President: Kerryn Sandford (Heathmont College)
Kerryn is the current President of MAV. Kerryn is the recently appointed Principal of Heathmont College and has been in the position since October 2020. She has taught Mathematics and Science across years 7 to 12 since 1997 and undertaken additional study having completed a Masters in Education and a Professional Certificate in Mentoring from The University of Melbourne. She has previously held positions in school leadership in the North West Region of Melbourne ranging from working as a Numeracy Coach for a large metropolitan secondary school to assistant principal at another.
Throughout her career, Kerryn has maintained a strong focus on improving the mathematics and numeracy development of staff and students. Prior to taking on the role of Principal in 2020, Kerryn held a position in the Learning Teaching and Pathways Division of DET as Manager of Numeracy and Mathematics. Through this role, Kerry was involved in the development and delivery of a number of key projects to further professional knowledge and practice of the teaching of mathematics and numeracy and oversaw the development of tools and resources for the Mathematics Teaching Toolkit including the Mathematics Curriculum Companion, Middle Years Mathematics Challenges, and the Mathematics Monographs series, amongst others.
Immediate Past President: Michael O'Connor (Casey Grammar School )
Michael was President of MAV and has been for 2020 to 2022 and is current Immediate Past President. Michael has been a member of the MAV board since 2017 and led the development of the latest strategic plan and initiatives. From 1988 until October 2013, Michael taught mathematics and science at a number of secondary colleges in New South Wales and Victoria. He has been an active member of the MAV, presenting at annual conferences since 1996 as well as providing support at VCE days and student revision events.
From 2013 to the end of 2020 Michael was the Schools Outreach Manager of ASMI’s school program. The major work over this time was the CHOOSEMaths program This work has included modelling classes, observing and providing feedback, unpacking the curriculum, planning and professional development.
Now back in the classroom Michael is working to use his previous experiences to provide maximum benefit for all of the students at his new school.
Michael has a Masters of Education (Studies) from Monash University. He is an experienced author of Mathematics texts, assessment items and dynamic geometry materials.
Vice President: Kate Copping (The University of Melbourne)
Kate Copping began her career as a primary school teacher, and has taught at all levels from Foundation to Year 6, in schools in Victoria, NSW and USA. While teaching in Victoria, she has been a mathematics leader and leading teacher, and an Innovations and Excellence Cluster leader. Kate has provided mathematics professional development for teachers through the Australian Council for Educational Research, the Department of Education and Training and the Bastow Institute. She has also worked within individual schools as a maths consultant and provided professional development training sessions.
Kate has worked in teacher education for the Graduate School of Education at Melbourne University since 2008, as a Teaching Fellow and Clinical Specialist supporting teacher candidates whilst on placement and as a lecturer in primary mathematics. She completed her Masters in School Leadership in 2012, and is currently a PhD candidate. Her research involves leadership and teacher professional learning in mathematics. Kate joined the MAV Board in 2018.
Dan Cloney (ACER)
Dr Dan Cloney is a Senior Research Fellow in the Education Policy and Practice Program and a Member of the Centre for Global Education Monitoring at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). Dan's expertise is in early education, cognitive development, and academic achievement.
Dan’s research program focuses on the potential for high-quality early childhood education and care programs to support all children to flourish. His key focus is on how early childhood education and care programs can reduce development gaps caused by social inequality. Current studies include the Overcoming Disadvantage in Early Childhood study (in partnership with the Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation) evaluating the effectiveness of the Early Language & Literacy program in New South Wales, and the Modelling of Universal Pre-Primary Education Study (in partnership with UNICEF) evaluating the effectiveness of pre-primary programs in Bogor, Indonesia.
Dan is also an Honorary Research Associate at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE). His recent publications can be found at https://works.bepress.com/dan-cloney/
Ann Downton (Monash University)
Ann Downton is currently a Lecturer in undergraduate and post-graduate early childhood and primary mathematics education courses in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. Her research interests centre on how students construct their mathematical knowledge, in particular their development of multiplicative thinking (the focus of her doctoral studies); how teachers challenge students’ mathematical thinking; mathematics planning for instruction, and assessment practices. Ann was very proud to be a member of the Early Numeracy Research Project team that received the 2011 MERGA Research Award “in recognition of an outstanding contribution to mathematics education research.”
