NCSM conferences provide us with the professional learning we need to be successful in all of our many leadership roles. For most of us, our conferences inspire us, confirm the great job we already do, and help us to continue confronting issues and challenges in our work at the local, state, and national levels. I am very pleased to be a part of our mathematics leadership community as the future conference coordinator for you!
When I was hired as a new mathematics coordinator for the Olathe District Schools in 1979, there were only 7 other supervisors in the entire state of Kansas. One of them, Dr. Mary Hatfield, invited me to become a member of the NCSM. Believe it or not, back then the cost to join NCSM was only $20! That membership of $20 and the influential people I met absolutely changed my life and my career.
Every year, my district allowed me to attend NCSM conferences. At my very first annual, I was invited to dinner and was surprisingly seated next to Dr. Ross Taylor, one of NCSM’s founders. Over the years, I met some of our greatest and most influential members including Iris Carl, Shirley Fry, Carol Edwards, Linda Gojak, Tim Kanold, Diane Briars, Cheryl Avalos, Don Balka, Kay Gilliland, Steve Leinwand, Jerry Cummins, John Staley, Carole Greenes, Suzanne Mitchell, and Florence Glanfield. Being a member of NCSM also provided me the good fortune to develop incredible friendships with Connie Schrock, Lois Williams, Ted Hull, Ralph Connelly, and my new friend Sharon Rendon.
NCSM’s conferences allowed me to network with others and talk about our job alike challenges. Without a doubt, I learned so much from the people I met. My leadership skills soared as I acquired the knowledge needed to be a successful K-12 mathematics leader for one of the largest districts in Kansas. I then became a President of the Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics, was elected to the NCSM Board as the Central 2 Regional Director from 2005-2008, became the Chairman of the Membership and Marketing Committee for NCSM from 2008-2010, was elected to the Board of Directors for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, became the Chairman of NCTM’s Membership and Affiliate Relations Committee, and started co-writing books about leadership in mathematics education.
I am proud to be back with NCSM as the future Conference Chair.