🍕 Andrew Sommerich

I am a qualified and experienced Teacher, Instructional Designer, Video Editor, Sourdough Baker and Pizza Maker. I get a kick out of making things that are at first complicated or boring into engaging and understandable content. This could be with creative copy, engaging videos or classroom teaching and eLearning. My passion is teaching in all forms, and unlocking knowledge for a wider audience.

In my spare time I'm a passionate language learner, dabbling in a few and mastering fewer. Get in touch if you've got some dogs that need a pat, or a great idea for a new pizza topping.


Experience

Head of Learning

EdApp Pty Ltd.

Assisting our clients with creating world-class learning content, I work alongside developers, designers and client success managers to make eLearning dreams come true. My Responsibilities include:

  • Collaborating with stakeholders and subject matter experts in order to understand business needs and translate them into mobile-focused courseware.
  • Serving as the central point of contact and providing feedback, support and direction to external vendors who are building learning assets or products for their own teams.
  • Updating and maintaining existing content on an ongoing basis. Curating existing content to create new and more relevant courseware. Managing the LMS needs of a wide variety of clients.
  • Leading content collaboration with stakeholders, problem-solving to achieve performance objectives, and resolving issues, risks and challenges.
  • Working with SMEs and stakeholders to facilitate approvals and gain clarity on content direction, design and details.
  • Leading a team of Instructional designers in order to deliver quality learning to all stakeholders.
  • Writing blog articles, hosting webinars and facilitating the proliferation of the fantastic EdApp platform.

  • Watch my webinars or have a look at the mobile learning blog.

    May 2017 - Present

    Casual (Supply) Teacher

    NSW Department of Education and Communities

    Casual teaching one day a week while working with Ed. Constantly striving to improve myself and the schools that I work in, teaching as a casual teacher across a variety of schools in the Sydney region, focusing mainly on Intensive English Centres (IEC).

    December 2017 - August 2018

    Before and After School Care Educator

    Denistone East Before and After School Care, Inc.

    Worked alongside colleagues to deliver successful in-session and vacation care programs to the students of Denistone East Primary School. Strived to perfect the DEBASCA science program and sports program in collaboration with co-workers.

    July 2015 - December 2018

    Other things I've done include: Cinema projectionist, pizza shop worker, McDonald's worker, Usher, sound designer, cheese maker's assistant, bartender and more...


    Education

    University of Sydney

    Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education
    Specialising in French, Spanish and TESOL. Participated on an exchange program to l'Université de Montréal in Canada for one semester.
    January 2013 - November 2017

    Lycée Arthur Rimbaud

    Participated in a High School Exchange program in my gap year to Lycée Arthur Rimbaud in Istres, France.

    Exchange Programme 2012

    Killara High School

    Completed High School and the NSW HSC. Participated in Extra curricular activities including Model UN (MUNA) and the Light and Sound club.

    Graduated 2011

    Skills

    Skills and Certifications
    • First Aid
    • Working With Children Check
    • Full teaching qualifications
    • Adobe Suite
    • All the basics - Windows, Mac OS X, MS Office, etc.
    • A good amount of CSS, HTML and a wide range of multimedia software
    • Can make an online résumé

    Languages
    • French - Fluent
    • Spanish - Conversational
    • Chinese - Basic (but improving!)
    • English - Native Speaker

    Interests

    When I'm out of the office or classroom, I love to bake sourdough bread. I also do my best to spend as much time around dogs as possible, however dog ownership isn't currently on the cards. For a few years I've been an avid jogger, but also love to cycle now and then. If I'm not pedaling a pushbike, I'm zooming around town on my motorbike (responsibly and safely of course).

    When I'm otherwise indoors, I'm an aspiring amateur chef, and I spend a large amount of my free time reading in either English, French or Spanish. My favourite genre is Science Fiction, but cheesy self-help books are a guilty pleasure, or anything about language.

    Some things I've been reading recently:


    • The Long Journey to a Small Angry Planet – Becky Chambers
    • Walk it off, Princess – David Thorne
    • The Now Habit - Neil Fiore

    Pizza 🍕

    So, you may be wondering, why is this website address andrew.pizza? Well, I really wanted a website with my first name in the title. Since the internet has been around so long, all other addresses beginning with "Andrew" were taken!
    Fortunately for me, I love pizza, so it made sense to jump on andrew.pizza
    I'm always on the look-out for some great pizza recipes and recommendations. If you've got any, please send them to [email protected].