Janet Cavanagh


Senior Research Associate

Bachelor of Education (Queensland University of Technology)

Jan has over four decades of experience teaching in New Zealand and Australia at secondary and primary levels, and was mathematics adviser at the Inala Support Centre, mentoring teachers and schools. In this role she promoted resourceful hands-on activities and developed a passion for ensuring maths made sense to all learners. Through her consultancy business, Making Sense of Maths, Jan inspired teachers to teach for understanding, for both themselves and their students. Jan devised the ‘Maths Mat’ to promote deeper understanding through meaningful physical activities and in 2013 was presented with a BH Neumann award for ‘significant contribution to the enrichment of Maths learning in Australia’. Jan has been working with YDC since 2010, with her extensive experience enabling her to work across systems and at any level.

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