Elections: Candidate Bios

The 2019 elections for state and regional presidents are now closed.  Winners will be announced soon!

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Candidates for State President

Stefanie Buckner and Karen McPherson

Stephanie BucknerStefanie Buckner is the K-12 Mathematics Specialist for Buncombe County Schools (Asheville, NC). In this role, Stefanie works collaboratively with directors, administrators, teachers and coaches to ensure a vertically articulated mathematical experience for students from kindergarten to 12th grade. Prior to this role, she was a high school math coach, a math teacher at Buncombe County Early College, and a high school math teacher at a traditional high school in Wake County. Stefanie is a proud NC Teaching Fellow alumna from Appalachian State (’03), received her M.A. Ed. from Wake Forest University (’04) , achieved National Board Certification in AYA Mathematics, and completed a certificate in School Administration from Appalachian State. Stefanie has been an active member of the mathematics education community both in and outside of North Carolina. She has participated in and led numerous math workshops, participated in curriculum reviews, and helped write standards and curriculum. She believes her most significant accomplishment to the math community has been the work she and Sonia Dupree started five years ago. Realizing that we are better together, Stefanie and Sonia worked to organically bring together district leaders, teachers and university professors to craft high school frameworks for the, at the time, new standards. This organic interaction laid the foundation for what has become NC2ML. Stefanie has served as a Conference Co-Chair for the Annual NCCTM Fall Conference for the past 4 years. She has also served on the NCCTM Board as the Western Region Vice President for High Schools. Stefanie sees first hand, from her work with NC2ML and the Annual Conference, the power of collective effervescence. Recent trends in powerful and meaningful collaboration in North Carolina have led to novel levels of collective efficacy (NC2ML and NCTools4Teachers) directly impacting the mathematical power of all students across our state. Stefanie’s vision for NCCTM is to capitalize and connect with recent statewide collaborations to drive mathematics teaching and learning to new and exciting areas that we cannot achieve in isolation. To borrow from Dr. Valerie Faulkner’s concept – Stefanie wants to explore how 1+1 can be 4 instead of 2. (Disclaimer: Stefanie does know basic facts and if this statement of 1+1 is 4 is bothering you then make sure you check out Dr. Faulkner’s sessions at NCCTM on Friday!) 

Karen McPherson PhotKaren McPherson is a high school math coach for Buncombe County Schools. She provides professional development experiences aimed at increasing teacher content knowledge, supports teachers in implementing effective instructional practices, and identifies and develops quality resources. She has facilitated numerous workshops and sessions on the NC Math Standards, the Instructional Shifts, and aligned instruction. She is a National Board Certified Teacher (2004 & 2013) and is a graduate from UNC Chapel Hill (Secondary Math Education 1998) and Western Carolina University (MAT 2003 & MSA 2010). A long-standing member of NCCTM, she has served most recently as the Western Regional President (2017-2018). As the regional president she increased communication with the members in the Western Region and helped grow the regional conference. She has also served as program book editor from 2012-2015 and Western Regional Vice-President for High School 2011-2012. Karen is excited for the opportunity to work alongside the talented and dedicated educators that are shaping math education in North Carolina. If chosen as President of NCCTM, she would continue to ensure the high-quality professional development and resources offered by this organization. She would also strive to lead the organization in addressing the current concerns and issues facing educators and students in NC.


