Dr Kym Simoncini
Associate Professor - Early Childhood and Teacher Education
Academic Program Director (Primary)
T: +61 2 62012505
L: Building 6 Room D11
Prior to her academic career, Kym taught in primary schools in Queensland and England. Her PhD examined young children’s participation in extra-curricular activities and school age care. After completing her thesis Kym was a lecturer at James Cook University where she was received a Teaching Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. Kym joined UC in 2013 where she teaches undergraduate and postgraduate early childhood and primary education units.
Kym is also part of the Early Learning STEM Australia Pilot project team and is responsible for the Family App, teacher professional learning and Community of Practice. She has developed several STEM artefacts including the Early Childhood STEM Habits of Mind - facilitating a shared language for children, parents and educators when engaging in STEM. She regularly delivers professional learning for preschool and early childhood teachers centred on STEM in the early years.
Kym also works in Papua New Guinea and is part of two projects. Kym is part of a consortium led by World Vision that aims to enhance access to quality elementary education for girls and boys. She is responsible for monitoring and evaluation and assists with teacher education and support. The second project is funded through the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research and Kym has developed a professional learning package that is disseminated through mobile phones. The package focuses on culturally relevant teaching and integrating agricultural practices into schools.
Areas of research
- STEM in early childhood
- Family learning
- Culturally relevant resources and materials
- Teacher professional learning