Deepening Understanding of Elementary Mathematics for Teachers - Faculty

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.

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.

Karen Kennedy, EdD, is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She teaches math methods and other courses as well as supervises new teacher candidates. Passionate about mathematics education, leadership, literacy, and social justice, Dr. Kennedy has broad expertise in curriculum design and pedagogy, academic language development, literacy, and research on Cognitively Guided Instruction. Highly skilled in Adaptive Schools (SM) and Cognitive Coaching (SM), Dr. Kennedy has dedicated her career to supporting new and veteran teachers to build their professional practice by putting theory into practice, extending their understanding of the teaching-learning process, deepening their content knowledge, and engaging them in a continuous cycle of critical reflection. Serving urban communities for over two decades, Dr. Kennedy has extensive K-12 experience as a middle school principal, school counselor, high school math teacher, elementary and secondary mathematics coach, consultant, adjunct professor, and conference presenter. Dr. Kennedy received her Doctorate of Education in Urban Leadership from USC, her Masters in School Counseling from Azusa Pacific University, and her Bachelors of Science in Applied Mathematics from the University of California at Irvine.

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.

Amy McQueen, MEd, is in her 19th year of education. She began her career as a high school mathematics teacher at David Douglas High School (DDHS). Amy has enjoyed the opportunity to learn about and engage with her peers in regard to educational leadership, professional learning teams, effective assessment practices, and instructional coaching/mentoring in her varied roles for the David Douglas School District (DDSD) and as a member of the Educational Excellence executive team (formally Oregon Data Project). Currently, Amy is a K-12 Mathematics Specialist for DDSD providing mathematics program oversight, facilitating the district mathematics leadership team, and providing mathematics professional learning. As part of her role, Amy is the project lead for the East Metro Mathematics Leadership (EaMML) MSP, which unites districts and institutes of higher learning in East Multnomah County with a goal of creating mathematics teacher leaders and improving student learning through the implementation of research based mathematics instruction. Amy facilitates professional learning, lesson studies, classroom observations and professional book studies as part of the EaMML team. Amy is currently serving on Oregon Math Pathways Core Leadership Team, and has presented at Oregon Confederation of School Administrators events and at the 2016 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting.

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, EdD,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.

Mary Shortino-Buck, EdD, is currently a TOSA for the Centennial School District in Portland, Oregon. She is part of a team that is developing and implementing a districtwide K-5 curriculum that integrates Next Generation Science and English Language Proficiency Standards. In her 20-year teaching career she has taught 6-8th grade mathematics and science, 3rd-5th grades, and K-8 art. She has been a Reading Specialist, Instructional Coach, and ESOL instructor, as well as an educational consultant for schools across the United States. As an Instructional Coach, she specialized in leading professional development on topics in mathematics, ELA, and assessment. Her doctoral dissertation focused on mathematical discourse in elementary classrooms. She earned an Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leader Specialization from Portland State University in 2017. She has presented at the 2016 and 2017 American Educational Research Association conference and has been a Dundon-Berchtold Fellowship recipient conducting research entitled "Mandates vs. Beliefs: How do Teaching Professionals Address Ethical Dilemmas?" She participates in her district's Math Leadership Team and collaborates with educators in her building to further develop math instruction.

Mandy Wedel, MAT, has been involved in elementary education in the Hillsboro School District since 2002. She taught 5th and 6th grade in a self-contained elementary classroom for twelve years. Since 2014, Mandy has been a math coach for a K-6 elementary school. She has led professional development at both the school and district level on various high leverage instructional practices and strategies. During the 2015-2016 school year, Mandy was a part of he DEMIL (Developing Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leaders) grant which was a collaboration between the Hillsboro School District and Portland State University and focused on high quality mathematics education for all. Mandy has been an enthusiastic student and facilitator of the DMI (Developing Mathematical Ideas) series of courses that allow her to share, with her colleagues, her passion of experiencing high quality mathematics as a learner as well as the practices and strategies that will enhance the learning environment for all students.