Educators have the potential to deeply impact lives. With this in mind, one of the most profound quotes that continues to shape me as an educator comes from one of my favorite books of the Bible. In James 3:1 there is a warning, “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.” It is no wonder that education is one of the toughest yet most rewarding professions; one that I’ve had the pleasure of pursuing for almost two decades.
I am a home-grown native of Yuma, Arizona also known as the Winter Lettuce Capital of the World. Yuma lies in the Sonoran Desert, framed by rugged mountains, irrigated by the Colorado River, and flooded with sunshine almost every day of the year. It is here that I have the privilege of working as the Mathematics Coordinator for a K-8 school district supporting district and site administrators, instructional coaches, and teachers in maintaining a culture of continual improvement, learning, and collaboration in the specialized area of mathematics. I’ve had the very fortunate opportunity of spending half of my educational career in the classroom, 10 years of teaching experience at both elementary and middle school levels, while the latter half has been at the district level working towards more systematic changes in mathematics education.
I hold a philosophy deeply rooted in the belief that educators at every level have a collective responsibility to ensure all students develop as strong mathematics learners confident in their intellectual, cultural, racial, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds. I am eager and dedicated to serve the NCSM community with its established culture of professional collaboration and its mission to support, sustain, and inspire high-quality mathematics teaching and learning.