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Who won the 2023 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools?

Donna Buckley has scored this top award and she is definitely STEM teacher goals!

We were so excited to hear that Donna won the 2023 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools. Not only is she an incredible teacher, she was also one of the amazing judges on the UNSW Bragg Prize for Science Writing this year!

Meet Donna Buckley

Donna is the Assistant Director of Mathematics and VET Cybersecurity teacher at John Curtin College of the Arts, Fremantle WA. Donna is the coordinator of MAWA Maths Talent Quest, an activity that encourages students to apply mathematical and statistical thinking processes to solve problems creatively.

She also launched a project on sustainable travel for Year 8 students, and a project for Year 9 students to explore science using Indigenous art.

Donna Buckley - Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science 2023
Donna Buckley

If that wasn’t brilliant enough, Donna also created an accredited cybersecurity course in Western Australia to educate students about ways to make our country more safe and secure in an online environment.

She has over 20 years’ experience in education, keeping up to date with technological trends and introducing these concepts into her classroom. 

We’re also big fans of Donna because she’s all about encouraging students to think creatively about maths and consider future career opportunities STEM. She also champions professional development and has impacted the way teachers in Western Australia approach STEM education.

Congrats Donna, winning the 2023 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools is so well deserved!


RELATED: Meet the 2023 UNSW Bragg Prize judges


About the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science 

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science acknowledge the achievements and success of Australian scientists and innovators, and the benefits of their work to Australia and the world. They also recognise the critical role primary and secondary school educators play in inspiring students to engage with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

This year they recognised seven of the very best in Australian science, innovation and education. See the other winners here.


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