Teacher collaboration is the strength of NCSM, and I am committed to ensuring that NCSM continues to provide support to mathematics teachers and leaders to achieve equity and excellence for all students and teachers. Every year, mathematics educators, teacher leaders, and administrators gather to network and learn from their peers - thought leaders in the field, and I will continue to support this NCSM legacy. I will ensure that the annual conference represents the latest research on teaching and learning to promote access to rich mathematics for all students. The new era of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and higher expectation and focus on student learning, mathematics education is transforming across the nation. The future of mathematics education will rely on shared leadership across all educational stakeholders as we strive to teach to a deeper level of understanding.
I have been teaching for 20 years in the Phoenix Union High School District. Before taking on my current position in the curriculum division, I was a classroom teacher for 12 years. I was "sanctioned" as a teacher of freshman because if you are successful with freshman you become a life-long 9th grade teacher. My last two years in the classroom were transformed by working in a Professional Learning Community with an amazing group of teachers who were willing to be reflective, challenge status quo, and aim for improved student achievement. We were an effective team with a vision for equitable learning experiences. The team's individual strengths were cultivated and the work of the team was focused on building the collective capacity of the entire team.
Because of this experience, I decided to share my knowledge with 200+ teachers across the district and become the Math Content Specialist. In the first month of the new job, Tim Kanold, a consultant with our district told me about NCSM and encouraged me to attend the annual conference in Philadelphia. Since that first conference in 2004, each conference or leadership academy I have attended has been that rejuvenating moment in the school year to push me to the next level of clearly articulated curriculum, researched-based instructional practices, and highly engaging assessment practices. Without the support of my colleagues and the leadership from NCSM and its members, my work in PUHSD would have definitely been more challenging. NCSM has supported me with tons of resources and the collaboration is continuous.
Events Calendar for First Vice President
April 3-5, 2017
49th NCSM Annual Conference
San Antonio, TX
"Engaging in the Mission of Mathematics Education Leadership"