment with clear expectations
  • Competent in using school data software such as OneSchool, IKON, and Outlook to record student data and communication with parents and caregivers
  • Deutschkurs Intensive A1.1 (June 2021)
  • TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Certified (2020)
  • Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (2020)
  • Ontario College of Teachers (Canada) (2018)
  • Working with Children Check (June 2020 – June 2023)
  • First Aid Certified (2019)

Professional Reference Feedback

“Elissa’s rapport with students and staff was genuine. She was firm and fair with her approach to students and quickly earned their respect, having minimal behaviour problems. Elissa worked tirelessly with our special needs students, placing additional time after school hours, to master the curriculum delivery and guide the students to succeed within their capability. She was very dependable in mainstream classrooms. Elissa will be an asset in any work setting.” - Principal, GSSS

“…Elissa was outstanding in these roles, particularly as she was not familiar with the functioning of the school, which involved highly complex and challenging students. She had a strong ability to uptake new knowledge of curriculum demands and apply them effectively within the classroom.” - Principal, GSSS

“Elissa always engaged professionally with her peers, and engaged in decision-making processes related to curriculum design, collegiate support and school improvement strategies. She always followed school procedures and polices, demonstrating respect for all members of our school community.” - Principal, KSESC

“Elissa is a very professional teacher. She knows curriculum content well and is able to deliver this in a variety of ways to suit students’ diverse needs. Her programs are engaging and her students were always happy and excited to work with her.” - Lead Teacher, KSESC

“This lesson was a great example of how to differentiate instructions without bringing unnecessary attention to the diverse learning needs of students. I liked the way the students were engaged in similar learning activities, but geared at their levels. Consequently, this was a sound example of how clear, challenging, and achievable learning goals can be personalised.” - Deputy Principal, GSHS

“Elissa has a calm, confident, and positive presence in the classroom. She has strong routines and a good rapport.” - Head of English, GSHS

Objective

I am a passionate and experienced Canadian educator, residing in Vienna. I look forward to assisting you reach your English language goals!

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