Rachel is a passionate Science and Chemistry teacher currently working at Taieri College in Dunedin, New Zealand. She has a keen interest in student centered learning approaches, using technology to enhance student learning outcomes and blowing things up. Making Science lessons engaging, relevant and fun is her priority while maintaining an environment where students are challenged and supported to form their own connections within their learning. Rachel started at Taieri College in 2014, and is head of the IT committee planning the implementation of a 1:1 BYOD program in 2016. Rachel previously taught at St Hilda's Collegiate School, an Anglican girls school that ran a 1:1 Macbook program. During her time at St Hilda's, Rachel was fortunate to be exposed to a wide range of technologies and blended learning approaches. Prior to training as a secondary teacher in 2009, Rachel obtained an MSc in Microbiology and Immunology and worked in Biomedical research at the University of Otago. Rachel cofounded #scichatnz, a twitter chat that runs every 2 weeks during term time to discuss issues around science education. She also spends part of her summer holidays having 'a week of serious fun' as camp Mum at Hands on Science, a week long residential camp hosted by the University of Otago for 250 secondary School Science Students. She is an active member of the Otago Science Teacher Association, and was on the organising committee for SciCon 2014 and ChemEd 2013. When she isn't teaching, Rachel is an avid cricket and football supporter, geeky crochet fanatic and enjoys spending time with her husband Al and her son Ollie.
Did or will you attend a Global Forum/E2?:
Redmond - 2015
I'll attend E2 in Redmond as a: