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AAML Officers

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on February 2, 2018 at 1:59:52 pm
 

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A little about your AAML Officers:

 

 

 President (2017-18):  Tom Simmons, El Doradotsimmons@esd-15.org

 

Tom Simmons began serving as an educator in 1987 upon completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology/Chemistry from Louisiana College. He taught math and science and coached in schools in Louisiana and Arkansas and completed his Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Louisiana Tech 2003. In the spring of 2003, he was selected to serve as Endowed Mathematics Chair for the El Dorado School District.

While serving as Mathematics Chair, Simmons has served on multiple state and national committees including: ADE Crosswalk committees (K – 8, 9 – 12), ADE Parent Report Card committee, Arkansas Blue Ribbon Committee, ADE High School Mathematics Course development, ADE Computer Science and Mathematics course development committee, ADE Computer Science Standards committees, Arkansas Association of Mathematics Leaders – President, PARCC Diagnostic Assessment review, ACT/Aspire Performance Level Descriptor committee, Triangle Coalition for STEM Education, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics committee, National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics Affiliate, National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center AMES course development. He has also teamed with educators from across the state to work alongside legislators to improve educational opportunities for students.

 

Simmons resides in El Dorado with his wife Rhonda who serves as Assistant Superintendent of El Dorado Schools. He has three children and four grand-children. Tom attends Cross Life Church and enjoys fishing.

 

 

 

 

Vice President (2018):  Karl Romain, Little Rock School District Virtual Academykarl.henry.romain@gmail.com 2015 - 

Karl-Henry Romain has been an educator for over 18 years. He currently trains teachers and administrators on the nuances of the content, pedagogy and instructional strategies of teaching and learning. His area of expertise is on the seamless integration of technology into the taught curriculum. He has designed and taught various professional learning modules regarding analyzing student work and connecting it to the lesson that was taught and what will be taught; how to unwrap and make sense of the various mathematics learning trajectories; on aligning the pedagogy to the mathematics content being taught, and how to create differentiated lessons to meet the needs of all learners.

More of this bio. can be found at Karlbio17July15.docx.pdf

 

 

Membership (2017-):  Jackie Starks

 

Jackie Starks 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’s administrative skills, she is passionate about educating students, supporting teachers, and advocating for change in mathematics education. 

 


Secretary (2018-):  Angie Jennings, 

 

Angie Jennings was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas and has been in the Fort Smith Area her entire life. Starting at a young age, she set up classrooms in her home and taught her “students” math, which happened to be her younger brothers. She continued to pursue her passion of teaching by earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics Education from Arkansas Tech University. Certified to teach 7th-12th grade Mathematics, she began her career at Alma High School, followed by a short stint at home to stay with her babies. She then returned to teaching in her hometown at Cedarville High School. During her time at Cedarville, she earned her Master’s Degree in Library Media from the University of Central Arkansas, which gives her a unique opportunity to apply cross curricular concepts as well as technology to her skill set. Currently, she is a state math specialist at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith STEM Education Center. Mrs. Jennings loves to work with area teachers and school districts as they work to build the best possible educational opportunities for our students. She has presented multiple times at the Arkansas Curriculum Conference and organizes many grant trainings and programs held on the campus at UAFS. Her primary focus is to encourage teachers to learn, grow, and develop while using research-based teaching strategies and giving their students the opportunity to develop deep understanding of mathematical concepts. 

 

 

 

 

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President-elect (2018-19):  Javier Taylor (will serve as President 2019-)

 

Javier Taylor was born in Fayetteville, AR and is a graduate of Farmington high school. While serving in the United States Air Force, Javier received a Bachelor of Applied Science in Biblical Studies from Bethany Bible College, later he received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Thomas A. Edison State University as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Arkanasas at Monticello. Javier worked as a technical writer and curriculum developer for the Air Force before serving as chairman of the mathematics department at Canyon Creek Christian Academy in Richardson, TX. When Javier and his wife Crystal moved back to Arkansas in 2004, Javier worked at the plastics testing lab of Dalton King Packaging in Russellville, AR. Javier taught high school mathematics at Pottsville, high school, then served for four years as a state mathematics specialist at the STEM center at Arkansas Tech University and three years as a state mathematics specialist at the Western Arkansas Education Service Cooperative in Branch, AR. Javier is currently an Assistant Professor of Practice of Mathematics Education at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, AR

 

 

 

 

 

Past President (2016- 17):  Tim Brister (served as President 2012-2016)tbrister@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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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