Teaching Experience

Current Courses (2017-2018):
Algebra 2 (3 sections of 20-25 students)
Honors PreCalculus (class of ~15 students, mix of juniors and seniors)
Contained Math (10 students from grades 9-12 with learning disabilities studying 8th grade content)

Past Courses: PreAlgebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, PreCalculus, AP Calculus

I student taught in Holyoke, MA, spent 3 years in Lawrence, MA and am in my eighth year in Salem, MA. These are all urban, high needs districts. Salem is a diverse community. We have immigrants from around the world, keep nearly all of our special education students in district (which puts us at around 30% of the population on an IEP or 504), many students are bilingual, around 10% are in the ELL program and over 50% receive free or reduced lunch. As someone who grew up in an affluent suburb without much diversity I value the many perspectives that my students share and am truly impressed with how respectful students are of all their peers.

Gay Straight Alliance Advisor
The GSA has a small core of students who meet weekly. Those students plan events for the larger community who are supportive but may not be able to attend regular meetings. These events include Day of Silence, Coming Out Day and Ally Week.


The Best of Math Teacher Blogs
Print and eBook, edited compliation.
Published March 2016

Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School NCTM Blog
Series of four blog posts.
Playing with ProportionsInternalizing the Order of OperationsReason Why When You Invert and MultiplyDisappearing Act (Nix Cancel)
Published February-March 2015

Nix the Tricks
Print and eBook, over 23,000 downloads.
Published November 2013. Second Edition Published January 2015

Drawing on Math
Math education blog. Reflection and resources.
Published 2011-present

Professional Development: Presenter

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Annual Meeting
Language of Math presentation (2018)
Nix the Tricks presentation (2015, 2017)

Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England (ATMNE)
Language of Math presentation (2017)
Nix the Tricks presentation (2015)

Georgia RESA
District Nix the Tricks workshops in 3 regions (2016)

DuPage Valley Conference
Keynote Speaker
Nix the Tricks presentation (2015)

TMathC (National teacher organized conference)
Three day morning session on Co-Teaching, Language of Math presentation (2017)
Breaking out of Ourselves (2016)
Three day morning session on K-12 Connections, Nix the Tricks presentation (2015)
Three day morning session on Pre-Calculus, Nix the Tricks presentation (2014)
Three day morning session on Geometry, Resource Building workshop (2013)

Northwest Mathematics Conference
Invited speaker
Nix the Tricks presentation (2014)

Keeping Learning on Track
Led monthly professional learning communities with a focus on formative assessment (2007-2010)

Professional Development: Organizer

Publishing Committee
Member of the NCTM committee (2017-present)

Conference planning committee (2014-present)
Web designer (2014-present)
Board member: secretary, treasurer (2016-present)

Scaling the Teaching Curve
Organized six weekend professional development opportunities. (2015-2017)

Curriculum Resources Development Team
Wrote lessons to share on the NCTM website (2016)

Explore the Math Twitter Blogosphere
Co-organized an eight week course for over 100 teachers around the world seeking to join an online community of math educators who freely share resources. (2013)
Co-organized a four week course. (2015, 2016)

Professional Development: Participant

Attended sessions at all conferences listed under Professional Development: Presenter.

Park City Mathematics Institute
Attended three-week summer program including mathematics study, education workshops and lesson planning group. (2011, 2012, 2014)
Table leader for the mathematics sessions. (2012, 2014)

Studied Number Theory (2008-2009) and Hyperbolic Geometry (2010) at Boston University during six-week intensive summer courses.
Attended and presented at five follow up sessions during the school year on education practices. (2008-2010)
TA for the Number Theory course. (2013)

National Math and Science Initiative
Participated in a multi-day training on vertical alignment toward AP courses. Implemented lessons and techniques in my classroom (2013)

Understanding by Design
Attended a multi-day training on the philosophy and implementation of backwards planning. Collaborated with colleagues to re-write Geometry and PreCalculus curriculum (2013)

National Council for Teachers of Mathematics Conference
Attended and shared resources with department at Salem High (2012)

Focus on Math
Participated in a bi-weekly mathematics study group. Trained in the CME curriculum (2007-2010)