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Conference Committee

Ann Downton Conference Convenor, Dr Ann Downton is a Lecturer in Mathematics Education in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Clayton in undergraduate and post-graduate early childhood and primary mathematics education units. Ann has extensive experience as a primary school teacher, a part-time mathematics and science specialist and as a mathematics consultant. She enjoys working with schools in a professional learning capacity and supporting teachers in the classroom to improve the learning and teaching of mathematics. Ann has been involved with the Mathematical Association of Victoria for more than 30 years, during which time she has served on Council and as a member of the Annual Conference committee.
Johnson Alagappan Johnson Alagappan is a leading teacher of Mathematics at Gilson College as well an EMU Mathematics intervention specialist. His teaching experience includes time at the British International School in Bangkok, New South Wales and Victoria. Johnson is currently a part-time co-teacher at Monash University training pre-service teachers in teaching Mathematics. He recently completed a degree in Psychology and hopes to use this knowledge in developing a school syllabus that would help students engage, connect and fall in love with Mathematics to a much greater extent. Johnson also started a Mathematics network in the Western regions of Melbourne with the aim of teachers sharing knowledge and developing their expertise in teaching Mathematics.
Dr Leicha Bragg Dr Leicha Bragg is a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education in the Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University, Melbourne. Her extensive experience in mathematics education incorporates improving mathematics education through innovative and engaging approaches. Dr Bragg has been the recipient of multiple teaching awards, including an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation Award for Teaching Excellence, "For outstanding curriculum and resource development that equips our future mathematics teachers with the confidence, passion and skills they need to support student learning."  Her interest in making mathematics come alive saw her undertake research in implementing mathematics games in the primary classroom. Dr Bragg’s current research includes: mathematical reasoning, the creation of rich mathematical tasks through the use of children’s literature, social justice and mathematics.
Trish Jelbart Trish Jelbart is an education developer and lecturer of Numeracy in the Academic support & development department and teacher of Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Academic Writing in the “Gateway To Nursing” program at Victoria University. She started her career in northern suburban high schools as a Maths, Science and Biology teacher and quickly realised that every Science teacher should be a Literacy teacher and gained appropriate skills. She also taught many aboriginal students in school, TAFE and as tuition students in the home with some outstanding results. In the nineties she moved to the TAFE and University sectors, teaching students from a wide variety of backgrounds including retrenched adult migrants, youth, ESL, refugees and Australian adult students whilst developing a program to consolidate basic numeracy skills for primary schools. Trish also sits on the council of the Mathematical Association of Victoria, two state school councils and has represented the Victorian Council of School Organisations on the national school council and parent peak body, ACSSO. As an executive member she has represented ACSSO on the National Literacy Inquiry, the National Forum on Mathematics, the Asia Foundation Forum, the Inquiry into LOTE and various other forums.
Sally Anne Polson Sally-Anne Polson is an Early Childhood Teacher at MLC Kindle.  She has experience in the Independent School sector with the Primary Years Program as well as community based and council run early childhood programs.  Sally also spent 12 months working within the high-scope philosophy in a children’s centre in Bristol, United Kingdom.  In 2005 and 2015, Sally attended study tours to Reggio Emilia, Italy and is greatly influenced by their pedagogical practice.  In 2016, she completed a Master of Education (Early Childhood) at Monash University.  Her recent studies sparked an interest for mathematical learning in the early years and a passion to amalgamate this with play and inquiry based learning.
  Frances Sidari
  Leigh Thompson

Annual Sponsors

 Campridge University Press

Texas Instruments