Numbers all added up for a big award

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Newton Moore Senior High School’s head of maths Ashley Stewart is thankful for her fellowship award.
Camera IconNewton Moore Senior High School’s head of maths Ashley Stewart is thankful for her fellowship award. Credit: Callum Hunter / South Western Times

Newton Moore Senior High School’s head of maths Ashley Stewart has been named one of just three WA winners of the Commonwealth Bank Teacher Fellowship Award.

The 12 winners from around Australia all received $45,000, none of which was for personal use, according to Ms Stewart.

“$30,000 is for the projects we’re going to do at our schools, $10,000 for professional development and $5000 for a week trip to Singapore to view other schools and systems to see what we can utilise in our own systems,” she said.

“I am so honoured to have been given this award, it’s a fantastic opportunity.”

Newton Moore Senior High School’s head of maths Ashley Stewart is thankful for her fellowship award.
Camera IconNewton Moore Senior High School’s head of maths Ashley Stewart is thankful for her fellowship award. Credit: Callum Hunter / South Western Times

The Teacher Fellowship Award was designed to recognise and reward teachers for their local innovations.

Mrs Stewart was nominated and won for her work in promoting STEM pathways and careers for indigenous female students while also improving their marks.

The other WA winners hailed from Como Secondary College and Cecil Andrews College in Perth, making Mrs Stewart the only regional winner in the State.

“I think it gives me a bigger platform to spread the work that I want to do on a bigger scale,” she said

“I’m using this as a platform to try to accelerate indigenous girls and what we can do with them.”

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