Catherine Thiele's early professional career provided opportunities for her to work simultaneously as a Primary classroom teacher and a USC Sessional lecturer, tutor and researcher. She has lectured in various courses including Teaching Primary School Mathematics, The Primary Curriculum, Quality Teaching and Learning, Middle Phase Pedagogies and ICT/Technologies Curriculum. Catherine has also been involved in two recent research project teams; “The NCR Numeracy Project” and “The DeLorean Project – Innovative Pedagogy”.
In July 2017 Catherine was appointed the Academic position of Professional Experience Coordinator. In this role, Catherine gains and supports partnerships between education-based learning environments, university personnel and pre-service teachers. Such partnerships see the placement of 750+ pre-service teachers for their Student Professional Experience (SPE) involving hundreds of learning sites, including Rural and Remote locations. Catherine also takes a lead role in collecting and managing data associated with SPE to compile written reports and feed research initiatives.
This current role synergizes two of Catherine’s professional interests – educational relationships/partnerships and working with research data.
Alongside these, Catherine’s professional pursuits include:
- School leadership initiatives involving data
- Innovative pedagogy in upper Primary
- Collaborative learning cultures