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Presenter Institution Biography
Dion Alfonsi Shenton College Dion is a secondary mathematics teacher and the Year 9/10 Mathematics Curriculum Leader at Shenton College. He has taught primarily in Years 9-12 across a variety of pathways and has been very active in Gifted and Talented Education. His passion lies in delivering high quality and rigorous instruction.
Josh Amato Success Primary School Josh is currently the Mathematics Curriculum Leader at Success Primary School as well as a Year 4/5 classroom teacher. He has supported both the English and mathematics committees to implement warm-ups into the classroom. Josh is currently enrolled in the Future Leaders Program and is beginning his leadership journey.
Jack Bana MAWA Jack has been a member of the MAWA Committee every year since 1978. In most of that time, he has coordinated the MAWA student activities. Jack is a past president of MAWA and an honorary life member. He has presented at state, national and international conferences; as well as being the co-author of many mathematics textbooks.
Warren Beckwith Helena College Warren is a mathematics teacher at Helena College in Glen Forrest. He has taught for over 30 years and also runs a small business (You do the Maths) which offers tuition and educational resources for Mathematics Education.
Justine Bell Rangeway Primary School As the Mathematics Curriculum Leader at Rangeway Primary School, Justine’s passion lies with improving student outcomes in this area. Her goal is to work closely on Closing the Gap for Aboriginal and disadvantaged students by improving their knowledge, skills and engagement, and ensuring a successful pathway to the future.
Julie Bolingbroke Gwynne Park Primary School Gwynne Park Primary is a successful school in Mindfulness and Meditation with credible improvement in literacy and numeracy due to their whole-school approach and well-researched programs. Their success relies on dedicated teachers with outstanding programming, planning and execution of lessons; including the integration and embedding of mindfulness and meditation before all lessons and, in particular, mathematics. Julie and Hayley will share their knowledge and experiences since they believe that with a calm and open mind, students will have the ability to solve complex problems and participate with confidence.
Paul Bowyer Sydney Catholic Schools Paul is a Sydney-based maths teacher and tutor who has presented at several conferences. He likes to teach maths the way Galileo described it – as the Language of the Universe! He is also the author of the Mathematicalendar – a unique calendar that connects mathematics to the real world.  
Paul Brown Curtin University Dr Paul Brown is a Senior Academic at Curtin University. He helps to prepare primary and secondary mathematics teachers.
Jacinta Browning Essential Assessment Jacinta has been teaching for 25 years. She supports teachers by providing a best-practice approach when using the Essential Assessment platform. Experienced in capturing teachers’ hearts and minds, Jacinta relishes the opportunity to work with primary and secondary educators within the field of numeracy across all Australian curricula. 
Michael Chapman Hale School Michael is the Head of Mathematics at Hale School. He has been teaching for 12 years and is passionate about teaching students at all levels to communicate mathematically through open-ended problems.
Andrew Creelman Southern Hill Christian College Andrew has been a primary and secondary maths teacher in WA schools for the last 50 years. He focuses on Explicit teaching without the use of technology. His guiding policy is, ‘What is in the best interests of the students?’
Jody Crothers Ridge View Secondary College Jody loves Lego and technology. He has presented across Australia and the world at maths conferences. Currently, he is the HOLA at Ridge View Secondary College. T3 instructor.
Samantha Dalton Kalumburu RCS Living and loving teaching in remote and very remote communities for the past 10+ years, Samantha has found her- tribe of passionate like-minded educators, inspiring her to grow professionally. She gives her best to the next generation of vital Indigenous communities, growing up literate and numerate students who are going to stand up and make change for themselves, their families and their communities.
Lorraine  Day University of Notre Dame Australia Lorraine is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Notre Dame Australia where she works primarily with Primary pre-service teachers. Her research interests are in mathematical reasoning, especially in the area of algebraic reasoning. She is a Life Member and former President of MAWA, and served on the AAMT Council for several years.
Andrea de Carvalho Sydney Catholic Schools Andrea raises school performance by shifting culture, evaluating impact, and scaling improvement. She builds the capacity of leadership teams, instructional specialists and teachers to improve pedagogy through collaborative professional learning in mathematics. Andrea is a Master Teacher with Sydney Catholic Schools and a PhD student researching collective teacher efficacy development.
