About us

Maths Pathway's Learning and Teaching model supports teachers to deliver personalised learning to every student, increasing growth and engagement in the classroom.

Our vision

We envision a world where every student experiences growth and success in maths. No matter their current level, or their background. We believe the way to achieve this is to support teachers to have an even greater impact in the classroom and that’s exactly what our model does.

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Our approach

We make individualised learning practical by using tools that put administration in the background and bring teaching to the front, where it belongs.

What makes us different? We actually care whether or not students are learning. We focus on growth, not attainment levels. We provide teachers with support, not extra paperwork. We want to reinstate the dream you had when you first walked into the classroom, before it became buried under administration and staff meetings. To make a difference in the lives of your students.

We don’t claim to be a new idea or a magic online solution. In fact, the problems we solve are not new problems. The concept of teaching a student what they’re ready to learn is as old as teaching itself. But that’s exactly why we exist. We want to see every student make progress, from wherever they happen to start from.
 
The Maths Pathway model is the first and only of its kind and we’re proud to share our love of maths with more than 1,700 teachers and 57,000 students across Australia.
If you share our vision, contact us today.

From our co-founder

When I walk through the world, I see things differently. I notice numbers, and the way they create patterns and relationships. I search for the connections between the abstract and the concrete. I compute 90% confidence intervals for the quality of my coffee. When my two year-old and I check our carton for broken eggs, it becomes a counting exercise. When I go to a cafe with my five year-old, it becomes an exploration of the difference between one cup and zero cups, and whether zero cups is equivalent to zero pastries. But I’m not trying to do maths. Maths is just part of my identity.

I didn’t use to be like this. I used to be like most of the population: numbers were vaguely threatening, ‘maths’ was something you used in school but probably never anywhere else, and statistics were a tool used by politicians to con the populace.

My mathematical ‘awakening’ came when I was nineteen years old and studying philosophy. While exploring the very real, human experience of the passing of time, I realised that this supposedly vague concept could be described, evaluated and tested not just in traditional language, but in a uniquely expressive and symbolic language – mathematics. Imagine: you can actually write equations that explain why time goes forward, and not backwards!

To be clear, I didn’t have the mathematical knowledge to be able to do that at nineteen. But the very realisation that it might be possible changed my mindset about what mathematics was. I came to believe that mathematics provides a beautiful and elegant way of thinking about the world, that my days are richer and more interesting for having this additional lens on the world, and that instilling a love of mathematics in all of us is valuable in and of itself.

Most of the kids in our classrooms don’t believe those things. Hell, most of the adults in our world don’t believe them. “I’m not a maths person”. “Maths is mostly for boys”. “I was never good at maths”. “Maths doesn’t make sense”.

Maths Pathway rages against this every day. We came into existence to rage against it – and yes, I’m using the word “rage” intentionally. How as educators, politicians, philanthropists and society-at-large can we accept this level of discomfort, of anxiety, of sheer terror when it comes to maths? By far the majority of our children finish school never really understanding maths; never seeing what is beautiful about it, what is exciting about it, what is powerful about it. The mission of the teachers, students, parents, schools and partners who are part of the Maths Pathway community is to ensure that the next generation sees all of that. We’re going to ensure they walk into maths class and feel like this is the best part of the day.

What will success look like? Nothing less than a world that, for the first time in human history, understands and is entirely comfortable with mathematics. It will be a world that most of us won’t even recognise – a population that can’t be manipulated by ‘statistics’, that can solve even the most intractable social and scientific problems, whose interactions with each other are rich, deep and thoughtful.

 

Richard Wilson
Co-founder and Chief Visionary

Advisory board

The Education Advisory Board is a select group of education experts, who contribute to the ongoing innovation and refinement of Maths Pathway’s mathematics learning and pedagogy.

Sonia Sharp

Partner at EY

Sonia is a Partner at EY, and has previously been Deputy Secretary for Early Childhood and School Education in the Victorian Department of Education and Training. Sonia brings a strong strategic perspective, extensive senior leadership experience, the ability to interpret organisational and cultural dynamics, and a knack for translating strategic direction into language that influences behaviour. She has a background in teaching, educational psychology and research; and works across Australia providing bespoke advice on school improvement and education strategy.

Melodie Potts Rosevear

CEO, Teach for Australia

Melodie is the founder and CEO of Teach For Australia, a not-for-profit organisation that is helping provide excellent education for all children, regardless of their background. Previously she was a founding staff member of the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership in Queensland, focused on Indigenous and social policy. In her time as Think Tank Coordinator, Melodie helped to advance the Institute’s ambitious reform agenda through policy research, community engagement and helping to establish operational and business models.

