Catherine is a Professor of Mathematics Education and Deputy Director of the Centre for Educational Researach within the School of Education at Western Sydney University. She is a multiple award-winning educator who has transformed teaching and learning in primary mathematics at Western Sydney University for over 14 years. Her philosophy, while straightforward, is transformative: Catherine combines great dedication for teaching engaging mathematics with her own experiences as a primary classroom teacher to motivate and inspire pre-service and qualified teachers. Catherine’s research is focused on student engagement with mathematics and issues surrounding the pedagogical practices that influence students’ engagement. Catherine is also actively researching contemporary teaching practices through the use of digital technologies, and the use of financial literacy education as a tool to engage children with mathematics. Catherine has won several teaching awards, including a 2016 Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) Teaching Excellence Award, an Office of Learning and Teaching citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning and the Western Sydney University Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award.
In 2017 Catherine was listed in The Educator’s Hotlist as one the most influential educators in Australia. She regularly presents workshops and keynotes nationally and internationally and is the current President of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) a past president of the Mathematical Association of New South Wales (MANSW),and past editor of the professional journal, Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom. Catherine is also the author of the leading mathematics education blog, engagingmaths.com, as well as the author of several popular mathematics teacher resource books.