Our Network

We collaborate with like-minded individuals and organizations who are committed to improving student-centered instruction.

Network Leadership

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Kirk Walters

Principal Investigator
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Kirk is a Managing Researcher at AIR and a former high school math teacher. His research broadly focuses on understanding ways to improve math teaching and learning. In his spare time, Kirk enjoys hanging out with his family, playing basketball and trail running with his dogs (often while listening to a podcast).
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Toni Smith

Project Director
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Toni is a Senior Researcher at AIR. A former high school math teacher and university professor, Toni's current work focuses on mathematics instruction and teacher development. She loves taking her dogs on long walks, spending time with her family, playing her flute and cheering loudly for the Baltimore Ravens.
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Zipporah Sanders

Project Manager
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Zipporah is a Research Associate at AIR. She provides project management support across all Better Math Teaching Network activities. In her spare time, Zipporah enjoys traveling and baking for her family and friends.
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Jillian Gaetano

Research Associate
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Jill is a Research Associate at AIR. She is the Data Collection Lead for the Better Math Teaching Network. In her spare time, Jill enjoys intramural sports and playing trivia.
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Melinda Griffin

Researcher
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Melinda is a Researcher at AIR focusing on STEM practices. She is invested in making mathematics accessible and engaging for high school students so that they see it as a part of their world. Along with being a math and science geek, Melinda loves cooking, gardening and traveling the world.
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Shriya Kalavapudi

Digital Communications Associate
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Shriya is a Digital Communications Associate at AIR. She co-manages the website, social media platforms and supports communications activities across the Better Math Teacher Network. Outside of work, Shriya enjoys working as a freelance makeup artist, performing with a Bollywood/Indian dance troupe, practicing yoga and traveling.
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Victoria Lennon

Communications Specialist
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Victoria is a Communications Specialist at AIR. She is the Communications Lead for the Better Math Teaching Network. In her spare time, Victoria loves to cook, hang out with friends, ride horses, travel and wrangle her twin daughters.

High School Teachers

Our teachers are from across New England, spanning a variety of district and school contexts.

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Jeannette Aames

Member Since: 2017-18
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Jeannette leads the math department and teaches Algebra I at Paul Cuffee Upper School in Providence, RI. She’s invested in creating more opportunities for her students to understand the underlying concepts behind mathematical rules. In her free time, Jeanette enjoys playing with her dogs.
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Carrie Adii

Member Since: 2016-17
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Carrie teaches math at Milton High School in Milton, VT. She is interested in increasing student engagement in mathematics. Outside of school, Carrie likes to travel and spend time with her family.
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Michelle Allman

Member Since: 2017-18
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Michelle teaches high school mathematics at Boston Day and Evening Academy in Roxbury, MA. She is interested in creating more opportunities for at-risk students to develop deep mathematical understanding through student-centered learning. When she’s not teaching, Michelle loves to spend time with her family, gardening, renovating, and relaxing at the beach.
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Christina Balkaran

Member Since: 2017-18
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Christina teaches math at the Henderson K–12 Inclusion School in Boston, MA. She is interested in teaching culturally relevant math tasks that are accessible to students of all abilities. In her spare time, Christina goes sailing.
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Apolinario Barros

Member Since: 2017-18
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Apolinario teaches Math One at Boston International High School in Boston, MA. He is interested in how students learning the English language use gestures to communicate and improve their understanding of math. Outside of school, Apolinario enjoys playing soccer.
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Donna Brink

Member Since: 2017-18
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Donna teaches at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH. In addition to teaching Algebra, Donna is currently assisting her school in the transition to 1:1 technology. Outside of school, Donna enjoys spending time with her family.
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Kristy Corrow

Member Since: 2017-18
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Kristy teaches math at Milton High School in Milton, VT. She is interested in having high student engagement and differentiating learning and instruction for all students. When she’s not teaching, Kristy likes to run, read, and sleep.
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Adam Damon

Member Since: 2016-17
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Adam teaches Geometry and Algebra at North Country Union High School in Newport, VT. He is involved in the school theater and coaches track and field in the spring. In his free time, Adam enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife Nicki and dog Grizzly.
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Sarah Dominick

