We have a combined total of 51 years in education----28 years as elementary math specialists. Sherri has 21 years and Jan has 30 years of experience. We have worked together to write curriculum, plan and present staff development and mentor new teachers in our very large Texas school district. We also consult and write test items for our Texas standardized test (STAAR) on the side.
We passionately believe that students need a strong foundation to build their mathematical thinking. That strong foundation has to begin with conceptual understanding in each of the topics covered. We want students to THINK for themselves and use their own math reasoning to solve problems----which means we try to instill in our students a sense of pride and perseverance along with the understanding that being "good" at math isn't based on the speed at which you can calculate. Being "good" at math means you have a way of thinking through problems that is based on strong number sense and mathematical reasoning. When working with struggling students, we are all about hands-on experiences and student-centered discourse.
Teacher of the Year awards (1998, 2000) Lakeshore Learning Teacher of the Year (2001)
Jan has a B.A. from Texas Lutheran University and Sherri has a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in Special Education/Elementary Education. Sherri also has a Master's from the University of Texas-San Antonio in Curriculum and Instruction.
We are both happily married to wonderful, supportive husbands. Between the 2 of us, we have children in middle school, high school, college and beyond. This explains part of the "distracted" in our title. We always have many things to catch up on....