US Math Recovery Council® Board of Directors

Board Nominations Now Open

Submit a nomination to serve on the US Math Recovery Council® Board of Directors! The Board of Directors guides the vision and direction for US Math Recovery Council®. The Board is comprised of 13 members from within and outside of the Math Recovery community each serving a three year term. The Board holds one face-to-face retreat per year and 4 virtual Board meetings. Currently we are seeking nominations for members within and outside the Math Recovery community as well as a Treasurer and a Lawyer with nonprofit experience based in Minnesota. Nominate Now
Jonathan Thomas, Ed.D.

Jonathan Thomas, Ed.D.

Chair

Jonathan is an Associate Professor, Elementary Mathematics Education at University of Kentucky. His research is in the areas of Teacher Noticing, Quantitative Imagery, and Learning Trajectories, and he has twice received funding from the National Science Foundation to conduct studies in these areas. He is currently serving as the lead investigator on a multi-institutional team focused on better supporting children’s growth in number and operations. He is also interested in many other aspects of teaching and learning including child-teacher interaction patterns and the nature of educational policymaking. Prior to his UK faculty appointment, he served as a mathematics intervention specialist working with struggling elementary and middle school students in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky and during this time was immersed in Math Recovery® professional development experiences including MRIS, AVMR, and several advanced courses at summer institutes.

Dr. Thomas earned his doctorate in Mathematics Education, at the University of Cincinnati. He has a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Kentucky and a M.Ed. in educational leadership also from the University of Cincinnati.

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Julie Holmes

Julie Holmes

Chair Elect

Julie is the Oshkosh Area School District Math Intervention Specialist - Elementary Math Coordinator. She has been a part of Math Recovery® since 2006 when she became a Math Recovery® Intervention Specialist and went on to become an AVMR Champion and MRIS Teacher Leader. Julie has a passion for professional development and helping teachers reach the needs of the diverse students they serve.

Julie earned her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh.

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Steve Johnson

Dr. Steven Johnson, CPA, CITP

Treasurer

Steve began his career in public accounting, and has held numerous positions since, including the Chief Financial Officer for a financial services firm, the owner of a public accounting firm, the V.P. for a large regional financial institution, a consultant and an educator. Steve is currently an Assistant Professor of Accounting at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses. His research is focused on business intelligence, specifically in the areas of employee engagement, leadership and customer loyalty. He also maintains a consulting practice, Canopy Research Group, that focuses on helping clients use data to make better business decisions. In his spare time, he enjoys camping, reading, and building furniture. He and his wife, Elissa, reside in North Mankato with their two pups, Willow and Luna.

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Megan Kidwell

Megan Kidwell

Secretary

Megan is a Senior Mathematics Program Specialist with Mathematically Connected Communities (MC2) at New Mexico State University. She supports elementary math instruction and learning by working with teachers in small districts in New Mexico. She has been a Math Recovery® Intervention Specialist since 2005. She became a Math Recovery® Leader in 2006. She completed AVMR Champion, and SNAP Facilitator Trainings.

Megan received a B.F.A. in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University and an M.A. in Education from the University of New Mexico.

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Elizabeth Jean Bingham

Elizabeth Jean Bingham

Jean works with her school district as a Math Recovery Leader. She provides math intervention for children, offers coaching and support to teachers, as well as providing professional development trainings for her district.

Jean has worked with the Kentucky Center for Mathematics as a professional development facilitator across the state. She has also worked with the Kentucky Department of Education on several initiatives and was a valuable contributor to a webinar series on early mathematics. Jean has presented at a number of national and state conferences. She holds the following USMRC designations: Math Recovery Specialist (2006), AVMR Champion (2007), Leader (2008).






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Jonathan Bostic, Ph.D.

Jonathan Bostic, Ph.D.

