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The open positions for the 2021 NCSM Election are: Second Vice President and Regional Directors for S1, W1, and Canada. To view candidate statements for each open position, click on the appropriate tab. You will see a job description followed by each candidate’s statement.

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Summary of Duties (as Second VP):

  • Serve as a member of the Annual Conference Committee.
  • Serve as a member of the Program Committee.
  • Serve as the Volunteer Recruitment and Management Chair for the annual meeting during the year in office.
  • Recruit, schedule, and manage volunteers to assist with Annual Conference logistics and events including conference bag stuffing, early bird registration, on site registration, and ticketed events.
  • Become First Vice President the second year in office.
  • Assume such duties as the Board and/or President may determine.

Summary of Duties (as First VP):

  • Serve as a member of the Annual Conference Committee.
  • Serve as Chairperson of the Program Committee for the annual meeting during the year in office.
  • Appoint the members of the Program Committee, which shall include the Past President or the President-Elect, and the Second Vice-President.
  • Organize and develop the Annual Conference theme, strands, and speaker proposal forms.
  • Set the conference program timeline and speaker deadlines.
  • Schedule all program sessions including sponsor showcases, regional caucuses, and special interest groups.
  • Serve as executive officer of the Board whenever the President, Past President or the President-Elect is unavailable.
  • Assume such duties as the Board and/or President may determine.

Term of Office: One year as Second Vice President, one year as First Vice President

Cheryl Cantin

Cheryl Cantin

Cheryl Cantin

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Current Employment & Job Duties

I'm current on loan to the Ministère de l'Éducation du Québec (until June 2023) from my full-time position as Mathematics, Science and Technology Consultant (district level coach and curriculum specialist) at the Eastern Townships School Board. As a professional in our provincial department of education I'm coordinating a large-scale evidence-based practices project, overseeing Math and Science initiatives in the English Education Network and collaborating with other professionals in overseeing different grant programs.

Duties include

  • Member of professional development planning committees
  • Manage some of the professional development opportunities offered
  • Ensure that all school boards have equitable access to the resources and professional development
  • Evaluate the pertinence, feasibility and financial viability of professional development and educational change projects
  • Manage the financial resources of multiple projects.
  • Encourage and plan networking opportunities between the different school boards of the English Education Network to promote student success and retention.
  • Collaborate with and participate in committees including network and/or intra-ministerial partners
  • Contribute to the development and deployment of provincial expertise related to the implementation of evidence-based practices
  • Promote the use of data for decision-making as well as the use of evidence-based practices.
  • Consult and work with the network to establish a network-wide analytic tool to support decision making.
  • Work with data analysts and software developers to ensure that the technological tools provide the needed information.
  • Coordinate the development of a network-wide profile based on both quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Manage accompaniment resources to best meet the needs of the network.
  • Write both progress and final reports for the different projects the professional oversees.

Current and past professional activities

NCSM

  • 2018-2021 NCSM Regional Director for Canada
  • 2018-2021 Chair of the NCSM Equity & Access in Action initiative
  • 2012-2018 NCSM Regional Team Leader, Québec
  • 2015-2020 Conference Proposal Review Committee
  • 2016 Kay Gilliland Equity Lecture Award Review Committee
  • 2011-present NCSM Member

NCTM

  • 2010-present Member

McGill University Partnership

  • 2016-present Member of Research Team

Candidate's Statement

For the past 16 years, I've served in different mathematics leadership positions at the school, district, provincial and international levels. I would be honoured to continue serving on NCSM's elected-board as the 2nd Vice-president. NCSM has been one of the most impactful organizations in my professional learning. Since attending my first conference in 2011, my mathematics leadership has grown through the relationships I have developed and the professional development I have participated in as a member of NCSM. As NCSM's current Canadian Regional Director and Chair of the Equity and Access in Action Initiative, I have participated in board meetings and have collaborated with other board members on NCSM initiatives and projects. My experience serving Canadian NCSM members as their Regional Director has fully prepared me for the time commitment and responsibilities that is required of an elected board member.

NCSM has a strong commitment to equity and as an organization, we keep pushing to be better. For us to be better, representation matters. As the mother of a special needs child, I have had to advocate equitable opportunities and access. As an Anglophone that graduated from an immersion program in a predominantly French-speaking province, I was a language-learner. This unique profile would allow me to bring different perspectives to the program committee making the team stronger through diverse points of view. Adding these voices would allow our Annual Conference to grow in exciting new ways, and consequently, improve the professional learning of our members. If elected, I will devote my time and energy as part of the team to ensure a strong and varied program for our members and a positive conference experience by organizing volunteers and helping them to see other ways to get involved in the great work of NCSM.

The most recent COVID-19 health crisis has forced many organizations to rethink what Annual Conferences look like. Fortunately, web-conferencing applications have allowed us to continue offering quality professional development. Unfortunately, a full day or a full two days of web-conferencing is exhausting. I would love to be a part of the conversation that continues to reimagine what NCSM's professional development can look like taking into account the lessons learned in 2020. Finally, serving on the executive committee would allow me to help ensure the health of an organization I love far into the future.

Activities in Professional Organizations

I am currently a Professional at the provincial education department (Ministère de l'éducation du Québec). As a Professional in this department, my role is to work with the Math and Science program and evaluation coordinators, manage grant and subsidy applications and funding and manage large-scale evidence-based practices and continuous improvement project. This position is a three-year loan of service from my permanent position as one of the Mathematics, Science and Technology Consultants (coach and curriculum specialist) for the Eastern Townships School Board in Québec (Canada). As the consultant, my role is to support the math and science teachers at the school board's three regional high schools (7-11) and twenty elementary schools (K-6). The work entails, supporting the teaching, learning and assessment of mathematics through coaching, resources creation, workshops, math labs and other support mechanisms. I have been in the position since August 2010.I have also served as the NCSM Regional Director for Canada since 2018.

I currently serve on the NCSM elected board as the Canadian Regional Director. As a member of the board for the past three years, I am well acquainted with the responsibilities of an NCSM board member. The responsibilities of the 2nd Vice-president, however, are different than those of a Regional Director. Toward that end, as the pedagogical consultant in Mathematics for my district, I helped plan provincial conferences and residential professional development programs. As a member of these committees, I had to put together a program of speakers, organized conference programs as well as organize volunteers and on-site logistics. These are skills that directly relate to the duties of the 1st and 2nd Vice-president. Furthermore, as a professional at the provincial department of education, I have been overseeing the logistics of a large-scale provincial evidence-based practices and continuous improvement project. This project management position requires me to manage both human and financial resources as well as be knowledgeable of the evidence-based practices in the current research literature. These experiences are directly related to the duties of the 1st and 2nd vice-president as I have had to manage million dollar budgets, track project progress and manage tasks. There is also a large component of working with and directing people.

