Melissa Fanshawe is a mathematics lecturer in the School of Education at University of Southern Queensland. She has twenty years’ experience within Queensland schools as a teacher, advisory teacher, Deputy and Principal. Melissa has won a number of teaching awards including an ASCILITE innovation award for “Fostering a positive maths mindset for learning through technology-based sense of presence", as well as Education Queensland Showcase awards and a Commonwealth Bank teaching award for her program “KidzBiz”. Melissa presents for Queensland Association for State School Principal's across Queensland on growth mindset in Maths and was keynote speaker at this year's Queensland Association of Maths Teachers Middle Years Conference.
Melissa is also trained teacher for students with vision impairment, gaining her Masters at RIDBC. She is currently completing her PhD in the field of Vision Impairment and enjoys her volunteer roles as an advisor to the board for Vision Australia, the Queensland convenor for the Australian Braille Authority and vice-president of the South Pacific Educators of Vision Impairment. Melissa is passionate about advocating for standardised accessible formats so students with vision impairment can have independent access to quality education.