I spent 16 years in the classroom and then switched to coaching math. I coached for 3 years in a K-8 bulding and 1 year in a middle school. I then moved to a math curriculum coordinator position where I handed a variety of levels over the years. All of these years have been in a large urban district with a large low-income population. We saw growth under my leadership in both middle and elementary school. When I handled middle school math at the district level, the building level ISAT scores went up every year with an average building gain of 32.2 points over the 6 years I handled middle school. At the elementary level, I lead the district through the transition to Common Core with a focus on building depth of understanding and movement away from teaching to get answers. The data went from meeting or exceeding 6 out of 22 Illinois districts (similar in size and low income) to 16 out of 22 districts.
I am very conceptual in my approach to mathematics. I believe in classroom discussion and building depth of understanding. I believe strong questioning of students can lead to better understanding for all. I love group work to support student to student thinking and discourse. I love using manipulatives in the classroom.
Kathryn Obey award; Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction; Distinction Award for work with Special Needs students; Awarded 4 grants for math education; 2 articles published on the PARCC website
Bachelor's Degree - Northern Illinois University Master's Degree in Curriculum - Northern Illinois University Educational Specialist Degree - Northern Illinois University
I have taught over 700 workshops at school, district, regional, state and national levels including presentations at ICTM, NCLB and NCTM conferences with extremely positive reviews. I have developed an extensive math library with over 250 binders of content aligned to Common Core. I have been trained in Investigations, Everyday Math, Connected Math, CPM, Math Their Way. I taught at the college level teaching math and science methods. I am an educational consultant and can provide districts with methods that produce results.
English Language Arts, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Other (Math), Science, Astronomy, Social Studies - History, Arts & Music, Music, Instrumental Music, Special Education, Health, Literature, Word Problems, Holidays/Seasonal, Halloween, Decimals, Place Value