Ms Kesler brings a wide range of experience with her to ACG School Jakarta. Now in her fourteenth year in education, she has taught a range of primary school grades, supported teachers as both a PYP Coordinator and Literacy Coach, and led two PYP primary schools in Shanghai, China and Tirana, Albania as the Head of Primary. She has worked in the United States, China, Albania, and Thailand, spending the last seven years overseas. Ms Kesler earned her Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Texas A&M University and her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from University of Houston – Clear Lake.
Ms Kesler is enthusiastic, hard-working, and personable. With a belief in developing strong relationships with students, teachers, and parents, she is excited to join the already strong ACG School Jakarta community. Ms Kesler has spent the last seven years of her educational experience working in the PYP, and she firmly believes in the PYP’s inquiry-based and student-centred approach to education. She is energised by ACG School Jakarta’s upcoming PYP self-study during the next school year. As a life-long learner, Ms Kesler frequently seeks out professional development opportunities for herself, reads professionally, and participates in online professional learning communities.
Ms. Kesler’s educational philosophy is to utilise an inquiry-based, constructivist approach to develop life-long learners. As students inquire and learn, they make connections, gain new understandings, communicate their learning, and reflect and refine their understandings to solve problems and create solutions. She believes that learning is more than the acquisition of knowledge; rather it is the application of knowledge to construct meaning. Learning should be “life work” rather than “school work;” therefore, learning engagements should reflect work that happens in the real world, not just in school. It is important that all students see a meaningful, authentic purpose behind their learning and are provided inquiry-based learning engagements where they are able to make authentic connections and extend their learning across multiple disciplines. The teacher’s role is to be a facilitator, guiding students to develop their own ideas by teaching them how to learn and how to reflect on their learning. She believes learning is a life-long process that allows us to grow and continually challenge ourselves.
Originally from a small town in Texas, USA, Ms Kesler enjoys traveling the globe and has been to 35 countries to date. Other interests include cooking, trying new foods, reading, and writing/blogging. Ms Kesler is looking forward to learning more about Indonesian culture and traveling around this beautiful country.