Eroia Barone-Nugent (born 12 June 1959) is an Australian teacher.
Barone-Nugent was born on 12 June 1959 in Adelaide, Australia. She moved to study in Canberra in her early 20's where she met her husband, now Professor Keith Nugent.
Barone-Nugent is experienced with secondary science teaching, science and education research and she is an education program leader and innovator. She is currently on secondment to the University of Melbourne to lead the Growing Tall Poppies Science Partnership Program. She is funded by the Australian Government's 'Australian Mathematics and Science Partnership Program' (AMSPP). The goal of her program is to increase the number students, especially girls, studying science and particularly physics to year 12.
Barone-Nugent is an Honorary Senior Fellow in the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne and an Adjunct Assoc Prof in the College of Science Health & Engineering at La Trobe University. She has been the NAB Schools First State Winner 2009; BHP Billiton Science Teacher Victoria 2010; Prime Minister’s Highly Commended Science Teacher 2011 & 2012 & Eureka Prize for Science Teaching Finalist 2012. The Growing Tall Poppies Science Partnership Program is active in Victoria and expanding to NSW and Queensland.
In 2009 Barone-Nugent was named as 'A Victorian Who Inspired Us' for her contribution to science education.
Barone-Nugent, a teacher at Santa Maria College, Northcote, was one of three finalists for the 2012 Eureka Prize for Science or Mathematics Teaching. The nomination was in recognition of her work with the Science Growing Tall Poppies Program (GTP) in schools. The program is a collaboration between schools, systems, and universities to raise the profile and quality of teaching of physical sciences for girls.
The Growing Tall Poppies Program (GTP) was founded through a common interest between two people; Keith Nugent and Eroia Barone-Nugent. The aim was to engage students with physics before they made their subject choices for their final years of high school. Over the last few years the number of students in these physical sciences have decreased, especially with women. GTP wants to create an awareness of the opportunities that can arise from physics and how it can help people, by creating scientifically aware students.
GTP science partnership program is a partnership between the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University, Griffith University, University of New South Wales, Deakin University, The Australian Synchrotron, ANSTO, Catholic Education Office Melbourne, ARC Centre of Excellence in Advanced Molecular Imaging, ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers, Santa Maria College and Charles La Trobe Secondary College.
Updates about the GTP program and information about winners can be found on the Growing Tall Poppies Twitter account.