Current position

Assistant Director of the Center for Mathematics Achievement, Lesley University

  • Lead professional development
  • Coach teachers in middle and high schools
  • Research professional learning communities (centered around curriculum and technology) and methods for increasing access to higher level mathematics (specific focus on underrepresented populations)

Curriculum Work

Curriculum Author for Center for Curriculum Redesign

Geometry Lead Author for the High School Illustrative Mathematics curriculum. (2018-2019)

  • Lead contractors and employees in the development of 8 instructional units for a problem-based, standards-aligned Geometry course.
  • Create student tasks, teacher lesson plans, assessments, and supplemental materials. Revise based on communication with and feedback from pilot teachers.
  • Collaborate with the Professional Learning team to ensure materials support teachers implementing the curriculum.
  • Facilitate remote curriculum-specific professional learning experiences for pilot teachers.
  • Collaborate in cross-departmental teams to build community and promote equity.

Teaching Experience

I student taught in Holyoke, MA, spent 3 years in Lawrence, MA and worked seven years and one semester in Salem, MA – all public school districts with majority students of color. Salem is a diverse community with immigrants from around the world. Nearly all of the special education students remain in the district (around 30% of the population is 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 these students share and recognize the importance of tailoring instruction to meet their unique needs.

2010 – 2018 Mathematics Teacher, Salem High School, Salem, MA

  • Taught Pre-algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 and PreCalculus. Environments included contained courses exclusively for students with learning disabilities, inclusion courses for students with disabilities, English language learners and on level students, and honors courses.
  • Spearheaded an innovative standards-based assessment system empowering students to take ownership of their learning with targeted remediation.
  • Advised the mayor and school committee as a member of the Salem Teachers Cabinet.
  • Collaborated with colleagues to re-write Geometry and PreCalculus curriculum following training in Understanding by Design.
  • Advisor: Gay Straight Alliance

2007 – 2010 Mathematics Teacher, Performing & Fine Arts School High School,Lawrence, MA

  • Courses taught: Algebra Foundations, Algebra I, PreCalculus and AP Calculus
  • Advisor: Gay Straight Alliance

Education and Credentials

2011–present Massachusetts Professional Teaching License, Secondary Mathematics with SEI endorsement

45 graduate credits earned in general education, math education, and special education beyond masters degree from a variety of institutions.

2010 Boston University, Master of Mathematics in Teaching

2007 Mount Holyoke College, Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics


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

The Best of Math Teacher Blogs
Editor and contributing author. Print and eBook.
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 FebruaryMarch 2015

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

Professional Development: Organizer

NCTM Publishing Committee
Member (20172020). Chair (20192020)

Conference planning committee and web manager (2014-2019)
Board member: secretary and treasurer (2016-2019)

Park City Mathematics Institute Weekend Editions (Scaling the Teaching Curve)
Organized six weekend professional development opportunities. (20152017)

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

Explore the Math Twitter Blogosphere
Co-organized a 4-8 week course for teachers around the world seeking to join an online community of math educators. (20132016)

Professional Development: Presenter

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Annual Meeting
Rigor in Proofs (2019)
Unveiling the Magic (2019)
Language of Math (2018)
Nix the Tricks (2015, 2017)

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Regional Meeting
Equity in the Illustrative Mathematics Curriculum: Diverse Tools for a Diverse Classroom (2019)
Make Symbols Meaningful: How the IM Curriculum Structure Helps Students Learn Mathematical Language (2019)
The Language of Mathematics (2018)

Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England (ATMNE)
Unveiling the Magic (2018)
Language of Math (2017)
Nix the Tricks (2015)

Western Massachusetts Math Partnership, Keynote Speaker
Nix the Tricks (2019)
Shifting from Mathemagicians to Mathematicians (2019)

Georgia RESA
Nix the Tricks workshops in 3 districts (2016)

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

Unveiling the Magic (2018)
Co-Teaching; Language of Math (2017)
Breaking out of Ourselves (2016)
K-12 Connections; Nix the Tricks (2015)
Pre-Calculus; Nix the Tricks (2014)
Geometry; Resource Building workshop (2013)

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

PROMYS, Boston University
Teaching assistant in Number Theory (2013)

Keeping Learning on Track
Facilitated monthly professional learning communities focused on formative assessment practices (2007-2010)

Professional Development: Participant

I attended sessions at all conferences listed under Professional Development: Presenter, participated in school-based professional development, and earned 45 graduate credits in general education, math education, and special education beyond my masters degree from a variety of institutions.

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 (20082009) 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)
Teaching assistant 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 backward planning. Collaborated with colleagues to re-write Geometry and PreCalculus curriculum. (2013)

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

Professional Affiliations

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics

Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England

Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Massachusetts

TODOS: Mathematics for ALL