- EDU105 Professional Learning: The Role of the Teacher
- EDU114 Professional Learning 1: Transition to the Profession
- EDU401 Professional Practice: Teacher as Global Practitioner
- EDU411 Professional Learning: Transitioning into the Profession
- pre-service teachers the final year experience
- pre-service teachers and the Australian professional standards for teachers
- school leadership
- peer review
- undergraduate teacher education
Kairen began her educational career in London, working with migrant families, before teaching in Switzerland at an international school and building on her experience in supporting culturally diverse communities. Later moving to Australia she taught in Queensland State and Independent Schools in Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Classrooms.
During her time as a teacher, Kairen coordinated Gifted and Talented programs, Languages, Literacy and Art. Passionate about social justice she established support programs for students and as a keen advocate for the arts, instigated whole school theatre productions, art shows and a school community mural project.
In these roles Kairen developed curriculum and policy documents, alongside professional development opportunities for all staff. She also developed a Gaming Devices in the Education project funded by Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) and presented this at the CELI conference in Brisbane.
Kairen is currently lecturing in Primary and Secondary Education Programs. She has also assisted on research projects at USC that have partnered with Fredonia State University (NY) and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). Her present research interest lies in developing pre-service teacher awareness of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) and she is currently working towards her PhD in this area.
Kairen is also the First Year Experience Advisor for School of Education students at USC.