“If you don’t know what you’re here to do, then just do some good.” ~ Dr. Maya Angelou
Each role I have taken on in my career has been a role I never really set out to do. It has been my calling to simply “do some good.” Getting my MBA in Entrepreneurship and Marketing and then later getting my Masters in Math Education honestly felt like a disconnected set of experiences at the time, but now as a math education expert, I have come to appreciate this unique combination of talents. As a Lead Author at Illustrative Mathematics (IM), my deep understanding of both math content and the math education market’s stakeholders (parents, students, teachers, and leaders) helped me lead the work of embedding curricular supports for teachers implementing culturally responsive pedagogy.
My entrepreneurial mindset helped me to successfully support LAUSD’s IM curriculum pilot during the height of the pandemic, and become a highly effective and impactful member of IM’s marketing team. As IM’s Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives, I oversaw research and outreach efforts to IM’s community of users, and supported math leaders nation-wide to successfully implement IM K–12 Math. Now a full-time entrepreneur, I partner with states, districts, and schools through MathTrust, a consulting firm I launched in 2020 to support educators to seek out and recognize the brilliance of Black students, and trust all students to engage in grade-level math.
Serving on NCSM’s Board as the Social Media Chair is a natural next step in my journey. I have yet another opportunity to celebrate the convergence of my expertise in marketing and math education, and most importantly, do some good.
“Develop enough courage so that you can stand up for yourself and then stand up for somebody else.” ~Dr. Maya Angelou
I came to the field of education to make a difference. As a student who moved around a lot, I witnessed first-hand the disparities in educational experiences of students in predominantly white classrooms versus predominantly Black classrooms. Now as an educator and parent, I unfortunately continue to bear witness to these inequities. Combating these injustices takes courageous leadership. In my 20+ years of experience in the field of math education as a teacher, leader, curriculum author, marketing strategist, and researcher, I have learned that student success is often a result of strong leadership at the school, district, and state levels. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join the NCSM Board in carrying out its mission to support, sustain, and inspire “high quality mathematics teaching and learning every day for each and every learner” by equipping and empowering math education leaders.