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Denise A. ThorntonPhone: 512.232.2250

Dana Center Role

Denise provides professional learning opportunities and resources for teachers and leaders to catalyze school and district improvements that increase student success in mathematics and advance college- and career-readiness goals. She develops and refines tools and resources for educators and leaders to advance evidence-based practices in leadership, content, instruction, assessment, and learning. Denise designs, plans, and facilitates development experiences for teachers and leaders—both in person and virtually.

Before Joining the Dana Center

With more than 17 years of experience in public education, Denise’s compassion for educators is evident through her active role in creating and delivering professional development at the district, state, and national levels.

Prior to joining the Center, Denise spent 10 years coaching tennis and teaching both middle school and high school mathematics in diverse settings throughout Texas and California. After her time in the classroom, Denise served as a campus teacher-leader as well as a district-level instructional coach where she supported students, teachers, and administrators to improve mathematics curriculum and instruction.


M.A.Ed., Secondary Mathematics Education, California State University—Northridge

B.S., Secondary Mathematics/Kinesiology Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi

Selected Presentations

Mathematical analysis, modeling, and argumentation using science content. Presented at the Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching (CAMT), Fort Worth, TX (July 2017).

What story does it tell? Building understanding of rates of change. Presented at CAMT, Fort Worth, TX (July 2017).

PD2E: Energize, enhance professional learning with social media. Presented at CAMT, Fort Worth, TX (July 2017).

Using mathematical processes to “Reach for the STAARs” in secondary. Presented at CAMT, Fort Worth, TX (July 2017).

Our continuing secondary mission: Effective teaching; ensuring students learn math to boldly change the way we teach. Presented at CAMT, Fort Worth, TX (July 2017).

Teaching high school students to speak the language of mathematics. Presented
at the 49th National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX (April 2017).

Intentional coaching and planning: Using teaching practices in content instruction. Presented at CAMT, San Antonio, TX (July 2016).

Place value: So much more than naming digits. Presented at CAMT, San Antonio, TX (July 2016).

Professional Memberships

National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Texas Association of Supervisors of Mathematics

Texas Classroom Teachers Association