Member Since: 2017-18
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Sarah teaches Algebra I and Algebra II at Brewer High School in Brewer, ME. She is interested in making students feel comfortable and confident while engaging with math concepts. Sarah enjoys running as well as hanging out with and cooking for her family.
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Joe Dzerkacz

Member Since: 2017-18
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Joe teaches Algebra I at TechBoston Academy in Dorchester, MA. Having taught newcomers from Haiti for the past 3 years, Joe is interested in helping bilingual students learn math. In his spare time, Joe likes cooking and eating delicious food, traveling, and hanging out with his growing family.
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Catherine Hyde Emery

Member Since: 2016-17
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Catherine teaches mathematics at Gorham High School in Gorham, ME. She is interested in teaching the whole student and broadening the scope of traditional math curricula. Outside the classroom, Catherine likes to read, run, and fix old houses.
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Amber Emmell

Member Since: 2016-17
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Amber teaches Algebra I and Algebra II at Enosburg Falls Middle/High School in Enosburg, VT, as part of a 9th grade team. When she’s not teaching, Amber likes to swim and hike.
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Jen Garay

Member Since: 2017-18
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Jen teaches Integrated Math 1 and AP Calculus at Excel High School in South Boston, MA. She is interested in making math accessible, enjoyable, and meaningful for all students, particularly those who are coming into high school with significant skill deficits. In her spare time, Jen likes to play with her son and lift weights.
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Kristen Gervasio

Member Since: 2017-18
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Kristen teaches Pre-Calculus, Algebra II, and Algebra I at Narragansett High School in Narragansett, RI. Outside the classroom, she likes to spend time on the water.
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Casey Green

Member Since: 2016-17
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Casey teaches Algebra I at Charlestown High School in Boston, MA. She is interested in student-centered learning and helping all students feel that they can learn math at high levels. Casey likes to exercise, read, and travel.
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Lauren Hagadorn

Member Since: 2017-18
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Lauren teaches Algebra I and Algebra II at Bedford High School in Bedford, NH. She is interested in helping struggling math students gain confidence and see math in new ways. In her spare time, Lauren likes to go hiking and spend time outdoors.
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Amanda Hathaway

Member Since: 2016-17
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Amanda teaches math at William J. Ostiguy High School, a small school for students with substance abuse issues, in Boston, MA. She is interested in student-led math discourse in the classroom. Outside of school, she enjoys practicing yoga and hiking.
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Debbie Kowalczyk

Member Since: 2017-18
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Debbie teaches mathematics at Wahconah Regional High School in Dalton, MA. She is interested in increasing student engagement in all levels of math classes. Debbie likes to read, hike, snowmobile, and cook for her family.
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Laurie Lindsey

Member Since: 2017-18
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Laurie teaches Algebra I, Pre-Calculus, and Discrete Math at Bacon Academy in Colchester, CT. For Laurie, the most rewarding aspect of teaching is the relationships she builds with the students. In her spare time, she likes to garden, ride her bike, and read.
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Todd MacKenzie

Member Since: 2016-17
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Todd teaches high school Geometry, Algebra, and Life-Skills Math at the Center for Technology in Essex, VT. He is interested in bringing student-centered learning to the classroom while enhancing comprehension. Todd enjoys time outdoors.
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Benadette Manning

Member Since: 2017-18
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Benadette teaches Algebra I, Geometry, a “Warrior-scholar” boys elective course, and a Robotics elective at Fenway High School in Boston, MA. She is interested in standards-based grading, project-based learning, and restorative justice. In her spare time, Benadette trains for and participates in sprint triathlons.
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Leslie Marquis

Member Since: 2017-18
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Leslie teaches Integrated Math 1 and Anatomy & Physiology at Community High School in Fort Kent, ME. She is interested in the movement toward proficiency-based education and personalized learning. In her spare time, Leslie enjoys spending time outdoors camping, hiking, biking, and skiing with her husband and two boys.
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Julie McFarland

Member Since: 2016-17
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Julie teaches Algebra I, Algebra II, and Pre-Calculus at Nokomis Regional High School in Newport, ME. She is interested in improving school climate. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors.
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Michelle Page

Member Since: 2016-17
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Michelle teaches Algebra I and II, Geometry, and Pre-Calculus at Brattleboro Union High School in Brattleboro, VT. She is interested in collaborative learning and lesson studies in the mathematics classroom. In her spare time, she likes to act and direct plays and bake yummy treats.
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Joshua Parker

