2018 Australia Day Address: Eddie Woo
Internationally renowned high school mathematics teacher and internet sensation Eddie Woo delivered an inspirational and thought provoking Australia Day Address.
Arguably Australia’s most famous mathematics teacher, Eddie Woo makes maths fun. The head mathematics teacher at Cherrybrook Technology High School, the largest secondary school in New South Wales, Eddie started posting videos online in 2012 for a student who was sick with cancer and missing a lot of school. Before long, he was sharing the videos across the country and beyond. Wootube now boasts more than 100,000 subscribers and has attracted more than eight million views worldwide and counting.
With infectious enthusiasm, the father-of-three's unique and caring approach to teaching destigmatises mathematics as an inaccessible and difficult subject. Outside his high school classroom, Eddie is a volunteer facilitator with the University of Sydney's Widening Participation and Outreach program and has motivated more than 1,400 students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
A brilliant student, Eddie could have chosen any field, but in defiance of social convention and his parents opted for teaching. Today, he is using his vocation to “pay it forward” and make education equitable for all.
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See what Eddie Woo had to say about being Australian and part of the Australia Day Address
Eddie Woo is changing the face of teaching mathematics and is the national recipient of the 2018 Australia's Local Hero Award.