Kit Willett

TEACHER OF ENGLISH AND MUSIC (BOTH TO YEAR 13)

Teaching Experience

2020
English Tutor

I tutored English while studying my Master of Creative Writing full-time

2019
English Teacher, Kelston Girls’ College

I taught years 9, 10, 12, and 13 at Kelston, engaging in culturally responsive teaching and learning. My seniors studied West Side Story and The Dark Horse (2014); and The Handmaid’s Tale and The Great Gatsby (2013)

June 2016 – Jan 2019
Choirmaster

I established a community choir that met weekly and engaged a wide and diverse (age and ethnicity) group, teaching music from a range of genres including barbershop, jazz, contemporary, classical, and waiata

Nov 2018
Drama divisor

I was part of a University of Auckland and University of Otago research team to develop an applied theatre project for first year university students, to address issues around sexual consent and positive relationships. Division included planning dance and drama to learning objectives

July – Nov 2017
Applied theatre teacher/actor/facilitator

I was trained and, for six months, delivered interactive workshops with Year 7 and 8 students in low decile schools about family violence. This project is funded by Oranga Tamariki and uses process drama. This work taught me how to manage and teach sensitive material. It gave me rich exposure to multicultural classrooms, in particular with Maori and Pasifika students. I had the opportunity to work alongside world leader in drama pedagogy, Prof. Peter O’Connor, and developed my skills in this teaching method.

My Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is a developing, living document.

It can be found here.

Co-curricular Interests

 
  • I would enjoy the opportunity to assist or establish instrumental groups, bands, choirs; and assist in school musicals or productions

  • I use a range of music production and composition software and would enjoy sharing these skills with students

  • Establishing or assisting with a creative writing group

Education

2020

Master of Creative Writing (MCW) at the Auckland University of Technology

Papers towards the NZ Diploma in Christian Studies at St John’s Theological College 

2018

GradDipTchg(Secondary) at the University of Auckland

  • Elective Study: Process Drama in the Secondary English Classroom
2014-2016

B.A., Music and English at the University of Auckland
(full transcripts from undergraduate degree available upon request)

  • English: Reading/Writing/Text, Age of Shakespeare Poetry, Modern Poetry, Creative Writing, Writing Poetry
  • Music: Foundations of Music Education, Elective Study, Critical Studies in Music Education, Music Education Research, Practical Pedagogy
  • Education: How People Learn, Educational Psychology, Adolescence
2007-2013

St Peter’s College, Epsom

Interests and Industry Experience

2020 – Present
Poetry Reviewer and Journal Editor
Editor of Tarot Poetry Journal.

Poetry reviews have appeared in:
NZATE’s English in Aotearoa #99

2017 – Present
Publisher, Poet

 

I AM NOT A GURU, 2018
(ISBN: 9780473443290);

Flush the Hush The Long Bright Cloud of Screaming Rush, 2017
(ISBN: 9780473380670)

2016 – Present
Singer/Songwriter for A Band of His Friends


Albums:
Upon Your Throne, 2017
The Stars I See, 2016

EPs:
Horror! 2016

Singles:
‘Canvas’, 2017
‘Eggman’, 2016

Jan – Feb 2018
Composer

Co-composer for Auckland Fringe Festival musical Pan is Dead

 

References

Rebecca McGrath

MLL English Department
Kelston Girls’ College
022-152-9084 (day)

(HoD for Kit, 2019)

Meeshall Bailes

MLL Arts Department
Kelston Girls’ College
021-100-0787

(PCT mentor for Kit, 2019)

Briar O’Connor

Managing Director
Applied Theatre Consultants
021-104-867

(Character Reference)

The Rev’d Clare Barrie

Vicar
St Luke’s Anglican Church
021-465-377

(Character Reference)