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Robyn Press

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Bio

Prior to entering the tertiary sector, Robyn enjoyed over 20 years as a Primary teacher both in Australia and internationally. Her roles included: Head of Pastoral care; Head of Literacy; specialist teacher of Music and Physical Education, and generalist Primary teacher from P-7 in a variety of private, public, Catholic, Anglican and Jewish schools. Robyn’s passion for early childhood education and literacy led to the publishing of her own children’s picture book. She continues  to inspire students through her performance of the story and author visits to schools.   

Her passion for beginning teachers is the driving force behind her PhD studies titled ‘Teachers in transition: a bioecological perspective on the development of beginning teachers’ professional identities through Quality Teaching Rounds, for which she was privileged to receive a scholarship from the University of Newcastle. Her expertise in research is enriched through her role as a research assistant for the University, assisting with the implementation of a nation-wide professional development model for teachers.  

Robyn is the Branch Support Officer for the Australian Council of Educational Leaders and a trained assessor for Initial Teacher Education Programs for the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.   

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (candidate), 2020 
  • Master of Education (Charles Sturt University, 2000) 
  • Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education (Macquarie University, 1993) 
  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Charles Sturt University, 2003) 

Research Interests

  • Initial Teacher Education
  • Quality Teaching Rounds as a professional development tool
  • Beginning teachers 

Professional Experience

  • Qld Branch Support Officer, Australian Council of Educational Leaders 
  • Head of Pastoral Care and Literacy, Australian International School, Singapore 
  • Primary Teacher – Melbourne, California, London, Singapore
  • Children’s Author and Writing workshop facilitator 

Books and Book Chapters

Press, R. (2019). Student Feedback-Informed, Validated Education. In: Leal Filho W., Azul A., Brandli L., Özuyar P., Wall T. (Eds). Quality Education. Encyclopaedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69902-8 

Conferences

Jackson, D. & Press, R. (2012, October). Maximizing Digital Literacy in Library contexts. Presented at the Australian International School, Hands on Literacy Conference, Singapore.  

Other

Press, R. (2015). Goldilocks. Frenchs Forest, Australia: Little Steps Publishing. 

Teaching

CR111, CR184, CR220, ES113, ES242, ES246, ES611, ES612 

College Service

  • 2016-2020: First Year Coordinator 
  • 2017- 2018: Research Committee 
  • 2017-2018: Research Ethics Committee 
  • 2017- 2019: Chair – Student Retention Committee 

Professional Memberships and Associations

  • Member of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders 
  • Registered Teacher, Queensland College of Teachers 
  • Accredited panellist – Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership – Initial Teacher Education accreditation – Stage 2 
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