Kate Doepel Wirrabirra Primary School Kate was reincarnated as a primary school teacher in 2012 . She has spent the last 10 years honing her skills in a multi-age, mixed-ability classroom in Perth’s deep south, working her way up to  Maths Coordinator and Instructional Coach. Kate is an engaging presenter who matches a wealth of knowledge and experience with a real world, humorous perspective.
Allan Dougan AAMT Allan is CEO of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers. He trained as a high school maths teacher. He taught and held senior leadership positions in Australian and Scotland before spending 5 years working in as Global Head of Education for a large EdTech provider. He joined AAMT as CEO in December 2020. 
Amanda Draper Georgiana Molloy Anglican School Dr Amanda Draper is the Head of Mathematics at Georgiana Molloy Anglican School. She has developed her passion for mathematics over the past 2 decades, teaching in both the secondary and tertiary sectors. Amanda is committed to helping teachers to adapt to the SCSA requirements and maximise the mathematical potential of students.
Shyam Drury Scitech Shyam is a professional learning consultant at Scitech. He has developed and led the highly impactful Alcoa Champions of Maths and Chevron-supported Lighthouse Maths programs, which have trained nearly 100 WA teachers in the effective teaching of problem solving in primary maths, greatly improving student attitude and performance.
Peter Flynn Texas Instruments Peter’s mathematics education interests involve implementing CAS technology into mathematics teaching, learning and assessment. He has presented many workshops to both Australian and international audiences.
Fiona  Foley MANSW Fiona is an Education Consultant with MANSW and works with teachers across NSW.  Her focus is to build teacher knowledge about mathematical play and fun through purposeful maths investigations.  
Peter Fox Texas Instruments Peter taught high school mathematics and physics for more than 20 years. He has been involved in exam writing, vetting and course review with the VCAA. He has been a project manager with University of Melbourne (Mathematics Technology research), a lecturer at Monash University (Education Faculty) and has worked with Texas Instruments developing products and content for use in mathematics and science classrooms all over the world.
Danny Friedlos Lumen Christi College Danny has been teaching mathematics for 20 years. He was raised in the Public system but plies his trade in the Private system. Danny understands that education plays a big part in making students job-ready but thinks that there is also room to make better human beings in general and also some time to have a little fun.
Alexis Goff John Forrest Secondary College Alexis is a mathematics teacher at John Forrest Secondary College with an interest in developing abstract reasoning in students of all abilities. She enjoys chess, puzzles, and other logic hobbies.
Derek Goforth Geraldton Christian College Derek is a teacher with 25 years experience; teaching in the UK, Europe and WA. He has taught mathematics and technology in the Midwest for 12 years.
Sheila Griffin AISWA Sheila is the AISWA Numeracy Consultant who has a passion for making mathematics magnificent. She believes in improving the teaching of mathematics by supporting schools and teachers through targeted professional learning. Recently, Sheila has been co-author with Dr Paul Swan of Teaching Mathematics Through Story Books 1, 2 and 3.
Ian Hailes Ian has written T&L modules for the WA STEM consortium; is a member of the WA selection panel for the NMSS; provides tertiary research assistance; delivers problem solving extension courses for MAWA. His students represented Australia in the IM2C, coming a meritorious second. Scotland’s Teacher of the Year, wrote ‘Ian has a problem-solving investigation that looks unlike anything I’ve seen’.
Vesife Hatisaru Edith Cowan University Vesife is a Lecturer in Secondary Mathematics Education in the School of Education at Edith Cowan University. Her current research explores teachers’ mathematical knowledge needed to teach algebra, with specific focuses on mathematical connections, analogies, and representations.
Sandy Heldsinger Brightpath Assessments Dr Sandy Heldsinger is Managing Director of Brightpath. She has extensive expertise in standardised testing as well as formative assessment and has lectured at UWA for a number of years in Assessment and Measurement.
Gregory  Hine University of Notre Dame Australia Dr Gregory Hine’s teaching career spans 22 years. Since 2012, he has taught pre-service secondary mathematics teachers at the University of Notre Dame Australia (Fremantle). Greg also conducts research into preparing pre-service secondary mathematics teachers. His academic profile can be viewed at https://www.notredame.edu.au/about/schools/fremantle/education/staff/Gregory-Hine.
Kai Fai Ho Murdoch University Mathematics Education lecturer for many years; previously a teacher of mathematics at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.
Paul Hooper Efofex Software Paul is the managing director of Efofex Software which has provided software for mathematics teachers for over 30 years.