How will you support the NCSM Mission and Vision during your term?

As mathematics leaders, we have the awesome responsibility of helping the current as well as the next generation of mathematics teachers and learners to be confident in making sense of mathematics. I am passionate about supporting teachers to create learning environments that are all about reasoning and sense-making and, most importantly, supporting teachers in making mathematics accessible to ALL.

In order for NCSM to achieve its vision of equity and access for all students, we have to come from a place of listening and shifting beliefs. I have found that one of the most difficult beliefs to shift is the belief that ALL students can learn. Most educators we speak to will tell you that they believe that all students can learn but they often put an asterisk at the end of that statement. "Of course, all students can learn mathematics except for… who's…" Somehow we have to shift the belief that exceptions exist. Because it's the adult's belief in the student's potential that is actually the limiting factor. We need to counter the adult beliefs by confronting them with counterexamples, by telling the success stories.

Through our NCSM conference program, I hope to continue to highlight the narratives of the underrepresented as well as confront some of the systems that are built to sustain privilege and class for a certain group of people. I would like to reach out to organizations that represent our First People and people affected by disabilities to understand what their mathematical experiences have been like and how we can advocate to make it better.

Lastly, I'd like NCSM to consider how we can help our members with parental outreach. Parents are a stakeholder that are not often considered (unless it's in the negative) but play a crucial role in student's identities as mathematicians as well as in leaders supporting teachers to change their practice. I would like to see NCSM discuss how leaders can include parents in the conversations.

Georgina Rivera

Georgina Rivera

Georgina Rivera

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Current Employment & Job Duties

I am currently working for the Bristol Public School District in Bristol, CT as a school administrator. I am honored to work in this urban and diverse school system for the past 21 years serving in several roles. In my previous roles, I served as the Elementary STEM Supervisor, District Elementary Math Coach, and middle school math teacher. In my current role as an administrator, I oversee mathematics coaching and instruction in grades K-8, support implementation of the new Illustrative Math curriculum, and provide professional learning opportunities related to both mathematics instruction and remote learning best practices. I work closely with our guidance department and family resource center to provide opportunities to both support and connect with families. I also work to create systems to ensure the building is running smoothly and safely, send out weekly communication to celebrate, inform and grow staff, and meet with stakeholders to review feedback to improve the school culture and academic community.

I translate the majority of our school communication into Spanish so families are aware of both changes in schedules, student academic progress, family engagement events, and support services. Most importantly, I work in collaboration with my administrative team, central office staff and colleagues to support the learning of students and staff across the building through the model of professional learning communities. As a team, we are focused on our school vision; All kids are capable of success. NO exceptions!

Along with the work in my school, I serve on many district committees including the district continuous improvement team, professional learning council, curriculum approval committee, Equity team, climate team, and middle school council. In addition to providing professional learning within my district I have shared my experiences and expertise by presenting at the local and national level and attending local math councils and conferences.

In my previous role as math coach , I provided professional learning to elementary and middle school teachers, coaches, and administrators related to high quality mathematics teaching/learning, best practices in coaching, working on collaborative teams, providing feedback, coaching cycles, assessment practices, data driven decision making, and culturally relevant math practices with a focus on learning for ALL students.

Current and past professional activities

Bristol Public Schools: Elementary STEM Supervisor, Bristol, CT
January 2019 - August 2020

  • Supervise, coach and evaluate four district math coaches and one library media specialist
  • Designers the coaching model for the district fir mathematics, trained. Both ELA and math coaches on the culture and structures fit coaching. Collaborated with a professor from the University of Connecticut to codesign PD sessions based on best coaching practices.
  • Led the rewriting of all the PreK - Grade 5 rewriting of both unit assessments and CFAs based on the work of the Math at Work assessment planning templates.
  • Designed the assessment system for preschool Mathematics, provided professional learning, resources and established the essential learning in collaboration with the preschool staff.
  • Planned district wide math nights for families which included resources in both English and Spanish.
  • Led teams in the identification of mathematics essential learning standards that would be used as a focus for instruction when we returned in the fall of 2020.
  • Created district elementary math data tracker, in collaboration with the math coaches and data coordinator, which is the model for all district data trackers
  • Created a school improvement plan template which was utilized by building principals.
  • Co-wrote and facilitated professional learning for administrators and teachers on topics such as instructional coaching, research based instructional practices, best practices in math instruction, analyzing data, CIIC, learning targets, feedback, and 5E lesson planning.
  • Established a new assessment policy for ELL students in K-5 mathematics in order to ensure equity and access to grade level content.
  • Oversaw the writing of the Library Media Science and Elementary Science NGSS curriculum along with designing Google Sites to go along with the curriculum which include both implementation materials and resources.
  • Created a Virtual Calming Room Site which houses SEL resources for staff in the entire district. The site was shared district wide with every employee and is housed with HR so they can better support teacher self care. The resources were aligned to the CASEL framework, Mindfulness Practices and resources from Yale University.

Bristol Public Schools /K-5 Math Coach
August 2014 - December 2018, Bristol, CT

  • Wrote district wide pacing guides, topic planning tips, curriculum implementation resources, and summative/ formative assessments for grades PreK-5.
  • Created and presented professional development for teachers and administrators on this model throughout the school year in conjunction with providing in-class coaching support.
  • Developed, implemented, and monitored a plan to improve tier one math instruction
  • Provided teams coaching focused on high-impact math instructional strategies during collaboration and after school.
  • Created and piloted a set of high-leverage team action steps and forms that was used during team collaboration in collaboration with the Supervisor of Mathematics.
  • Coordinated Family Math Nights for families both at a district-wide family night and at school-based family math events with resources and information in both English and Spanish.

Chippens Hill Middle School/Math Teacher, Math Dept. Coordinator, Team Leader, and School Wide PBIS Coach
August 1999 - July 2014, Bristol, CT

  • Taught sixth and seventh grade academic and accelerated math classes.
  • Led teams on curriculum writing and textbook selection, piloted math textbook series, implemented the new CCSS, and wrote district-wide common assessments.
  • Mentored math teachers in my building and served as a model classroom for peer observations.
  • Led math department meetings, shared district math data with teachers in the department to identify trends and create action steps for school wide-math instructional improvements.
  • Led professional development in mathematics instruction, PBIS, Data Teams process, AVID strategies, and other school wide initiatives.