Roslyn Prinsley

Head Strategic Research Initiatives at ANU

Roslyn is deeply committed to improving STEM outcomes in Australia. Previously, she has held the roles of Senior Adviser, STEM Education, within the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, and National Adviser for Mathematics and Science Education and Industry, advising the Chief Scientist on all matters related to STEM education. Roslyn has also been a Principal Strategic Consultant with Sinclair Knight Merz, held a number of senior positions at the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, and worked for the Commonwealth Science Adviser in the United Kingdom. Roslyn holds a Bachelor of Science, a Diploma of Education (Science), a PhD in photosynthesis, and a Masters in Intellectual Property Law and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has published over 90 books and reports and also worked as a science and mathematics teacher early in her career.

Charles Lovitt

Maths Pedagogy Consultant

Charles has been involved in mathematics professional development for many years. He has directed several Australian National and State projects such as MCTP, RIME, Initiative 5.4 for Maths and Science. He was director of Maths projects for the Australian Curriculum Corporation and generated such projects as The Maths Task Centre Project, the Chance and Data project and more recently the Maths 300 project. Charles strongly believes that the wisdom of our profession is held by practising teachers. It is tapping into this wisdom via captured images from classrooms that allows us to all grow and learn from each other for mutual benefit.

Jacqueline Magee

Director, Learning First

Jacqueline has significant experience in teaching and education policy. She has conducted international research on teacher development, professional learning and curriculum. Jacqueline has developed workforce strategies for several government clients and has also researched and written case studies on school practice in top-performing education systems as well as in many schools in Australia.

 

Rob Randall

Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)

Robert has recently completed two terms as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), first taking up that role in November 2012.

Robert began his career as a teacher of mathematics in Perth before holding a range of positions within and beyond schools in Western Australia. In 1996 Robert was appointed Director, Curriculum, with the NSW Board of Studies, and in 2001 took up the position of Director of Curriculum K–12 with the NSW Department of Education and Training.

We believe in a world that embraces the complexity, value and beauty of mathematics

Meet the Maths Pathway team

We’re educators, experts, thinkers, doers, creators and lifelong learners. We’re the people helping you build a better future.

Richard Wilson

Chief Visionary

Driven by a passion for improving the futures of young people, Richard co-founded Maths Pathway while still a teacher. He steers the organisation in pursuit of a world in which everyone knows and enjoys maths.

Justin Matthys

Chief Integrator

A member of the physics research group that discovered the Higgs Boson. Justin swapped high profile academia for teaching. As a teacher, Justin could not ignore the vast number of students he saw graduating with no understanding of mathematics. So he built the solution — now known as Maths Pathway.

Michaela Epstein

Head of Learning

Michaela is a former teacher, numeracy coach and Teach for Australia Associate, who is driven by her belief in the importance of growth mindsets. She is passionate about ensuring  all students have access to thought-provoking, creative mathematics.

Mati Papasimeon

Learning Specialist

Mati taught high school mathematics and physics for 12 years. Her passion is to create a mathematics curriculum that is fun and engaging for all students, the challenges them and helps them to develop a love for the subject.

Anna McGann

Learning Specialist

Anna has always been passionate about maths and maths education. This led to her completing a PhD in Applied Mathematics. Now she is working to make sure that all students enjoy maths as much as she does.

Joel Smith

Head of Consulting

Previously a particle physicist working in the Higgs Boson group, Joel loved the Maths Pathway vision and joined the team when it was run out of Richard’s shed.

Emily Duncan

School Improvement Consultant

After teaching in high school for nine years, Emily became disenchanted with the system moving students on before they are ready. So she joined Maths Pathway — inspired by our vision to make a difference to the way students learn maths.

Liam Jones

School Improvement Consultant

Liam taught maths for eight years, but left the profession as he became disenchanted with the one-size fits all approach. Now he’s helping improve maths education in Australia.

Jennifer Johns

School Improvement Consultant

Jennifer spent over five years working in education before joining the team. She puts her passion for student growth and development to great use —helping schools implement Maths Pathway.

Luke D’Astoli

School Improvement Consultant

Luke has a Bachelor of Education and is passionate about supporting students to reach their potential. He helps schools achieve consistently high quality implementation of the Maths Pathway Learning and Teaching model through purposeful and engaging professional development and change management.

TJ Jenks

School Improvement Consultant

TJ is a training and coaching specialist with a background focused on change management. When he’s not hard at work supporting our schools and community of teachers, TJ is doting over Kieran, his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Bec Burtenshaw

School Improvement Consultant

Bec has a Bachelor of Education (Primary) and a Masters in Education. She is passionate about inclusive education and every child’s right to learn within their needs.