Tyril Houghton Edith Cowan University  Tyril represented Australia at the 2012 NASA Inspired International Space Camp. As HoLA at Bunbury SHS, she established their Mathematics Gifted and Talented program, increased female enrolment in Mathematics Specialist and Methods and elevated Year 9 NAPLAN results. Currently a ECU Supervisor, mentoring Pre-service teachers and encouraging them to love mathematics.
Shirley Houston Maths Australia Shirley is an independent educational consultant with over 35 years of experience in teaching students with additional learning needs across all sectors and in all grades. She is increasingly asked to work with students who experience maths difficulties and dyscalculia. Shirley uses the Math-U-See manipulatives in explicit, multisensory, sequential and cumulative instruction.
Chris Hurst Curtin University Chris has conducted 8 years of research into children’s multiplicative thinking with Derek Hurrell. They have presented results of their research at international and national conferences and have published widely. Together they regularly provide professional learning for teachers and have developed a wide range of teaching and learning resources based on their research.
Clare Ingram Lesmurdie Senior High School Clare is a mathematics teacher at Lesmurdie SHS with an interest in student welfare.
Susan James University of Melbourne Susan runs the maths outreach team at the University of Melbourne. Prior to that, she was one of AMSI’s Choosemaths project officers and before that, she was a secondary Head of Curriculum. Susan is also the study specialist for VCE Specialist Maths and Maths Methods.
Chris Johnston Quintilian Primary School Chris is a primary school teacher and Maths Coordinator. After studying in the UK as a maths specialist, he worked as the Maths Lead at one of London’s best primary schools. In addition, Chris collaborated with local NCETM Maths Hubs and is certified as a Professional Development Lead with the NCETM.
Tierney Kennedy Kennedy Press Tierney is the vice president of the Queensland Association of Mathematics Teachers and works as an independent mathematics consultant, helping to improve student results on a large scale. She is the author of over 50 books for teachers, including the acclaimed Back-to-Front Maths and Interventions in Mathematics series.
Barry Kissane Murdoch University Barry is a retired mathematics educator who remains actively engaged in his profession, with extensive interests and experience regarding technology in mathematics education, especially calculators, both in Australia and abroad. He is an Honorary Life Member of both MAWA and AAMT, and a former President of each organisation.
Brian Lannen Murray Mathematics Curriculum Services Brian has taught maths and science in schools, university and TAFE, was curriculum consultant in NSW and New York, and contributed to text-book writing projects. He helped establish T-Cubed (Teachers Teaching with Technology) in Australia and is now Senior Mentor to that association and Host of TI Australia’s webinar program.
John Lawton Objective Learning Materials John produces the Mathomat geometry template through his mathematics education publishing business, Objective Learning Materials. He is also a PhD student at Deakin University with a research interest in the conceptualisation of angle and its role in teaching.
Michael Loh Shenton College Michael is a mathematics teacher at Shenton College who likes to explore various teaching strategies to facilitate critical and analytical thinking.  His mission is to encourage the younger generation to take up the challenge of pursuing a career in mathematics.
Andrew Lorimer-Derham Think Square Andrew helps people find joy in maths. Andrew is the founder of Think Square and has worked with numerous maths associations, Cricket Australia, radio stations, magazines and charities to bring creative ideas to life. Andrew will inspire you to see possibilities, take risks, and think outside the box as you shape the next generation of mathematicians.
Tom Love MAWA Tom is MAWA’s student programs coordinator and has eight years’ experience as a maths teacher. He has worked as a mathematician for AMT and was a commissioner for the Australian team at the 2021 International Mathematical Olympiad. In his spare time, you can find him mastering the art of Minecraft.
Mary-anne Macdonald Edith Cowan University Mary-anne and Sian are lecturers in Indigenous education at Edith Cowan University. Mary-anne is a non-Indigenous woman and former secondary mathematics teacher. Sian is a Kamilaroi woman with extensive experience teaching in Indigenous contexts.
Sophie Matta Pearson Education Australia A highly experienced and passionate primary maths publisher, Sophie is dedicated to enhancing maths education and has developed enVisionMATHS, Concept Check-in and now Mathology F-2 for Pearson. Previously she was a publisher with the IB (UK) and Managing Editor (schools) at OUP.
