ACADEMIC COACH, TEACHER
Hi, I’m Andrea! I'm a teacher, originally from Canada, and I’ve taught at both public and private schools internationally. I hold a bachelor of arts honors degree in psychology and a graduate diploma in teaching. I’ve taught upper primary school students since 2006, working in Auckland, London, Munich, Hanoi, and Prague. I have experience teaching the NZ curriculum, the UK curriculum, and the IB Primary Years Program (PYP). At the moment I’m completing my TEFL certification and look forward to strengthening my skills in English language teaching to better support beginning English learners.
Throughout my career I have worked with a diverse range of students and always welcome the opportunity to support learners of all levels and backgrounds. I myself have multi-ethnic origins with a Mexican father and a Slovak mother, and feel an immediate kinship when I work with third culture kids.
Prior to becoming a classroom teacher I was an instructor therapist in a multidisciplinary team supporting young children with severe autism. I also have a keen interest in yoga and mindfulness, having completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training and various other courses to develop these skills. This aspect of my practice allows me to help my students focus, cope with adversity, and be happy with themselves. I believe balance is the key to learning, and when students are able to consciously self-regulate they have more success in the classroom and in life.
I have experience facilitating projects related to service learning within the schools I have worked at, most recently as the elementary school service learning coordinator at the International School of Prague, a leadership role I also held at UNIS Hanoi.
One of my biggest passions is empowering students to see their potential and to see how they can make a difference in the world.
I’m from Canada and New Zealand, and I speak English.