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AAML Officers

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A little about your AAML Officers:


President (2012-2016):  Tim Bristertbrister@harding.edu

Tim Brister graduated from Melbourne High School in Melbourne, AR and later went to Harding University and earned a BA and MSE.  Tim has taught mathematics at Midland School District in Pleasant Plains, Beebe Middle School, and Searcy High School.  He has also served as an adjunct instructor for ASU in Beebe and for Harding University in Searcy.  Tim is a member of the ACTM board and and a member of NCTM and NCSM.  He is currently the K- 12 Mathematics Specialist at Harding University STEM Center for Math and Science Education in Searcy Arkansas. 





President Elect:  Tom Simmons, El Dorado, tsimmons@esd-15.org

Tom currently serves as District Mathematics Chair for the El Dorado Public School District (12 years). He has served on multiple ADE Curriculum Framework Committees, the Arkansas Blue Ribbon Committee, and most recently the PARCC Diagnostic Exam Review Committee.



Vice President (2014-2016):  Heather Hardinheather_hardin @ymail.com


Heather Hardin is from McGehee, AR.  She graduated from McGehee High School and attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello where she recieved a BS in Mathematics.  Later she earned her MSE from Arkansas State University in curriculum and instruction.  She holds an Arkansas educators license in 7-12 Mathematics and K-12 Curriculum Program Director.  She is currently a public school program advisor for the Arkansas Department of Education where she works as a math specialist. She is also online math instructor with Bryan University located in Rogers, AR.  


Vice President (2017-):  Cara Cates:  ccates@uca.edu 

Cara Cates was born in Conway, Arkansas and received her Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics, and Master of Arts in Mathematics Education at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA). Ms. Cates has taught secondary mathematics at Morrilton Junior High, Conway Christian High School, and Vilonia Junior High; served as a graduate teaching assistant at UCA; held the position of instructor at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville; and currently serves as a state math specialist at the UCA STEM Institute.  Cara has been honored with receiving Teacher of the Year at Conway Christian High School and the Soaring Wings Educator Award at Vilonia Junior High. She has been published in the Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics quarterly newsletter and has presented at various conferences including T3 International and Regional Conferences and the Arkansas Curriculum Conference. Cara is passionate about equipping teachers to provide students with the opportunity to truly understand and apply mathematics while developing essential problem solving and critical thinking skills.



Membership (2014-2016):  Jean McGheejeanm@uca.edu


Membership (2017-):  Jackie Starks

Jackie Starks, candidate for Treasurer, is in her 11th year of teaching and 5th year as an Instructional Mathematics Facilitator at Searcy McRae Elementary. She has served on the ACSIP committee, the RtI Team and countless other committees that involved leadership, attention to detail, and confidentiality. As a math coach, Jackie is proficient using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and various cloud-based programs. Jackie has published newsletters and provided many Excel reports throughout her working career. She also has experience creating blogs and maintaining websites.  Prior to becoming a teacher, she was the Human Resource Coordinator at a large company in Searcy for five years and is familiar with keeping records.  She excels in organizational and tasks that require precision 
In addition to Jackie‚Äôs administrative skills, she is passionate about educating students, supporting teachers, and advocating for change in mathematics education. 



Secretary (2014-):  Judy Dunmire, Judy.Dunmire@uafs.edu 

 Judy Dunmire graduated from Greenwood High School in Greenwood, AR. After starting a family, she continued her education at the University of Arkansas in Fort Smith (then Westark), completed her Bachelor of Science at Arkansas Tech University, and has an M.Ed in Secondary Education Mathematics from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Judy holds an Arkansas educator's license in 7-12 Mathematics and is National Board Certified. She taught at Charleston Middle School and High School for 10 years before taking a position at the University of Arkansas STEM Institute for Math and Science Education in Fort Smith. She is a member of ACTM, NCTM, and NCSM. She is currently the K-12 Math Specialist at Western Arkansas Educational Cooperative.





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