Carrie Peters and Jennifer Gillman are pictured here at the HS Math Question Design Day workshop that was held on February 12, 2015 at the Olean BOCES Main Center. Teachers from the region gathered together to create assessment questions aligned to the Common Core Standards in Algebra 1 and Geometry. The questions that were created that day will be shared with those districts participating in the workshop and can be found on the CA BOCES HS Math Moodle site, developed by Staff Specialist Mark Carls.
So why write about these two teachers? The answer is as simple as π. Without question, these two teachers have consistently displayed superior levels of professionalism during workshops that make them stand out as teacher leaders across the region. For example, they openly shared their curriculum maps and resources that they created over the summer at the first Geometry Teachers workshop offered this fall. They also attended a workshop on Quality Assessment Design to self-assess the types of assessments that they give to their students, and learn more about methods of collecting evidence of student learning, and together they created 11 original assessment questions aligned to the Geometry Standards to share with colleagues in the region.
Carrie Peters has been teaching her students math at Olean HS for the past 9 years. She graduated from Olean City Schools, so it’s a full circle to have one of their own students come back as a teacher. She attended college at SUNY Geneseo and currently teaches students Geometry, Advanced Geometry, and year 2 of Algebra 2 Trigonometry.
Jennifer Gillman graduated from Cattaraugus-Little Valley HS and has been teaching students in Olean HS for the past 2 years. She attended college at SUNY Fredonia and currently teaches students Geometry, the first year of a 2-year Algebra 1 course, AIS and Topics- a course designed to help students pass the Regents after completing the course work.
By: Mary Morris, CA BOCES