Elections: Candidate Bios

The 2020 elections for State and Regional Vice Presidents and State Secretary will be conducted this Spring. 

Go to Voting (January 15 - January 29, login required)

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State Level Candidates

Candidates for State Vice President for Elementary

Melissa Manning and Meredith Stanley

Melissa Manning is currently a second grade teacher at Contentnea-Savannah K-8 School in Lenoir County where she has served for 17 years. As a student who struggled in math all of her student life, she understands the importance of a growth mindset and teaching math conceptually so that students can develop their own understanding of math.  Melissa graduated from East Carolina University in 2004 with a BA in Elementary Education, in 2009 with a Masters in Elementary Education, and completed the Elementary Mathematics Add on Licensure program at ECU in 2018.

Melissa has attended and presented at local and state NCCTM events for about 8 years.  She bases her teaching and mathematics practices on the work of Jo Bolar, Christina Tondevold, and John A. Van de Walle.  Ms. Manning has served in many local math leadership positions and was an author on the North Carolina K-5 Instructional Frameworks Team with the North Carolina Collaborative for Mathematics Learning.  The NC2ML website says that “Every mathematics teacher deserves access to high quality learning opportunities.” It is the intention of Melissa to use this opportunity of Eastern Region Vice President to provide those high quality opportunities.  She understands that we must meet the unique needs of ALL math teachers during this unprecedented time in education, or we will lose great teachers from our profession.  Melissa desires to give back to an organization that has poured so much time and effort into her own development as an educator. If chosen, she would be honored to serve the teachers and students of Eastern North Carolina and would be a dedicated leader to the work of NCCTM.

Meredith Stanley is math coach and specialist for grades K-8.  A former elementary classroom teacher and instructional coach for Buncombe County, she is a two-time finalist for the Presidential Award for Math and Science, a Buncombe County Teacher of the Year, a Buncombe County Math Teacher of the Year, and a National Board certified teacher.  She received her Masters of Mathematics Teaching from Mount Holyoke College where she is currently supporting the masters program as an assistant instructor for the action research course.

For the past two years, Meredith has served NCCTM as the Elementary VP of the Western Region and she hopes to continue support of this organization through this new role.  She believes that together, as a unified and connected group of educators, we can work to increase equity and quality of instruction for all students in the state of North Carolina.  She works to support students by increasing conceptual understanding and boosting skills in problem solving, and believes that intentional work to develop positive math identities among students is at the core of long-lasting math proficiency.  You can find more information about Meredith, as well as a bank of instructional resources, at www.meredith4math.com and on Twitter at @meredith4math.

Candidates for State Vice President for Middle Grades

Michelle Harger and Allison Landry

 Michelle Harger currently serves as an EC Program Specialist for Asheboro City Schools as someone who works alongside teachers ensuring that they provide the best educational opportunities to all students. She believes in the significance of a great foundational education and that all students can achieve regardless of ability, experiences, lifestyles, religions, or beliefs. After beginning her career in Business and Finance, Michelle became a teacher through the Lateral Entry Program in Guilford County Schools in 2012. Launching her teaching career as an Exceptional Children’s teacher for the Regional Behavior Support classroom, Michelle later transitioned to the regular education classroom as a fifth-grade teacher, utilizing her experience with special needs to lay the groundwork for helping all students succeed. Michelle was named 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year at Charles W. McCrary Elementary School, as well as James L. Jeffries 2012-2013 Guilford County Schools Alternative Certification Track Teacher of the Year.  Michelle holds a BA in Psychology with a minor in Accounting from Ashford University, and a MEd in Elementary Education specializing in Mathematics and a Post-Masters Certificate in School Administration, both from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has previously served NCCTM as the Central Region Vice-President for Elementary Schools and looks forward to further contributing to the growth of mathematics in Middle Schools.

