Outstanding professional achievement; Outstanding academic or research achievement; Outstanding service to the community.
Ann has made a distinguished contribution to education in teaching, research and community engagement, focusing on early and primary Mathematics Education.
As part of her PhD, Ann developed an early mathematics intervention program that is used in hundreds of schools across Australia.
She has partnered with The Smith Family and schools in Ballarat to introduce Maths Clubs for children living in financially disadvantaged communities, and currently partners with a number of principals and mathematics leaders in New South Wales to transform mathematics learning and teaching. In partnership with Professor Bob Perry, Ann developed the Let’s Count Program for the Smith Family.
In 2008, Ann led the introduction of the Clemente Program in Ballarat in partnership with seven Ballarat institutions, including FedUni. The Clemente Program enables Australians who are marginalised to engage in tertiary education. Ann is the author and editor of several books. She was invited to chair the International Commission on Mathematics Instruction 2015 Student on Early Number Learning, and has been visiting scholar at Aarhus University in Copenhagen, Denmark and Bielefeld University in Germany.