Simone Allen

School Improvement Consultant

Simone has experience teaching secondary school maths across two states and a background in psychology. She taught at a Maths Pathway school before joining the company to help more students access the holistic learning and teaching model.

David Henning

School Improvement Consultant

David is a former secondary school teacher and journalist. He’s a lover of film and literature and a passionate sports fan (go Hawks!). David joined Maths Pathway because he’s a firm believer that a student’s learning experience should be measured by more than just grades.

Elliot Georgiou

School Support Specialist

A customer service specialist with a passion for educational engagement, Elliot provides support to Maths Pathway schools.

Sam Smith

Technical Support Specialist

Problem solver and puzzle master, when he’s not helping schools in his technical support role, Sam designs elaborate escape rooms.

Mathew Blanc

Product Analyst

With a background in research and communications, Matt has a passion for education and well-designed tools. Matt works with multiple teams to help improve the experience of all Maths Pathway teachers.

Philip Ardeljan

Web designer/UI Specialist

Blurring the lines between code and colour, Philip spends his time designing and coding intuitive user interfaces. He constantly strives to improve the experience of Maths Pathway.

Laura Marinesco

Head of Schools

Laura has a passion for learning analytics and how data can enable better practice. She has led multiple teams over the works and has worked in partnership with schools to help them deliver better learning outcomes.

Tyson Daoust

Head of Partnerships

Tyson has spent over five years working to improve educational outcomes in Australian schools. He is an EdTech enthusiast and is passionate about helping teachers utilise technology to become exceptional educators that develop exceptional learners.

Portia Neydorff

Partnerships Specialist

For over 20 years, Portia has been assisting teachers in selecting appropriate content for their students. With a background in IT, she is interested in the benefits of technology for instant feedback and visibility of student progress.

Leanne Waller

Events Specialist

With a passion for delivering exceptional corporate and special events, Leanna is ardent and goes the extra mile to ensure the event experience is memorable and valuable for all attendees.

Dan Raica

Creative Services Manager

Part nerdy gear head, part sensitive storyteller, Dan is in his element at Maths Pathway working with teachers and students to tell their stories.

Hayley Fleming

Senior Content Producer

Hayley has a background in marketing and has spent most of her career working in education. She loves to write and see great design come to life.

Natalie Williams

Digital Marketing Intern

A passionate student herself, Natalie strives to create meaningful and innovative content to reflect the heart and soul behind Maths Pathway. She shares a love of storytelling and film with her mentor Dan and enjoys spending her free time studying the creative arts and cherishing her beagle/staffy Lucky.

Sean Fleming

Head of Engineering

Sean is excited by the opportunities that technology provides to remove mundane tasks from teachers and students, which in turn enables them to engage more deeply with one another and the world around them.

Dylan Hall

Solution Architect

Dylan manages the development of the software underpinning the Maths Pathway model and the hosting infrastructure. He loves programming, but hates bugs.

Stephen Gillespie-Jones

Front-end Developer

A passionate software developer and footy fan, Stephen makes sure that the front end is usable and stable.

Komal Preet Kaur

Software Developer

Komal is a passionate software developer managing the back and front end at Maths Pathway. She is always excited about learning new technologies.

Berik Assylbekov

Trident Software Engineer

Berik is happiest when adding great new features to the Maths Pathway system. He is our resident TechCrunch reader, table tennis expert and novice motorbike rider.

Sam Collier

Education Architect

A former primary school teacher, Sam is passionate about delivering effective Early Years education, where students are encouraged to explore and question the world around them.

Geoff Fletcher

Geoff has always loved maths and software engineering and feels very fortunate to be making tools to promote better learning.

Alex Box

Education Architect

Primary educator, educational coach and leader of research-based learning initiatives, Alex is a true edu-nerd who is happiest when helping to formulate innovative and pragmatic solutions to primary education.

Maree Evans

Head of Finance

With a background in finance and administration, Maree is a passionate advocate for quality education. She combines her skills and passion as Head of Finance at Maths Pathway.

Sarah Smith

Head of Administration

Sarah keeps our office running smoothly with her brilliant organisation skills. She is our resident ‘people and culture’ expert and looks after everyone in the Maths Pathway team. Sarah is a minimalist with a passion for sustainability and reducing her impact. She’s also the office plant enthusiast and has a gorgeous rescue cat who is crazy about shoes.

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How does Maths Pathway work?

Maths Pathway combines evidence-based practices in a holistic model that supports teachers to deliver differentiated teaching and achieve greater student growth in the classroom.