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Curriculum Vitae

Claire Van Loon

Committed to Quality Teaching & Learning

Claire Van Loon

Curriculum Vitae

Address: 4/91 Ormond Esplanade, Elwood, 3184, AUSTRALIA

Phone: + 61 415 736 240
Date of Birth: 10/12/79
Email: clairevl@hotmail.com
Skype: clairevanloon
Passport: Australian and British
VIT Registration: 300392
Website (Professional Portfolio): http://clairevanloon.weebly.com

I have 14 years experience teaching Prep Year 6 (P-6), in Public, Independent and International Schools in the UK, Australia, Asia and
Europe. I am committed to promoting a supportive, stimulating and caring environment for my students. I believe it is vital to have high
expectations of all students and encourage them to work to their full potential. Students need to construct their own understanding of
the world round them, in an environment where they feel safe and valued. I strive to provide a setting with consistent expectations,
where relevant, stimulating and enjoyable learning occurs. All of this needs to be accompanied by positive and constructive feedback.
I am currently a Year 5 teacher at Firbank Grammar, Melbourne, and hold a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) and a Bachelor of Arts. I am
currently undertaking a Master of Education at The University of Melbourne, which will be completed in November 2016. I have previous
teaching and leadership roles at Wesley College (Melbourne), Berlin Metropolitan School (Germany), Australian International School
(Vietnam), St Josephs School (Melbourne), Colham Manor Primary School (London) and Kardinia International College (Geelong).
In my current role as a classroom teacher at Firbank Grammar, I have been responsible for establishing the tone and tenor of the school.
My responsibilities include providing teaching, transdisciplinary activities and pastoral care of a large school of over 1200 students (ELC
12). I have also had responsibility in my teaching role, for the development of a positive culture toward academic achievement. I have
worked successfully in teams and know I can make a very positive contribution to the academic, sporting, pastoral, discipline and cocurricular life of a school, while contributing to its ongoing development.


Approval to teach K-6 and experience in delivering the National Curriculum (UK) curriculum of VELS (Australia) and
International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP)

Co-educational and single-sex teaching skills, complemented by an excellent understanding of Literacy education

Highly perceptive skills with the ability to anticipate and assess problems, make effective decisions and implement
appropriate measures

Team teaching and collaborative planning with numerous specialists - EAL, Special Education, IT, Music, Physical
Education, Art and Non-English Language Teachers

Extensive experience working with students requiring Early literacy, numeracy and behaviour support, as well as meeting
the needs of Gifted and Talented students

Specialist experience in Pastoral Care, with training in Restorative Justice Practices

A willing and supportive team member with initiative to seek extra responsibilities and go the extra distance to achieve team
goals, and facilitate the achievement of school objectives

Ability to solve problems in a consultative manner within policy guidelines

Excellent digital learning skills, developed through formal study and on-the-job experience, with extensive experience
integrating technology into learning (laptops, iPads, class websites and blogs, computer labs, digital projectors, interactive
whiteboards, digital cameras)

Highly developed verbal and written communication skills, with added expertise in public speaking and facilitation of
meetings and professional development activities

Well organised, with the ability to meet deadlines in demanding situations

Ability to deliver syllabus material in a lucid and comprehensive manner, while maintaining classroom discipline and amicable,
encouraging relationships with students

Work well independently, while equally productive as an effective team member

Analytically minded and task oriented, using efficient work strategies

Proficient and systemised work habits with a high level of attention to detail

Highly motivated, with a desire to meet performance goals and desired outcomes

Adapt to changing circumstances and environments quickly and easily

Enjoy new challenges, thriving in a fast paced, interactive, academic environment

Proven ability to develop strong relationships with parents, including running parent workshops (synthetic phonics), integrating
parent helpers in the classroom and on excursions, liaising for fundraisers


Master of Education (Australia)

The University of Melbourne

1999 2003 Deakin University Burwood/Geelong (Australia)

Bachelor Teaching (Primary)
Bachelor Arts - Major: Politics and Policy Processes

1992 1997 Sacred Heart College, Geelong (Australia)

