Jonny Wouters

YEAR 8 PROGRAM & HUMANITIES/PBL
Emotional, Social, Learning Awareness
Teacher at Living School

Jonny Wouters

CF-8 Humanities & PBL Teacher

To me, learning is one of the most human and beautiful things we can do. Not only does learning quite literally expand out brains, but it expands our capacity to live meaningful lives. I once heard it said that the most interesting people are the most interested people. My dream and hope is that the sort of education I am involved in will cultivate interesting, creative and responsible people who create spaces of belonging for others.

BACKGROUND

Jonny considers himself a South African-Australian, and he is grateful that the story of his life has been shaped by two cultures on two vastly different continents. The immigrant experience is one of searching for your place to belong and for your identity. This is a part of why Jonny strives to create spaces of belonging for the students he teaches: places that allow all students to express themselves and seek a deeper understanding of themselves and others. Creative writing is a passion of Jonny’s because it helps facilitate this process. He loves helping students to find their voice in their writing and then seeing where this leads them.

Over the ten years of his teaching career, Jonny has been very involved in curriculum development. One of his highlights was being involved in a team that designed an alternative Year 9 program to improve student engagement and agency.

He has also worked as a Specialist Teacher for the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority in the area of critical and creative thinking. In this role Jonny worked with teachers, helping them to better understand how to develop students’ thinking and creativity.

CAREER EXPERIENCE

Tertiary Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts (English, Psychology): University of Cape Town (RSA): 2005
  • Bachelor of Arts (English, Psychology): Latrobe University (Bundoora): 2007-2008
  • Diploma of Education, Secondary (English, Maths): Eastern College Victoria: 2009
  • Masters of Education: Morling College (NSW): 2011-2016
  • Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts Therapy: The Melbourne Institute for
  • Experiential and Creative Arts Therapy (VIC): 2017-current

Work Experience

  • Educational Content Developer, Elevate Education: 2019 (Nov) – Present
    • Designing and writing teaching and learning resources that align and integrate relevant aspects of the ACARA, VCAA and NESA English and Humanities curriculums to components of the design thinking process for project based learning experiences.
  • Senior Critical and Creative Thinking Assessment Review Panelist, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority: 2019 (Oct) – Present
    • Reviewing formal assessment tasks that will be used by Victorian schools for formalised data collection against the F-10 Critical and Creative Thinking Capability curriculum.
  • Learning Specialist in Curriculum and Pedagogy, Prahran High School (VIC): 2019
    • Designing and teaching English and Humanities learning programs for Year 7 students.
    • Leading the development of teaching and learning frameworks, principles, practices, initiatives, approaches (pedagogy) – including curriculum, assessment, learning culture, student agency and the capabilities.
    • Leading professional learning sessions and coaching with teaching staff.
  • Specialist Teacher in Critical and Creative Thinking, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA): 2017-2018
    • Designing and delivering professional learning programmes for teachers and educational leaders in the area of Critical and Creative Thinking.
    • Generating resources to assist teachers in understanding, integrating, teaching, developing and assessing the Critical and Creative Thinking capability.
  • Secondary English and Humanities Teacher and Leader, Mount Evelyn Christian School (VIC): 2010-2018
    • Teaching middle years English (Grades 7-10), VCE English (Units 1-4), Humanities (Year 9) through an alternative Year 9 program called Open Village, and VCE Psychology (Units 1-2).