Allison Landry is currently the K-12 Director of Mathematics and Data Analytics for Carteret County Public Schools, as well as the K-12 Interim Director of Science.  Using her experience from teaching middle and high school mathematics, serving as a middle school curriculum specialist and building level administrator for elementary, middle, and high, Mrs. Landry brings a genuine passion for collaborative relationships and learning to her district position. She graduated from ECU in 1998 with a BS in Middle School Mathematics and in 2005 with an MAEd in School Administration. Allison's involvement in NCCTM began over twenty years ago when she attended her first annual math conference as a student at ECU. She has presented at several conferences, worked behind the scenes at events, and for the past two years has served as the Eastern Region Vice President for Middle School. If chosen as the State Vice President for Middle School, Allison Landry would be honored to continue to serve and support the members of our organization and help create opportunities to foster valuable connections for all mathematics teachers across our state.

Candidates for State Vice President for Secondary

Sara Marsh Donaldson and Emily Bryant Hare

Sarah Marsh Donaldson is currently a high school math teacher at North Pitt High School in Pitt County Schools. She graduated from East Carolina University with a BS in Mathematics Education, a BS in Mathematics, and a BA in Psychology in 2017 and with a MA in Secondary Mathematics Education in 2020. In fall 2018, she was selected to be part of the Multi-Classroom Leadership project led by the North Carolina School of Science and Math, College Board, and Public Impact. As part of this leadership project, she collaborated with six Pre-Calculus teachers across North Carolina to plan and implement rigorous and engaging lessons. She was selected to be in the Key Beginning Teacher Leadership Program for the 2019-2020 school year. As part of this program, she led a Beginning Teacher gathering at her school. In Spring 2017, she was nominated for the Robert H. Wright Alumni Leadership Award at East Carolina University. Her involvement with NCCTM first began in her undergrad at East Carolina University in 2013 as a student affiliate member. She was president of the Gamma Chapter, East Carolina University’s student affiliate of NCCTM, from 2015 to 2016. She has been a NCCTM conference attendee since 2015. She presented at the NCCTM State Conference in 2016, 2018, and 2019. In 2016, she received the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics Eastern Region Outstanding Mathematics Education Student Award. Additionally, she was the Eastern Region North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics Student Representative from 2015 to 2016. NCCTM has given Sarah invaluable opportunities to learn from other mathematics educators as she has grown in her career. She considers her NCCTM experiences as some of the most impactful experiences on her practices. If chosen for the State Regional Secondary Vice-President, she would be honored to serve and learn more to support members of NCCTM. She believes NCCTM positively impacts mathematics education across the state, so her hope is to foster connections across North Carolina, especially for mathematics educators who are just starting their career.

Emily Bryant Hare is currently a Grades 6-12 Mathematics Instructional Specialist for Randolph County Schools in Asheboro, NC. In this role, she works alongside mathematics teachers in both middle and high school to co-plan mathematics instruction, co-design instructional resources, and provide professional development around fostering a vision of high-quality mathematics instruction. Formerly, she worked as a high school mathematics teacher at Randolph Early College High School. She is a founding member and research assistant for the NC Collaborative of Mathematics Teachers (NC2ML) out of UNC-Greensboro and also an adjunct professor at UNCG in mathematics education. Her mathematics education journey started as a NC Teaching Fellow from Appalachian State University where she was first introduced to the NCCTM Community by Dr. Debbie Crocker and has enjoyed staying active in this community since her introduction as a pre-service teacher. She earned her M.Ed in Secondary Mathematics Education from UNC-Greensboro and is currently in the final stages of earning her doctoral degree in Teacher Education. She is thankful for the opportunities she has had through NC2ML and UNCG to connect with mathematics leaders across the state of North Carolina.

If selected to serve as NCCTM’s State Secondary Vice President Emily hopes to continue to build relationships among mathematics educators from Murphy to Manteo to sustain and further the outstanding collaboration that has occurred between classroom teachers, mathematics leaders, and higher ed researchers. She truly believes that NC’s students have greatly benefited from such strong community and collaboration among their educators. She also hopes to serve NCCTM by re-imagining and supporting novel ways for the NCCTM community to stay connected throughout the year. The pandemic has challenged many norms of “how we do things” and Emily hopes to leverage this opportunity to rethink what it means to be a part of NCCTM and lead our journey forward in a way that allows the organization to learn from and support each other in a variety of different settings. 