Awards/Accomplishments

  • Keynote Panelist NCTM regional conference in Dallas, TX, 2021
  • Appointed NCSM Professional Learning Director, 2019-2021
  • Co-writing a grade one math literature series with Sue O'Connell for Heinmann, 2021
  • Contributor for the Reveal Math series by McGraw Hill, 2021
  • Project advisor: Student Achievement Partners, 2021
  • Reviewer for Solution Tree and Mathematics at Work Publications 2019- Present
  • Speaker at the NCTM regional leadership dinner, 2019
  • Reviewer and contributor to NCSM Mathematics Leadership Framework Book, 2019
  • Leader in the CCSU Teacher Leader Fellowship Program, 2019 - Present
  • Presenter at the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics in Washington, D.C., 2018
  • Charlene Tate Nichols Award for Outstanding contributions to math education in CT, 2017
  • Central Connecticut State University, Graduate Award Winner, 2017
  • Presenter at the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Connecticut, 2016
  • Bristol Teacher of the Year, 2010
  • Selected as a participant in an Eisenhower Grant Project with CCSU, 2000- 2001

Candidate's Statement

Growing up as an English Learner and then becoming a mathematics educator has given me the experience and perspective to help advocate for NCSM's mission for each and every learner to succeed at high levels. I will do this by personally sharing my story, and advocating for the incorporation of the mathematics equitable teaching practices which will equip and empower our BOLD mathematics leaders with the skills, knowledge to reshape their beliefs and the beliefs of the educators they serve. In addition to advocating for these equitable practices, it is equally as important that we work side by side with institutions of higher education, mathematics leadership affiliates, and state, district and provincial leaders to change policies and structures which serve as gatekeepers for students. We can continue to do this through our position papers, support of equity based research and best practices, and inviting diverse voices from the field to help us better understand the needs of the mathematics teaching and learning community.

This nomination for 2nd Vice President would give me the opportunity to serve and continue to support and share the Mission and Vision of NCSM with BOLD mathematics leaders so we can have a bigger impact across the Americas. As an organization focused on EQUITY and excellence, I would lead by example by sharing my own experiences and also invite diverse voices from the field to best understand the current barriers to work through them together to ensure high quality instruction. This can be accomplished by inviting emerging and current diverse leaders to join our board, encourage them to serve at our events and also include them in important conversations in order to hear their perspectives so we as an organization represent the students that we are dedicated to serving. I am committed to work alongside the NCSM board to align the work of the conferences with the NCSM mission and vision to meet the needs of the populations we serve and members of the organization. I am also committed to share the NCSM mission and vision with educational leaders across the country and create learning opportunities for both emerging and veteran mathematics leaders. Most importantly, I will work collaboratively with the NCSM board and other math educational thought leaders to improve the organization by having us engaged in continuous learning around the equitable math practices while mentoring emerging leaders from underrepresented groups as they begin their leadership journey.

Finally, I am committed to help ensure high quality mathematical experiences for ALL students by expanding the understanding of culturally relevant and equitable math teaching practices. NCSM must continue to offer professional learning, conferences, and publications centered on equity for mathematics leaders to help them to better understand what leads to success for all students.

Activities in Professional Organizations

Serving as the NCSM professional learning director, alongside two other directors and the president, has provided me an opportunity to learn about NCSM as an organization and how we utilize professional learning, networking and serving to help meet the mission and vision of NCSM. In my role, I am leading professional learning and networking with leaders across the United States and from countries like Jamaica, Finland and Canada to help educate BOLD mathematics leaders on best practices in mathematics leadership, coaching, teaching and learning. In this role, I have led the planning of Summer Academies and Seminars, created new professional learning opportunities, and taken the BOLD step of making all of the NCSM professional learning events virtual. A big part of this role is working with the NCSM office staff to coordinate sites, materials, sponsors, attendee registration and making participants feel welcome at the events. This role has prepared me for organizing a robust conference experience.

Secondly, I was the leader of my church bookstore and in that role I organized and worked with volunteers for 10 years. This role included making sure I was recruiting, scheduling, training, and helping to grow the organization solely with volunteers. The most important aspects of doing this work was building relationships, being organized and finding the best volunteer for the best position. This role would be similar to the work as 2nd Vice President and I understand the work it takes to recruit and organize volunteers for both small and large events.

Thirdly, as part of the membership subcommittee I collaborated with the president to help bring back the NCSM Leadership podcast. I helped to develop the content for the introduction of the Podcast and shared thoughts and ideas about the re-emergence of this podcast along with the value the podcast brings to the mathematics leadership community. The podcast is an equity move because mathematics leaders regardless of their ability to attend an event or conference can now learn from their peers and grow their leadership skills.

Next, I served on the writing and reviewing teams for several NCSM publications, including serving on the writing teams for the "Moving Forward: Mathematics Learning in the Era of COVID-19" joint paper with NCSM and NCTM, "Essential Actions: Framework for Leadership in Mathematics Education'', and the "Great Tasks" 2020 revision. I am currently the co-author of a grade one math series, "Math by The Book" with Susan O'Connell in which we looked at diverse mathematics literature and shared lessons that could be utilized to learn mathematics through stories. I also reviewed the Mathematics at Work Unit Planning series for grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 by Sarah Schuhl and Dr. Timothy Kanold. All of these experiences have prepared me to work with my colleagues and publishing teams so I can carry those experiences as I help the 1st Vice President in their role as they develop the conference program.

I am a current member of the St. Louis Summit planning committee and this experience has provided me the opportunity to understand how a conference is put together. In this role, I attend monthly meetings with the committee and work with the office to understand the logistics, timing, coordination and the details that go into planning a full conference. We also had the extra challenge of creating a hybrid event which gave me insight on how to create an event for both in person and online attendees. Most importantly, the roles that I have been honored to serve within my district have prepared me for this position. In every role over the past 21 years, I have led and organized events, initiatives, curriculum writing, professional learning and committees with passion and purpose. In my many roles as administrator, District Elementary STEM Supervisor, District K-5 Math Coach, team leader, and department coordinator, my mission has always been focused on equity and access. Examples of action include, leading professional learning so my colleagues better understand math instruction, leading district STEM nights that included volunteers, planning school wide events for families, or planning programming for students that would promote greater access to high quality materials and instruction. All of these required me to work in teams and recruit teachers and leaders to serve alongside me to work towards our shared goal.

How will you support the NCSM Mission and Vision during your term?

I will support the NCSM vision and Mission by committing to sharing my own personal story and the stories of the many students we serve in order to help reshape belief systems and allow the leaders we serve insight into the needs of our most vulnerable population. This can be done at our annual conference through sessions where BOLD math leaders not only share their stories, but most importantly, share the practices that we as an organization advocate for in order to reimagine mathematics education.

