Jane Gaun currently serves as the K-12 Mathematics Coordinator for the Flagstaff Unified School District. She oversees the development and implementation of mathematics curriculum and instruction and also coordinates and instructs professional development activities for teachers and administrators designed to strengthen mathematics teaching and learning. Jane facilitates the newly formed Secondary to Post-Secondary Mathematics Collaborative between mathematics instructors from FUSD, Coconino Community College, and Northern Arizona University. She has worked for the Coconino County Educational Services Agency providing learning opportunities for teachers throughout Northern Arizona and is an active member of the Arizona Association of Teachers of Mathematics where she serves as the STEM Collaborative Representative.
Mona Toncheff, MEd, a mathematics education consultant and author, was the Mathematics Specialist for Phoenix Union High School District in Arizona for 12 years. She oversaw the development and implementation of mathematics curriculum, instruction, and assessment. She is currently the Project Director for AZ Mathematics Partnership, an NSF funded grant for developing middle school mathematics content knowledge. She is the current 1st Vice President of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics and has served as secretary (2007–2008), Western Region 1 RD (2012-2015), and 2nd Vice President (2015-2016). Mrs. Toncheff began her career as a secondary mathematics teacher.
In 2009, Mona was selected as the Phoenix Union High School District Teacher of the Year where she also received the Copper Apple Award for leadership in mathematics from the Arizona Association of Teachers of Mathematics in 2014. She earned a bachelor of science from Arizona State University and a master of education in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University.
Central Region Vice President
Kristen is currently a K-12 Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction Coach for the Peoria Unified School District and has had this position for the past 5 years. She has been a teacher for over 25 years and has taught in three different states every subject and in all grade levels kindergarten through eighth grade, but found that mathematics education was her calling and has focused her attentions there for the past 20 years. She oversees the development and implementation of district mathematics curriculum and creates and offers professional development for all mathematics teachers. Kristen was awarded the Pride of Peoria Outstanding Employee of the Year in 2012 and has served on numerous curriculum and assessment committees throughout Arizona. She works with EdReports.org as a Lead Facilitator making sure that textbook companies are aligned to the Common Core mathematics standards and are rigorous enough to prepare our children for College and Career. She also works as an adjunct professor at Ottawa University teaching mathematics teacher preparation courses. Kristen received her Bachelor of Science in Education at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH and her master of education in educational leadership from Concordia University.
Southern Region Vice President
Melissa Hosten has worked in education for more than 20 years, currently as a Co-Director at the University of Arizona Center for Recruitment and Retention of Mathematics Teachers, and formerly at the Maricopa County Education Service Agency, the Arizona Department of Education, Chandler Unified School District, and the Vail Unified School District. She is involved in assessment and instruction projects at a local and national level, and she specializes in the areas of equity and access. She was recently awarded the Copper Apple Award for Leadership in Mathematics. She is Past President of Women and Mathematics Education and she holds leadership roles in the Joint Committee for Women in the Mathematical Sciences, Arizona Math Leaders and the Arizona Association of Mathematics Teachers; Melissa is an active member of TODOS: Mathematics for All.
Northern Region Vice President
My name is Lawrence Watson. I have been a high school math teacher for 12 years. I am originally from Winslow, and I have lived in Northern Arizona for my entire life. After high school, I attended NAU and studied Mathematics Education. I took my first teaching job in my hometown, at Winslow High School, where I taught courses ranging from Algebra II and Geometry to Intervention and Integrated Math programs. It was also in Winslow that I began working with the NAU Upward Bound program. This past summer was my 11th year serving as a Summer Instructor, and this fall is the beginning of my 12th school year as a site coordinator for Upward Bound. In 2013, my family moved from Winslow to Flagstaff, and I began teaching at Flagstaff High School where I have taught Honors Geometry, Honors Algebra II, and Intervention Math. In 2014, I completed my master’s degree in Educational Leadership with a K-12 principal certification while working at FHS. I have also served as the math department chair for 4 years, and I am a member of the FUSD Math Leadership Team. In my current position, I also spend three hours per day working in the front office as the site test coordinator. I have enjoyed my career as an educator in Northern Arizona immensely. My experiences working with diverse populations and often underserved students have shaped me personally and as a teacher. My wife, Annie, is an English teacher at Flagstaff High School, and we have two sons, Joey and Ben.
