AMSTI - UAH MATH

Summer 2021 Professional Learning Opportunities

Space is limited. Please register early to reserve your spot.

The Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative deepens teacher content knowledge in mathematics and pedagogy to produce student mastery of Alabama Mathematics standards. The vision includes student engagement in rigorous and meaningful mathematical tasks and teachers analyzing student work samples and dialogue. Below is a menu of the professional learning opportunties available for summer 2021. If you have any questions, please contact Sheila Holt at sheila.holt@uah.edu.

MEET OUR AMSTI TRAINERS

Carrie Plank

Carrie currently serves as a K-2 Math Specialist for AMSTI-UAH. Carrie works with in-service and pre-service teachers, and she enjoys all the new learning that takes place while working alongside these teachers. She also loves working with and mentoring math coaches and building up teacher leaders to make an impact in their schools. She is nationally certified as an Ongoing Assessment Project Additive trainer. Carrie also serves as a mentoring specialist to math coaches across the region. She is a member of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and has been a presenter at both organizations' national conferences.

Elizabeth Hughes

Elizabeth Hughes currently serves as a K-2 math specialist at AMSTI-UAH. Elizabeth’s background in education consists of teaching at the elementary level. Previously, she taught in Huntsville City Schools as a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade mathematics lead teacher. While there, she supported new teachers in mathematics while serving as one of the district's PLC lead teachers, as well as her school's Positive Behaviors Supports and Interventions Coach. Elizabeth prides herself on her experience with serving students from rural and high poverty areas. In 2019, she was honored as a Teacher of the Year and Huntsville City Schools district-wide Change Maker. She also serves as a mentoring specialist to math coaches across the region. Elizabeth is a member of the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, Alabama Council for Teachers of Mathematics, and National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics.

Beth Balch

Beth is a K-2 Math and Science Specialist for AMSTI-UAH. Her diverse professional background includes Marketing/Graphic Design, Elementary Education, as well as Instructional Design and Technology. As an elementary classroom teacher, Beth was awarded the John Frank Parker Making a Difference Award for the Hartselle City Schools system. She also serves as a mentoring specialist to math coaches across the region. She is a member of the National Science Teachers Association, Alabama Science Teachers Association, National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, and Alabama Mathematics Leadership Alliance.

Melissa Campbell

Melissa currently serves as a 3rd-5th Grade Math Specialist for AMSTI-UAH. Most recently, she taught 4th grade mathematics, science, and Alabama History in the Fort Payne City School System. While there, she served as a mentor teacher for mathematics and as the 4th grade representative to the district's Mathematics Vertical Leadership Team. She was honored as a Teacher of the Year, and twice honored by the VFW as Dekalb County's Social Studies Elementary Educator of the Year. She also serves as a mentoring specialist to math coaches across the region. Melissa is a member of The National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, The Alabama Council for Teachers of Mathematics, NCSM: Leadership in Mathematics Education, and The Alabama Mathematics Leadership Alliance. She is also a member of NEA and AEA, presently acting as a member of the AEA's Education Policy and Professional Practice Commission.

Rochelle Cantrell

Rochelle Cantrell is currently a 3-5 Mathematics Specialist at AMSTI-UAH. She taught third and fifth grade for a combined duration of eleven years in Arab City Schools. While there, she served as a grade level representative to the district's Instructional Leadership Team and Problem Solving Team. She has a master’s degree in Instructional Leadership. She was twice honored as a VFW National Citizenship Elementary Educator of the Year in Marshall County. Rochelle also serves as a mentoring specialist to math coaches across the region. Rochelle is a member of the Alabama Council Teachers of Mathematics, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics.

Lisa McDonough

Lisa currently serves as a 3rd-5th Grade Math Specialist for AMSTI-UAH. She served as a K-4th Grade Math Coach with Fort Payne City Schools before joining AMSTI-UAH. Lisa is an Alabama OGAP facilitator for Multiplicative and Fractional Reasoning. She also serves as a mentoring specialist to math coaches across the region. She is a member of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, Alabama Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and serves as acting secretary of Alabama Mathematics Leadership Alliance.

Denise Porch

Denise currently serves as a 3rd-5th Grade Math Specialist for AMSTI-UAH. Denise’s background in education consists of teaching at the secondary level, administration at the elementary level, mathematics coaching at the primary and elementary levels, and receiving National Board Certification. She is an Alabama OGAP facilitator for Multiplicative and Fractional Reasoning. She also serves as a mentoring specialist to math coaches across the region. Denise is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, and is a board member of the Alabama Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Jeanne Simpson

Jeanne currently serves as a Secondary Math Specialist for AMSTI-UAH. She taught middle and high school mathematics for seventeen years before becoming a Math Specialist for the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative in 2007. She holds National Board certification in Early Adolescent Mathematics, and she has master's degrees in Integrating Classroom Technology and in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Jeanne is an Alabama OGAP facilitator for Fractional and Proportional Reasoning. She also serves as a mentoring specialist to math coaches across the region. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, the Alabama Mathematics Leadership Alliance, and a member of the Executive Board of the Alabama Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She is also an Illustrative Mathematics Certified Facilitator.

Le Shell Smith

Le Shell Smith is currently a secondary mathematics specialist at AMSTI-UAH. Prior to her current position, Le Shell was a secondary mathematics teacher. Le Shell has experience teaching seventh grade through AP Calculus. In 2000 and 2014, she was named teacher of the year for her district. She is an Alabama OGAP facilitator for Fractional and Proportional Reasoning. Le Shell develops and pilots professional learning to meet the needs of educators in our state. She serves as president of the Alabama Mathematics Leadership Alliance. Le Shell also serves as our math coach and administrator laison. She is also a member of the Alabama Council of Teacher of Mathematics, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics.

AMSTI-UAH

University of Alabama Huntsville

188 Sparkman NW

Shelbie King Hall

Room 214C