Dana Center Role
Mary engages teachers and leaders with the processes and tools designed by the Dana Center to support mathematics achievement of all students and create conditions for ongoing professional learning and continuous improvement. She develops and refines tools and resources for educators and leaders to advance evidence-based practices in leadership, content, instruction, assessment, and learning. Mary designs, plans, and facilitates development experiences for teacher and leaders—both in person and virtually.
Mary sits on the steering committee and coaches schools for the Texas Network for School Improvement initiative and works alongside professionals from the K–12 and higher education sectors developing standards for the Dana Center’s Launch Years project. In addition, she led the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity’s System-wide PK–12 Mathematics Professional Learning Initiative and contributed to and facilitated for the Louisiana Department of Education project for mentor teachers and mathematics content leaders.
Before Joining the Dana Center
Mary most recently served as a lead instructional coach, implementation director, and content specialist at Think Through Math. She delivered on-site professional development to adult learners at the school and district levels as well as at regional centers throughout Texas and Oklahoma. In addition, Mary provided web-based training to customers nationally.
Before that, Mary was a field services mathematics specialist at Pearson School Achievement Services. She provided front-line support (e.g., professional development, model classrooms, lesson development, data dives) to math teachers implementing the comprehensive school design model at two school improvement grant high schools. Mary also helped develop professional development around using the Common Core State Standards in a math classroom.
B.B.A., Marketing, Texas A&M University
Real classrooms with real opportunities for shared learning. Presented at the California Mathematics Council Northern Section annual conference, Pacific Grove, CA (December 2019).
Using mathematical processes to “Reach for the STAARS” (sessions for elementary and secondary). Presented at the Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching (CAMT), Fort Worth, TX (July 2017) and Houston, TX (July 2018).
Our continuing secondary mission: Effective teaching; ensuring students learn math to boldly change the way we teach (sessions for elementary and secondary). Presented at CAMT, Fort Worth, TX (July 2017) and Houston, TX (July 2018).
Teaching high school students to speak the language of mathematics. Presented at the 50th National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) Annual Conference, Washington D.C. (April 2018).
Teaching high school students to speak the language of mathematics (Part 1). Presented at the 49th NCSM Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX (April 2017).
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
NCSM: Leadership in Mathematics Education
Texas Association of Supervisors of Mathematics
Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics