I am excited to return to the NCSM Board as the Associate Journal Editor after serving from 2014-2017 as a Regional Director for Western 2. I believe that teaching is a rewarding but challenging occupation and that we all need the support and professional development that comes from organizations such as NCSM. It is easy to criticize our educational system but it is my hope that we can band together as math educators and leaders to find solutions that will help us achieve our ultimate goal of helping all students be successful.
For years, I was an NCTM junkie. I joined NCTM when I was a senior in college and started attending as many annual and regional conferences as I could afford. Usually I attended one conference a year but some years I went to the annual conference plus one or two regional conferences. I was hooked on being able to learn from others and learn what was new in the field of math education. Twenty years later at an NCTM conference, I asked a friend where she got her NCSM conference bag. She told me about this new opportunity to enrich my teaching by joining NCSM and attending their conferences. I attended NCSM the next year and loved the sessions and interactions with other teachers and leaders at the various functions. I became hooked and have been going to NCSM conferences ever since, staying on for NCTM when I could afford to do so. I believe the NCSM conferences and materials are the best motivation and support for math teachers at all grade levels and for all types of math leaders and coaches. I am happy for the opportunity to give back to NCSM by serving on the board.