As a beginning mathematics teacher at an urban high school, I quickly realized that drawing on student interests and experiences was essential to engaged learning. This insight has guided my work in education as a K-12 instructional coach, a developer of mathematics curriculum, and an instructor of professional development. My courses aim to create space for teachers to gather around relevant ideas and practical experiences as they deepen their knowledge and professional practice. Course topics reflect the concerns and curiosities of practicing teachers, equipping them to directly apply learning to classroom teaching. I value the diverse perspectives that Fresno Pacific University students bring to the learning community, and I hope that participants in my courses will be as inspired as I have been by the ideas and dialogue generated here.
Professional Experience: Urban High School Mathematics Teacher; K-12 Instructional Consultant; Curriculum Developer (AIMS Education)
Personal Experience: Classically-trained vocalist
Scholarly Interests: Teaching math for social justice; Teacher development
Honors and Awards: FPU Outstanding Graduate Award (1995) Summa Cum Laude
Publications: Supporting preservice teacher development of teaching mathematics for social justice; Social justice goals: Do they enrich or dilute mathematics?
Recommended Reading: Professional: Paulo Freire, bell hooks, Eric Gutstein; Personal: Madeleine L’Engle, Barbara Brown Taylor, Richard Rohr, Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain (Quiet)
Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 23
Favorite Music: Classical-romantic (Chopin, Rachmaninoff), Jazz, Singer-songwriter
Favorite Activities: Cuisine (cooking and eating), Music, Travel, Reading, Edible gardening
Family Info: Married, three children, one dog, two cats, 20 chickens
What Matters: Family, Community, Authenticity
Pet Peeves: Jumping to conclusions
What I Like About FPU: I appreciate FPU’s commitment to shalom in self, community, and world.