Jonathan is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Bowling Green State University. He has two main research foci: (1) problem solving within K-16 contexts and (3) assessment within mathematics education contexts. He has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts and shared more than 70 presentations since 2011. He is currently serving as lead editor for two books focusing on assessment and measures for mathematics education contexts, which will be published in 2019. He has earned more than $4.7 million in federal and state-level grants over the last seven years. Topics for those grants include developing robust assessments of students' mathematics knowledge and designing and leading professional development for K-12 mathematics teachers, which includes intervention specialists. Prior to his Bowling Green State University appointment, Jonathan taught grades 6 - Algebra, including remediation courses, in Virginia. He passionately believes that everyone is capable of engaging in meaningful mathematical learning and thinking. Jonathan seeks every opportunity to assist others in becoming mathematically proficient citizens capable of solving today and tomorrow’s problems. He enjoys learning alongside mathematics students of all ages and engaging with teachers through professional development opportunities. 

Jonathan earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in mathematics education from the University of Florida in 2011. He completed minors in Research and Evaluation Methodologies and Educational Psychology during his program. Additionally, he successfully finished 18 hours of graduate-level mathematics. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the College of William and Mary and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University.

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Anne N. Catena, Ed.D.

Anne N. Catena, Ed.D.

Anne N. Catena, Ed.D. is the director of Professional Development Initiatives with the Program in Teacher Preparation at Princeton University. Anne earned her doctorate in Education Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a M.B.A from Rider University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

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Jill Leier

Jill Leier

Jill is an Elementary Math Curriculum Coordinator for West Fargo Public Schools. She works with teachers to develop curriculum for K-5 mathematics. She coaches teachers, and provides professional development for the district. She has been a Math Recovery® Intervention Specialist since 2014. She became a Math Recovery® Champion and Leader in 2015. She is currently providing training to elementary teachers within West Fargo in AVMR and MRIS. She has also taught primary and intermediate grades for over 25 years.

Jill received her B.A. from Minnesota State University and M.Ed. in Curriculum and Leadership from Minot State University.

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John Loehr

John Loehr

John is the founder of Evoque Business Consulting, where he creates business strategy, marketing and sales plans, develops communications and assesses acquisition targets for consumer product companies. He has held leadership positions at Crystal Farms and The Schwan Food Company. John has experience growing established national brands in addition to launching new ones, both driven by a desire for innovation.

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Lesley Maxfield

Lesley Maxfield

Lesley Maxfield serves Spokane Public Schools as a District Elementary Math Coach. In addition to implementing Math Recovery® training, she provides collaborative mentoring and professional development support for elementary math coaches and interventionists. This year, she is offering PD for the district MRIS and Champion certified staff. Lesley also does intervention work supporting students at Title 1 schools.

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Amy Paladino

Amy Paladino

Amy is a math specialist, coach, and team leader for the Cudahy School District in Wisconsin. She supports Math Recovery implementation in the district by providing professional development in AVMR along with follow-up coaching for math teachers and interventionists. Amy received her Math Recovery Specialist certification in 2012 and became an AVMR Champion in 2013.

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Ann Stafford Dillon

Ann Stafford Dillon

Ann Stafford Dillon is a developer of Math Recovery® and Founder of the US Math Recovery Council®. She is the co-author of 3 textbooks on early numeracy and teaching number. Ann is a retired independent consultant, previously employed by the School District of Oconee County, Walhalla, South Carolina as an Early Childhood Supervisor.

Ann has a B.S. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and M.ED from Duke University. She studied Math Recovery® with Dr. Bob Wright at Southern Cross University, Australia.

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Christina Miller

Christina Miller

Executive Director

Christina joined US Math Recovery Council® in 2011, and currently serves as Executive Director. Prior to joining US Math Recovery Council®, Christina spent 15 years in K-12 and higher education. During that time Christina taught fourth and fifth grade and worked as a mathematics instructional coach and taught at the university level. During her time as a Math Instructional Coach, she planned for and implemented math professional development at the school and district levels in two states. Her Math Recovery certifications include Leader, Champion, and Math Recovery Intervention Specialist. Christina has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD, a master’s degree in Educational Administration from University of South Dakota.

She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Curriculum & Instruction with a specialty in mathematics education at the University of Minnesota.

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