Position: Associate professor, K–12 STEM education, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida (2017–).
Education: B.S. (secondary mathematics), Indiana University Southeast; M.Ed. (curriculum and instruction), Indiana Wesleyan University; Ph.D. (mathematics education), University of Louisville.
Previous Experience: Associate dean, associate professor of mathematics education, and assistant professor of mathematics education, Bellarmine University, Kentucky (2011–17); mathematics teacher, New Albany Floyd County Public Schools, Indiana (2005–11).
Memberships: NCTM; Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE); Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics (FCTM); National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM); National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
Activities in NCTM: Member, Program Development Group (2017–20); member Journal Consolidation Task Force (2017); design leader, Productive Struggle Institute (2017); chair, San Antonio Annual Program Committee (2015–17); member, San Francisco Annual Program Committee (2014–16); facilitator, Algebra Readiness Summer Institute (2014–16); member, Educational Materials Committee (2013–16); chair, Louisville Regional Conference Program Committee (2011–13).
Other Activities: Past president (2015–17), president (2013–15), president-elect (2011–13), and membership co-chair (2010–17), Greater Louisville Council of Teachers of Mathematics; member, Program Committee, AMTE (2012–15).
Publications: Lead or coauthor, 28 NCTM publications in Teaching Children Mathematics, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, and Mathematics Teacher (2010–18) including the Rules that Expire Series; coauthor, On the Money: Mathematics Activities to Build Financial Literacy, Grades 6–8 (NCTM, 2015); and lead author of a three-book series: Discovering Lessons for the Common Core State Standards in Grades 9–12 (NCTM, 2015); Grades K–5 (NCTM, 2015); Grades 6–8 (NCTM, 2014).
Honors: AMTE National Early Career Award (2018); NCTM Editorial Pick of the Year for 13 Rules That Expire! (2015); Helen Cunningham Educator Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (2013).
Statement: Securing NCTM’s role in the national STEM conversation is key to enacting NCTM’s renewed focus on access, equity, and empowerment for each and every student. NCTM must prioritize learning mathematics through a STEM lens—cultivating innovation and tech-savviness. I propose that NCTM develop resources including intentional, standards-aligned, and coherent mathematics through integrated STEM learning as we work to empower all teachers of mathematics to see themselves as STEM educators.
Let’s develop ways to build value for current and new members through meaningful opportunities for teachers to actively contribute. How can NCTM become the first place all teachers turn to? I suggest that we consider ways to more effectively digitalize resources and to develop more opportunities for teachers to contribute lessons and ideas to the community.
As an NCTM Board Member, I will draw upon what my students and colleagues highlight as my greatest strengths: providing attention to detail while enacting big picture initiatives and creating change through advocacy and empowerment of students and teachers of mathematics.