California, Far West: American Samoa, Federated States (Guam, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Northern Mariana Island, Palau Islands), Hawaii, Military AP: AFO/FPO, Oregon, Washington
Western Region 2 Team Leaders:
California-Central: Christine Roberts
California-North: Hope Bjerke
California-South: Diana Ceja
California-South: Annette Kitagawa
Hawaii: Seanyelle Yagi
Oregon: Mark Freed
Oregon: Patty Sandoz
Washington: Tami Matsumoto
News from the Western 2 Region
Kathlan Latimer, Western 2 Regional Director
Hello Western 2 NCSM members and interested colleagues! Happy Fall! The beginning of a new academic year is an intense, yet exciting, time. Goals are set; new contacts are made. Change is embraced; new procedures are implemented; tried, true and effective routines and strategies are reestablished. New folks are met, be they colleagues, students, parents or administrators, while we also reacquaint ourselves with ...
I am both delighted and proud to be a part of the NCSM Board of Directors as the Western Region 2 Director. Our region, which encompasses California, Oregon, Washington and Pacific islands, is large both geographically and in number of members, and our needs are many. There is much to be done to ensure that all of our students have access to the best mathematics education possible. Together we can make a difference, and NCSM can be our conduit. To that end, I look forward to meeting members within Region 2 and reaching out to prospective members to connect them with all of the resources and connections NCSM offers.
Years ago, after twenty-plus years in the classroom, I became a district-level elementary math strategy coach. The position was new with few guidelines. Readily available professional development opportunities that fit my specific needs were few. For the longest time, I did not consider NCSM as an organization to which I should belong. However, the late Kay Gilliland let me know that was not the case.NCSM was for teacher leaders, too. Attending my first NCSM conference I found support, networking opportunities and a wealth of resources that were exactly what I needed. I was glad I followed Kay's advice and guidance. NCSM is for everyone interested in improving student achievement. I value my membership.