Western Region Candidates

Candidates for Western Region Vice Presidents

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Elementary: Stephanie Roland and Meredith Stanley

Stephanie Roland Stephanie Roland

I began teaching in 2007 after spending a couple of years as an instructional assistant.  During that time I have taught third, fourth, and fifth graders.  For the past 3 years, I have taught 5th grade math.  My desire is to foster a love for math in my students.  I am a National Board Certified Teacher.  I have had the honor of being named Teacher of the Year for Pleasant Gardens Elementary as well as McDowell County Schools Elementary Math Teacher of the Year.  I have been given the opportunity to present at NCCTM's state and western regional conference.  NCCTM has allowed me to broaden my professional learning network by allowing me to collaborate with colleagues across the state!

meredith Stanley Meredith Stanley

Meredith Stanleyworked for 12 years as an elementary classroom teacher and has worked for four years as a math coach and specialist. She is a two-time finalist for the Presidential Award for Math and Science, a Buncombe County Teacher of the Year, and a Buncombe County Math Teacher of the Year. She is currently a facilitator for both TERC and Stenhouse and a K-8 content editor and writer for LearnZillion. Meredith has been a speaker at the NCCTM state conference since 2010. She is National Board certified and is currently completing a masters in mathematics teaching from Mount Holyoke College.

Middle Grades: Teresa Morgan and Sumer Williams

Teresa Morgan

Teresa Morgan is a middle school math teacher at Cherokee Central Schools.  Teaching is a career change for her after 20 years as an administrative assistant in the construction industry, and raising her three sons.  She returned to Western Carolina University in 2012 and graduated in 2015 with a bachelors in middle grades education (Math and Language Arts).  She was selected as an outstanding perspective teacher her senior year at WCU.  In 2017 she was selected as a teacher of the week for WLOS’s Shine a light on a Teacher segment. She currently serves as her schools PLC leader for the math department.  She is a member of the Smokey Mountain Math Circle group and enjoys attending NCCTM conferences and summer programs in pursuit of knowledge to better craft her skill of teaching mathematics to students.

Sumer Williams Sumer Williams

Sumer Williams is currently a middle grades math teacher at Mabel School in Watauga County Schools. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a BS in Elementary Education in 2012 and in 2018 with a MA in Middle Grades Education with a concentration in Mathematics. She received National Board Certification in 2017 in Young Adolescent Mathematics. She received Mabel School’s Teacher of the Year award for the 2016-2017 school year. She was also a finalist for the Boone Chamber of Commerce 4 under 40 in Education Award in 2017. Her involvement with NCCTM first began in undergrad at Appalachian State University in 2010 as a student affiliate member. She has been a NCCTM conference attendee since her undergraduate study. NCCTM has given Sumer invaluable opportunities to learn from fellow mathematics educators as she has grown in her career. It is her intention to use this opportunity as Western Vice-President for Middle School as a way to begin giving back to the organization that has helped shape her mathematics instruction over the years. If chosen as Western Region Vice-President for Middle school, she would be honored to serve and learn alongside the members of our organization. She enthusiastically believes that NCCTM helps shape mathematics education across North Carolina. If elected, she would be a dedicated leader in continuing the invaluable work of NCCTM.  

High School: Emily Bryant and Nara Cocarelli

 Emily Bryant

Emily Bryant is a math teacher at IC Imagine in Asheville. I have taught math for 16 years in middle and high school in North Carolina. I have had the opportunity to attend and present at the NCTM Regional conference in Denver in 2010. I have presented at the NCCTM conference and the Western Regional conference. I am a NBPTS teacher. This year I have been nominated for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). 

Nara Cocarelli Nara Cocarelli

I am Nara Cocarelli and I am a wife to a wonderful man and mother to 2 grown boys. This is my 19th year of teaching and my 7th year in Lincoln County. I have taught in private, charter and public high schools here in NC. Over the course of my career, I have taught Math 1, 2, 3, AFM and pre-calculus. I am currently teaching Math 1 and Math 3 at East Lincoln High School in Denver, NC. Though being a member of the Project LEAD team I was able to become more involved with NCCTM and the NC2ML Design Team. This opportunity allowed me to present at NCCTM for the past 2 years and help present NC2ML PD in Johnston County this past summer.

College: Chrystal Dean and Julia Webster

Chrystal Dean Chrystal Dean

Chrystal Dean is a Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Appalachian State University.  She has a PhD in Mathematics Education from Vanderbilt University.  She completed her MA in Instructional Technology and her BS in Mathematics/Secondary Education at Appalachian State University.  Her current work focuses on supporting in-service and pre-service elementary education mathematics teachers.  She has been involved with NCCTM as a participant and presenter since her return to North Carolina.  Most notably, she was the Conference Co-Chair for the 2012 and 2013 Conferences.  She is excited about the possibility of continuing her service to NCCTM, present and future teachers, and students as the Western Region Vice-President for Colleges.

Julia Webster  Julia Webster

Julia Webster teaches at UNC-Asheville where her emphasis includes mathematics for elementary school teachers, mathematics student teacher supervision, Calculus, and Statistics.  She taught high school for 10 years in the Buncombe County school system, both in a traditional high school as well as in a STEM magnet school. 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 an organizer of the Mathematical Puzzle Program (MaPP) for middle and high school students hosted at UNC-Asheville and a member of the Blue Ridge Math Teacher Circle. Past NCCTM involvement includes presentations and attendance at statewide and Western Region conferences.