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Denise 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

Lights! Camera! Principles to action! Presented at the Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching (CAMT), Houston, TX (July 2018).

#PD2C: Connect and capitalize on social media as a professional learning tool. Presented at CAMT, Houston, TX (July 2018), and the 50th National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) Annual Conference, Washington, DC (April 2018).

A deeper look: Teaching high school and middle school students to speak the language of mathematics (part two). Presented at CAMT, Houston, TX (July 2018).

Maximizing the impact of math content leaders. Presented at the Louisiana Teacher Leader Summit, New Orleans, LA (May 2018).

Anticipating and monitoring student discourse. Presented at the 50th NCSM Annual Conference, Washington, DC (April 2018). 

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).

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

Professional Memberships

National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Texas Association of Supervisors of Mathematics

Texas Classroom Teachers Association