2019 Candidates for Treasurer

Joseph Bolz

Joseph Bolz

Joseph Bolz

Current: Mathematics Teacher, Instructional Partner, and Department Chair, George Washington High School, Denver Public Schools

Background: As a teacher of 18 years now, I have taught almost every high school mathematics course you can imagine. Over my time in teaching, I have served in multiple capacities including teacher, course leader, department chair, and now an instructional partner where I spend half of my day coaching other teachers of mathematics. In addition to teaching, I have coached several sports including Track and Football, served as sponsors for such organizations as Class Government and the Gay Straight Alliance, and served on committees to guide the school through major changes. Outside of the schools, I have presented at numerous conferences, given a few Ignites, and have even had some of my works published through various outlets like Mathematics Teacher. When I finally get home, I have my three children (2, 5, and 7) and my wonderful wife to celebrate the day with.

About CCTM's Role: CCTM is a gathering place - both in the physical conference and the digital ways we interact - for the Colorado Mathematics Teaching community. The organization brings teachers from across the state together in unique ways to help us grow in our professions. CCTM provides learning to us through the diverse expertise and learned experiences that we each bring. In short, CCTM provides meaningful professional development for us mathematics teachers in Colorado, a role that continues to grow as time and technology do.

Why Serve?: To give back. To give back to an organization that has given so much to so many teachers. To give my knowledge and expertise that I have acquired over the past 18 years teaching as well as in my personal endeavors in both getting a Masters in Educational Leadership and now as I close in on completing my PhD in Curriculum and Instruction. To give back by finding ways of encouraging growth. I have made it a challenge every year to bring new teachers to the CCTM conference so that they may begin to see all that CCTM has to offer. In doing so, I also encourage new teachers to present at the conference so that they can then give back by sharing their knowledge. My hope is that this creates a cycle of more and more people being brought in to the community. To give back by challenging popular thinking. I choose to push the status quo. I choose to try new things. I choose to promote equity – something those of you who have seen me speak will understand. Social Justice. Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. Equity. These are not merely words in my classroom, but the foundation for what occurs in my room. To give more to the community of mathematics teachers. There are so many out there who don’t know the wonders of CCTM that I want to help grow the organization through outreach and word of mouth. To give all I can to see CCTM flourish through the next few years.

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Jessica Cohen

Jessica Cohen

Jessica Cohen

Current: 2nd Grade Teacher, Centennial Elementary, Harrison School District 2.

Background: I have been an elementary teacher for the last 13 years. My experience is in the primary grades. I have taught Preschool, Kindergarten and 2nd grade in 12 of those years. I am passionate about teaching kids the foundational skills to mathematics. These concepts are overlooked, but the most important. At my last school I was the treasurer of the PTO. This was an amazing experience because it gave me the opportunity to see where the funds would go. The team and I would have to decide where funds were properly distributed throughout the school.

About CCTM's Role: The role of CCTM is to be there to support all math teachers as educational policies change. CCTM needs to be ahead of changes that are coming at the teachers, and help teachers make sense of how these changes will apply to them. CCTM needs to be there to help establish a community of math learners to support each other. This will help strengthen instruction in mathematics and create more math leaders throughout the state.

Why Serve?: As Colorado looks to implement full day kindergarten, supporting these math teachers with instruction will be crucial. I want to be a part of the board to help create professional developments and learning opportunities for all teachers but especially the Kindergarten teachers.

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