In three short years of teaching at Marsden State High School, Kirra Gold is building capacity within herself, across her school and the larger teaching community as a whole.
She works hard to constantly improve. Her teaching practice is informed by AVID (an education program designed to lift student performance) and the John Collins writing program, strategies designed to increase engagement, literacy skills and knowledge retention in students.
Kirra uses contexts relevant to the students, engages them to contribute and builds their confidence.
“Her personality and teaching style enables Kirra to encourage students’ expression and exploration of their values and attitudes while using culturally sensitive resources, language and strategies to facilitate class discussions around controversial issues,” Head of Department, Science Megan Lynch says.
“Students can articulate Kirra’s expectations in the classroom and know their current levels of achievement, as well as several strategies they can use to improve their outcomes further.”
Results recorded in Kirra’s class this year include 90 per cent achieving A-C marks overall in Year 12 Biology and for Effort and Behaviour, and 100 per cent of students scoring A-C in the subjects Science, Dance and Biology. There was also a 75 per cent increase in attendance for Year 8 Science students and for her Dance Excellence class all of her students scored either A or B.
Kirra stays in regular contact with parents, informing them of positive developments and requesting support of classroom expectations.
Much of her capacity to teach Biology has come from subsequent learning she pursued following graduation.
She has delivered professional development in AVID and is a Literacy Leader for the Science faculty and member of the school literacy committee to improve student literacy and reading comprehension. She participated in the Aspiring Leaders program 2018 as well. As a subject coordinator for Science, Dance and Biology she has supported fellow staff members with unit outlines, assessment items and generation of resources.
She coaches the Wildsharks Cheer Leading Team and various Dance teams that have competed in local and state competitions with success. She has assisted with various Year 6 immersion days and runs Exceptional Learners Program classes. As the school’s main cheer leading coach, she maintains her qualifications and registration in this field.
She marks GTPA assessment at the University of Southern Queensland for final year education students. She has also shared her knowledge with students at the University of Queensland.
Congratulations Kirra on your nomination.