Improving student learning and achievement in mathematics is a career-long goal for me as a classroom teacher and leader. NCSM’s vision and mission statements, Prime Leadership framework, It’s Time, and now the Essential Actions Series have been my guides in my own development and learning about leadership in mathematics education.
I have been a middle school mathematics teacher in Maine for over 30 years and have served in a variety of math leadership roles in my school, district and state and am a Past President of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Maine (ATOMIM). I am currently President-Elect of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England (ATMNE). In addition to my classroom teaching, I am an adjunct instructor at the University of Southern Maine in mathematics education. I’m honored to be part of the NCSM board.
I joined NCSM in 2007 at the recommendation of a colleague and attended my first NCSM Annual Conference in Salt Lake City in 2008. Boy am I glad that I did! I was motivated and inspired by the conference experience and haven’t missed one since. NCSM continues to support my professional work in mathematics education leadership and is my go to organization for the very best quality mathematics leadership resources. Whether I am delivering professional learning workshops for teachers, mentoring pre-service and in service teachers, or working on improvements to my own instructional practices with middle schoolers, NCSM supports and focuses my own professional learning.
My first volunteer experience with NCSM was at the 2009 Washington, DC conference where I helped prep materials and stuff bags prior to the conference, I moved on to helping out at registration and ultimately volunteered to be a state team leader for Maine. Through these activities I have met truly wonderful people and have built my own professional learning network. over the years. From 2011-2016, I served as volunteer web-editor and worked with a great team to make improvements to the website and social media (Facebook, Twitter etc.) for NCSM. From 2016-2019 I was privileged to represent my E1 Region as Regional Director. I then served as NCSM 2nd Vice President and was most recently First Vice President and conference program chair for Atlanta. Through my own volunteering and encouraging others to volunteer their time and talents, I hope to give back to an organization that has meant so much to me and my own development as a mathematics teacher and leader.