Liz McKenna

Dip.Tech, BEd, MEd
Senior Lecturer, Coordinator Birth to 12 Years

Email: Liz.McKenna@nd.edu.au
Phone: (02) 8204 4208

  • Biography

    Liz McKenna is a Senior Lecturer in Education and co-ordinates the Bachelor of Education Early Childhood (Birth to 12) program.

    She has spent the last 22 years teaching in Primary Education and has vast teaching and administrative experience around the world. She has taught in State, Private and International schools in varying capacities. Liz spent the first 10 years of her teaching career in inner city Sydney. During this time she taught from Kindergarten to Grade 6, in a variety of roles. These included, music teacher for K-6, Support Teacher Learning Difficulties and general classroom teacher.

    The next 10 years saw Liz teaching in International Schools in Germany and the UK. She held several roles of responsibility including positions of Grade Level Coordinator, Early Childhood Coordinator and IBPYP (International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program) Coordinator. In 2004, Liz was accepted into the IBPYP training program in Evian, France and became a IBPYP Trainer for the European region.

    In her year in London she became known for her skill in making presentations and was called upon by other schools to help develop their own International Baccalaureate programmes. She ran courses and workshops instructing teachers in the IBPYP.

    On moving back to Sydney in 2005 Liz continued to run workshops and schools accreditations for the Australasian Region. She has recently traveled to Jakarta, Indonesia and Yokohama, Japan conducting workshops for Primary School teachers.

    Liz has a special interest in International Mindedness, focusing on the home/community/school connection in the early years (3 – 5 years) and is currently researching in this area.

  • Teaching Areas

    HSIE - History
    Guiding Behaviour
    Arts K-6
    Creative Arts Birth to 5

  • Research Expertise and Supervision

    Co-supervision for two Masters of Research students
    Undertaking a Master in Education (research)

  • Professional Affiliations

    Early Childhood Australia
    AARE

  • Community Engagement

    Volunteer for Oz Harvest