As 2nd Vice President in collaboration with the board, I would design a conference focused on equity, culturally relevant leadership and personal stories so we can shape both people's hearts and minds. I envision a conference where both leaders and students from a local school district partner to create a conference where both research and best practices are shared during sessions and we showcase diverse voices from the field and their cultural perspectives and experiences as leaders and educators of mathematics. This infusion of mathematics and cultural relevance would further develop their cultural competence and empower students participating by building their mathematical identity while hearing the journeys of mathematics leaders. We would include student voices in the shaping of the conference itself either through surveys or having them attend a planning session so they can help us better understand their needs. Finally we would include opportunities for students, teacher leaders and presenters to share their personal soul stories and vision for mathematics instruction that attendees can take back into their role to create more equitable classrooms for each and every learner.

My personal motto is lead from where you are and leave a legacy wherever you go so students benefit and have a better life because of it. That is why I believe I would be an excellent candidate for NCSM 2nd Vice President.

Region includes: Bermuda, Florida, Georgia, Military AA: APO/FPO, Puerto Rico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virgin Islands, Virginia

Summary of Duties:

  • Reside or be employed in the region represented. If during the term of office a Director moves from the region, a new Director shall be appointed by the President.
  • Represent the region at all Board meetings.
  • Organize events for members of the Council at NCTM and/or meetings within the region as appropriate.
  • Plan meetings for members of the Council at any NCTM conference scheduled through December of the year the Director’s term expires.
  • Promote membership in the Council among those eligible.
  • Encourage the support of Council activities.
  • Recommend members from the region to be considered by the Nominations Committee as candidates for offices in the Council.
  • Seek Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award nominees.
  • Prepare written reports of regional activities to be submitted at meetings of the Board.
  • Assist in planning the Annual Conference.
  • If the Annual Conference is located in the region served during the term of office: coordinate all Regional Director assistance at ticketed, major, and special conference events; and provide local assistance, support, and publicity within the region.
  • Write and solicit articles for official NCSM publications from Council members within the region.
  • Assume such duties as the President and/or Board may determine.

Term of Office: Three years

Ian Shenk

Ian Shenk

Ian Shenk

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Current Employment & Job Duties

Mathematics Curriculum Specialist, Hanover County Public Schools (Virginia)

  • Monitor implementation of the Hanover County mathematics curriculum, K - 12
  • Supervise and coordinate building level math coaches and math coaching program
  • Develop and provide professional development sessions for administrators and teachers
  • Ensure appropriate alignment in the written, taught, and tested curriculum
  • Work with school administrators and human resources in the hiring process
  • Provide leadership in developing division-level assessments and data analysis
  • Observe and evaluate mathematics teachers

Current and past professional activities

NCSM

  • Member (since 2012)

NCTM

  • Member (since 2005)
  • Volunteer Committee Chair (NCTM 2014 Regional)

Virginia Council for Mathematics Supervision (VCMS)

  • President (2018 - 2020)
  • Member
  • Webmaster

Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (VCTM)

  • President (2014 - 2016)
  • Member
  • Webmaster

Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition (VMSC)

  • Executive Board Member

Candidate's Statement

Through journals, conferences, and networking, NCSM has been the source of some of my greatest professional growth. The PRIME Leadership Framework taught me how to be a mathematics leader. The Essential Actions series and new position papers continue to strengthen-and at times challenge-my evolving thinking about what it means to practice bold leadership. We need to make sure that all mathematics leaders and educators are aware of these quality resources and have the ability to implement the practices described within. This becomes challenging in an environment where information is quickly and readily available, and everyone can have a platform. For NCSM to impact change, the work must be loudly and actively promoted, to help the message be seen and acted upon by as many change agents as possible. I would be honored to serve NCSM as a regional director to help promote the resources and the other work of the Board, ensuring that all mathematics leaders have the tools to support the best possible mathematics education for all students.

Activities in Professional Organizations

Previously, I have served as the president for our state level professional organizations for both mathematics teachers (VCTM) and mathematics supervisors (VCMS). I remain active on both of these executive boards. My experience in these organizations has provided me with the knowledge of how executive boards work for professional organizations. This includes both the logistical responsibilities of a board as well as the work that is carried out to support mathematics educators. One of the highlights of my term as president of VCTM was amending our organization's constitution. This experience gave me unique insight into the inner-workings of professional organizations. In both organizations, I was, and continue to be, heavily involved with planning our conferences and annual meetings. This includes securing venues, finding speakers, working with exhibitors, and producing an online schedule. This year has provided the added challenge of facilitating these events virtually. As the webmaster for VCTM and VCMS, I work closely with committee chairs, ensuring information on the website is current and correct. Additionally, I served NCTM as the Volunteer Committee Chair for the NCTM 2014 Regional conference and exposition in Richmond, Va. Working with NCTM leadership to pull off a successful event was an extremely rewarding experience and one of the highlights of my professional career.

Some of my other leadership experience can better highlight my work for mathematics education leadership. I serve on the board of the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition (VMSC). This organization, consisting of college professors, K-12 educators, and business professionals, works to support educational efforts in STEM education across Virginia. For this organization, I have contributed an article to our journal focused on Virginia's Mathematics Specialist program, with an anticipated publication date of July 2021.

Currently, I'm thrilled to have the honor of working with our state department of education on the Virginia Mathematics Pathways Initiative (VMPI). The roots of VMPI are in the Catalyzing Change book series. I chair the essential concepts committee, where we are working to design new high school courses to replace the traditional sequence. With these courses, we hope to better prepare all students to be successful in their chosen post-secondary career, helping them see the relevance of mathematics. The truly encouraging part about this work is how committed our group is to addressing inequities in educational opportunities and experiences. It has been hard work, but we are very hopeful for the future.

How will you support the NCSM Mission and Vision during your term?

For me, the keyword in the NCSM Mission Statement is "inspires". I have certainly been inspired by NCSM, and I hope that my own leadership has been viewed as inspiring by the teachers and administrators I support. To that end, the most important way I can support the NCSM Mission and vision is to strive to be an embodiment of the mission and vision in my current role as a mathematics leader. This work begins with my own school division and stretches into my continued work with our state organizations and state department of education. I am passionate about developing equitable and relevant learning experiences, and I can support this aspect of the vision statement through remaining fully committed to the Virginia Mathematics Pathways Initiative. This initiative promises to create the type of educational environment that we want to happen across the country. I would rely on the support of the NCSM Board to help the initiative become a reality in Virginia and become a model for other states. I would use my experience as a leader of our state professional organizations to support the Board in enacting the vision. I am excited about the opportunity to serve mathematics leaders across the county as a member of the NCSM Board.

