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Hello, there! I’m Nicolle McKinlay and this is my second year teaching at St. Gabriel the Archangel school.
Born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia; I am a passionate Adelaide Crows supporter (#goeddie!), and love all things special to Adelaide – #rockford #charlesworthnuts #haighschocolates #coopers #fruchocs #balfours #farmersunionicedcoffee
I began my teaching career at a remote school in the heart of outback Australia. I taught all subjects for 25-30 Aboriginal students in grades 3-7 (all in one class) and loved every minute of it.
I moved to St. Louis in 2013 to be with my husband. We met back in 2007 while I was studying abroad at Purdue University (#boilerup). After six years living on opposite sides of the pond, I moved with my two Australian Terriers, Pickles and Loulou, and the rest is history.
You might hear me talk a lot about my two sweet children, Essie and Ellis. They (along with my husband) are the loves of my life! Being a Mummy is so rewarding, but so is being a teacher.
My educational philosophy is based on high quality learning experiences and high expectations for all students. My philosophy focuses on student centered learning, collaboration, innovation, and thinking critically to solve real world problems. These principles form the undercurrent to all my planning.
As I have studied the importance of technology in education and students’ learning, I believe diverse technologies and web based learning tools are fundamental in providing students with stimulating and meaningful learning experiences. I strongly believe that through harnessing the power of technology, we are able to cater to almost all student learning styles and abilities. More importantly, technology gives students power to drive their own learning.
I am a team member of the Clavius Project: St. Gabriel’s robotics program for students in grades 6-8. I also provide an after school coding club for students in grades 3-5. I am a Level 1 Google Certified Educator, and I make use of Google Classroom/Apps in all of my classes.
My door is always open, so please stop on by and say “G’Day!”