Introducing MMSLN’s cadre of IM Certified Facilitators. Our facilitators work hand-in-hand with Illustrative Mathematics to create high-impact learning experiences for mathematics educators.
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.
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.
Jason G. began his career in education as a high school mathematics teacher focused primarily on teaching Algebra 1. For the past ten years, he has been the mathematics education consultant for an ISD. He recently completed his Ph.D. in mathematics education and previously, Jason served for several years on the board of directors for NCSM: Leadership in Mathematics Education as a Fall Seminar Director and Regional Director. During that time, he had the honor of serving on the writing team for NCSM Essential Actions: Coaching in Mathematics Education. His specialties are in curriculum and instruction in mathematics, grades K through 12. Jason’s most powerful mathematical experiences have been in collaborative problem-solving situations, exchanging ideas and conceptualizations with others (he especially likes when someone has a way of attacking a problem that he would never have thought of). He absolutely loves reading and SCUBA diving in his spare time.
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.
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.
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.