Victorian Certificate of Education


The role of Mathematics in the PYP (2015) Melbourne

The role of language in the PYP (2015) Melbourne
First Aid management (2015) Melbourne
Restorative Justices (2013) Berlin
Inclusion in an International School (2013) Berlin
Co-teaching (2012) Berlin
Synthetic Phonics x 2 days (2012) Vietnam
Making the PYP Happen in the Classroom x 3 days IBO (2011) Bali
Sustainability through International Mindedness (2011) Vietnam
Brain Function and Optimal Learning Capacity (2011) Vietnam
Behaviour Management in the Classroom (2011) Vietnam
Concept Driven Curriculum (2011) Vietnam
First Aid Training (2011) Vietnam
Faith Development/Staff Retreat (2010) Melbourne
Maths Coordinator Cluster Meetings x 3 days (2009) Melbourne
Alistair McKintosh Maths Development (2009) Melbourne
Emergency Evacuation Training (2008) Melbourne
CPR/Anaphylaxis Training (2008) Melbourne
Faith Development/Staff Retreat x 2 days (2008)
Michael Ymer Maths Development (2008)
Professional Learning in Numeracy (2008) Melbourne
Values Education (2008) Melbourne
Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) Training (2008) Melbourne
Foundation Years Literacy (2008) Melbourne
Ealing Early Years Training (2007) London
Synthetic Phonics Training (2006) London
Starting with the child: Knowledge and understanding of the training (2006) London
Developing effective Role Play (2006) London
Involving children in the assessment process (2005) London
Special Educational Needs in the mainstream classroom (2004) London
Observation Survey Administration (2002) Melbourne
Creative Arts on a Budget (2002) Melbourne
Using the Internet in classrooms (2002) Geelong
Science of Possum Magic (2002) Geelong
Scienceworks/Planetarium workshop (2002) Geelong
Investigating in Primary Science (2002) Geelong

Jan 2015 Current

Firbank Grammar School (Melbourne)

Year 5 teacher
Duties include

Delivery of the Primary Years Programme (PYP)

PYP exhibition mentor

EAL integration

Aug 2015 Dec 2015

Wesley College (Melbourne)

Year 3 teacher
Duties included:

Delivery of the Primary Years Programme (PYP)

Teaching & Learning Committee Structured Word Inquiry presentation

EAL integration

Aug 2012 July 2014

Berlin Metropolitan School (Germany)

Grade 1 teacher (2012 2013)
Grade 2 teacher (2013 2014)
Duties included:

Delivery of the Primary Years Programme (PYP)

Association of German International Schools (AGIS) Representative

School Playground committee member

Classroom Organisation committee member

Creation and implementation of a new school wide Program of Inquiry

Piloted integration of digital portfolios and class blog

EAL integration

Jan 2011- July 2012

Australian International School (Vietnam)

Year 2 teacher
Duties included

Delivery of the Primary Years Programme (PYP)

Implementation of Extra-curricular activities (Drama Club, Arts Club)

Mathematics Co-ordinator

Visual Arts Committee member

Social Committee member

Implemented Professional Development Training for Teaching Assistants

Synthetic Phonics Curriculum Team Leader

- Implementation of Synthetic Phonics program across school

Student Teacher Mentor

Mentor PYP Exhibition

EAL integration

Jan 2008 Dec 2010

St Josephs School (Melbourne)

Year 1 Teacher (2009 - 2010)
Prep (Reception) Teacher (2008)
Duties included

Mathematics Coordinator (training staff on effective classroom practices, Maths

cluster meetings, organising Professional Development)

Inquiry Based Learning

Parent Training Course (Synthetic Phonics)

Implementation of Perceptual Motor Program

Social Committee Coordinator

Student Teacher Mentor

Sep 2005 July 2007

Colham Manor Primary School (London)

Year 1 Classroom Teacher (2006 2007)
Year 2 Classroom Teacher (2006)
Duties included

Art Co-Ordinator (ordering resources, updating Art planning, organisation of Art staff

EAL integration

Coordination of year 1 Christmas Play

Stage Design/Rehearsals Year 6 Production

April 2004 July 2005

Protocol Teaching Agency/Vibe Teaching Agency (London)

Casual Relief teacher
Duties included

Daily and short term cover of classes Nursery Year 6

Adapting and executing colleagues plans for lesson delivery

Effective behaviour management strategies

Aug 2003 April 2004

Kardinia International College (Geelong)

Casual Relief Teacher
Duties included

Daily and short term cover of classes Nursery Year 6

Adapting and executing colleagues plans for lesson delivery

Effective behaviour management strategies

Michelle Phillips
Head of Middle School
Geelong Grammar School
+61 3 5273 9231
Rob Gow
Junior School Principal
Wesley College
+ 61 3 8102 6500
Mark Shillitoe
Director of Digital Learning, Technology & Media
Gems World Academy
+41 78 9058636
Lorenz Buchler
Parent Representative Berlin Metropolitan School
Tieckstrae 24
10115 Berlin
+ 49 30 28385435