STEM Teacher Enrichment Academy

Inspiring teachers to inspire students
Designed to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics, our professional learning programs support school teams in their pursuit of excellence.

What is STEM Academy?

The STEM Academy is an innovative year-long professional learning program focused on developing teachers’ capacity to collaboratively design integrated STEM curriculum for school students.

Separate programs are offered for primary schools and secondary schools.

When your school joins a STEM Academy program, we provide financial support for teacher relief.

When you join STEM Academy, you join a community of teachers spanning over 248 schools across metropolitan and regional New South Wales.


Throughout the academy, professional mentors work with participating teachers, providing support and assistance to plan and implement their own STEM strategies in the classroom.


Meet our program team that run and facilitate the STEM Academy program:

Professor Manjula Sharma  
Director STEM Teacher Enrichment Academy

Dr Leanne Cameron
Primary and Secondary Technology

Katherin Cartwright
Primary Mathematics

Dr Vilma Galstaun
Primary Technology

David Grover
Secondary Technology

Anthony Kadi
Manager Engineering and IT

Dr Ana Lopes
Support Staff

Dr Heather McMaster
Primary Mathematics

Stuart Palmer
Secondary Mathematics

Dr Christine Preston
Primary Science

Corrine Robinson
Secondary Mathematics

Patricia Stockbridge
Primary and Secondary Science

Dr Louise Sutherland
Manager Secondary Science

Dr Vicky Tzioumis
Secondary Program and Research Manager

Associate Professor Jennifer Way
Primary Program Manager


We have engaged key individuals and organisations involved in STEM across Australia to advise and help build our programs, networks and strategies.

Advisory board

Dr Stuart McGill

Miss Belinda Conway
Deputy Principal, Sydney Secondary College (Leichhardt Campus)

Murat Dizdar PSM
Deputy Secretary, School Operations and Performance

Professor Trevor Hambley
Emeritus Professor, University of Sydney (School of Chemistry)

Dr Phil Lambert PSM
General Manager, Curriculum, Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority

Dr Briony Scott
Principal, Wenona School

Adam Spencer
Mathematics and Science Ambassador, University of Sydney

Dr Julia Vonwiller
Founder, Appen Ltd

The Governing Board members (listed below) also serve on the Advisory Board

Governing board

Professor Annamarie Jagose

Professor Philip Gale 
Interim Dean, Faculty of Science

Professor Debra Hayes
Head of School, Sydney School of Education and Social Work
University of Sydney

Mr Anthony Kadi
Director of Professional Engagement, Faculty of Engineering

Ms Rosalind Ogilvie 
Vice Principal (Advancement)

Professor Pauline Ross
Associate Dean (Education), Faculty of Science University of Sydney

Professor Willy Zwaenepoel 
Dean, Faculty of Engineering

Professor Manjula Sharma
Director STEM Teacher Enrichment Academy
Ex-Officio Member

Academic committee

Professor Manjula Sharma
Director STEM Teacher Enrichment Academy

Ms Jackie Blue
Mathematics Advisor 7-12
Learning and Teaching Directorate, NSW Department of Education

Katherin Cartwright
Mathematics Advisor K-6
Learning and Teaching – Early Learning and Primary Education
NSW Department of Education

Ms Alison Galagher
Head Teacher Science, Fairfield High School

Associate Professor Dieter Hochuli
Integrative Ecology Group, Faculty of Science

Mr Anthony Kadi
Director of Professional Engagement, Faculty of Engineering

Professor David Lowe
Faculty of Engineering (School of Computer Science)

Dr Milena Radnovic
Faculty of Science

Dr Louise Sutherland
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sydney School of Education and Social Work

Dr Diana Warren
Faculty of Science

Ms Tracey Warzecha
Head Teacher, Riverside Girls High School

Associate Professor Jennifer Way
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sydney School of Education and Social Work


Manjula Sharma

Professor and Director of STEM Teacher Enrichment Academy