Kedron State High School
Building a house to scale, calculating personal sugar intake and creating a great race are just some of the exciting experiences Angelique Abraham has used to bring mathematics to life in her classroom.
The Kedron State High School Junior Mathematics and Science teacher was one of the first Central Queensland University graduates in a high school setting to get a placement in a metropolitan area, and was appointed numeracy coach after just one year of teaching.
Angelique works to facilitate learning experiences specifically for students at risk, including working with a young men’s and young women’s group where students who are struggling socially can come to network in a safe and comfortable environment.
Angelique says she loved the idea, and was quick to jump on board.
“We actually haven’t had to do much, all of these kids just want to be a part of it, and it’s really quite wonderful,” she says.
Angelique says she enjoys being a teacher most when she sees that “lightbulb moment” happen, and when her students are enjoying themselves and are fully engaged.
“It makes my heart sing, I love it when I see them completely absorbed in a task and when they’re communicating with other students that they don’t normally and you can really see their mind expanding,“ Angelique says.
Principal Joseba Larrazabal said Angelique was “a wonderful young teacher”.
“She has an incredibly strong focus on the needs of her students and catering directly to those needs,” Mr Larrazabal says.
Angelique has been nominated for a Queensland College of Teachers Excellence in Beginning to Teach Award.
“She is an outstanding candidate for this award,” Mr Larrazabal says.
In her role as a numeracy coach Angelique has worked across the Key Learning Areas with colleagues at all stages of their careers.
She has designed and implemented the school’s Year 7 mathematics curriculum, reviewed the Year 8 and 9 term planners to ensure they align with the Australian Curriculum, facilitated professional development to help implement the school’s numeracy plan and represented Kedron SHS at numeracy cluster meetings.
Congratulations Angelique on your nomination.
- Story by Jessica Schwilk