Partner Employee of the Year


A trained teacher, Katie is the Education Lead at She Maps, a veteran-founded organisation that uses drone technology to teach students STEM literacy with a focus on creating a more diverse student cohort.

As an ADF partner, Katie has moved nine times in 17 years including two overseas postings in Washington DC and Brunei.

Beginning as a casual at She Maps with no prior drone experience, Katie now teaches drone technology online and in person fulltime.

The flexibility and problem solving that she often relies upon as a defence partner provided her with a strong background to continue her work at She Maps through COVID while her partner was deployed, and assisted her to develop a new online professional learning product for teachers.

Paul Mead, CEO of She Maps, says he is proud to have Katie on his team. “She displays behaviours and actions that are consistent to our values, and to the values of the broader ADF family.”

Her advice to other ADF partners is to throw your hat in the ring, have confidence in your skills and don’t be deterred if you feel you don’t 100% of the job criteria.

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