Candidates for Eastern Region President

Kwaku Adu-Gyamfi and Shelby Morge

Kwaku Adu-GyamfiKwaku Adu-Gyamfi is an associate professor of Mathematics Education in the College of Education at East Carolina University (ECU). He graduated from North Carolina State University with a Master’s degree in Mathematics Education in 20003 and a Ph.D. degree in Mathematics Education in 2007.  His involvement in NCCTM spans over a decade in different roles and capacities. Some of these include speaking engagements at NCCTM annual and regional conferences, faculty sponsor of the gamma student affiliate chapter of NCCTM, and conference program co-chair. Kwaku has worked with educators and teachers across the state. He taught courses for the MELT-leadership institute and the NC-PIMS program. He was a member of the NC-AMTE task force that met to discuss the program of study for the Elementary Math Add-On License. In his work with teachers, Kwaku has always emphasized the vision of teacher leadership and advocated for experiences that serve to promote math teachers as leaders in their classrooms, schools, district, and the state. If elected President of the Eastern Region, He would like to focus efforts on extending this vision to teachers in the region and leveraging available resources from NCCTM to support this vision. It is only through teacher leadership that we can develop a professional teaching community that supports the needs of math teachers and students in the region.

Shelby Morge is an associate professor of mathematics education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in mathematics education from Indiana State University in 1997. She taught middle school and high school mathematics in Indiana. Shelby returned to school to complete her Masters and Ph.D. in mathematics education with a minor in mathematics from Indiana University.  After graduation, she moved to Wilmington for her position at UNCW. Since arriving in North Carolina, Shelby has been involved in mathematics education at the state level. She taught courses for the NC-PIMS program, was a member of the development team for the NC Elementary Mathematics Add-On License and has been involved in other state-wide grants and initiatives such as NC-NAEP. Shelby has served on the NCCTM Board as the Eastern Region College Vice President and State College Vice President.  At UNCW, she teaches courses for middle grades and secondary preservice teachers and elementary education graduate students. Shelby has been involved in several local professional development initiatives, leading workshops for teachers in Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Lenoir, New Hanover, Onslow, and Pender Counties. She also has co-written several grants to provide professional development support for local teachers. Shelby looks forward to the opportunity to continue her collaboration with mathematics educators across the state as president of the Eastern Region. She would be honored to serve and learn alongside members of the organization and continue to support the important work of mathematics educators in North Carolina.


Candidates for Central Region President

C.E. Davis and Sarah Vaughn

Dr. Clarence E. Davis, “C.E.,” has had over twenty-four years of teaching experience as a classroom teacher and working with classroom teachers throughout the southeast.  He is currently an associate professor in the department of Curriculum and Instruction at North Carolina Central University. In 2003, he earned a doctorate degree in Mathematics Education from North Carolina State University.  He has worked with traditional public and charter elementary, middle and high schools, as well as community colleges and universities. At the state level, he has worked as a consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and has served on several projects for the Virginia Department of Education. He has done several research and non-research presentations, articles, and grants focusing on pre-service candidates across the country. He truly feels that he was afforded these wonderful opportunities because of his background and determination to give back to his students and community the same strengths and friendships that he received throughout his educational career.  C.E. has been an active member of NCCTM for several years.  From 2012-2013, he served as chair/co-chair of the registration desk at the NCCTM annual conference.  Dr. Davis has served as a judge for the NCCTM state mathematics conference.  From 2013-2015, C.E. was the Central Region’s Vice President for Colleges and Universities.  If elected President of the Central Region, Dr. Davis would like to focus efforts on having a positive impact on the poorer LEAs within the region. Only by providing opportunities for all, can we guarantee success for all.  

Sarah VaughnSarah Vaughn has been teaching in Guilford County since 2006, covering the full span of courses offered to 8th grade learners from standard grade-level mathematics through Algebra 2. She received her Masters of Education with a concentration in middle grades math from UNCG in 2006. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa where she double-majored in mathematics and economics. This led immediately to a 15-year career in the retirement plan industry before heeding the call to return to school to earn a teaching credential. Sara was recognized as a National Board Certified Teacher in 2012. She was a finalist for the 2015 PAEMST for North Carolina. She was a semi-finalist for Teacher of the Year in Guilford County 2013-14 and was awarded Outstanding Secondary Math Teacher of the Year for Guilford County in 2018. As a leader outside the classroom Sara conducts various professional development sessions, including several NCCTM events. She also serves as the 8th Grade Community Coach for the openly sourced curriculum, Open Up Resources 6-8 Math. Sara served as the Central Region’s Middle Grades Vice President on the NCCTM board from 2017-2018 where she began assisting with the Central Region’s spring conference preparations. Sara began attending NCCTM events while in graduate school and regularly promotes the quality of the professional development opportunities NCCTM sponsors. If elected as President of the Central Region, Sara intends to support mathematics education and its educators by acting to support the interests of Central Region educators so they may, in turn, be better positioned to serve learners of mathematics in the region and state.


