Jim Ryan has worked in a variety of capacities to improve STEM education for all students. He was a high school mathematics teacher and site administrator for nine years. He worked as an analyst, programmer, and team lead for PowerSchool, a division of Apple Computers, and then served in several leadership roles at Key Curriculum Press, a leading publisher of mathematics tools and curricula. In his work at Key he managed the Professional Development and Marketing teams and led the creation of a new division focused on supporting the implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Prior to his current role, he was the Project Manager for the CCSS-M Project at the San Francisco School Alliance.
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Alyssa Foss began her career in 2004 as a second grade teacher. Since then she has had the opportunity to teach 4th, 6th, and 8th grade as well as provide support for teachers and students as an elementary math coach. Born and raised in Maine, Alyssa has lived and worked in Virginia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Florida, and now California! With a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership Alyssa is excited to share her experiences and passion for math education with the teachers, students, and families of SFUSD.
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Angela Torres is a high school math teacher who taught for 10 years in California, including 5 years at Mission High School in SFUSD, and internationally in Colombia. She highly values being a member of a collaborative department. She has been a content specialist since 2012, and currently manages the SFUSD Complex Instruction Program. Angela is excited to continue collaborating with colleagues across SFUSD to support rich math learning experiences for all of our students.
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Emma Treviño is the Project Manager of implementation of CCSS-M for San Francisco Unified School District. She is responsible for ensuring the coherence of the mathematics professional development design and implementation for the District. Previously, she was the Supervisor of Mathematics Programs for the Dana Center at the University of Texas in Austin. She has extensive experience in the areas of mathematics standards, curriculum, and assessment and has provided technical assistance to States and Districts.
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Jennifer Hein deMause has worked in the realm of special education around the Bay Area: first as a paraprofessional in Oakland, then as a middle school special education teacher in Daly City, and finally as a special education content specialist supporting elementary and middle schools in SFUSD. Now she is supporting elementary math teachers as well as helping to create better access to the core curriculum for our district’s 7,000 students who receive special education services. She loves figuring out how various students learn and using that understanding to create access to challenging and engaging mathematics.
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Kawthar Duncan is an elementary math content specialist. She has been teaching since 2009. She started her career in Detroit, MI, and moved to the Bay Area in 2011. Kawthar has been a general education and a special education teacher. She has been fortunate to teach so many amazing students where she has learned the importance of social emotional learning, restorative practices, and holding students to high academic expectations. Kawthar is excited to deepen her mathematics content knowledge and finding ways to support teachers in developing and maintaining a safe learning environment for all students. She loves this quote from Rita Pierson, "Every child deserves a champion; an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be."
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Noam Szoke has taught Math to 4th and 5th graders in Oakland, 7th and 8th graders in Santa Maria, and teachers and other adults all over the country. He is interested in how people's beliefs about themselves, about Mathematics, and about learning and teaching intersect and affect their approach toward Math.
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Lizzy Hull Barnes has taught Math to Preschool through 6th graders in schools around the Bay Area, and supported the learning of adults in Louisiana and fellow teachers and coaches in San Francisco. The Common Core has provided all of us a precious window to reframe the question, "What does it mean to be 'good at math'?" Lizzy is excited to lead the work of recapturing mathematics as a multidimensional discipline for all 56,000 students in SFUSD.
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Andres Marti has taught in public high schools since 1990, mostly at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo, where he spearheaded a successful effort to have all students take college preparatory mathematics courses. More recently he was an editor and product manager at Key Curriculum Press, which published innovative mathematics curriculum and software including Discovering Geometry, Interactive Mathematics Program (IMP), Sketchpad, TinkerPlots, and Fathom. Andres is passionate about integrating technology into mathematics instruction, particularly the use of dynamic geometry, algebra, and data software that allow students to explore and experiment with mathematics.
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Elizabeth DeCarli taught math at James Logan High School in Union City and worked as a technology coach to help teachers incorporate the use of technology into their math classes. Then she worked at Key Curriculum Press in a variety of positions and had the privilege of working with math teachers, curriculum developers, and authors to develop rich mathematics materials. She loves the productive buzz of learners of any age making sense of mathematics together.
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Glenn Kenyon has taught since 1988, first in bilingual kindergarten, then in Spanish Immersion 4th/5th grades, and most recently in 7th and 8th grade math. He is National Board Certified and has his Masters in Math Education. One of his passions is working with students on rich math problems.
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Kathy Bradley has been in SFUSD since 2002, initially teaching 5th grade and then Kindergarten. She has been a math coach for the PRIME2 Project for the last 3 years. She loves being able to dive deeply into elementary mathematics, both through research and through working with students and teachers in the classroom. She is National Board Certified and is completing her Masters in Math Education.
