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Dr Catherine Wormald
Senior Lecturer, Secondary Education
Phone: 02 8204 4206
Dr Catherine Wormald is a Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of the Secondary Education and Graduate Diploma of Education programs at the University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus. She began her career as a secondary mathematics teacher and has taught extensively in roles such as classroom teacher, special needs teacher and as a gifted coordinator in secondary schools across all education systems. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Dr Wormald taught in the education programs at the University of Western Sydney and the University of Wollongong at the undergraduate and post graduate level.
Dr Wormald worked for the Selective Schools Unit for a number of years and was also a consultant in gifted education for the NSW Department of Education and Training (DET). During this time she played an integral part in the writing of the current DET Gifted and Talented Policy. She has provided advice and professional development to teachers and academic personnel in the areas of gifted education and mathematics education. Dr Wormald is a past president of the NSW Association for Gifted and Talented Children (NSWAGTC) and the Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented (AAEGT).
In 2010 Dr Wormald completed a PhD thesis titled “An Enigma: The barriers to the identification of gifted students with learning disabilities”. She received the AAEGT John Geake Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award for her research. Her areas of interest include gifted education, students who are identified as having learning disabilities who are also gifted, underachievement and mathematics.