I spent 16 years in the classroom and then switched to coaching math. I coached for 3 years in a K-8 building and 1 year in a middle school. I then moved to a math curriculum coordinator position where I handled 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 270 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, Reading, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Other (Math), Science, Astronomy, Social Studies - History, Arts & Music, Music, Instrumental Music, Special Education, Health, Gifted and Talented, Literature, Statistics, Word Problems, Holidays/Seasonal, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Mental Math, Halloween, Valentine's Day, Decimals, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Place Value, Phonics