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Expert in math education, transforming teaching and learning, and designing STEM ecosystems. Experienced educator, coach, curriculum designer, and facilitator of professional learning. Accomplished program designer from vision through implementation, evaluation, and refinement. Respected change agent known for hard work, competence, passion, listening, reflective thinking.

Work History

Educational Designer, Facilitator and Coach

Sep 2015Present

Providing technical assistance for the STEM Funders Network's STEM Ecosystem Initiative with the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM. Facilitating Math Design Collaborative (MDC) training and providing site-based coaching for the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). Developing innovative digital math curriculum and teacher professional development offerings with Dreambox Learning.

Senior Director, Research & Development

NC New Schools | breakthrough learning
Jan 2015Aug 2015

Launched this new department, which serves as the organizational hub for innovation and research, accelerating the growth of NC New Schools as a learning organization to improve its current model while innovating to design future models.

Senior Director, Professional Learning

NC New schools
Feb 2013Jun 2015

Oversaw the design, implementation, evaluation, and continuous improvement of professional learning for a network of more than 100 innovative schools. Led the development, execution, and monitoring of strategic and operational plans for advancing STEM education across the NC New Schools network. 

Director, STEM Education

nc new schools
Sep 2008Jan 2013

Articulated organizational vision for STEM education. Cultivated partnerships with STEM expert institutions, industry, out-of-school-time programs, and funders. Designed and executed a coherent program of support services for a network of secondary STEM schools, beginning with the turnaround of ten chronically low performing high schools.

Instructional Support Teacher

Baltimore city public school system
Aug 2004Jun 2008

Provided instructional support and coaching to the math department. Designed and facilitated school-wide professional development.
Led a pivot from traditional to standards-based grading.
Taught recovery and advanced math courses and advised students. Developed mathematics curricula and assessments.
Increased proficiency rates on the MD state assessment from 12% to 72%.

Research Consultant

math science partnership of greater philadelphia

Evaluated effectiveness of project program of professional development and curriculum. Presented findings at AERA and NCTM Research conferences. Advised project on program improvements.

Mathematics Teacher

Howard county public schools, md

Taught high school courses from Math Explorations to G/T PreCalculus.
Advised the Student Government Association and coached soccer.
Served on the School Improvement Team.


ABD, Curriculum and Instruction

university of maryland, college park

Doctoral Fellow, specializing in Mathematics Education
Taught Methods of Teaching Secondary Mathematics
Core-Plus Mathematics and Knowledge of Algebra for Teaching Projects
Published varied book chapters and journal articles
Volunteer adaptive ski instructor and Special Olympics Coach

MS, Mathematics

michigan state university

Graduate Fellow, Taught Intermediate Algebra
Children's Program Coordinator for Into the Streets
Waterfront Director at free residential summer camp for at-risk youth

BS, Mathematics

Drake university

Cowles Scholar
Graduated Summa Cum Laude, with University Honors
Outstanding Student in Mathematics Education

core competencies

educational program design
strategic planning
effective communication
innovation/design thinking
program development
research & evaluation

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Monisha Karnani
Senior Director, Professional Learning
NC New Schools | Breakthrough Learning

Marc Siciliano
Senior STEM Consultant
Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM

Janice Davis
President and CEO
Strategic Leadership by Design

Matt Sears
Director, Professional Learning
NC New Schools | Breakthrough Learning