Ann is a passionate mathematics educator with extensive experience as a primary school teacher, a part-time mathematics and science specialist and as a mathematics consultant. She continues to work with schools in a professional learning and research capacity and in the classroom to support teachers’ pedagogical practices and enhance students’ learning and enjoyment of mathematics. Ann has been a member of the Mathematical Association of Victoria for more than 38 years, during which time she has been an active member of the Professional Development committee, the Annual Conference committee, assisted with the Mathematics Talent Quest judging, and had the fortune to serve on Board and contribute to the MAV’s strategic plan. She is currently the convenor of the Annual Conference committee.
Adrienne English (Melbourne Grammar School – Grimwade House)
Adrienne is currently the Enrichment Coordinator at Melbourne Grammar School – Grimwade House, a role she been in at this school for 15 years. She holds a Masters of Education in Gifted Education and has 25+ years of primary classroom and leadership experience. Adrienne taught in several Melbourne Independent Schools as a classroom teacher across a range of year levels prior to her current position. Along with her current role, she was also the Mathematics Program Coordinator for close to 10 years at Grimwade House.
Adrienne is skilled in designing Maths curriculum which meets the needs of a range of students, along with coordinating enrichment and extension opportunities for students from P-6. She has a deep working knowledge and experience with the Australian and Victorian Curriculum, as well as the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
Adrienne's passion has always been in teaching Mathematics. She coordinates the ongoing implementation and delivery of targeted Maths Enrichment programs, including Olympiads and MCYA Challenges. Her aspiration is to not only challenge her most gifted mathematical students, but to develop a growth mindset in all students whereby they can attain success in Mathematics. She has had multiple opportunities to lead professional development of Maths teaching, supporting staff in planning for and delivering differentiated lessons.
Adrienne consistently looks for opportunities to challenge her own teaching of Mathematics and respond to changes in education as opportunities have arisen. She was in the first round of the ReSolve Champions program, developing and trialling activities, and more recently was involved in piloting the recent ‘Problemo’ platform from the AMT. Adrienne has completed multiple professional development courses since her Masters, including the learning and teaching of Maths at Stanford University with Jo Boaler.
Louise Gray (National Partnerships and Marketing Manager, Homes for Homes)
Louise manages marketing and partnerships for social enterprise Homes for Homes. Homes for Homes is a not-for-profit whose aim is to end homelessness by enabling more social and affordable housing to be created. Funds flow from property owners who donate 0.1% on the sale of their property. It's a long term initiative that has the capacity to solve homelessness in Australia. Prior to Homes for Homes, Louise headed up marketing and partnerships for The Big Issue, a powerful brand and an amazing social enterprise geared at creating work opportunities for marginalised and disadvantaged people.
Louise worked with the Mathematical Association of Victoria on a marketing consultancy project in 2011 and since then has continued to work alongside the MAV to lift the brand profile of the organisation and communicate its good work to its member base and the mathematics education community more broadly. Prior to that, she worked in the education sector for two of the country’s top universities – The University of Sydney and Monash University.
Louise brings strategic marketing, communications and partnerships knowledge to the MAV board and believes that mathematics education plays a vital role in shaping the outcomes of students in Victoria.
Justin de Lacy (Woodleigh School, Penbank Campus)
Justin lives on the Mornington Peninsula with his wife and three sons. He has been teaching for over 13 years, currently as a Year 4 teacher at Woodleigh School, Penbank Campus. He completed a Bachelor of Education at Australian Catholic University in 2009, and earned a Masters in Education (specialising in digital learning) at Monash in 2020. Justin loves and enjoys mathematics. As a teacher, he finds one the most satisfying moments to be when students have that ‘AHA!’ moment when they truly grasp a math concept or develop a math skill. He feels fortunate to be a classroom teacher, and cherishes the relationships he builds with students and their families. He is an Adobe Education Leader and active participant in the Adobe Education community.
