Elections: Candidate Bios

The 2019 elections for state and regional vice presidents  and state secretary will be open from February 11 until March 8. Bios for each candidate are coming soon!

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Candidates for State Secretary

Emily Elrod and Dawn Jenkins

Emily Elrod Emily Elrod

Emily Elrod is currently pursuing her PhD at NC State University in the Learning and Teaching in STEM program, focusing on mathematics and statistics education. Prior to embarking on her graduate journey, Emily held positions as a high school mathematics teacher, K-12 mathematics curriculum specialist, and a college mathematics instructor in western North Carolina. Emily has served NCCTM as co-chair of the Math Celebrations committee, Western Region Vice-President for Colleges, conference volunteer, and conference presenter. Serving this organization as the next NCCTM board secretary would be an honor and privilege.

Dawn Jenkins Dawn Jenkins

In my 26 years in education, I have taught math in elementary, middle, and high school, and worked as the Randolph County School System’s middle school math and science lead teacher. I am currently serving as a school based lead teacher in a 5-8 school. I served on the NCCTM Board of Directors as the Central Region Vice President for Middle Schools for two years and am currently the State Vice President for Middle Schools. As a member of NCCTM and NCTM for the majority of my career, I have stayed current on the latest research and trends.  I have presented and volunteered at the annual state conference and have judged at the NCCTM Math Fair. I hold additional licenses in English Language Arts and gifted education. I spend every day working and collaborating with others and can process information quickly and accurately.   I am excited about the future of middle school mathematics in North Carolina and look forward to continuing to work with the NCCTM board to improve student understanding and success.

Candidates for State Elementary Vice President

Ana Floyd and Marta Garcia

Ana Floyd Ana Floyd

Ana Floyd is the District K-5 Mathematics and Science Lead Teacher for the Randolph County School System.  As a lead teacher, Ana’s duties include providing professional development, developing curriculum materials, modeling lessons, and coaching classroom teachers. Before becoming a lead teacher, Ana was a fourth grade teacher in her district.  She has been an educator for the past twenty-one years and has assisted with several state mathematics projects including TEAM II, Math Matters, Partners, TAP Math, and Tools for Teachers. She has been an active member of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics.  She has served as the State Elementary Vice President, Central Region Secretary, and Central Region Math Fair Co-coordinator.  She has presented and volunteered at state and regional math conferences and volunteered at state and regional math fairs.  Additionally, she has served on numerous committees for the organization including the Finance Committee, Conference Publicity Committee, and Special Awards Committee, where she is currently serving as the Committee Chair. Ana is passionate about math education as well as the NCCTM organization.  She hopes to further serve NCCTM as the State Vice-President for Elementary and represent elementary teachers across the state.   

 Marta Garcia

I have been invested and involved in the teaching and learning of mathematics for over 30 years. My preparation background includes: B.A and M. A. degrees in Elementary Education, Elementary Mathematics Specialist Licensure and Academically Gifted Certification.  I served in the role of a district elementary mathematics specialist and coach in Asheville, North Carolina, taught at the elementary school level for twenty-eight years, and developed and taught math methods courses at the university level. In the past few years, I have been involved as a lead writer in the Tools4Teachers grant project, in standard revision committees and in providing mathematics coaching and professional development in schools and districts, as well as teaching graduate courses that focus on mathematics leadership.  I continue to stay active in NCTM and NCSM initiatives, including serving on the current NCTM Boston regional conference committee, and presenting at state, regional and national conferences. In 2005, I was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. This past fall, I was honored to receive the W.W. Rankin Award for service to NCCTM and in mathematics education in North Carolina. My NCCTM leadership roles include serving as program chair for the annual conference, State Vice-President for Elementary Schools, and the Western Region President. In those roles, I have advocated for initiatives that empower teachers and students to have access to rich experiences that provoke positive dispositions about mathematics. It would be an honor to continue to serve the students and teachers of North Carolina as a board member of NCCTM. I commit to listening to and responding to the needs of our teachers and students, and to working with our organization to create and implement innovative strategies that will enrich the mathematical opportunities and experiences in our state.

