TEMPEST

TEMPEST

TEMPEST is a national project focussing on the professional learning available to mathematics teachers. It aims to identify, evaluate and provide access to quality professional learning through Dimensions, an online portal hosted by the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT).

 

How will TEMPEST achieve this?

We will work with teachers, schools, associations and those involved in mathematics education/professional learning to identify effective professional learning and trial and evaluate selected activities.

 

What can you and/or your school do?

We need evidence of impact of quality professional learning on mathematics teachers’ capabilities and engagement, and on student interest and learning. We seek your participation to trial quality professional learning and use selected evaluation tools.

Who will you work with?

There are five Implementation Officers working throughout Australia. Their job is to work with you to identify and facilitate professional learning suitable for your needs.

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Rachael Whitney-Smith

Rachael Whitney-Smith

TEMPEST Implementation Officer for Western Australia

e: professionalofficer@mawainc.org.au
t: (08) 9345 0388
m: 0414 309 610

Rachael taught all levels of secondary mathematics for the NSW Department of Education. She then changed career to spend eight years with the Royal Australian Navy in combat systems and electronic warfare analysis, re-entering teaching in WA in 2006 and taking on the role of Head of Mathematics. Rachael is a passionate mathematics teacher and a strong believer in the benefits of STEM education. Rachael is based in Perth, WA, and also works as a Professional Officer for the Mathematical Association of Western Australia.

Desley Pidgeon

Desley Pidgeon

Queensland

e: d.pidgeon@cqu.edu.au
t: (07) 4923 2771 ext 52771
m: 0413 923 540

Desley has been actively involved in education over the past twenty years, predominantly teaching at secondary level in the areas of mathematics, agriculture and business. She has also delivered programs in the VET/TAFE sector to both school-based learners and adults. Desley has a particular interest in collaborative teaching pedagogy to support student learning. Desley is based at CQ University in Rockhampton, Queensland, and also works as a casual lecturer in an enabling mathematics program at the School of Education.

Darius Samojlowicz

Darius Samojlowicz

New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory

e: darius@mansw.nsw.edu.au
t: (02) 9715 5800
m: 0413 489 558

Darius has extensive experience as a primary school teacher and has held senior leadership positions. He has worked with schools and teachers in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Argentina and USA to develop depth of professional practice. Darius has both interest and experience in establishing and introducing systems to promote a culture of teacher performance and development. Darius is based in Sydney, NSW and also works as the K–8 Professional Learning Consultant for the Mathematical Association of New South Wales.

Ann Ruckert

Ann Ruckert

South Australia & Northern Territory

e: professionalofficer@masanet.com.au
t: (08) 8362 4332
m: 0429 204 441

Ann has been teaching secondary mathematics and science since 1985, and has been a Head of Department in mathematics, and a numeracy coach. Through involvement in research projects, Ann has gained a sound understanding of the big ideas taught in primary classes and how their learning or lack thereof impacts on student progress. Ann is passionate about engaging students (especially those who struggle) in mathematical activities and tasks that assist them to gain a deep understanding of essential concepts. Ann is based in Adelaide, SA, and also works as a Professional Officer for the Mathematical Association of South Australia.

Libbie Spohn

Libbie Spohn

Tasmania & Victoria

e: Elizabeth.Spohn@utas.edu.au
t: (03) 6324 3307
m: 0412 000 510

Libbie began her teaching career in 1995 as a teacher of secondary mathematics and science. She has taught in schools in Queensland, London (UK) and Tasmania. Libbie has an interest in improving the learning outcomes for students of mathematics, and supporting fellow teachers who have similar objectives. Libbie is based at the University of Tasmania, Newnham Campus, in Launceston.