Jessica Amy Sears

Teaching and Research Staff

Dr Jessica Amy Sears

B.Ed (Human Movement & Health Education) (Hons), M.Ed (Leadership & Management)

Lecturer in Teacher Education, Discipline Lead of Health and Physical Education
Building 1435, Office 110

Jessica has a long-standing passion for Physical Education, Health Education, and School Sport. She is currently the discipline lead of Health and Physical Education. She is passionate about teaching, with extensive experience as a school teacher, having taught HPE in public, systemic, and private schools from k-12 before entering academia. Jessica recently completed her doctoral studies in 2021 and has continued to be involved in schools through several school-university partnerships since 2020.

Jessica has a long standing passion for Physical Education and Sport. She likes to spend her free time outdoors, over summer you can find her volunteering as a Surf Life Saver.

Teaches in the following areas:

  • PE Pedagogies
  • Health Pedagogies
  • Classroom and Behaviour Management
  • Professional Practice and Leadership
  • Sports Coaching
  • Contemporary issues in Sport and Physical Activity

Taught to:

  • B. Education (HPE)
  • B. Education (Primary)
  • B. Education (Secondary)
  • M. Teach (HPE)
  • M. Teach (Primary)

Jessica taught full time in schools from 2008-2014 and since 2014 has taught casually in schools to stay current.

Jessica completed her PhD in 2021 which examined how PDHPE and School Sport are being delivered and valued in NSW schools.

She is now expanding her PhD research to investigate the enacted HPE curriculum across Australia.

Jessica is also part of a number of school-university partnerships where she is investigating the effects of WIL on initial teacher education student's efficacy.

Jessica took part in the NSW deep dive Workshop which was an opportunity for leaders and practitioners to come together, share learnings and discuss further initiatives to improve physical activity levels across NSW.

Jessica’s teaching was filmed in 2016 as part of the Uni2Beyond segment on Lateline.

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