Candidates for State Vice President for Colleges and Universities

Adam Pennell and Vincent Snipes

Adam Pennell went to college at the University of North Carolina to be a medical doctor.  It only took me three and a half years of Chemistry and a long conversation with my mom to remember that my first love was mathematics.  After finishing my degree in math, I decided I wanted to teach at the college level.  So, I went to graduate school.  I completed my Ph.D. in mathematics at North Carolina State University.

My full-time teaching started at Bluefield College, and I am currently at Greensboro College.  Both schools are wonderful places to teach.  They are both very small schools with small classes.  Both of them have afforded me the chance to really get to know my students and focus on teaching.  In my pursuit to become a better teacher, I became involved with Texas Instrument’s T3 program (Teachers Teaching with Technology).  I am currently a T3 National Instructor, and I believe that the marriage between pedagogy and technology makes an incredible difference to student learning.  What excites me about working with T3 is that I get to share what I have learned with my fellow teachers, and I hope to pass along a passion for and an understanding of the appropriate use of technology in teaching and learning.

I have presented at NCCTM state and regional conferences since 2011, and I have served as the Central Region Vice-President for Colleges for the past two years. I have greatly benefited from my association with NCCTM.  I am running for the State Vice-President for Colleges to try to give back to this wonderful organization. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my wife and son.  Janet and I have been married for 29 years, and our son is ten.

Dr. Vincent T. Snipes is a tenured Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Education at Winston-Salem State University.  He began his initiation into the world of mathematics education as an undergraduate North Carolina Teaching Fellow at North Carolina A&T State University.  As an undergraduate, he became an active student member of NCCTM and was awarded the NCCTM Student of Year. His participation in NCCTM activities has lasted nearly a span of thirty years.

The high quality of the NCCTM activities for teachers and students throughout the years and warmth of its board members has motivated him to want to serve on the NCCTM Board of Directors.  He has served for several years on the Board for the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics where he was elected to 2 different positions:  Central Region President and Central Region College Vice-President.  In 2010, Dr. Snipes was the recipient of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics Innovator Award.  In addition, he has published in the NCCTM Centroid and presented several times at the NCCTM Annual Conference and regional conferences.  Dr. Snipes currently serves on the NC State Mathematics Contest Committee and is the Contest Chair and Creator of the Winston-Salem State University Mathematics High School Faceoff Contest and the Winston-Salem State University Elementary Mathematics Invitational.  He has been coordinating a state sanctioned high school math contest for the last 17 years.

Dr. Snipes has taught mathematics at the high school, community college, and university levels. He has years of experience conducting professional development workshops for K¬12 teachers in mathematics and science and implementing and managing numerous professional development programs. His published works include co-author of NCTM Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making, and various articles and book chapters focusing on STEM education in mathematics and science.  If he is elected as the NCCTM State College Vice-President, he will continue the great tradition of dedication and excellence shown by NCCTM in driving top quality mathematics education across North Carolina.

Candidates for State Secretary

Katie Mawhinney and Julia Webster

Katie Mawhinney is a professor of mathematics at Appalachian State University. Her interests include topology, undergraduate education, and K-12 teacher professional development. She has served NCCTM in the past as the Western Region VP and the VP of Colleges. 

“I believe that teachers have the greatest impact on student learning and that they should be supported in the important work that they do. NCCTM has a long history of providing resources and opportunities to teachers in our state and I hope to help the organization in continuing its good work."

Julia Webster is a Lecturer at UNC-Asheville where her teaching emphasis includes Statistics, Calculus, Mathematics for elementary school teachers, and high school mathematics student teacher supervision.  She taught high school for 10 years in the Buncombe County School system, both in a traditional high school as well as a STEM magnet school.  At the high school level, she taught almost every type and level of math class.

She is a National Board Certified Teacher and an AP Calculus Reader.  Her National Board video entry on classroom discourse was selected for the teaching library ATLAS.  She currently is a co-organizer of the Mathematical Puzzle Program (MaPP) for middle and high school students hosted at UNC-Asheville.  Past NCCTM involvement includes serving as Western Region Vice President for Colleges and multiple presentations at statewide and Western Region conferences.



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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