Over the last 33 years, I have had the opportunity to not only teach mathematics but also implement my love of technology within the classroom in a variety of ways. By the 1990s, I was teaching various levels of middle school mathematics, and I had created my first classroom website.
By the early 2000s, my career goals focused on perfecting my teaching techniques within the mathematics classroom. It was during this time that I concentrated on writing grants and participating in programs that promoted the integration of math and science, encouraged differentiated instruction within the classroom, and fostered inquiry-based learning techniques.
During the 2011-12 school year, I transferred to the high school where I was immediately given the responsibility of teaching all of the upper-level mathematics classes within our high school. By the end of 2012, I had received my AP certification for Calculus AB and the ACP Calculus certification through Indiana University.
My classroom is set-up to allow me to implement four elements of effective math instruction (Systematic and Explicit Sequencing, Self-instruction Opportunities, Peer Tutoring Environments, and Visual Representation Resources) in a blended learning environment. But, as you know, math instruction has intricacies and nuances all its own, so the idea of choosing the “best blended learning model” for my math classroom is a very tricky process. My goal is to meet every student’s math learning needs by creating a perfect connection between online and offline learning tools. My hope is that, by implementing the most effective math instructional techniques with the best blended learning models, my classroom environment will provide students with a math class where they will no longer fear that “dreaded math class” which they are required to take. Children are born with an ability to appreciate “numerosity”. When teachers can utilize this natural ability and create the perfect learning environment, students excel in mathematics!
2004 Learn & Serve Grant of Indiana Recipient
2004 MAC Grant Recipient
2003 Toyota TIME Grant Recipient
2001-02 Envision Program Participant with Purdue University and the National Science Foundation (NSF)
1996 Tipton Community Fund Recipient
1996 Who's Who Among America's Teachers
1994-95 GTE Gift Grant Recipient
Cole, A.R. & Cunnyngham, R.J. “Multi-Media Projects Through Integrated Math & Science Classes.” Indiana Computer Educators in Touch. Spring 2002: 9.
BS in Mathematics & Computer Science from Ball State University, 1987
MA in Mathematics from Ball State University, 1993
Professional Affiliations (Past and Present)
Indiana Council of Teachers of Mathematics
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education
Business and Professional Women of America
Indiana State Teachers Association
Tipton Education Association