EDUCATOR, CONSULTANT, AUTHOR, ILLUSTRATOR, AND MATH LOVER
Hi! My name is Pam and this is my website…
I have spent the past 20+ years working in the fields of STEM education, program and curriculum development.
Currently I have the great pleasure of working for the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences as an Academic Coordinator (K – 12) where I get to create content and materials aimed at teaching elementary students, and their teachers, about the amazing world of mathematics. You can learn more about these programs on the Fields Academy website.
Learn more about me below and feel free to follow me on social media or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a certified teacher in Ontario in Math and Science at the high school level. I also have a Master’s Degree in Mathematics for Teachers and a PhD Education where I did my thesis on a pre-service elementary teacher course focused on building math content knowledge.
I have also been a Sessional Lecturer at the Ontario Insitute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto where I taught a course called Issues in Numeracy where we investigate the idea that math is not a neutral subject.
I have been asked to present at a number of conferences on a variety of topics. Some of these include:
- Math Curriculum in Ontario: A Historical Perspective; Canadian Math Society (April 2021); you can view the talk on YouTube
- Addressing Math Content Knowledge and Math Anxiety in a Teacher Education Program; Fields Math Education Forum (January 2021)
- AI is Here. Have Some Fear? 5 Assurances To Alleviate and Educate You on the Potential of Artificial Intelligence in K-12 Education; Learning & Training Conference (December 2020)
I have also done a number of interviews for the Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education (CJSMTE), which can see on YouTube
My work at the Fields Institute also allows me to have a little fun with math…
For over 8 years I had the privilege of working for the Math Department at the University of Toronto as their Outreach Coordinator. It was during this time I met amazing and fascinating mathematicians who taught me to see the world of math all around me and developed a passion for the subject.
With this in mind I started LOOK: MATH! which follows Alpha (my math loving dog) on adventures to see math in the world around him!
I now have the privilege of continuing my outreach work with the wonderful Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences where I am the K – 12 Academic Coordinator and spend my time making easily accessible online math courses for K – 6 educators on a wide variety of topics (including Financial Literacy and Math Modelling).
Author and Illustrator
As a way to bring my math passion to youth I have been hard at work on writing a children’s book aimed at students in Grades 4 – 6 that follows the adventures of Alpha (my Math Loving Dog) on his journey to find his forever home here in Toronto and all the math he encounters along the way.
To really bring Alpha’s Adventures to life I also illustrated the book and am the dedicated photographer and social media guru for Alpha!
I am also an avid writer of other things STEM related, check out some of my other works here:
- Getting to the “square root” of the problem, Fields Notes (page 24)
- Getting Elementary Classrooms Cyber-ready, Fields Notes (page 26)
- Physics of the Impossible Book Review 2, Alberta Science
- From the bookshelf of… (review of “The Simpson’s and their Mathematical Secrets”), Crux Mathematicorum (page 452)
I also write freelance reviews for Common Sense Education on various STEM related website and apps.
I have over 16 years experience in program and curriculum development and in 2014 I started VedaVox Inc as a way to help others achieve their educational program goals.