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"I became a teacher because children fascinate me. To have the privilege and challenge of working with children as a career is the best," says Maryann.
Maryann is a practicing public school classroom teacher with over thirty-six years of experience teaching grades pre-K–6. She has also taught college preservice mathematics methods courses, led numerous inservices in mathematics across the United States, and spoken at various mathematics conferences at the local, state, and national levels. She was the recipient of the 1996 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching. Maryann has published numerous articles in NCTM's Teaching Children Mathematics and, more recently, sat on the editorial panel of the journal.
Maryann believes that ongoing professional development through face-to-face inservice, electronic professional development, and professional resources such as journals and books is critical to the quality of education a teacher can provide to students. "Good professional development allows teachers to reflect thoughtfully on practices, evaluate what is working or not working, and make appropriate changes based on what is learned in professional development," she explains.
Maryann received her master's degree in curriculum and instruction from San Diego State University. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, stand-up paddle boarding, skiing, camping, reading, writing, and spending time with her family and friends.