Member Since: 2017-18
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Joshua teaches mathematics at Colchester High School in Colchester, VT. Josh prides himself on his classroom environment and the relationships he builds with students through learning. He loves to golf and practice playing hockey.
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Ellen Payne

Member Since: 2016-17
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Ellen teaches Algebra I and Algebra II at Regional School Unit 19 in Newport, ME. She is interested in helping students explore mathematics and push themselves academically. She enjoys spending time with her family.
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Melissa Pearlman

Member Since: 2017-18
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Melissa teaches Algebra I, Algebra II, and Pre-Calculus at Watertown High School in Watertown, MA. Melissa is interested improving her skills as a teacher researcher to continue to improve her practice. Melissa enjoys hiking, skiing, and biking.
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Francis Pina

Member Since: 2016-17
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Francis teaches Integrated Math 1 at Charlestown High School in Boston, MA. He previously taught Algebra I at Codman Academy for 4 years. Francis is interested in what makes video games engaging, spoken word and slam poetry, riding his bike, and reading comic books.
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Pamela Rawson

Member Since: 2016-17
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Pam teaches all flavors of mathematics and statistics at Baxter Academy for Technology and Science in Portland, ME. She enjoys getting her students to think and problem solve in ways they’ve never tried before. In her spare time, Pam enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and following the Red Sox and the Patriots.
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Michael Refici

Member Since: 2017-18
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Michael teaches Algebra at The Greene School in West Greenwich, RI, and is interested helping all students achieve success. In his free time, Michael enjoys music.
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Kerri Rogers

Member Since: 2017-18
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Kerri teaches Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II at The MET School in Providence, RI. She is interested in increasing equity in her classroom. Outside of school, Kerri likes to go hiking and kayaking.
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Monique Rousselle Maynard

Member Since: 2017-18
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Monique teaches Algebra I, Geometry, and Pre-Calculus Honors at West Warwick High School in West Warwick, RI. She is interested in math graduation competencies. In her spare time, Monique likes to spend time with family and at home.
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Taylor Sabky

Member Since: 2017-18
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Taylor teaches math for English learners at Boston International Newcomers Academy in Boston, MA. She loves to help students learn problem-solving skills. When she’s not teaching, Taylor likes to travel and spend time with her family.
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Tara Sharkey

Member Since: 2016-17
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Tara teaches math ranging from Algebra I to AP Calculus at Colchester High School in Colchester, VT. She strongly believes that all students can learn math and enjoys developing curriculum, instruction, and assessment that support this belief. In her free time, Tara can be found playing with her two young children, trail running, or hitting the ski slopes.
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Gina Sheehan

Member Since: 2017-18
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Gina loves teaching math at Dearborn STEM Academy in Dorchester, MA. She also has a love for traveling and has a goal of visiting all 50 U.S. states.
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Julie St. Martin

Member Since: 2016-17
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Julie teaches mathematics at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, VT. She is currently working on the challenge of meeting individual needs while maintaining class cohesion. Outside of school, Julie loves family time at the beach, on the ski hill, or in front of the TV watching sci-fi.
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Elaine Thompson

Member Since: 2016-17
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Elaine teaches Algebra I and Geometry at Hanover High School in Hanover, MA. She is incredibly interested in improving her teaching through the use of self-reflection and participation in a network improvement community. Elaine is a new mom to a little boy and also loves to coach dance and try new restaurants and recipes.
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Heather Vonada

Member Since: 2016-17
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Heather teaches Algebra I and Algebra II at Woodstock Union High School in Woodstock, VT. She is interested in creating a curriculum that is engaging to students and working with colleagues to build a strong math community at her school. In her spare time, she likes to travel, spend time with her children and husband, and read.
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Ben Winchell

Member Since: 2016-17
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Ben teaches Algebra I at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH. He is interested in promoting math talk and effective communication in his classes. Outside the classroom, Ben likes to coach soccer and play disc golf.
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Yujuan Yun

Member Since: 2017-18
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Yujuan teaches Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry at the Boston Adult Technical Academy in Boston, MA. She is interested in student-centered teaching. In her spare time, she plays ping-pong.

Instructional Leaders

Our instructional leaders serve at the state, district, and school levels throughout New England.

Partner Organizations