CURTIN University student Hannah Mast has been named recipient of the 2017 Penrhos College Maths Mentor Scholarship.
Announced by the school and the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI), the $5000 one-year scholarship will support Ms Mast as she completes her Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary School).
Ms Mast, who also has Bachelors in Science (Bsc) and in Mathematics and Chemistry, said she was thrilled at her selection, which will fast track her teaching career under the mentorship of Penrhos maths mentor co-ordinator Peter Chandler.
“I’m so excited to be working with Peter and Penrhos; I’m hoping to take away the skills to build a passion for and love of mathematics in girls all over Australia and the world,” she said.
Sponsored using his AMSI Choose Maths Award for Mentoring Girls in Maths, the scholarship is not only a passing of the baton of sorts for Mr Chandler but a chance for him to learn from a new generation.
“By providing practical placements to a future maths teacher, this is a chance to inspire and mentor their development as an educator,” he said.
“Equally, along the way I hope to learn and benefit from them.”
Penrhos College principal Meg Melville said she was not surprised by Mr Chandler’s decision to invest in a new generation of maths education, something she saw as a reflection of his passion for maths and another example of his leadership in the school community.