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Deepening Understanding of Elementary Mathematics for Teachers - Faculty

Jackie Cooke, MS, worked in a variety of elementary classrooms around the Portland Metro   area from 1981 to 2011. For fifteen years, she also served as co-editor for The Oregon Mathematics Teacher (TOMT), the professional journal of the Oregon Council Teachers of Mathematics (OCTM) and as the webmaster for that organization, as well. In her spare time, she has worked as a math consultant and mathematics curriculum writer. Some of the writing projects she worked on include creation of video lessons for LearnZillion, the Making Sense of Problem Solving  series for Teacher to Teacher Publications and the Third Grade Number Corner for Math Learning Center. She has won several teaching awards, including the AOI Education Excellence Award in 1994, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 1998 and was named Oregon's Teacher of the Year in 2007. Currently she works as the Elementary Mathematics Facilitator for Multnomah Education Service District.

Leslie Hufendick, MEd has taught all grades second through fifth in the Gresham-Barlow school district for the last fifteen years. She has also had the opportunity to work as an instructional coach within the district where she led professional development in various elementary schools and district wide for new teachers. Leslie was a part of the leadership team in two elementary schools in the Gresham-Barlow School District, where she started and led the first math studio classroom as a way to help improve instructional practices in math. In the spring of 2015, she became a recipient of the Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leader Specialization and continues to apply and refine her practice in her current classroom.

Erin Gardenhire, MA has been an elementary teacher in the David Douglas School District since 2002. Currently she is an instructional coach and mentor for new teachers in the district. Erin is also a co-facilitator for ODE’s New Mentor Academy. She is a recipient of the Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leader Specialization (EMIL). Erin has worked on the East Metro Mathematics Leadership (EaMML) Grant which unites districts in East Multnomah County to support teacher leaders in improving student learning by implementing research based mathematical instruction. She co-facilitates lesson studies, classroom observations and professional book studies as part of the EaMML team. 

Roxanne Malter, MS, has taught middle and secondary school mathematics in the Portland area for over 35 years. In addition to teaching workshops for the Portland Public School District, she has been a mathematics assessment trainer for the Oregon Department of Education, and has been a workshop leader for The Math Learning Center. Roxanne currently serves on the Executive Board of the Oregon Council of Teachers of Mathematics (OCTM) and presents assessment workshops for the Professional Development Cadre of OCTM. Roxanne currently works for Multnomah Education Service District as the K-12 Mathematics Curriculum Specialist.

Kellie Petrick, MS, has taught kindergarten, first, first/second, third, and fifth/sixth within a twelve year career in the Hillsboro School District. She currently fulfills the role as an Elementary Math Teacher on Special Assignment, which involves math work with administrators and teachers. In addition, Kellie is involved in a National Science Foundation Noyce, Master Teacher Fellowship grant where she co-facilitates lesson studies and supports teachers in developing their leadership. For two years of her teaching third grade, she participated in an action research project with PSU’s Nicole Rigelman focusing on the student’s role in formative assessment cycles. Their findings were published in NCTM’s Annual Perspectives in Mathematics Education: Using Research to Improve Instruction 2014 edition. Kellie is the 2013 AMTE EMS Award recipient and has presented at the 2015 Northwest Mathematics Conference and the Oregon Math Leader Conference. She eagerly participates and facilitates Developing Mathematical Ideas (DMI) courses, which allow her to extend her commitment to ensure that schools, educators, students, and parents receive professional development and growth needed to accurately reflect Common Core Standards as well as math best practices.

Nicole Miller Rigelman, Ed.D.,is a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She received her doctorate from Portland State University and currently teaches mathematics education courses for preservice and inservice teachers. Prior to receiving her doctorate, Dr. Rigelman taught middle school mathematics and later served as a K-12 mathematics curriculum specialist. She serves on several state mathematics advisory boards and was a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) assessment task force and the professional development and services committee. She has served on the board for the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) and on several committees including co-leading the AMTE’s Elementary Mathematics Specialists' initiatives with her colleague Dr. Maggie McGatha from University of Louisville. Dr. Rigelman has served as faculty and principal investigator on several state and national grants focused on develop mathematics teacher leaders. Her current research interests lie in mathematics teacher preparation and professional development, the influence of curriculum materials on student and teacher learning, and standards implementation and assessment.