Kimberly Dugdale is the Math Specialist for St. Johns USD in St. Johns, AZ. She joined the AML Executive Board in February 2014. She is currently in her 18th year as an educator having taught at the elementary, middle and high school levels, as well as the college level. With her deep passion for mathematics education, she currently works to provide professional development and support to district leadership and teachers. She cares deeply about the learning and teaching of mathematics, which is why she is an ADE certified Common Core Math trainer. She has provided numerous workshops on understanding and implementing Arizona’s mathematics standards. Kimberly also works closely with the Northern Arizona Regional Center.
Anna A. Fermanis has worked in education for more than 15 years. She currently is the Instructional Services Coordinator for Somerton School District K-8 in Somerton, Arizona. She is in charge of the development and implementation of mathematics and language arts curriculum and instruction for the district. Anna coordinates and instructs professional development activities for teachers and administrators on understanding and implementing Arizona’s mathematics standards for the district. She also develops benchmark assessments and oversees the district instructional calendar for both math and language arts. She received her BS in Elementary Education and Masters in Counseling from Northern Arizona University.
Tara Guerrero currently serves as the K-8 Mathematics Coordinator for Crane School District in Yuma, AZ. Her educational career began more than 15 years ago where she taught both elementary and middle school mathematics. With her deep passion for mathematics education, she currently works to provide professional development and support to district leadership and teachers across the state. She has worked with multiple state standard and assessment committees and is a regional vice president for AATM. She cares deeply about the learning and teaching of mathematics and has been able to proudly serve as a representative for math educators across the state.
Kimberly Rimbey, Ph.D., NBCT
As a highly-decorated professional developer, district math coordinator, math coach/specialist and classroom teacher, Kimberly brings over 25 years of experience to the K-12 education field. Kim’s passion for impacting great mathematics teaching and learning emerges in her work with teachers and their leaders in her roles as the Co-founding Owner of KP Mathematics and the Director of Curriculum and Assessment for Buckeye Elementary School District. Kim achieved National Board Certification in Early Adolescence Mathematics (renewed), received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, and was named Alumna of the Year at Grand Canyon University. Kim serves on numerous curriculum, assessment, and professional development committees throughout Arizona and the U.S.
Nora G. Ramirez is a nationally known mathematics educator who has spent over 30 years collaborating with teachers. She worked at Arizona State University and Maricopa Community Colleges as a professional developer, mathematics specialist and principal investigator of several federally funded projects. Nora taught middle school and high school mathematics primarily in Texas. She is a founding member and past-president of TODOS: Mathematics for ALL, a past member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Board of Directors, the Immediate Past President of the Arizona Association of Teachers of Mathematics (AATM), and an advisory board member for several mathematics education and ELL related projects. She is an author and co-editor of Beyond Good Teaching: Advancing Mathematics Education for ELLs published by NCTM and has been a contributing author for several books related to mathematics education. Currently, she is active in NCTM, NCSM, AATM and AML, and now serves as Executive Director of TODOS, and works as a mathematics education consultant in rural, urban and suburban school districts.
Amy Rushall is a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics at Northern Arizona University where she has taught since 1998. At NAU her focus is on coordinating precalculus mathematics, working to serve first-year university students and providing mathematics professional development to K-12 teachers of northern Arizona in cooperation with partners including the Arizona Department of Education, Arizona Board of Regents and the Coconino County Educational Services Agency. Amy is an active member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Associação de Professores de Matemática (Portugal) and the Arizona Association of Teachers of Mathematics where she served as a member of the Executive Board for 6 years.