Candidates for Western Region President

Kelly Reigle and Kaneka Turner

Kelly Reigle is currently the K-12 EC Mathematics Curriculum Coordinator for Union County Public Schools.  She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Kindergarten Education.  In 2011, she graduated from Winthrop University with a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction.  She is currently in the process of working to earn a Graduate Certificate in Elementary School Mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  She began her career in education working as a 3rd grade classroom teacher before moving to 4th grade.  As a classroom teacher, she was selected as her school’s Teacher of the Year as well as a Union County Public Schools Teacher of the Year finalist in 2012-2013.   She served as a mathematics facilitator/instructional coach for Union County Public Schools for several years before transitioning to the EC Department.  Throughout her career, Kelly has had the opportunity to work collaboratively with members of the mathematics education community at the state level, including members of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.  She presented at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Annual Meeting and Exposition in 2019, and has presented at the NCCTM State Mathematics Conference in 2018 and 2017.  She is currently a member of both organizations.  Kelly began her involvement with NCCTM in 2013, and has volunteered and consistently attended the NCCTM leadership seminars and state conferences in that time.  NCCTM has provided Kelly with invaluable opportunities for professional growth through experiences of learning from leading math researchers, influencers of mathematics education, and other dynamic mathematics instructors.  She would use this exciting opportunity to serve as the President of the Western Region of NCCTM as a platform to advocate for high quality mathematics instruction for all students within the state of North Carolina, as well as a chance to give back to the organization that has helped to shape her beliefs of mathematics teaching.  She believes strongly in professional collaboration and collective efficacy as a means to impact the learning of students in the area of mathematics, and she would feel privileged to work with and learn from other NCCTM members from across the region and state.  If elected, she would work diligently to continue to promote the beliefs of NCCTM and its members in leading mathematics education across North Carolina

Kaneka TurnerKaneka Turner currently serves as an elementary curriculum designer with Illustrative Mathematics and a consulting math specialist at a local elementary school in Union County, NC. She has been serving education in North Carolina for the past 21 years as a teacher, k-5 curriculum facilitator, k-5 math coach, elementary math specialist and independent consultant. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from North Carolina Central University, in 1998 and a Master of Arts in Math Teaching from Mount Holyoke College in 2015. Kaneka received National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist in 2004. Kaneka was afforded the opportunity to attend NCCTM annual and regional conferences while serving as a math facilitator, coach and specialist with Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools. It was during these conference experiences that she gained an appreciation for the power of the professional exchanges that take place during state and regional conference sessions. Kaneka would like to use her passion for equity and access to extend NCCTM’s vision of “ensuring effective math instruction for all students and serving as a primary resource for educators at all levels”. She would be honored to serve as Western Region President. Kaneka understands the challenges many districts, schools and teachers must overcome to attend regional and state conferences. If elected president, Kaneka is excited to work alongside team members to consider options for identifying and removing some of these obstacles and making NCCTM more accessible to an increased number of classroom teachers. 

A Message From Our President

Kathy Jaqua
Western Carolina University

You have the power to change the future of Mathematics Teaching in North Carolina.

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NCCTM Statement on Equitable Access to Quality Mathematics Instruction

Students need to experience mathematics in ways that allow them to be successful and that give them the power to change the world. This experience needs to be delivered with both excellence and equality while resonating with the lives of Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, and all marginalized peoples. Racism cannot be tolerated, and we as teachers must be vigilant that we do not tolerate nor contribute to racism, bias, hate, or violence in our classrooms.

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