Michaela Epstein is the Head of Learning at Australian-founded social enterprise, Maths Pathway, and current President of the Mathematical Association of Victoria. Fundamental to Michaela’s work is the belief that students need to be involved in meaningful and thought-provoking mathematics, in which a growth mindset is an essential ingredient for success. Underpinning this is the idea that we are all ‘maths people’.
Previously, Michaela has taught and coached teachers in schools in rural Victoria and in Melbourne, where she initiated and led programs aimed at supporting and extending students in mathematics. In 2014, Michaela won an award at the ACER Excellence in Professional Practice Conference for her work with a numeracy intervention program.
Michaela’s expertise in mathematics education extends to curriculum policy and development, and includes a strong interest in understanding system-level levers in education. She recently completed Master’s research at The University of Melbourne on the intent and framing of the new Victorian Curriculum: Mathematics.
In her roles at Maths Pathway and the Mathematical Association of Victoria, Michaela works closely with teachers and others across the community to ensure that great ideas are shared, that research and data is used thoughtfully, and that all students will have success in mathematics.