Catherine White

Catherine White

Catherine G. White, EdD

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Current Employment & Job Duties

Supervisor, 6-8 Mathematics
Hillsborough County Public Schools

As the current Supervisor of 6-8 Mathematics for the seventh largest school district in the nation, I have had the unique opportunity to visit the classrooms of over 600 middle school math teachers to work with both them and their students one-on-one. Some of my job duties include the design and facilitation of professional development, training, and logistical support of mathematics curriculum. I develop new programs to meet essential academic requirements and to aid in pedagogical improvement. It is also part of my role to design curriculum that aligns to state standards. I provide ongoing support and improvement for Middle School Mathematics programs, including creating and maintaining exams with standards-based questions.

Current and past professional activities

  • Member and attendee at biannual Florida Association of Mathematics Supervisors (FAMs)
  • Member and attendee at annual National Conference for Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM)
  • Attendee at annual National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
  • Attendee at annual Florida Council for Teachers of Mathematics (FCTM)
  • Served on state committee to review/revise math standards for grades 6-Algebra
  • Executive Committee Member of the USF Helios STEM Middle School Residency Program
  • Member and attendee for Florida League of Middle Schools (FLMS)
  • Member of the team awarded the STEM Education, Outreach, and Workforce Initiative Programs grant from the Department of Defense 2020

Candidate's Statement

I am interested in applying for the Regional Director, Southern 1, because NCSM is an organization that strives to provide equitable, high-quality mathematical experiences for all learners. My background working in Special Education, K-12, and my experience working in a district with over 225,000 students, I have seen the importance of providing equity and differentiated learning opportunities for students. NCSM has a vision that I believe in and that I feel every math teacher should have the opportunity to take part in. I feel that there are a large number of math leaders in classrooms who are not aware of this organization or how to become a member. They are willing and eager to make math engaging and rigorous for their students, but they are not always aware of reputable sources to increase their knowledge. NCSM does not receive as much recognition as it should in my state or district, and this is something that I would like to improve. It is my hope that by serving in this position I might help organize events for members in my region to increase their awareness of mathematics practices that work. I would also like to promote membership and invite mathematics leaders to participate in NCSM activities because I believe that these activities are so valuable for networking, professional growth, and student achievement.

Activities in Professional Organizations

My school district has allowed me to experience growth in my tenure as a mathematics coach, mathematics subject area leader, district mentor to new teachers, and a district Professional Development Trainer.? Some of my accolades include exemplary evaluations and increases in student growth for the lowest performing students. I enjoy enhancing student life and learning through program evaluation, development and implementation, academic advising, and personal mentoring. I am knowledgeable and have experience in special education, higher-level education, and leadership in educational administration.

In 2018, I received my doctoral degree in leadership and educational administration from the University of Florida and I also have an MBA from Norwich University.? I lead with a mentorship style, encouraging others to build upon their own strengths and define attainable goals to improve areas that need focus.? Furthermore, I am self-motivated and able to work independently or collaboratively with a team.? I excel in building relationships that foster improvement, inclusion, and with a focus on big picture improvements to climate and culture.?

I am an active member with the Florida Association of Math Supervisors, as well as a regular attendee at NCSM annual meetings. I enjoy participating in these professional organizations as a way to network and foster my own educational growth. Additionally, I am an active member of the Hillsborough Association for School Administrators (HASA). This organization provides growth opportunities for district leaders and awards scholarships to deserving youth. Other professional activities include:

  • Member and attendee at biannual Florida Association of Mathematics Supervisors (FAMs)
  • Member and attendee at annual National Conference for Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM)
  • Attendee at annual National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
  • Attendee at annual Florida Council for Teachers of Mathematics (FCTM)
  • Served on state committee to review/revise math standards for grades 6-Algebra
  • Executive Committee Member of the USF Helios STEM Middle School Residency Program
  • Member and attendee for Florida League of Middle Schools (FLMS)

How will you support the NCSM Mission and Vision during your term?

As a minority myself, I feel that I embody NCSM's Mission and Vision. When I was a child, I had what I now understand were low-quality mathematical experiences. My education consisted of memorizing facts and formulas, then plugging in numbers until I came up with the correct answer. It was not until I was a graduate student that I had a professor teach me the "why" and how to find the patterns in problems. All my life I felt as though I did not understand math. It wasn't until she showed me that math was a puzzle to be figured out, not just a formula to memorize, that I finally began to learn and understand. These high-quality experiences are what I hope to impart on as many young minds as I can. I am in mathematics classrooms regularly. I care for and relate to both the teachers and the students because I personally understand the struggle that many of them are going through. I believe that I already work to sustain and inspire high quality mathematics teaching and learning every day for every learner in my school district. I would enjoy doing this on a larger scale as one of NCSM's regional directors.

Region includes: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming

Summary of Duties:

  • Reside or be employed in the region represented. If during the term of office a Director moves from the region, a new Director shall be appointed by the President.
  • Represent the region at all Board meetings.
  • Organize events for members of the Council at NCTM and/or meetings within the region as appropriate.
  • Plan meetings for members of the Council at any NCTM conference scheduled through December of the year the Director’s term expires.
  • Promote membership in the Council among those eligible.
  • Encourage the support of Council activities.
  • Recommend members from the region to be considered by the Nominations Committee as candidates for offices in the Council.
  • Seek Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award nominees.
  • Prepare written reports of regional activities to be submitted at meetings of the Board.
  • Assist in planning the Annual Conference.
  • If the Annual Conference is located in the region served during the term of office: coordinate all Regional Director assistance at ticketed, major, and special conference events; and provide local assistance, support, and publicity within the region.
  • Write and solicit articles for official NCSM publications from Council members within the region.
  • Assume such duties as the President and/or Board may determine.

Term of Office: Three years

Kristine Cunningham

Kristine Cunningham

Kristine Cunningham

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Current Employment & Job Duties

I currently work as the Mathematics Content Specialist for Phoenix Union High School District in Phoenix, Arizona. The urban district in downtown Phoenix contains 20 high schools and serves approximately 28,000 students. As the district mathematics specialist, I support 250 + mathematics teachers and leaders on curriculum, instruction, and assessment to meet our shared vision.

One of my many roles is to find, facilitate, and develop professional development opportunities that align to our mission of creating rigorous and accessible opportunities for all our students. Throughout the year, I facilitate curriculum teams that work to create learning opportunities and assessment cycles for our students that align to the rigor of the state standards. I also support teachers with identifying high-quality instructional resources that meet our instructional expectations.

Our district is focused on sustaining Professional Learning Communities and I support teachers by providing data and guiding questions that help them develop goals and action plans to meet the needs of their students. Communication is key and I communicate regularly with all stakeholders to ensure that the PUHSD mathematics programs and support are equitable and accessible to all. I also regularly ask for feedback from teachers and students on what changes or suggestions that have to move forward and create the best learning experiences.