Candidates for Middle Grades Vice President

Kim McCuiston and Carla Sorrell

Kim McCuiston Kim McCuiston

Kim McCuiston graduated from Winthrop College in 1982 with a BS in Special Education.   Kim continued her pedagogical development attaining her licensure in science and math, AIG certification, and receiving a Masters in Administration and Curriculum Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.  She has actively taught and been instrumental in professional development and student progress in five different school systems over the last 35 years.  She just recently retired as a math instructional coach in Brunswick County, focusing and building effective teachers and fostering collaborative networks for professional development, support and resources.  Kim is currently teaching 7th grade math and working for Illustrative Mathematics, facilitating professional development and serving as the Grade Level Go To Facilitator for 7th grade math.  As an experienced EC, AIG, science and math teacher, Kim understands the rapidly changing climate of classrooms today and the added expectations of teachers trying to meet the specialized needs of ALL students in all classrooms.  Kim attributes much of her success and personal growth over the last decades to the vast resources and opportunities of the NCCTM conferences she has attended. “I have worked hard in helping teachers develop their strengths to become leaders by implementing professional collaboration and advancement through Lesson Study cycles to increase student centered learning.   Teachers increasing their curriculum and methods proficiency while networking, sharing and building on each individual’s experiences and knowledge strengthens professional learning communities. The math is simple, teachers who are positively supported, invested and engaged in the professional learning communities equals students who are positively supported and engaged in classrooms. I believe NCCTM provides the avenue for educators to collaborate and share ideas, experiences, and best practices leading to making math equally accessible and enjoyable for everyone. As the state’s Vice President for Middle Grades, I would actively seek to build strong networks in our region and support awareness and increased involvement for educators of NCCTM and the opportunities our organization provides.”

 Carla Sorrell

Carla Sorrell, a NC native, is invested in the progress of middle grades math education in the Eastern Region.  She grew up in Apex and currently enjoys living in Fuquay-Varina, NC.  Her education was obtained from Meredith College where she graduated in 2005, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics with middle grades licensure.  After teaching for four years, she decided to further pursue her education by attending East Carolina University through a blended online/face to face program, and earning her Masters of Education.  With a passion for students’ mathematical understanding and the development of critical thinking skills, she is in her fourteenth year of teaching in WCPSS, seven years at Martin G/T Magnet Middle School, and she is in her seventh year at Holly Grove Middle School.  She enjoys leading at the school (math department chair, PLT facilitator, NJHS and Mathcounts advisor) and county (TI-73 teacher leader training, and C-MAPP curriculum writing, alignment, and editing) level.  She looks forward to the possible opportunity to represent the Eastern Region of NCCTM as Vice President for Middle Schools!

Candidates for High School Vice President

Lauren Baucom and Kim Clark

Lauren Baucom Lauren Baucom

Lauren Baucom is a doctoral student and Graduate Research Assistant at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A former high school mathematics teacher of 11 years, Baucom has devoted her time to teaching students from both rural and urban areas, and her research primarily focuses on secondary mathematics teacher learning, informal professional development, designing innovations for implementation and organizational learning at scale, with an equitable lens.  Baucom has been honored for her outstanding mathematics teaching, named the Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for the state of North Carolina in 2015, the NCCTM Outstanding Secondary Mathematics Teacher in Wake County, and the Wake County Teacher of the Year in 2013. Baucom was an author of the North Carolina Mathematics Standards for high school courses in 2016, and a current member of the North Carolina Collaborative for Mathematics Learning, which won the NCCTM Innovator Award in 2018.  Baucom has been influential in moving NCCTM into the 21st Century by implementing a social networking platform using Twitter and Facebook to engage educators in our community throughout the year.

