All students benefit from and deserve to be in classes in which teaching for understanding is the norm. Opportunity to learn with understanding is first and foremost a matter of equity. There is no compelling evidence that there are large numbers of students who cannot learn with understanding, and denying any student opportunity to learn with understanding is an injustice.
-Children's mathematics: Cognitively guided instruction, Carpenter, T. P. (2015).
Who I Am
I am an urban teacher and teacher educator with over 25 years experience. My commitment to equity and to creating learning environments that allow all children to thrive is at the core of my work. I have coached teachers in multiple settings including the New York City and Chicago public school systems as well as in charter and private schools in Chicago. I have also worked with a variety of math curricula including: Illustrative Mathematics, Eureka, Everyday Mathematics, Connected Math Project, Investigations by TERC, and Contexts for Learning. I hold a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University and a Master of Education from The City College of New York.
What People Say About Working With Me
Rebecca is an inspiration as an educator. She goes beyond teaching the 'what' of mathematics, instead teaching the 'how' and the 'why.' This allows students and educators alike to find meaning in problem solving that is so often taken for granted. –Classroom teacher
I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Rebecca. She has keen insight into teaching mathematics. I walk away from each coaching/planning session with new ideas to incorporate into my teaching. Rebecca helps me understand what I'm doing well in my teaching and also provides me with constructive feedback to help me grow as an educator. -Classroom teacher
Rebecca really pushed my thinking and ability to think about my kids as learners in the context of mathematical practice. She challenged me to plan with misconceptions in mind and prepare my scholars for what they needed to be successful in the coming years. – Classroom teacher
Rebecca has a wealth of knowledge and expertise. She has provided our teachers with new ways of thinking about math. She has guided the structure and content development of our middle school. Some of the many things that I appreciate about Rebecca are her flexibility, insight, and intelligence. The strong commitment that Rebecca has to her work with us is evident in all of our interactions. – School Administrator
The learning was engaging, enlightening and eye-opening. I so much love that you force us to do math and then let us apply our reflections to our classrooms. It is really powerful. – School Administrator