Gail Staples

DipT (Primary), BEd (Primary), GradDipEd(SchLib), CertIVTESOL 

Education Consultant

M: 0408 676 994

E: gail.staples@edcomm.org.au

Biography

Gail has over thirty-five years of experience teaching Kindergarten to HSC students in both public and independent schools, in Victoria, NSW and New Zealand, teaching English to teenagers and adults in NSW and China and training adult educators in China. Most of her career has been in co-educational schools with a twelve-year block in an all-girls K-12 independent school. She was brought up in a loving, Christian family and, as a young adult, she recommitted herself to be a follower of Jesus.

Gail has:-
• taught as a Primary classroom, Music and ESL teacher
• worked as a staff coordinator
• worked as Head Teacher-Librarian in a K-12 independent school, responsible for collaboratively embedding K-12 digital literacy and literature appreciation into curriculum, managing library staff and volunteers, writing and managing budgets and reviewing and implementing library policies. In 2015 this School Library was recognised as an outstanding school library in Australia
• developed in-depth knowledge and expertise in strategies to enhance literacy including information/digital literacy
• extensive experience in cross-cultural//ESL teaching.
• regularly participated in, and led Curriculum development teams and
• presented to both faculty/ whole school at Professional Learning sessions and to parents.

A TESOL qualification expanded her skills in a rapidly growing field. In China she worked as part of a team to facilitate and deliver short term ESL courses for teenagers and assist in expanding the skill set of Government teachers who teach English in China. A current enrolment (2017-) in a Master of Educational Leadership is equipping her with an extensive set of skills and expertise.

Gail’s key personal strengths are:
• an ability to quickly establish rapport with people from different backgrounds and experiences by affirming each person’s God-given dignity
• commitment to social justice by addressing the inequities of socio-economic and cultural disadvantage
• high personal accountability and integrity and
• strong organisational, problem-solving and ‘team player’ skills.

She summarises the work of Christian educators in the quote:

‘To have a Christian vocation to teach is to be called to a transforming, professional ministry. It is to have the privilege of being able to work out our loyalty to God in the cause of the common educational good.’ (Professor Trevor Cooling, Professor of Christian Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK)