Our facilitators work hand-in-hand with Illustrative Mathematics to create high-impact learning experiences for mathematics educators.
Cherelle M. began her career as a third grade teacher in Rockdale County. She is a newly retired educator, last serving as a district curriculum and instruction specialist in Newton County. Cherelle has had the pleasure of serving as Teacher of the Year, reviewing state standards with the Georgia Department of Education, and conducting ongoing professional learning in districts across Georgia. Cherelle believes culturally responsive teaching and conceptual understanding is imperative in order for students to receive the education they deserve. In Cherelle’s free time she enjoys playing tennis, golf, softball, and basketball.
Cheryl F. began her career in education as a computer teacher in Perth Amboy, NJ, but quickly realized that math was her true love. A former middle school math teacher and elementary math coach, Cheryl is now an independent consultant who provides professional development, coaching, and demo lessons to K–8 teachers nationwide. After earning her MS in Mathematics Learning and Teaching, Cheryl was part of an NSF-funded grant aimed at improving math teachers’ ability to formatively assess students’ understanding and provide appropriate and valuable feedback.
Cheryl believes that when students become active doers rather than passive consumers the greatest learning gains can be realized. She also believes that in order to teach in powerful and empowering ways, teachers must first have experienced learning in powerful and empowering ways. A fun fact about Cheryl is that she appeared on TV with The Fonz during the Statue of Liberty’s Centennial celebration.
Courtney O. is a National Board Certified Teacher and taught math and science in middle schools and high schools across the Bay Area before transitioning to district leadership. She is currently the Secondary Math Coordinator for Oakland Unified School District in California.
Courtney has developed professional learning systems grounded in lesson study, the TRU math framework, and site-based content coaching. She believes that lesson study is an essential collaborative structure that empowers teams of teachers, of all experience levels, to engage in an inquiry that puts the focus back onto students. Outside of her work in education, Courtney enjoys dancing, reading, and spending time with her husband and son.
Danielle S. began her career teaching high school math and physics in Kalamazoo, MI. She had the privilege of consulting with the Charles A. Dana Center in Austin, TX where she co-authored the Academic Youth Development program, seeking to transform mathematics education for students. Later, Danielle returned to Michigan as a regional mathematics consultant and coach. Danielle currently serves as lead consultant and instructional coach for Bold Educational Consulting, focused on supporting educators and their administrators, across the region, state, and nation, in recognizing and removing inequities in students’ educational lives to help realize the power of mathematics for all students. Danielle is committed to further developing her abilities to recognize, respond to, and remove biased, racist systems within her spheres of influence. One of Danielle’s hobbies is home design and renovation. You might just find her with a sledgehammer, knocking down walls, next time you see her.
Danielle V. started her career in 2003 as a middle school classroom teacher where she taught grades 6-8 and Algebra I in Mathematics and also English Language Arts. Currently, she is a Mathematics Instructional Coach for the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District. In her role at the ISD, she serves multiple districts across the county working with teachers and administrators to improve mathematics instructional practices and supporting classrooms collecting data, monitoring student learning, and implementation of curriculum and assessments. Danielle has served on numerous committees around School Improvement and MTSS, School Climate and Culture, and Formative Assessment. Danielle is passionate about building communities within mathematics classrooms that support and encourage student equity and identity, while also engaging students in high-quality problem solving and reasoning through student-centered discussion-based lessons. In her spare time, Danielle is an avid runner, loves spending time with family and friends, and just relaxing watching movies.
Denise B. began her career as a high school mathematics teacher in Holly, MI. She has a wide range of experiences in K-12 education including serving as a high school principal, ISD mathematics consultant, and a US Math Recovery Facilitator. Denise served on the Board of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics and was a co-author of NCSM Essential Actions: Coaching in Mathematics Education. Denise’s passion lies in developing and facilitating professional learning immersing mathematics educators in content and pedagogy that enriches their abilities to facilitate learning for all students and supports them as leaders in their respective roles. Denise’s hobbies include traveling to new places, spending time outdoors, and enjoying time with her adult sons.