Kim Clark Kim Clark

Kim Clark has been an educator in the Buncombe County Schools system since 2002. She has enjoyed teaching mathematics at Charles D. Owen High School in Black Mountain for most of those years. In 2009, Kim took a break from the classroom to become Buncombe County Schools’ first high school mathematics coach. For two years she collaborated with high school and middle school mathematics teachers, and other instructional coaches to improve teaching and learning in classrooms throughout Buncombe County. She worked directly with the mathematics curriculum specialist to promote teacher leadership and provide professional development in preparation for the transition to the Common Core. She returned to her classroom at Charles D. Owen High School in 2011 in order to apply what she learned in her experiences as a mathematics coach and to create a model classroom reflecting the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Kim is a 2001 graduate of Appalachian State University, she attained her National Board Certification in 2007 (and renewed in 2017), and she is a Burroughs Wellcome Career Award for Science and Mathematics Teachers winner (2012-2017). Kim has previously served as a Western Region Vice President of Secondary Schools (2004-2006), State Vice President of Secondary Schools (2009-2011), and Western Region President (2011-2012). She has also been a regular presenter at the State Conference, a judge at a number of Math Fairs, and a Mini-Grant Recipient.

Candidates for College Vice President

Charity Cayton and Axelle Faughn

 Charity Cayton

I feel honored to be running for NCCTM State Vice President for Colleges. My entire career in mathematics education has been in North Carolina, with the majority of this experience in Eastern NC. After graduating from East Carolina University, I taught high school mathematics from 1996-2008. In August 2008 I enrolled at North Carolina State University to pursue a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education. This degree provided me the opportunity to join the Mathematics Education faculty at East Carolina University in August 2013, and I am thankful to be serving the students and teachers in the area of the state that supported me in getting where I am today. NCCTM has been a very important part of my journey dating back to my days as an undergraduate at East Carolina. During that time, I served as an officer for the Gamma Student Chapter of NCCTM, and I was fortunate to receive the Eastern Region Outstanding Mathematics Education Student Award. Throughout my career, I always have enjoyed the learning opportunities at both the annual conference and the Eastern Regional Conference. I have also presented several sessions over the years at each of these conferences. I currently co-sponsor the Gamma Student Chapter of NCCTM, bringing my journey full circle to mentor the next generation of mathematics teachers. This mentorship includes taking the seniors in our program to the NCCTM conference each fall, as well as co-presenting with current and former students. Most recently I served as Eastern Region Vice President for Colleges, and I look forward to the potential opportunity to expand my role in working with other colleges statewide. Being involved with NCCTM as a student, teacher, and faculty member has provided me the opportunity to grow as a mathematics educator throughout my career, and I firmly believe that it is my personal responsibility to pay forward some part of the many lessons I have learned. Becoming NCCTM State Vice President for Colleges would allow me to continue this. Specifically, I would love to see more statewide coordination across campuses to provide increased support and interaction among mathematics education students, including support for campuses that want to start new or re-energize existing NCCTM Student Chapters.

Axelle Faughn Axelle Faughn

Axelle Faughn is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Western Carolina University, North Carolina where she teaches mathematics content courses for elementary school pre-service teachers, mathematics methods courses for secondary school pre-service teachers, and introductory mathematics courses for all majors up to Calculus. She holds a high school mathematics teacher certification from France and a doctoral degree in Computer Algebra from both France and the United States. She was a Research Associate for the California-based Supporting Teachers to Increase Retention project 2007-2012 and organized the PME-NA working group on Mathematics Teacher Retention for three years, examining the opportunities and challenges a variety of professional development models provide for Mathematics teachers in their first five years of teaching. She is also interested in resources that empower teachers such as Mathematics Teacher’s Circles which help build a sustainable community of mathematical practitioners. Her most recent endeavor dives into the issue of access in Mathematics Education. More specifically she is investigating visual representations of mathematical concepts produced by undergraduate students through cell-phone photographs in order to raise "Mathematical Mindfulness" in students and exploring different ways that these “Mathematical Selfies” can serve as a bridge to success in mathematics for all learners. She served as the Western Region College Vice President on the Board of the NCCTM in 2013-2015. She also presents regularly at the NCCTM State Meeting in Greensboro.