Head of humanities, director of learning
St Michael’s Grammar School (VIC)
When students study history in Australian schools, they will be benefitting from Gerry Martin’s influence on how it is taught. Having joined St Michael’s Grammar School in 2007, Martin was appointed head of humanities in 2012, with achievements in the area including being chosen to consult on the design and review of the Australian history curriculum, and serving on the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria Board from 2010–2015 and as its Vice-President from 2012–2015. Some of Martin’s other accomplishments include rewriting the VCE Revolutions Study Design and all Foundation to Year 10 skills, as well as designing and collating the Extended Investigation, a new cross-curriculum subject that is being introduced in 2016 at St Michael’s Grammar. He was recognised last year with a second semester secondment to the VCAA to act in the role of curriculum manager (history and civics), and has been promoted at his school this year to director of learning (Years 10–12).