K12 Professional Development and Outreach

Math Workshops

Dr. Anita Lenges

I taught high school math, physics and chemistry in Kenya in the mid-80s and then middle school math for 8 years in north Seattle. I believe that all children deserve a powerful, rigorous, engaging curriculum that reflects their interests and passions while broadening their horizons. I am committed to supporting pre-service and in-service teachers' knowledge, passions, and sense of justice to learn how to create equitable and powerful math learning experiences for all of the students they encounter.

Professional development history: Developing Mathematical Ideas, Young Mathematicians at Work, Cognitive Demand of tasks and instruction, Advancing equity in math teaching, Computational Fluency, Algebraic Thinking, Rational numbers, Proportional Reasoning, Instruction that supports learning. I design learning experiences to match the needs of groups of teachers. I will work with teachers who are committed to intellectual honesty and are willing to consider that all students are capable of learning important mathematics.

Anita Lenges, B.A., Mathematics & Anthropology, University of Washington, 1986; Washington State Teaching Certificate, 1990; M.Ed. Mathematics Education and Teacher Leadership, University of Washington, 1994; Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction, University of Washington, 2004. Post-doctoral study on teacher preparation for teaching in diverse, urban schools, 2005. Taught MIT 2005-2007, Colonialism and Decolonization 2007-2008, M.Ed. and Evergreen Center for Educational Improvement 2008-2009. Professional Development for teachers 1996-present.

Krishna Chowdary

Mr. Krishna Chowdary is an experimental physicist who teaches math and physics at the Evergreen State College. Previously, he taught at Bucknell University in central Pennsylvania, where he worked with the Science in Motion initiative, offering high quality professional development and support to in-service teachers, especially on how to incorporate technology into teaching. He serves on the Evergreen Science Carnival Steering Committee, which provides the largest local opportunity to the South Sound community, including schools, to experience hands-on science and research presentations. He is the president of the Washington Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) for 2009 - 2010, and serves on the Committee on Minorities at AAPT's national level.

Professor Chowdary can offer workshops and in-service opportunities to math and science (physics, chemistry, physical science) teachers at the K12 level, especially on incorporating inquiry-based methods into various teaching styles and situations, connecting the Washington State Math and Science Standards to class-room practice, helping teachers develop, update or refresh pedagogical content knowledge, and incorporating computers and technology into math and science teaching.

He can help teachers develop integrated activities to be done during regular class time or lab time, both from low-tech to high-tech implementation, especially on video analysis of motion. He can help teachers learn how to navigate the latest findings in physics education research, math education research, and cognitive science research as applied to teaching and learning. He looks forward to the opportunity to work closely with K12 math and science teachers.

Paul R. McCreary, Ph.D

"I believe that everyone can develop skills in math and can actually have fun discovering the genius within themselves. Currently I am working with a group of college students to create 3D animations of protein interactions.  I am also working with high school and middle school teachers in Tacoma to increase the diversity and success of students in science and math classes. I have found collaboration during class sessions an especially effective way for students to learn."

Paul McCreary earned a B.S. in Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MAT in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and an M.S. in Computational Math and Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He taught high school for 9 years in Illinois, college in Louisiana and Washington, and has helped practicing and pre-service teachers learn how to bring collaborative practices into their classrooms.