President: Michael O'Connor (Casey Grammar School )
Michael, is the current President of MAV and has been for the past two years. 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 schoolsas a maths consultant and provided professional development training sessions.
Kate has working 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 Council in 2018.
Nadia Abdelal (eXpanding Minds Maths)
Nadia Abdelal has been a mathematics educator for almost 15 years, but her own journey with maths has been anything but smooth. As a child, she struggled to understand the traditional, procedural approach being taught in schools and she was often that child in the classroom asking why. It was this struggle that inspired her to get into maths education and what has led her to try to help support schools, teachers, students and parents in building a greater love and understanding of mathematics teaching and learning.
Nadia's early career was spent as a teacher of secondary mathematics with a focus on 7-10. In January 2017, as part of the CHOOSEMATHS project, she took on a role as Schools Outreach Officer for the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute. During her time at AMSI, she worked extensively with primary and secondary schools in both regional and remote areas across Australia in order to help support them with their maths programs. This role allowed her to connect with and understand maths teaching and learning like never before. Nadia developed her coaching skills, a deep understanding of primary along with secondary maths pedagogy, strengthened my presentation skills and fostered her passion for teaching maths conceptually and contextually.
In January 2020 Nadia was offered a role as Maths Content Associate at Edrolo because of her particular focus on educational research and the teaching and learning of maths for conceptual understanding. Her main responsibility is to develop content for a new range of 7-10 resources as well as provide professional support to the content team. In 2019, Nadia began her own mathematics consulting company, eXpanding Minds Maths, where she continues to provide professional learning and support for both primary and secondary schools and assist them in the enhancement of their maths programs.
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/
Claire Delaney (Lalor Secondary College)
Claire Delaney is currently a Teacher of Mathematics and Science at Lalor Secondary College where she has worked for over 10 years. She has held various roles within the College such as High Potential Program Leader and Numeracy Leader during which she explored and implemented ways to engage and challenge students as well as provide support in areas in which they struggle.
More recently, Claire has taken on the role of Learning Specialist specializing in Inquiry Based Learning in which she will be responsible for developing and training teachers in the introduction of an inquiry-based program at Year 8. This will include the use of mathematics and other disciplines in the immersion of students in real world, deep thinking, engaging tasks which will cross the barriers of curricula and industry.
In the past Claire was a panel member for the VCAA VCE Foundation Mathematics review, which led to the role of working as a co-author on the Oxford’s Foundation Mathematics’ Textbook which was published in 2015. Claire has a particular passion for teaching struggling and disengaged students and has taught VCAL Numeracy for a number of years. Claire is also a former council director of the Victoria Applied Learning Association (VALA).
Michaela Epstein (Maths Teacher Circles)
Michaela brings to MAV Council experience from a wide range of education sectors, with this uniquely positioning her to understand the diverse needs and perspectives of those involved in maths education. She is an advocate of the important role that MAV has in maths education, and since 2016 has served on the Council to support the work being done by the organisation across the community.
Michaela has taught at secondary schools in rural Victoria and in Melbourne. She has coached teachers in the design and implementation of specialised mathematics programs to support and extend students. Currently, Michaela runs professional development with primary and secondary teachers with a focus on school leadership, problem solving, mathematical reasoning and using data to inform practice. In 2019, Michaela brought MathsTeacher Circles, a global model of communities of practice, to Australia for the first time.
Michaela believes that good maths education is vital, with MAV having a critical role to play.
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.
Peter Karakoussis (Scotch College)
Peter Karakoussis is currently a teacher of Mathematics at Scotch College. He began his career there in 2015 after completing a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education at Monash University. Peter has gained experience teaching Years 12, 11, 10 and 7 while also managing his role as a Tutor of the Middle School, Assistant Coach of the Firsts Swimming Team, Assistant Coach of the Firsts Water Polo Team and Coach of Soccer. He is also employed as a VCE Revision Lecturer with Australian Catholic University, developing and presenting notes on the Units 3 and 4 examinations for Further Mathematics as part of the university’s Equity Pathways program; raising student aspiration to higher education for low socioeconomic areas. A Board member of the MAV since 2017, Peter has had the opportunity to convene the Publications committee, be a part of the Membership committee and contribute to the 2018 – 2020 Strategic Plan. Peter’s educational vision is one based on seeing students at the center of their learning and his role is one to inspire, engage and support his students’ passions, leading by example with his own enthusiasm for mathematics education at the secondary school level.
Kathryn Rodriguez (St Mary of the Cross Point Cook)
I have over fifteen years experience in primary and secondary in Melbourne and International schools. I have extensive leadership experience including leading STEM, eLearning, Teaching and Learning, Maths and Literacy. I have also worked for Catholic Education Melbourne as a Resource Writer and I have created online resources for students prep to Year 12. I have also worked as an Exam Assessor for VCAA..
I am currently a Deputy Principal in a primary school leading curriculum development in all areas with a focus on Maths, STEM and eLearning. I have supported our school to deliver learning online by creating various online platforms for our teachers to create and deliver all classes and intervention programs that include live lessons, recorded content and interactive resources. I have created and facilitated professional learning programs in the areas of eLearning, STEM and Maths. I have created extension programs for students that bring mathematical thinking to life through an Electronics Club, Maker Space Club, and a Coding Club.
Kerryn Sandford (Heathmont College)
Kerryn Sandford is the newly 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.
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
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
Mr Robert Money
Mr Simon Pryor
Prof Dianne Siemon
Dr Max Stephens
E. Prof. Peter Sullivan
Prof. Colleen Vale
Mr Douglas Williams