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The Math Learning Center Blog

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At the Math Learning Center, we believe that all students can make sense of mathematics. Some students just need more time, more opportunities, and more support than others. Our approach emphasizes problem solving, the use of faithful visual models, and a focus on developing fluency. In March 2021, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and the What Works Clearinghouse released a new version of...
Nicole Rigelman, Chief Academic Officer
Meet Antonietta Mavo What grades do you teach, and/or your title/role? K–2 math instructional coach. What school, district, or institution do you work for? Location? I work for Lakeland Elementary in Humble Independent School District, Texas. Who inspired you to become an educator? I have always had a passion for mathematics and how it works. I decided to become an educator so that I may share my...
Amber Cooper, Content Marketing
Meet Amanda Angel What grades do you teach, and/or your title/role? I teach fourth grade math (we are departmentalized in fourth and fifth grade at The Bright School). I teach two on-level math blocks and one advanced math block, which is project based and called Math Academy. I also try to lead the charge school-wide to encourage fun math events and family involvement in math at all levels, as...
Amber Cooper, Content Marketing
It’s spring! The sun is shining, plants are growing, and frogs and bugs abound. At The Math Learning Center, we’ve created some fun activities with springtime themes to help get your math blooming! Like February’s popular Share the Math Love celebration, each of the following activities includes the Share Your Work feature. You can send students a link or code to access the activity, and students...
Kim Markworth, Director of Content Development
Meet Alicia Moorefield What grades do you teach, and/or your title/role? Grade 3 math and content teacher (science, social studies and health). What school, district, or institution do you work for? Location? Baltimore County Public Schools—Honeygo Elementary in Perry Hall, Maryland. Who inspired you to become an educator? My kindergarten teacher Mrs. Coffta was my biggest inspiration. I have so...
Amber Cooper, Content Marketing
Meet Lora Crouse What grades do you teach, and/or your title/role? ​I am a fifth grade mathematics teacher. What school, district, or institution do you work for? Location? ​I teach at Lyons Mill Elementary School. We are a part of the Baltimore County Public Schools system in Maryland. Who inspired you to become an educator? I have been inspired by so many to become an educator—from my sister who...
Amber Cooper, Content Marketing
Meet Danielle Rubel What grades do you teach and/or what is your title/role? What school, district or institution do you work for? What location? I work as an instructional facilitator (coach) at Westmoor School in Northbrook, IL. In my role, I work with staff and students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Prior to becoming an instructional coach, I was a reading specialist and classroom...
Amber Cooper, Content Marketing
Meet Libardo Valencia What grades do you teach and/or what is your title/role? What school, district or institution do you work for? What location? I work as a mathematics teacher at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, New York. I also work as an adjunct lecturer at CUNY Lehman College in the Bronx, New York. During my career, I’ve had the opportunity to teach a wide range of subjects, from...
Amber Cooper, Content Marketing
Meet Angelica MedinaDual Language Elementary Educator at Oak Terrace Elementary in Highland Park, IL What grades do you teach and/or what is your title/role? Grade 3 Dual Language Teacher What school, district or institution do you work for? Location? North Shore School District 112 servicing Highwood and Highland Park, Illinois Who inspired you to become an educator? My third- and fifth-grade...
Amber Cooper, Content Marketing
Meet Josh LabikElementary Educator at Parkside Elementary School in Brookhaven, Pennsylvania What grades do you teach and/or what is your title/role? What school, district or institution do you work for? Location? I am a teacher at Parkside Elementary, currently teaching fifth grade. We are in the Penn-Delco School District located in Brookhaven, Pennsylvania. Who inspired you to become an...
Amber Cooper, Content Marketing