Justin Matthys Maths Pathway Justin is a physicist turned mathematics teacher, with a strong focus on practical applications of research. He cohosts the podcast Pedagogcast with Stas Pstrokonski (host of Education Bookcast). Justin is passionate in his work to empower teachers to easily implement research-based best practices, including differentiation.
Paula McMahon MAWA Paula has worked in high schools for more than twenty years. Since 2019, she has worked as the MAWA Executive Officer. Paula has a passion to ensure students demonstrate understanding rather than learning ‘maths tricks or rules’. 
Joel Moylan Mathspace Joel and Sarah have accumulated 30+ years maths teaching experience collectively.
Jacqui O’Donnell North Harrisdale Primary School Jacqui is the Foundation Principal of North Harrisdale Primary and provides strong leadership to all teachers within the school, who are passionate about maths teaching and ensuring every child is a successful learner of mathematics.
Oliver Oeij South Coast Baptist College Oliver is a humanities and mathematics teacher who leads staff in pedagogical innovation at South Coast Baptist College.
Kylie Offer Mount Barker Community College Kylie is the Head of Mathematics at Mount Barker Community College. She has worked as a mathematics teacher at various schools around WA, NT and SA in both the private and public sector. Kylie is a Resolve champion and was a part of the AAMT Singapore Maths Study tour. She is very passionate about building the capacity of teachers. They are all connected and are on their own learning journey but the destination needs to be successful outcomes for students.
Brandon Olver Hale School Brandon has experience teaching junior and senior mathematics in Western Australia and Victoria. He has been teaching mathematics for 7 years and is passionate about creating open-educational resources; including YouTube videos, worksheets and examination revision resources for ATAR-level mathematics.
Paul Presser Trinity College Paul is a teacher of 20 years (give or take).
Julie Richards IETPL Julie is the Director of IETPL, the WA owned and operated publisher of Numero. As the creator’s daughter, she has been involved with Numero since inception. Julie also runs the annual Interschool Numero Challenges (primary and secondary). She was previously a Special Needs Education Assistant.
Anita Roy Presbyterian Ladies’ College Anita is a Year 5 teacher at Presbyterian Ladies’ College. She has a passion for mathematics and loves sharing this passion with her students. Maths should be fun, and helping students to become more confident maths students by making their thinking visible is at the heart of her maths classroom.
Campbell Rushton-Smith Edrolo After 14 years of teaching, running Year 12 exams and school leadership, Campbell joined Edrolo to help ease the burden on fellow teachers and ultimately support students to achieve their best. He loves meeting new people, building relationships and seeing others get excited when engaging with a brand-new resource.
Alan Sadler A Londoner by birth, Alan attended Bristol University and taught in the Bristol area for a number of years, quickly rising to Head of Department.  Moving to Perth, he taught at Rossmoyne SHS for many years. Alan is the author of over 50 school mathematics books and has presented many sessions at MAWA conferences.
Sharon Schubert Iona Presentation College As the Numeracy Enhancement Specialist at Iona Presentation College Sharon has a passion for encouraging students of all abilities to see the beauty in mathematics. She believes that by giving students meaningful problems to solve they can deepen their mathematical understanding and make powerful connections with the world they live in.
Brett Stephenson Guilford Young College Brett is currently the President of the Mathematical Association of Tasmania and the Tasmanian representative on the AAMT. He has been actively presenting workshops for over 15 years and is working towards combining his passions for mathematics and marathon swimming.
Paul Swan Dr Paul Swan Dr Paul Swan has taught mathematics in primary and secondary and worked as a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education at Edith Cowan University for 18 years. He is an Honorary Fellowship of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) and Honorary Life Member of the Mathematics Association of Western Australia. He now works with teachers and schools to improve the teaching of mathematics in schools.
Craig Talbot Roleystone Community College Craig is a primary teacher at Roleystone Community College. Having taught for the last 13 years, he is a keen maths teacher and is always looking to improve how he teaches maths to engage his students through problem solving. 
Rachel Theunissen Cengage Rachel is a mathematics teacher and HOLA for the Department of Education, Literacy and Numeracy Coordinator at Lesmurdie SHS and an author.
Joel Townsend Firefly Education Joel believes a maths classroom should engage and inspire, and spark a love for problem solving and inquiry. Joel’s journey started as a maths teacher in classrooms across regional Queensland, Brisbane and the UK.