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Sabrina Iwasaki is an elementary math content specialist. Bio coming soon!
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Vriana Kempster has been with SFUSD since 2001, as a 5th grade teacher, math coach, and 8th grade Algebra teacher. She is especially interested in Complex Instruction, designing curriculum, student engagement and participation, and working with heterogeneous groups of learners.
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Middle School Math Coaches
Ho Nguyen is the Supervisor of the Middle School Math Coaches. He worked as a High School Math Content Specialist and a member of the LEAD High School Area team and a Complex Instruction Coach. Ho taught high school math for over 10 years at Balboa, Lincoln, Gateway and Richmond high schools.
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Brian Waldman is a Middle School Math Coach at three SFUSD schools. Before this, he taught 9th and 10th grade math for 12 years in SFUSD. He thoroughly enjoys listening to students make new connections and deep sense of mathematics together!
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Norm Mattox is a Middle School Math Coach. Bio and picture coming soon!
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Sarah Gleason is a Middle School Math Coach. She began working with SFUSD in 2002, first as a special education paraprofessional at the elementary and high school levels and then moving on to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Middle School as a special education teacher in 2008. Co-teaching in Complex Instruction Math classes totally shifted Sarah’s thinking about math and opened up a new world for her. She is delighted to continue this journey as a coach, where she gets to work with and learn from amazing middle school math teachers and their students across SFUSD.
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Toni Allen is a Middle School Math Coach. She has worked in a variety of teaching and learning contexts and student populations including gifted and talented and the dyslexic learner in public, private, and innovative charter schools. Toni's roots are in elementary multiple subject classrooms. Around 2009, Toni became an elementary math TSA in SFUSD. Building on her work while earning her National Board Certification, Toni has seen her professional growth committed to equity through access, agency, and creating an environment where students can co-construct their mathematical understanding. When SFUSD committed to social justice in the mathematics classroom by de-tracking and creating classrooms and curriculum supporting all learners, Toni jumped at the opportunity to return to SFUSD and work with the highly collaborative team of coaches supporting a shift in teaching and learning so that all students recognize and evolve a positive and productive mathematical identity.
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Alisa Brown joined SFUSD in 2001 as a middle school math teacher at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Middle School. In 2012 she transitioned to coaching teachers of all grade levels and content areas. From 2014-2016, Alisa did program development for SFUSD's intern program while attending graduate school in U.C. Berkeley's Principal Leadership Institute cohort 16. Currently, she works as a Middle School Math Coach, learning and growing with teachers while having conversations around growth mindset and equity for all students.
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Mary Maher is a Middle School Math Coach. She taught a range of Math classes at Mission HIgh School for 12 years, and at James Lick Middle School for 7 years prior to that. She appreciates the opportunity to work with and learn from the very hardworking teachers of San Francisco public schools.
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Tierra Fender is a Middle School Math Coach. This is her third year as a Math Coach in SFUSD. Prior to joining the district, she was in education for four years in Tucson, Arizona. Her first position was as a high school math teacher where she also started the Math Club and the STEM for Girls group. During those three years, Tierra wanted to get more involved in what was happening outside her classroom walls. In addition to increasing and varying collaboration circles on math, she also got more involved with the association. During her fourth year in AZ, she started working at a middle school in the same district as a Technology Coach; her duties were very similar to an IRF in SF. This position allowed Tierra the time to become more involved in the association and gain a better understanding of policies and how a district works. But she missed math to her core. Tierra gets her fuel for the day to day by problem solving. She even continued to take math classes in college after it was a requirement. This yearning to be a math coach led her to this amazing position in CA where she gets to interact with other math lovers on a daily basis.
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Yuka Walton is a Middle School Math Coach. Bio and picture coming soon!
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Joy Otake has worked in SFUSD for over 18 years. She started as a 5th grade teacher in the Bay View, and then worked as an Instructional Reform Facilitator for 12 years. Her experience ranges from coaching classroom teachers, to designing professional development, and creating structures for teacher collaboration. She is interested in helping teachers make connections between implementing balanced literacy, and building mathematically powerful classrooms.
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Retired Math Department Members
Lise Dworkin retired from SFUSD after having been a Math Content Specialist from 1989 until 2014. She most recently directed the CaMSP PRIME grades 4 and 5 math project. Lise was an elementary teacher and a Supervisor of Teacher Education at U.C. Berkeley before coming to SFUSD. She has taught math education courses at S.F. State and U.C. Berkeley, and is interested in using formative math assessment in the classroom to promote learning.