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STEMM Educator of the Year – Primary or Secondary School Level

Congratulations to the 2020 STEMM Educator of the Year (Primary or Secondary School Level) Finalists.

Ms Katie Gloede

Adelaide Football Club

Katie is manager of the STEMFooty program, a bespoke holistic program that links directly to the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).


This program translates kids’ love of AFL into an appreciation, understanding and passion for science and mathematics principles. Katie has over 17 year’s teaching experience nationally and internationally and has developed interactive and exciting curricula from Reception to Year 12.


Katie is currently studying a Doctor of Education at the University of South Australia, to further advance her research of using sport and technology as a vehicle to develop students learning, confidence, literacy and STEM skills in both primary and secondary settings (specifically women and Indigenous students). 


Katie was recently accepted into the Venture Catalyst incubator program in the social enterprise category sponsored by the Pank Family, which supports social innovation and enterprises developed by UniSA students or alumni.


Mr Thomas Oliphant

Pembroke School

Thomas developed a co-curricular activity that included the building and use of robots, fabrication of components and programming using various programming languages.


He established the successful VEX Robotics Program at Pembroke and is credited with being the inspiration for the success of three South Australian robotics teams who qualified to represent Australia at the 2020 VEX Robotics World Championship in Kentucky. Thomas is interested in the role of design and problem-based learning in promoting student interest and achievement, by exposing his students to new and emerging technologies and future pathways in the field of STEM learning.


Thomas has used his background to develop engaging learning programs that stretch learners into developing the skills and independence required to thrive in a technological future and mentoring both teachers and undergraduate teachers.

Ms Kristie Talbot

Modbury School P-7

Kristie is the STEM Coordinator at Modbury School P-7. Working as a mentor alongside classroom teachers, Kristie has empowered staff to build the confidence and skills to plan and implement STEM in their learning communities.


She shares her passion for STEM through inquiry and design-based problem-solving pedagogy; inspiring students to see the bigger picture, consider others and how they can make a difference in the world. She believes that through STEM education we can inspire students to be empathetic change makers and strong leaders of the future.


Kristie was involved in the Port River Dolphin STEM project, which assisted school students to learn about how pollution impacts wildlife.

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