Presenters: Jason Chamberlain, David Pearce, Wilma Hashimoto, Grace Florez
AIMS Center for Math and Science, Fresno CA
March 13, 2017
This presentation is the third in a series on Teacher Noticing presented by the Research Associates at the AIMS Center for Math and Science Education
AIMS Center Presenters
Jason Chamberlain is a Research Associate for the AIMS Center. His experiences in education include: being a father of two school-age, math-loving children, Holly and Luke; designing off-the-wall math experiences for enthusiastic 3rd grade and less enthusiastic (at least, initially) 8th grade students at Caruthers Elementary School, where he also worked to form a K-8 teacher team for vertical articulation; and facilitating math workshops for the San Joaquin Valley Mathematics Project, California Mathematics Council, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Jason is a graduate of CSU, Fresno, holds a teaching credential, and anticipates receiving a Master of Arts in STEM Education from Fresno Pacific University in 2018. At AIMS, he is currently working to translate research related to the development of the understanding of number in young children.
Grace Florez is a Research Associate at the AIMS Center. She has worked in education for the past 12 years as a kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade teacher. As a teacher, Grace has been on various curriculum adoption teams as well as teacher mentoring committees. Grace earned her Bachelors Degree in Agricultural Business from California State University, Fresno. Soon after receiving her BS she worked for Texas A&M Extension Center, Robstown, assisting in the Agricultural Financial Risk Department. Upon moving back to California she earned her teaching credential at Chapman University. In 2015, Grace earned her Masters Degree in Educational Administrative Leadership from National University.
David Pearce is a Research Associate at the AIMS Center. He has worked in math education for 19 years as a middle school math teacher in Central Unified (California). During this time he was part of the District’s Math Vertical Team, Math Adoption Committee, District Math Committee for Course Alignment and Implementation, as well as the Math Department Chairperson at Rio Vista Middle School and Director of Soccer. David is interested in math education and improving student learning in this area. Through his study of educational research, his work will help in supporting teachers in their efforts to create and facilitate exceptional mathematical learning experiences for all students. He anticipates the completion of his MA in Math Education through Fresno Pacific University by May 2018.
Wilma Hashimoto is a Research Associate specializing in Early Learning. Her experience includes being an Assistant Superintendent for Fresno Unified School District, Director of Early Learning for Fresno County Office of Education and Assistant Director of Child Development for Clovis Unified School District. She has also been an adjunct faculty member for Fresno City College. Wilma holds a Masters degree from Fresno State and a bachelor degree from the University of Southern California. Wilma has served as a commissioner for First 5 Fresno County and board member for the San Joaquin Parkway Trust, CASA, and Stone Soup Fresno. For her community and educational contributions, Wilma was named a 2011 finalist for Fresno County Administrator of the Year, Marjaree Mason Top 10 Professional Women in 2009, and CUSD 2008 Crystal Award winner. Wilma is dedicated to changing the trajectory of our youngest learners through mastering early mathematical skills that will positively impact all curricular areas.