Geraldine D. decided to teach when she was in 8th grade. For 17 years, she taught mathematics, ranging from sixth grade to AP Calculus. During that time, Geraldine also served as a middle school mathematics specialist and the curriculum coordinator for grades 6-12. She is currently a mathematics education consultant at Oakland Schools serving 28 school districts in Oakland County. In that role, she works ardently to support purposeful and engaging K-12 curriculum, instruction, and assessment that have the potential to support students and teachers in developing positive dispositions toward mathematics and learning. She is also passionate about increasing all students’ access to content and language. She has had the honor serving of participating in national projects like writing professional learning modules for NCSM illustrating the Standards for Mathematical Practice. When she is not solving creative math problems, Geraldine enjoys spending time and laughing with her family and friends.
Kristi H. began her career in education over 25 years ago as a high school mathematics teacher in Utica Community Schools, MI where she also held the leadership role of system-wide chairperson. She is currently a K–12 mathematics education consultant for 226 public schools Macomb County, MI, serving 125,610 students. She develops and facilitates professional learning for mathematics educators and administrators in any capacity that advances STEM education at local, county, and state levels. She is passionate about uniting teachers vertically, across grade levels and across all content areas. Her goal is to provide long-term and ongoing change in classroom instructional strategies that raises student achievement. During her time away from education, she is passionate about spending time with family and friends.
LaToya D. began her career in education as an elementary math teacher in Greensboro, NC. LaToya has excelled in the elementary classroom for the last 14 years. She began her work in professional development training K–5 teachers on the Common Core State Standards of Mathematics through the American Federation of Teachers and the Washington Teachers’ Union. LaToya was inspired by Illustrative Mathematics when she witnessed a transformation in her students’ attitudes and engagement in mathematics based on their experience with IM Math tasks. LaToya believes that all students deserve an opportunity to engage with mathematics on a level that is understandable, inclusive, and engaging. When not working with teachers or students, she enjoys traveling and watching her two toddlers enjoy and explore the world around them.
Lea M. began her career as an elementary and middle school teacher in Clinton Township, Michigan. After teaching for 19 years, Lea left the classroom to become a mathematics consultant with the Macomb Intermediate School District. In this role, she has the opportunity to work with teachers and students in all of the twenty-one districts in Macomb County. She has facilitated professional development around a range of mathematics topics including number talks, mathematical mindset, and Add+Vantage Math Recovery courses. Lea is passionate about making mathematics accessible to all students and all students seeing themselves as mathematicians. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, reading, and enjoying the outdoors.
Mary P. began her career in education teaching 8th grade mathematics. She is currently a district mathematics coach for Kalamazoo Public Schools, supporting K-12. She is proud of her work as a district math coach, providing teachers with innovative and engaging ways of teaching mathematics through modeling, professional development, and curriculum writing. Top on her list of career highlights is traveling abroad to provide professional development for teachers of DoDEA schools (Department of Defense) as they transitioned to the Common Core. Mary is passionate about mathematics education because it is a gatekeeper to so many future endeavors for students and she believes that it is attainable for every child. One fun fact about Mary is that the DoDEA math training she facilitated was the catalyst for her international travels. She has now visited seven countries and continues to plan trips abroad.
Melissa H. began her career in education as an elementary school teacher in 2007. For the past 8 years, she has been teaching grade 5 math and science in a progressive, public school district in Winnetka, IL. Melissa has played an integral role on her district’s math committee. Her contributions include writing curriculum, developing growth mindset strategies for all grade levels, strengthening differentiation practices, examining student math identity, and integrating inquiry into classroom practices. Melissa has also led professional development sessions on diverse topics such as the power of number talks, co-teaching with special education teachers, and cross-grades content progressions. Throughout her teaching career, Melissa has developed a passion for teaching and learning mathematics with a focus on cultivating a mathematical community where her students are engaged in mathematics by making sense of problems, sharing ideas with one another, and using critical thinking skills. When she is not teaching, Melissa enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.
Sarah P. graduated from Grand Valley State University with a degree in Elementary Education and Mathematics. Upon graduating, she started her career as an AVMR Math Recovery certified K-5 math interventionist. From there, she taught 3rd grade for 1 year before joining the East Grand Rapids Public Schools team, teaching 6th and 7th grade math using the Illustrative curriculum. She completed her Masters in Educational Leadership in 2020 and started a 2nd Masters program in Curriculum and Instruction. She gave a TedTalk titled “Mindset Matters” in 2018 as students’ positive math mindsets are her biggest passion and focus. When not in the classroom, Sarah enjoys spending time traveling and hiking around the country’s National Parks.