Katherine completed a Bachelor of Primary Education Studies through Charles Sturt University in 2007 and a Bachelor of Arts in French through Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada in 1988. She has 15 years’ experience across primary and secondary grades teaching French and Japanese. During the last 8 years, Katherine has provided support for primary and secondary students in mathematics as well as fulfilling the role of co-ordinator in a Coffs Harbour school’s numeracy support program. She is currently employed at Bishop Druitt College as a primary Japanese teacher and for numeracy support in the secondary school.
Katherine has extensive experience teaching French language from kindergarten to Year 10. Growing up in a bilingual country instilled in her an understanding of the importance of learning other languages, as well as the role this plays in developing cultural awareness. She is passionate about the role that second language skills play in building acceptance and appreciation of diversity in our lives and our communities. Katherine has always had a passion for learning and feels fortunate to have had extremely positive schooling experiences throughout her life. From extensive tutoring experience in Canada and up to HSC General Maths level in Australia, Katherine has seen that a positive schooling experience is not always the case for all students. She is committed to identifying and assisting students in overcoming blocks they may have developed over the course of their schooling.
In 2018, Katherine completed a professional development course in using multi-sensory mathematics strategies to help students grasp mathematical concepts and develop strong number sense skills. She is keen to continue exploring this avenue to assist those students with learning difficulties such as dyscalculia, those who find mathematics challenging and those who may have missed important concepts in their learning journey so far.
Katherine grew up in Halifax, on the east coast of Canada. She has lived in Australia for 30 years, and Coffs Harbour for 20. She has been married for 4 years to another North American ex-pat who works locally in marine biology and science education. She has a 21-year-old daughter, a 21-year-old step-daughter and a 19-year-old step-son. Katherine is a firm believer of education opening doors and opportunities and that these should be available to all students. Where factors combine to challenge this, maths can become a negative experience for students. Katherine enjoys the reward of helping students to re-activate their excitement and self-belief to enable them to reach their own potential.