US Math Recovery Council® Board of Directors

Amy Paladino

Amy Paladino

Chair

Amy is a math specialist, coach, and team leader for the School District of Cudahy in Wisconsin. She will be completing a mentoring/coaching certificate at Cardinal Stritch University in the spring. She is an Instructional Specialist in the Math/Science Education Research department of UW-Milwaukee and a district advisor and participant in the Core Math Partnership. Amy received her Math Recovery® Intervention Specialist certification in 2012 and became an AVMR Champion in 2013. She has trained multiple AVMR I and II courses within her district.

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Jonathan Thomas, Ed.D.

Jonathan Thomas, Ed.D.

Chair Elect

Jonathan is an Assistant 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 early algebraic thinking. 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-grades 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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Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

Treasurer

Steve Johnson has owned/operated a CPA firm, served as VP for Agstar Financial Services, and is currently running Canopy Consulting firm.

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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. She is a co-author of the 2012 AVMR Course 2 update.

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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Jonathan Bostic, Ph.D.

Jonathan Bostic, Ph.D.

Jonathan is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Bowling Green State University. His research focuses on problem solving within K-16 contexts, as seen in 37 peer-reviewed manuscripts and more than 60 presentations since 2011. He has earned more than $2.5 million in grants over the last five years to support professional development of K-12 mathematics teachers, which includes intervention specialists. Jonathan is also an expert within the scope of mathematics assessments and evaluation and validation of them. Prior to his Bowling Green State University appointment, Jonathan taught grade 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.

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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Deb Farley

Deb Farley

Deb has a M.Ed. in Elementary Mathematics from Brooklyn College and a B.A. in Elementary Education from the State University of New York at Cortland. She has received formal training as a Math Recovery® Intervention Specialist and completed AVMR Champion, and SNAP Facilitator trainings. She has also provided mathematics support and training for K-5 teachers, students, and parents.

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Julie Holmes

Julie Holmes

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 (2009) and MRIS Teacher Leader (2013). Julie has served as a part time Math Recovery® Instructional Coach and trained teachers from all over Wisconsin in AVMR Course 1 and 2. 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 in 1998 and recently completed a principal license certification program (2017).

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Amy Hurley

Amy Hurley

Board Development Chair

Amy is an independent math education consultant who spends time coaching teachers, working with kids and with parents. She has been a Math Recovery® Specialist since 2003. She became a Math Recovery® Leader in 2005. She worked for the Albuquerque Public Schools as a classroom teacher (grades k, 2, 3, and 4), a math intervention teacher and as the District Coordinator for the Math Recovery® Program. She was part of the Exxon Leader Grant for Math Education in APS. She also has worked for the United States Math Recovery® Council as part of the office staff as well as writing curriculum.

She received her Bachelors and Masters in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico.

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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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Lauren Simpson

Lauren Simpson

Policy Chair

Ms. Simpson is an Exempt Organizations Associate at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP. She advises clients on corporate governance and fiduciary duties, tax compliance, political intervention and lobbying, organizational structuring, operational policies and procedures, endowment and restricted gift issues and general corporate and tax matters. Clients include private foundations, educational organizations, museums, universities, and other public charities and 501(c) organizations.

Ms. Simpson has a LL.M in Taxation from NYU School of Law, J.D. from University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. in History from Yale University. She was admitted to the New York Bar.

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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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Dee Swanson

Dee Swanson

Dee is currently a kindergarten teacher. She became a Math Recovery® Intervention Specialist in 2004, a Math Recovery® Leader in 2005, and an Add+VantageMR® Champion in 2006. She has provided in-district Math Recovery® Intervention Specialist and Add+VantageMR® training. She has also worked with Math Recovery® as a consultant.

Dee received her B.A. in Elementary Education and M.S. in Child Development from the University of Wyoming.

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Christina Miller

Christina Miller

Executive Director

Christina is currently serving US Math Recovery Council® as Executive Director. Most recently she served the organization as the Professional Development Director. As a part of the Math Recovery® community for the past 11 years she has witnessed the work of Math Recovery® as a course participant, Board of Director member, consultant, and a team member for the past four years. Christina’s certifications include AVMR Champion, MRIS, MR Leader, and SNAP Facilitator. Prior to her position at the Council Christina was an elementary education teacher and a mathematics coach at the building and district levels.

Christina has a B.A. degree in Elementary Education from Augustana College and her Master degree in Educational Administration from the University of South Dakota. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate for ABD Curriculum & Instruction with emphasis in Math Education at the University of Minnesota.

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