Justin's interests include teaching, learning, art and design, listening to music, playing guitar, jogging, gardening, cooking, and eating delicious food. He loves living on the Peninsula, enjoying opportunities to explore the local trails, beaches, sights, parks, shops and cafes.
Justin worked in horticulture many years ago, completing a trade certificate in horticulture. Recently, he has started his own little backyard plant nursery, where he propagates native trees, shrubs and grasses. His goal is to share indigenous plants with neighbours and local environment groups to ensure the local flora is represented by the plants that have always been here.
Justin proudly support his sons’ local football teams, assisting in various capacities: as boundary or goal umpire, runner, water carrier, or trainer. He enjoys being involved in community events and organisations.
Patrick Mete (Haileybury College)
Patrick ‘Patty’ Mete is a mathematics teacher, mathematics curriculum and learning expert and mathematician. He has taught Year 5 to university mathematics as a Mathematics Teacher at Haileybury and a Teaching Associate at Monash University. Patty completed his Honours in Mathematics in the field of Probability Theory and Stochastics. Moving into teaching, Patty has developed an interest and love for teaching upper-primary and lower-secondary school mathematics; the ability to catch students earlier in their mathematics learning, to build a love of learning mathematics, and to support the development of successful mathematics students and teachers at these pivotal year levels has been eye-opening, challenging and fulfilling for Patty.
As the Deputy Head of Middle School Mathematics at Haileybury, Patty supports the Year 5 and 6 mathematics teachers and students at the school and makes curriculum decisions to meet the needs of the learners. Patty’s goals in mathematics education are to engage and challenge students through the creative application of mathematics, to introduce technology to education that is beneficial to student learning and to develop and lead a culture and curriculum of informed mathematics learning.
Andrea O’Connor (Catholic Education Sandhurst)
Andrea's current position is a Senior Education Officer: Leader of Pedagogy for Catholic Education Sandhurst. In this role, she works collaboratively with teachers and school leaders to provide professional learning to develop data literacy and the implementation of evidence-based classroom practice to improve outcomes for students attending Catholic Education Sandhurst schools. Andrea also supports the development and implementation of strategic and school improvement plans with school leadership and school advisory councils and she is currently undertaking ACER NSIT school reviewer training.
Over her career, Andrea has taught mathematics in primary and secondary schools, in metropolitan, regional and rural settings across Victoria and the United Kingdom. She has mentored pre-service teachers for La Trobe University and lectured in General Science as part of the La Trobe University Tertiary Enabling Program. She has held leadership positions including Acting Deputy Principal, Learning and Teaching Leader, Religious Education Leader and Numeracy Coach at St Patrick’s Primary School, Wangaratta. At the beginning of her career, Andrea was a member of the Curriculum Committee and Equal Opportunity Coordinator at Northcote High School.
Andrea completed her Master of Education at Melbourne Graduate School of Education in 2020, specialising in Mathematics Education and Leadership with a particular interest in rural and regional student achievement in mathematics. She has been an active member of the Mathematics Association of Victoria, participating in the MAV Maths Talent Quest, attending and presenting at several conferences on Mindset Mathematics, Integrating ICT in the Mathematics Classroom and most recently in Differentiation. Andrea was recently published in the Common Denominator Magazine. In 2020/21 she worked collaboratively with MAV to convene the 2021 MAV Regional Conference which was hosted in Wangaratta.
Mei Ong (Experienced Senior Finance Professional)
Mei Ong has nearly 20 years of finance experience mainly in the utilities sector (water, fibre, electricity and gas infrastructure). She has held leadership roles for more than 10 years across corporate financial planning, financial modelling, treasury, finance business partnering and financial control. She has strong interpersonal skills and able to interact effectively with senior level management, board of directors and across all levels of team members.
Mei is currently consulting on a part-time basis, leading and providing oversight to the financial planning and modelling team at AusNet focusing on developing their 5-year financial plan as well as advising on the rebuild of their investment evaluation model. Prior to that, she was leading the integration of Western Water’s and City West Water’s corporate functions as they formed Greater Western Water. The role includes leading the change management of the corporate functions, alignment of key policies and procedures of GWW which include risk, emergency management, procurement and accounting and ensuring GWW met its legal and compliance obligations as at 1 July 2021.
