Announcement of 2019 Teaching Fellow

13 September 2018
Kim Locke 2019 Teaching Fellow, Department of Mathematics. Currently teaching at Rangitoto College
Kim Locke

The Department of Mathematics is delighted to announce that the 2019 Teaching Fellow will be Kim Locke, a teacher from Rangitoto College.

Kim teaches the Scholarship Calculus course at Rangitoto College and is currently the Dean of International Students.

She has a BSc majoring in Mathematics and Statistics from Rhodes University, South Africa, and has also lived in the UK.

She applied for the fellowship because she was ready for a new challenge.

“I have been teaching for ten years and became Dean of International Students three years ago. I fully appreciate the many benefits of my job, so it was difficult to know how to indulge my yearning for change without throwing out all that I count as blessings in my current role.

“When the flier advertising the fellowship arrived in my inbox, I knew it was exactly what I had been looking for. It offers an amazing opportunity for growth that allows me to return to Rangitoto College with a whole new perspective at the end of the year.”

Taking this time will give Kim the headspace for meaningful reflection, outside of her normal school routines.  She believes being in a tertiary environment will be refreshing, enlightening and an opportunity to look at mathematics education from a different angle.

“I am looking forward to learning more about the research that is happening around mathematical education, and very keen to experience what it takes to teach at the next level. I am excited at the prospect of both upskilling my knowledge and gaining research experience.”

Kim anticipates her year with the Department of Mathematics will deepen her understanding of what is required of her mathematics students in the next phase of their education, so that she can better support them in the lead up to their tertiary studies.

“I am expecting to question things I have previously taken for granted. I also hope that exposure to the programmes and activities happening within the mathematics education department will open my eyes to new possibilities and new ways of doing things that can filter back into my own classroom and spark conversations with my teaching colleagues.”

Kim will take up her Teacher Fellowship in early January 2019 and will be teaching on stage-one mathematics courses during her year-long, full-time fellowship.