Sue-Ann Vorster Hale School Sue-Ann Vorster is currently a senior mathematics teacher at Hale School. She has taught for just over 16 years and has been fortunate to be able to teach in WA and South Africa. It brings her great joy to light a fire in students and for them to fall in love with the mathematics around them in an engaging way.
Charlie Watson WA Exam Papers Charlie currently writes for WA Exam Papers and provides maths and technology support to students and teachers through The Tuition Centre.
Ashleigh Webb Cape Naturaliste College Ashleigh has been seeking meaningful mathematical tasks to use with high school students during NAIDOC week celebrations. Having found a distinct lack of these, she sought to develop one herself. This year, she joined the MAWA team as a Regional Ambassador and is looking forward to working with the MAWA team and teachers of the South-West.
John West MAWA Dr John West is an independent mathematics education consultant. He has taught mathematics at primary, secondary and tertiary levels and is the author of a growing number of publications for teachers. John is the former editor of Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom and managed the migration of Maths 300 to the new website on behalf of AAMT. John has also worked as a numeracy consultant for ACARA. Currently John works on the University of Adelaide’s Maths in Schools project and as a fly-in/fly-out numeracy consultant for Coober Pedy Area School. John has served as President of the Mathematical Association of Western Australia since 2019. 
Rachael Whitney-Smith ACARA Rachael is the Mathematics curriculum specialist at ACARA, responsible for Mathematics Curriculum F-12 and led the recent Australian Curriculum: Mathematics review and writing of AC: M version 9.0. She is also undertaking her PhD at Notre Dame University in Mathematics Education. Rachael is currently a board member for the MAWA and represents WA teachers on the AAMT council.


Presenter Institution Biography
Sian Bennett Edith Cowan University 
Denise Bouchaert Kalumburu RCS
Jennifer Bowden The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV) Jen is an education consultant at the Mathematical Association of Victoria. Her main role is to build teacher confidence and capacity. She enjoys working with teachers and schools in a variety of modes including coaching, planning and guiding whole school improvement. Seeing students and teachers connect with mathematics is her passion.
Jacqueline Clark Essential Assessment
Cathy Dagostino
Rochelle Lloyd
Kirstie Fitzgerald
Jane Koh
North Harrisdale Primary School Supported by Jacqui O’Donnell with their roles, they are all teachers who are passionate about maths teaching and ensuring every child is a successful learner of mathematics.
David Dunstan Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia (AISWA) David is a numeracy consultant for AISWA. David worked for many years in secondary schools and has regularly worked with Dr Paul Swan to provide support for teachers . They have written many books and resources together.
Stuart Duvall Roleystone Community College
Kiera Foster Geraldton Christian College
Hayley Hipps Gwynne Park Primary School
Derek Hurrell University of Notre Dame Australia Derek has conducted 8 years of research into children’s multiplicative thinking with Chris Hurst. They have presented results of their research at international and national conferences and have published widely. Together they regularly provide professional learning for teachers and have developed a wide range of teaching and learning resources based on their research.
Kylie Jones Murdoch University
Richard Korbosky Dapma Pty Ltd Richard has had a long involvement in numeracy education at the primary, tertiary , governmental policy levels in WA  and has presented at conferences locally, nationally and internationally. Richard has held a number of past positions with the Mathematics Association of Western Australia (MAWA) including President, Vice President and Treasurer.
Mikael Leo South Coast Baptist College Mikael is a mathematics teacher at SCBC who specialises in lower secondary extension mathematics and senior secondary Mathemtics Foundations.
Dominic Maderazo University of Melbourne
Isobel Martin St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School
Sarah Murray Co-presenting with Joel Moylan from Mathspace, together Joel and Sarah have accumulated over 30 years of maths teaching experience.
Thevy Narayanan Edrolo Thevy is a passionate ex-educator who describes the teaching fraternity as her tribe. She enjoys meeting and helping teachers, providing them with solutions so that they can focus on supporting and extending their students. Reach out if you have any Maths-related question – she has Edrolo’s content team on speed dial!
Narelle Rice Bond Blocks Narelle Rice’s background is teaching mathematics from primary through to lower secondary. She has worked in teacher education for AISWA and ECU. Narelle is passionate about teaching students who don’t fit the middle, supporting teachers and developing whole school systems. Narelle is currently enjoying time working with Dr Paul Swan.
Rachel Vonk Mathspace
Robert Yen Cengage Learning