Current and past professional activities

Member of the Following Organizations

  • NCSM: Bold Leadership in Mathematics Education (2012 - present)
    • Membership and Volunteer Coordinator (2019-2021)
  • Arizona Math Leaders (2014 - present)
    • Webmaster (2015-2018)
    • Treasurer (2019 - Present)
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (2004 - present)
  • TODOS: Mathematics for ALL

Professional Activities

  • Achieve.org
    • Peer reviewer of high-quality instructional materials using the EQuIP rubric
    • Worked with lesson developers to identify high quality student task
    • Participated in the Course Quality toolkit pilot
  • Illustrative Mathematics
    • Participated of in the pilot of the high school curriculum
    • Provided authors with feedback for revisions
    • Organized PD when implementing the curriculum
  • Arizona Department of Education
    • Lead reviewer for 2018 standards revision in Geometry
    • Committee member developing standards for Quantitative Reasoning
    • Member of state assessment (AzMerit) group to align items to state standards
    • Member of state assessment group to develop testing cut scores
    • Member of alignment group to identify alignment of SAT to AZ state standards

Candidate's Statement

In the era of COVID-19, the need for bold mathematics leadership and networking across the region is vital. It is more important than ever to connect with our peers who are facing the same challenges. We are able to connect in a variety of ways to share ideas and successes as well as problem solve with each other. As a Regional Director, I will ensure that the Western Region 1 has a voice and opportunities to connect to support each other. Communication is critical and I will strive to keep all members up-to-date. Serving as the Regional Director will allow me to promote membership and volunteerism in the organization that has supported me as a leader.

I also look forward to the opportunity to promote NCSM events and create more opportunities for members of the Western Region 1 to network and interact. Mathematics leaders are working tirelessly to support equity and access and interacting with members from other states and provinces and engaging in professional conversations will help us expand our practice and serve those we support best.

Activities in Professional Organizations

At the local level, I am the current treasurer for Arizona Mathematics Leaders and have served on the board for five years, three years as the webmaster and the last two years as the Treasurer. As a board member, I have participated in all monthly board meetings, helped plan and organize quarterly networking events and supported the successful annual conferences. As the treasurer, I have created and maintained a sustainable budget that includes membership gifts, conference expenses, and board needs.

At the national level. I have been the Membership and Volunteer Coordinator for NCSM for the last two years. As the membership chair, I meet quarterly with the membership committee as we work to maintain and increase membership. We provide opportunities for members to volunteer and recognize them for their service to the organization. As a team, we continually look for opportunities to engage members in a variety of events and activities, most recently the launch of the NCSM podcast. My commitment to the organization is evident by my engagement in the NCSM board meetings and NCSM events during my term and my desire to contribute to the growth of the organization and empower mathematics leaders with new resources.

Both of these positions have prepared me to represent the mathematics leaders as the Western 1 Regional Director in a variety of ways. First, I have had the opportunity to engage with the membership of the organizations and support them in different ways. Whether it has been with membership support, conference registrations, or with facilitating networking opportunities. Learning to work with other board members on a different topics and initiatives has also prepared me to continue this work in a new role.

How will you support the NCSM Mission and Vision during your term?

Mathematics leaders come from all types of educational settings and serve students, teachers and leaders in a multitude of ways. Mathematics leaders can be found at the district level or state level, but they are also found in our classrooms. As the Regional Director, I will encourage new leaders to join and engage with the organization to network and continue to grow as leaders. I will support the current members in the region and provide opportunities for all leaders, regardless of their title, to come together and engage in professional dialogue around relevant topics facing mathematics education today.

Mathematics leaders need continuous opportunities to hear from other leaders that are engaged in the same work. Sharing ideas around equitable instruction, high-quality mathematics teaching and learning, and sharing the strengths and challenges about what is working is so important in our network. With a variety of methods to engage with each other, I would love to continue bringing members together in our region to share their ideas and continue to learn from each other.

I continue to engage in professional activities that grow my thinking and understanding about how to best serve ALL students. My engagement has deepened my understanding of equitable mathematics and how to provide access to students. I plan to continue engaging in these opportunities to continue to grow as a leader and share my learning with members and the board as we continue to find ways as leaders to support high quality math teaching and learning for all learners.

Tara Fulton

Tara Fulton

Tara Fulton

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Current Employment & Job Duties

Mathematics Coordinator
Crane School District, Yuma, Arizona, Present-2013

Provide professional leadership, consultation and support to school administrators, instructional coaches and teachers in maintaining a culture of continuous improvement, learning and collaboration; Lead all district mathematics initiatives and assist in meeting identified goals in math instruction; Design and deliver district professional learning focused on math content and pedagogical understandings to teach state standards-based lessons; Share effective, research-based instructional strategies with site leaders and teachers through observation and coaching cycles, co-teaching, lesson modeling and the like; Create, develop and support use of mathematics resources and assessments; Compile data for and prepare various statistical, administrative and professional reports as required by district and/or other agencies; Coordinate, implement and oversee various programs, events and projects, either related to math education or to other instructional/administrative functions of the district; Attend trainings, conferences, workshops and meetings as appropriate to enhance knowledge and skills.

Current and past professional activities

NCSM
Leadership in Mathematics Education, Member, Present-2017
Currently seeking opportunities to increase involvement

Arizona Mathematics Leaders (NCSM Affiliate)
Board of Directors, Present-2018
Secretary, Recently Re-Elected for 2nd Term, New Term 2021-2023

Record business and board meeting minutes and post in public location; Send meeting notices; Update agendas with submitted board reports; Work with board president to prepare meeting agendas; Maintain correspondence as needed; Organize and archive all records of organization.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Program Committee Member, Present-2018
Indianapolis Regional Conference Program Committee Member, Duration 2020-2022
Centennial Conference Program Committee Member, 2020-2018

Build conference program; Collaborate to recruit speakers; Review and accept conference proposals; Schedule selected proposals; Moderate virtual sessions/monitor on-site meeting rooms.

Arizona Association of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM Affiliate)
Board of Directors
Professional Learning Chairperson, Recently Elected, Term 2020-2022

Recruit committee members; Revise committee roles and responsibilities; Develop organization's professional learning vision, mission, and set of beliefs; Create and implement a strategic plan of professional learning; Write and submit committee reports, including budget status and requests; Recruit and retain members.

