ACADEMIC COACH, TEACHER
Andrea is a trained teacher, who is originally from Canada, and has taught in both public and private schools internationally. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Psychology and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching. Andrea has taught upper primary school students since 2006, working in Auckland, London, Munich, Hanoi and Prague. She has experience teaching the NZ curriculum, the UK curriculum and the IB Primary Years Program (PYP). At the moment, Andrea is completing her TEFL certification and looks forward to having a stronger background in English language teaching to better support beginning English learners. Throughout her career she has worked with a diverse range of students and always welcomes the opportunity to support learners of all levels and backgrounds. Andrea herself has multi-ethnic origins with a Mexican father and a Slovak mother, so she felt an immediate kinship to third culture kids when she joined her first international school community.
Prior to becoming a classroom teacher Andrea explored her interest in child psychology by working with children with autism. She was an Instructor Therapist who worked as part of a multidisciplinary team supporting young children with severe autism. Andrea also has a keen interest in yoga and mindfulness, having done a 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training and various other courses to develop these skills. She applies what she has learned to better help her students focus, cope with adversity and be happy with themselves. Andrea believes balance is the key to learning and that when students are able to consciously self-regulate they have more success in the classroom and in life.
Andrea is also passionate about empowering students to see their potential and to see how they can make a difference in the world. She has shared her interest in sustainability and community service by teaching using an inquiry approach. Andrea also facilitated projects related to service learning in various roles within the schools she has worked at, most recently as the Elementary School Service Learning Coordinator at the International School of Prague. She also held the same leadership role at UNIS Hanoi.