In her previous roles, Mei led various finance functions, including forming and heading up the Treasury and Financial Planning team at NetLink Trust, Singapore as well as the Financial Planning & Modelling team at AusNet. She was also the General Manager Finance of AusNet’s unregulated business which includes finance business partnering and financial control and within 12 months, able to provide greater transparency to the business on sustainability of its various unregulated services and improved its monthly financial reporting (in both processes and information presented).
Mei has been volunteering as a member of MAV’s Finance Committee since July 2020 and is keen to contribute beyond the Finance Committee as a Director of MAV. As a member of the Finance Committee, she has actively contributed her skills and experience to MAV and worked closely with the CEO in developing the new financial reporting dashboard to help upskill the Board in terms of financial understanding and communication.
Ellen Richardson (South Yarra Primary School)Ellen grew up in Rural NSW in a small country town – Deniliquin. She is from a farming family and is the oldest of Four. Her family farmed potatoes, wheat crops and cattle over 25 years. She fell into the sport of rowing and was successful at a state level. She then continued to coach whilst studying; starting her love of teaching others to learn intricate skills. Ellen says that she was very fortunate to study her Masters of Teaching at the University of Melbourne. She thoroughly enjoyed her master’s degree as it gave her the skills to facilitate a deep pedagogical understanding of education and the environment to apply these skills. On completion of her degree she was a successful application at South Yarra Primary School, and has taught there since 2017. She has taught across different year levels (4, 2 and Prep) and has lead year levels, worked closely as a numeracy leader and sat on the consultative team. In 2020 Ellen and her husband welcomed a little red headed daughter into the world. She is now back in the classroom teaching year two.
Throughout the past years as a primary school educator Ellen has been fortunate enough to have been involved across many areas of a primary school. At a classroom level she believes she has been able to address differentiated learning needs and goals within her students. Through ongoing professional development and professional readings, she looks for different ways to engage students in the learning; specifically, in numeracy. An important facet of her pedagogical practise is the importance of reflection; at the end of a lesson students have the opportunity to reflect on what they have done or what they are working on as well as sharing what strategies and processes they have used.
Before the pandemic and the arrival of her daughter she was involved in many other areas outside of the classroom; which she has now stepped back into. Ellen was fortunate enough to attend the MAV conference with her colleagues who presented their school's instructional model. She has worked as a part of the Community of Practice (Cop) which brings together teachers from the Sage network, where they have worked on many different agendas with overall goals of bridging the disconnect between primary and secondary numeracy. Numeracy is an area that she is passionate about and always looking to change the mindset of “Maths” and make it accessible and exciting for all learners!
Max Stephens (University of Melbourne)
Max Stephens is currently a research fellow at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. He has enjoyed a long connection with the MAV, both as a Councillor, former President, and as one of its Honorary Life Members. His past research interests include developing a construct of Teacher Capacity to support curriculum reform in mathematics, and investigating the cultural conditions that are needed for the successful adaptation of Lesson Study outside Japan. Most recently, he is investigating how a growing international emphasis to include coding and algorithmic thinking in the school curriculum is likely to impact on school mathematics and the consequences for needed teacher development.
He has continuing interests in mathematics education and curriculum development internationally, especially in Japan and in China, where he has been a visiting professor at several universities. Prior to joining The University of Melbourne, Max occupied several senior roles with the Victorian Department of Education and at the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.
Honorary Life Members of the Mathematical Association of Victoria
Mr Gary Asp
Mrs Robin Borland
Ms Elizabeth Burns
Dr Ken Clements
Mr Bruce Devlin
Dr Ann Downton
Mr Patrick Costello
Dr Ken Evans, OAM
Mr Bruce Henry
Assoc Prof Marj Horne
Mr Denis Kennedy
Mr Charles Lovitt
Dr Ian Lowe
Ms Barbara Martin
Ms Allason McNamara
Mr Robert Money
Mr Simon Pryor
Prof Dianne Siemon
Dr Max Stephens
E. Prof. Peter Sullivan
Prof. Colleen Vale
Mr Douglas Williams