MATH ENRICHMENT SERVICES
Math Enrichment Services provides a challenging mathematics curriculum for gifted upper elementary and middle school students in the metropolitan Washington DC area. We are based in McLean, Virginia.
My main goal is to support and mathematically challenge intellectually gifted middle school students and to help them survive the educational establishment's war on intellectual excellence.
During the past thirty years, I have experienced educational fads from brain growth plateaus to professional learning communities. Some of the more destructive fads involve those that have taken the math out of mathematics and replaced it with calculators, watered down content and picture books. Many outstanding traditional mathematics teachers have left the field because they were forced to lower their standards and replace them with fuzzy standards championed by the NCTM. I'm one of the lucky ones. I have somehow managed to teach Real math for over thirty years and have no intention of changing my methods. In 2016 I accepted a teaching position at BASIS Independent Mclean. Prior to that I taught for many years at Longfellow Middle School in Fairfax County, Virginia.
I received a BS in math education from The University of Maryland. I have taught math in The Fairfax County Public School system for over thirty-five years and I have taught in the gifted and talented program for over thirty years. I was the 1990 Fairfax County Public Schools teacher of the year and I received two awards for distinguished teaching from the Mathematical Association of America. I was a Mathcounts coach for fourteen years and my teams received regional, state, and national awards. I developed the original Honors Math curriculum for Fairfax County and taught its content to selected teachers. I also developed the curriculum for the combination Algebra / Geometry course where two high school math courses were taught in one year and two credits were awarded. From 1994-2000, I taught Math Reasoning for The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth summer program.
In April of 2007, I was one of 17 experts appointed to the National Mathematics Advisory Panel. This panel, created by an Executive Order issued by President George W. Bush, was charged with "advising the president and the Secretary of Education on the best use of scientifically based research to advance the teaching and learning of mathematics. "