Regional Vice President, Re-Elected 3 Terms, 2020-2013
Lead onboarding and mentor newly elected RVPs; Create and distribute monthly regional newsletters; Coordinate and oversee regional professional learning events including Yuma County Math Conference 2020, Prepare written reports summarizing regional activities; Increase regional membership; Volunteer for affiliate conference committee of NCTM Phoenix Regional 2016 and 2021.

Arizona Department of Education
Mathematics Workgroup Member
Assessment Division, Grades 3-5 Work Group, 2018-2016

Revise AzMERIT Mathematics Assessment Blueprint; Review, edit, and revise AzMERIT Mathematics Performance Level Descriptors; Review, reject or approve AzMERIT Mathematics field tested items.

Standards Division, Intermediate-Middle School Grades, 2016-2015
Revise Arizona Mathematics Standards; Create, edit, and revise Arizona Mathematics Support Documents; Review final drafts of standards and support documents to be presented for approval to the Arizona State Board of Education.

ATI Galileo On-Line Digital Curriculum
District Partner
Dynamic Curriculum Strategies, Developed by Crane School District, 2019-2017

Led the development and maintenance of a K-8 district math curriculum, Crane's Dynamic Curriculum Strategies, on the ATI Galileo on-line digital curriculum platform; Supported nine K-8 school districts with implementation of Crane's DCS through ATI Galileo; Designed and delivered on-site trainings to the multiple partner districts throughout Arizona.

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Most Recent Activities

  • Publication: "How to Help Students Develop Lifelong Math Skills," Tech & Learning Magazine, January 19, 2021
  • Reviewer: Arizona Math Standards Alignment of WestEd's Publication: Math Pathways and Pitfalls Book Series, 2020
  • Speaker: "Game-Based, Strategy-Focused Fluency," MEAD Conference, 2021

Candidate's Statement

I am interested in the position as Western Regional 1 Director on the NCSM board of directors because I greatly value community and understand the importance of building a network focused on the meaningful work in mathematics education. Coming from a small, rural community only 10 miles from the Mexico border, a strong passion burns within me to address issues of equity in mathematics education. Efforts should be placed on pushing our collective thinking and practice in ways that have a lasting effect that causes all students to develop as strong mathematics learners confident in their intellectual, cultural, racial, ethnic, and linguistic background. I know firsthand how impactful it is to engage with thought partners outside of my own organization in other districts, counties, and states which would make it an absolute privilege and honor to support the mission and vision as a member of the NCSM board.

Activities in Professional Organizations

I'm what you might call homegrown because of the fact that I work for the same K-8 school district that I attended as a K-8 student. My educational career began with 10 years of classroom experience in elementary and middle school grades before moving into my current role as district mathematics coordinator. Just as teachers encouraged and inspired me as a young child, my executive leadership has done much of the same through their support towards my involvement with professional organizations and many service projects to empower mathematics educators at all levels. For the past eight years, I have worked in this role for the Crane School District in Arizona while also serving on the board of directors for an NCTM state affiliate, Arizona Association of Teachers of Mathematics (AATM). Service on this state math board of directors included seven years as a regional vice president representing five counties across the west central part of the state. This particular role resembles many of the responsibilities detailed for NCSM's Western Regional 1 Director providing me with skills that would be more than useful in this board position. Additionally, I serve on the board of directors for an NCSM state affiliate, Arizona Math Leaders (AML). I was just re-elected for a second term as Secretary making many of the clerical and organizational duties of a regional director more than achievable. My involvement on these state math boards has been driven and motivated by a passion to make mathematics education accessible and equitable for all. I relentlessly work to build community and provide high-quality professional learning experiences especially in rural areas coordinating mathematics events wherever possible and am confident that I can represent and serve NCSM's western region.

How will you support the NCSM Mission and Vision during your term?

During my term, I will find many ways to support the NCSM Mission and Vision. A first priority with any organization that I am a member is expanding the community. I believe it is through the personal connections that are made with individual members or collectively with affiliate groups that truly make an organization thrive and fulfil its mission. Much of the work of the individuals that make up the board of directors is focused on visionary planning and targeting the needs of its community of members. It is with these goals in mind that I look to bring a perspective that would contribute to the bold actions necessary from this leading mathematics organization. The vision of NCSM is one that I have been devoted and passionate towards my entire career as it summarizes the focus of the tireless work of an educator: student success to impact the world around them.

Region includes: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavit Territory, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Yukon Territory

Summary of Duties:

  • Reside or be employed in the region represented. If during the term of office a Director moves from the region, a new Director shall be appointed by the President.
  • Represent the region at all Board meetings.
  • Organize events for members of the Council at NCTM and/or meetings within the region as appropriate.
  • Plan meetings for members of the Council at any NCTM conference scheduled through December of the year the Director’s term expires.
  • Promote membership in the Council among those eligible.
  • Encourage the support of Council activities.
  • Recommend members from the region to be considered by the Nominations Committee as candidates for offices in the Council.
  • Seek Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award nominees.
  • Prepare written reports of regional activities to be submitted at meetings of the Board.
  • Assist in planning the Annual Conference.
  • If the Annual Conference is located in the region served during the term of office: coordinate all Regional Director assistance at ticketed, major, and special conference events; and provide local assistance, support, and publicity within the region.
  • Write and solicit articles for official NCSM publications from Council members within the region.
  • Assume such duties as the President and/or Board may determine.

Term of Office: Three years

Deanna Brajcich

Deanna Brajcich

Deanna Brajcich

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Current Employment & Job Duties

  • Sooke School District #62: Teacher (1995 - present)
  • British Columbia Association of Mathematics Teachers: Past-President
  • Queen's University: Online instructor
  • Knowledgehook: Content writer and reviewer

Current and past professional activities

  • Sooke School District: Teacher K-10 (1995-present)
  • Numeracy Curriculum and Learning Coordinator: Sooke School District (2012-2014)

  • British Columbia Association of Mathematics Teachers
    • President: July 2017 - June 2020
    • Past- President: July 2020 - present
    • Conference Chair: 2019(in person) and 2020 (Virtual) BCAMT Fall Conferences
    • Outreach: BC and Yukon - Regional Meetings and Professional Learning
  • British Columbia Teachers' Federation Professional Specialist Association Executive Committee representative (July 2017 - June 2020)
  • NCSM Affiliate representative (July 2017 - June 2020)
  • NCTM Affiliate representative (July 2017 - June 2020)
  • Island Numeracy Network (INN) of BC - Leader, member, assessment writer
  • Nelson: Textbook writer and lesson reviewer - BC Math Boost Series
  • Knowledgehook: digital instructional guidance tool (2019-present):
    • Writer: Prioritizing Curriculum Areas - Return to Learn British Columbia Curriculum
      (support of Jo Boaler's paper "We're in this Together")
    • Content writer: Diagnostic Assessment: BC Curriculum
    • Math Leadership Series Roundtable: Session Recording
      (with Cathy Williams, Cathy Seeley, Pam Harris, Phil Daro)
  • Queen's University courses for teachers (2017-present)
    • Instructor: Mathematics Leadership
    • Instructor: Elementary Mathematics
    • Instructor: English Language Learners
  • University of Victoria: Continuing Studies (2007-2017)
    • Instructor: Professional Specialization TEFL
    • Creator and Instructor: Advanced Methodology in English Teaching
      (UVic, Deqing and Chanxing, China)
  • Union Representative and Staff Committee Representative: Sooke Teachers' Association

