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Matific understands the significant impact that the future teachers of the world are going to have. This is why we have partnered with Western Sydney University to sponsor 4 prizes for students who show exceptional dedication and passion to their chosen career.


Congratulations to 2018 award winning recipients Kate Addison,  Jessica Ford, Jisna Saji and Simone Dadich.


“I am a 25 year old Ngunnawal woman from the Blue Mountains. I began the Bachelor of Education (Primary) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education as a mature age student. My mother studied the course before me and recommended it to me. I have enjoyed it very much and found a passion for teaching and Aboriginal Education. I am excited to see where this degree will take me in the future. I consider myself to be a very hard working student and dedicate a lot of my time to my study. It is really encouraging to see my efforts recognised in this award.”

- Kate Addison


“I am a primary school teacher in Canberra who is passionate about helping students enjoy and feel empowered by learning maths. I seek to teach maths through problem solving, critical thinking and linking tasks to real world problems. My achievements have been in helping shape a positive culture within my school towards mathematics. My goals lie in seeking to lead schools in imbedding evidence based teaching practices. I know that students attitudes towards maths are shaped in the primary school, it is my goal to ensure this is a positive and rewarding experience for all students and teachers.”

- Jessica Ford


“I am currently in my fifth and final year of university; I have completed an undergraduate course (Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Primary Teaching)) and I have one more semester remaining of my Master of Teaching (Primary) course. My goal is to be an effective and inclusive teacher to all students that I am given the opportunity to teach; as well as being a member of a collaborative and innovative team of teachers that seek to continually improve. Receiving this award means a great deal to me — it tells me that I, as a preservice teacher have been recognised for my efforts, but this award also reinforces my confidence in myself as a future primary school teacher.”

- Jisna Saji


“I am a passionate and dedicated early career primary school teacher and lifelong learner currently in my first year of teaching. I teach a kindergarten class in south west Sydney at the school in which I completed my final practicum at during my Masters of Teaching Primary at Western Sydney University. I recently graduated from my Masters of Teaching Primary with Distinction and earned myself a place on the Deans Merit list for 2018. My goals for the future are to teach and inspire children everyday through quality 21st century learning that is meaningful, engaging and inclusive of all. Receiving this award is both inspirational and motivating as it exemplifies that hard work, dedication and passion are qualities that do not go unnoticed. It is an honour to receive such a generous award for my efforts at university which have helped me extensively during my first year as a teacher. This award has encouraged me to succeed further and continue to develop my skills and experiences as an early career teacher.”

- Simone Dadich

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