With mathematics being the most anxiety-producing subject, it is time to extend the invitation to all students and teachers so they gain access to math joy. We work with schools and districts to illuminate the brilliance of mathers.
Readers read. Writers write. Mathers math!
As an elementary educator for more than 30 years, and a lead curriculum writer for Illustrative Mathematics' K-5 curriculum, Deborah believes that all students can learn and enjoy mathematics. She has dedicated her career to helping other educators approach teaching in innovative ways that allow students to see themselves as valued contributors to the study of elementary mathematics.
Deborah also recognizes the reality that students, educators and parents have unaddressed trauma when it comes to learning mathematics, causing challenges with math identity and math anxiety. As a certified yoga instructor who has immersed herself in studies of mindfulness and social-emotional learning, she seamlessly blends these practices into her work with educators. She recognizes the importance of students being able to understand and manage their emotions and advocate for themselves in order to achieve academic success.
Watch her 2022 NCTM SHADOWCON presentation here: Mathers Gonna Math!
Adrienne joins My Mathematical Mind as a K-8 Math Specialist with more than 20 years of experience in education. She believes that everyone can develop a deep understanding of mathematics.
As a former elementary and middle school math teacher and teacher leader, she regularly implemented research-based pedagogical strategies that engaged and challenged students and teachers and encouraged them to persevere. Driven by her passion for equitable teaching practices, she collaborated with former colleagues to successfully de-track 7th-grade pre-algebra during the 2021-2022 school year.
She eagerly shares her knowledge with educators everywhere to sharpen their pedagogical practices and improve students' relationships with mathematics.
Watch her 2022 NCTM Ignite talk here: The Urgency of Equity
With more than 15 years of experience as an educator in grades K-8, math is Tisha's favorite subject to teach. Currently pursuing her PhD in Elementary Math Education from Georgia State University, she believes that good math instruction is a key factor leading to student success in mathematics.
Tisha defines good instruction as taking time to understand student thinking, offering students opportunities to engage in productive struggle, and providing space for them to develop their own mathematical ideas and strategies. Tisha lives by this definition, both as a teacher, and teacher leader. She feels there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a student's look of pride on their face when they reach that "lightbulb moment" after a little productive struggle.
Watch her 2017 TEDx Talk here: Insπre: Rethinking the Purpose of Math Education