Assistant Professor, University of Canberra

Dr Carly Sawatzki is a teacher-educator with expertise in curriculum and pedagogy across the Victorian and Australian curricula (VCE, Victorian Curriculum, Australian Curriculum). Carly's subject areas include upper primary Mathematics, middle school Economics & Business, senior school Business Management and senior school Psychology. Being an interdisciplinarian is critical to her key area of interest, contextual learning.

Carly's PhD explored the role of social and mathematical understandings in children's financial problem-solving and decision-making. Her ongoing research focuses on the 'Money and financial mathematics'​ strand of the Australian Curriculum - Mathematics in upper primary school, and has involved developing, trialling, studying, and refining unique financial dilemmas and associated pedagogies to enhance financial literacy teaching and learning. Some of her tasks have been included in the Encouraging Persistence, Maintaining Challenge (EPMC) project.

Before switching careers to teaching and academia, Carly worked in marketing and business development roles in the finance industry.


  • 2018–present
    Assistant Professor, University of Canberra
  • 2008–2018
    Lecturer, Monash University


  • 2014 
    Monash University, PhD