Taught grades 3–6 all subjects. Taught 7–8 math. Instructional Computing Consultant, Assessment and Technology Coordinator, K–8 Principal, Elementary Math Methods Lecturer.
Interactive, questioning, respectful, humorous, supportive, innovative, flexible approach to teaching and learning. I utilize manipulatives, models, and strategies to teach math meaningfully to pre-service teachers. I advocate for better ways of making math understandable and enjoyable. The Singapore Bar Model is my favorite pre-algebraic model for problem solving.
Selected by the Teacher Education students to give the faculty address at the December Convocation for the College of Education at The University of Iowa, 2011 Selected again by the Teacher Education students to give the faculty address at the May Convocation for the College of Education at The University of Iowa, 2018 Acknowledged by graduating seniors at The University of Iowa who were asked to name one person who had had a positive influence on them. I was in the top 2% of all university faculty.
BA in Political Science and Elementary Education, Coe College, 1974 MA & Ph.D. in Elementary Math Education, The University of Iowa, 1977 & 1980
This is my 44th year as an educator and I'm still excited to be involved in the best profession available! Thirty-six years ago, I left education for double the pay—discovered that money wasn't really what motivated me and have been elated to be an educator ever since. I had left a job where I liked everything except the pay to take a job where I liked nothing except the pay. Thrilled to have learned the lesson so early in my career.