2018 Candidates for Vice President

 Chelsea Carstensen

Chelsea Carstensen

Chelsea Carstensen

Current: Math teacher, John Wesley Powell Middle School, Littleton Public Schools

Experience: Taught 6th grade math, 8th grade math, social studies, and reading

Awards and Activities: Current (10 years) Math Department Chairperson; current district Teacher Leadership Cadre member

About CCTM's Role: From my experience, CCTM supports math teachers by providing them with resources and professional development.

Why Serve?: I am interested in taking more of a leadership role outside of my building and district, connect with professionals in Math, and help support my colleagues in Math.

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 Julie Schmalz

Julie Schmalz

Julie Schmalz

Current: Currently I am a mathematics teacher at Grand Mesa Middle School in Mesa County Valley School District 51. I teach 8th grade and honors Math 1.

Experience: I have been in education for more than 22 years. I spent the beginning of my career as an elementary teacher where I taught kindergarten through 5th grades. Then I became a district level mathematics curriculum specialist and a math recovery Champion which allows me to train teachers in Add+Vantage Math Recovery courses. I have also been a building administrator in Mesa County Valley School District 51. This is my second year at the middle school level. I am enjoying being back in the classroom. The majority of my career has been here in Colorado but I have also worked in California. I have served the teachers of Colorado as Secretary of the Board of CCTM for the past 10 years.

Awards and Activities: I feel strongly that being a member of professional organizations is beneficial to my own growth and learning. Currently I have active memberships in CCTM, NCTM, NCSM, the US Math Recovery Council, and ASCD. I have been a presenter at CCTM, NCTM & CCIRA and was honored with the CCTM 2009 Mathematics Leadership award. At my school I am a member of the leadership team and the mathematics vertical alignment team leader. I also coach Girls on the Run at GMMS. I enjoy running and doing hot yoga. I have been a yoga instructor for the past eight years.

About CCTM's Role: I believe CCTM has an important role to inform and promote the improvement of the teaching and learning of mathematics in our state. They provide an opportunity for teachers to network and learn from each other as well as support and advocate for a high-quality mathematics education for all students.

Why Serve?: It would be a privilege to continue to serve the teachers and students at the state level. Being a member of the CCTM Board for the past 10 years as the secretary has been a tremendous learning experience for me. I would like to be expand my learning by serving as the vice president. I feel I bring a unique perspective to the Board as I have taught both elementary and secondary, been a principal, a curriculum specialist and a staff developer. I would like to continue my journey of learning, growing and helping improve our practice so that all students have access to high quality mathematics.

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