Numeracy officer, Mathematics educator, Sydney, Australia.
New Zealander, living in Australia
Shona is a Chinese-Kiwi calling Sydney home. She is a strong advocate for mathematics and science engagement and mentoring girls in getting a strong well-rounded education. Shona hopes to be a role model and help them find what makes them thrive, become passionate badass women in pursuing their goals or future careers.
Of Chinese heritage, born in New Zealand, grown up in NZ/Sydney, having lived in UK/Europe for 6 years, Shona loves learning about different cultures & their cuisines! Friends have to put up with her disproportional excitement about anything food related and cooking, improv comedy, bushwalking; also, she is a better random dancer in her mind than in real life.
After her Ph.D. in mathematics, Shona’s love for mathematics, science, learning and teaching grew through working as a researcher and lecturer and volunteering with school kids. Recently pivoting into working more with schools, she is qualified as a primary-secondary-tertiary educator and enjoys any opportunity to drive cultural & STEM connections or break gender/professional stereotypes in her teaching.
Awareness of women’s mental health, globally-minded citizenship and shifting commonly heard societal experiences of mathematics learning – breaking through associated barriers are close to Shona’s heart. Her personal and professional aspiration is to be a cross-cultural and generational bridge aiding systemic shift in STEM education. Shona believes with better bridges between STEM professionals, industry, educators, the public and policy makers, well-founded decisions on education and nature can be made to achieve long-lasting change for the planet!