Candidate's Statement

While my past 25 years in education has led me down diverse leadership pathways, my passion has remained the same: supporting educators in their pursuit of improving educational experiences for every student. Being a leader in various contexts (school, district, university, provincial and international organizations), I have connected with educators across the country and around the world and worked toward ensuring equal opportunities for the professional growth of all educators. This year has seen mathematics education move irreversibly beyond traditional platforms; being technologically inclined, I'm excited to be part of capturing the benefits of the increased choice of professional learning. As an NCSM director, I can support those striving to lead mathematical change and I can promote the NCSM as the agent of that change. I am a leader whose feet have never left the classroom, witnessing the challenges and the strides made by educators who are supported by passionate and knowledgeable mentors. Educator success, as with student success, is a shared responsibility; I want to inspire educator collaboration to ensure this success.

Activities in Professional Organizations

Beginning my leadership roles at the school level has kept my focus on improving the student's mathematical experience. Once I became the numeracy coordinator in my district, I was able to mentor educators, prepare budgets and partner with district and community organizations to continue this focus. I have worked for the BC Ministry of Education on initiatives such as redesigning provincial assessments and the review of curricular changes. Being the chairperson of a regional numeracy network led to my appointment to an NCSM affiliate organization: the British Columbia Association of Mathematics Teachers (BCAMT). I devoted three years advocating for mathematics teachers on the BC Teacher's Federation's Professional Association Executive. As President of the BCAMT, I chaired the executive meetings, collaborated with the table officers and was a member of all BCAMT sub-committees. Ensuring more remote areas received quality professional learning, I traveled to districts across BC and the Yukon and supported regional meetings with district mathematics leaders. I have experienced the complexities of organizing conferences: face-to-face in 2019 and virtually in 2020. I have expanded my mentorship skills as an instructor for Queen's University and have refined my curricular knowledge by writing and reviewing mathematics content for Nelson and Knowledgehook. I believe my skills working to improve ELL education and my experiences helping foreign teachers in reaching their learners are valuable assets in our intercultural world.

How will you support the NCSM Mission and Vision during your term?

Canada, like the United States, is a country of diverse populations with varied perspectives. Educators and students expect their mathematical experiences to reflect this individuality. As an NCSM Regional Director, I will promote the NCSM to mathematics educators as an avenue to honour these differences. Similar to my work in the BCAMT, developing relationships and promoting connections between educators can only lead to empowered teachers, focused teamwork and improved pedagogy in classrooms. By emphasizing the benefits of NCSM beyond the American borders, I will increase the awareness of NCSM's network of support for Canadians. Reconciliation with indigenous communities is a priority in Canada and I'd like to introduce NCSM equity goals and resources to educators working with indigenous organizations. Globally, all educators are striving to provide students with equitable, inclusive access to the joy of learning mathematics. Accessing NCSM's leadership resources and professional learning opportunities can make this a reality.

Kyle Pearce

Kyle Pearce

Kyle Pearce

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Current Employment & Job Duties

K-12 Mathematics Consultant at the Greater Essex County District School Board, Co-Founder of Make Math Moments Inc.

Current and past professional activities

  • 2016-Current K-12 Mathematics Consultant for Greater Essex County District School Board
  • 2011-2016 Grade 7-10 Mathematics Coach for Greater Essex County District School Board
  • 2006-2016 Grade 9-12 Mathematics Teacher for Greater Essex County District School Board
  • 2018-Current Co-Host of The Making Math Moments That Matter Podcast
  • Presenter at many national and international conferences such as NCTM, NCSM, NCTM Regionals, OAME, MAMT, CAMT, etc.
  • Co-Chair of the 2022 Ontario Association of Mathematics Educators Annual Conference being held in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • Promotions Committee Co-Chair of the 2011 Ontario Association of Mathematics Educators Annual Conference - Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • Co-Chair of the 2019 and 2020 Make Math Moments Virtual Summit
  • Past Apple Distinguished Educators (ADE) Canadian Board Member

Candidate's Statement

As an advocate for building content knowledge and elevating pedagogical practice in K-12 Mathematics Classrooms, I am eager to continue this work through the role of NCSM Canadian Regional Director. Through my experience presenting and amplifying the voices of other mathematics education influencers through the Make Math Moments Podcast and Make Math Moments Virtual Summit, I feel that I can make an even greater impact through this role as a connector between NCSM and mathematics educators in Canada.

Activities in Professional Organizations

My current full time role with the Greater Essex County District School Board as a K-12 Mathematics Consultant calls for the wearing of many hats including, but not limited to consulting decision makers such as the supervisory officers at the senior table, administrators, mathematics coaches and classroom teachers; coordinator and facilitator for system mathematics professional learning; mathematics coach; and much more. Outside of my full time district role, I am actively engaged in promoting professional learning through Make Math Moments Inc. and my websites providing educators with support for their mathematics teaching via tapintoteenminds.com and mathisvisual.com. Finally, I am a strong believer in assisting educators in accessing high quality professional learning and thus I am a Co-Chair for the 2022 OAME Annual Conference being held here in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

How will you support the NCSM Mission and Vision during your term?

The NCSM Mission and Vision Statements and the Mission we have set out to achieve through Make Math Moments are a natural fit as you'll read below:

Make Math Moments is on a mission to provide an opportunity for all mathematics educators around the world to become aware and able to access professional learning opportunities that will elevate their teaching practice and promote a more equitable learning experience for all students.

We strive to provide all educators with the opportunity to Spark their learning through the Making Math Moments That Matter Podcast as a means to inspire the exploration of new pedagogical practices and to seek out opportunities to deepen their own mathematical content knowledge.

We then aim to Fuel this motivation further by offering high impact professional learning through the Make Math Moments Virtual Summit.

When educators are ready to Ignite their teacher moves, we act as a guide by providing a deeper level of coaching and practical support with professional development courses and resources.

I see supporting the Mission and Vision of NCSM as a natural next step to provide additional professional learning and support for mathematics educators across North America.

Thank you for your consideration.