Elementary Mathematics Specialists and Teacher Leaders Project Contact Info.

Project Staff

Project Director
: Francis (Skip) Fennell
Email: ffennell@mcdaniel.edu
Phone: 410.857.2509
| Fax: 410.857.2515

Mailing Address:
McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster, MD 21157 USA

Project Manager: Jon Wray
Email: jon_wray@hcpss.org

Lead Consultant: Beth Kobett

Dr. Francis (Skip) Fennell, Project Director

Dr. Fennell is a mathematics educator and has experience as a classroom teacher, a principal, and a supervisor of instruction. He is currently Professor of Education at McDaniel College and recently completed a 2-year term as President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Widely published in professional journals and textbooks related to elementary and middle-grade mathematics education, Dr. Fennell has also authored chapters in yearbooks and resource books published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. In addition, he has played key leadership roles the Research Council for Mathematics Learning, the Mathematical Sciences Education Board, the National Science Foundation, the Maryland Mathematics Commission, the United States National Commission for Mathematics Instruction, and the Association for Mathematics Teacher Educators. Dr. Fennell recently served on the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, chairing the Conceptual Knowledge and Skills Task Group.

Dr. Fennell has received numerous honors and awards, including Maryland's Outstanding Mathematics Educator (1990), McDaniel College's Professor of the Year (1997), the Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award from the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, the CASE - Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year - Maryland (1997) and most recently, the AMTE Distinguished Outstanding Teacher Educator Award for Excellence in Service (2010). He has also been the principal investigator on grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the Maryland Higher Education Commission, and the ExxonMobil Foundation. He earned his bachelor's degree from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and a master's from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania before receiving a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Fennell resides in Westminster, Maryland.

Jonathan (Jon) Wray, Project Manager

Jonathan (Jon) Wray is the Instructional Facilitator for Secondary Mathematics Curricular Programs in the Howard County Public School System. He is president-elect of the Association of Maryland Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMMTE) and past president of the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM). In 2002, Mr. Wray was selected as the MCTM Outstanding Teacher Mentor, and was selected as his district's Outstanding Technology Leader in Education by the Maryland Society for Educational Technology (MSET) in 2004.

He has served on the editorial panels of Teaching Children Mathematics and ON-Math, peer-reviewed journals produced by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Jon is the technology contributor to Elementary and Middle School Mathematics, Teaching Developmentally (6th-8th editions) by the late John A. Van de Walle, Karen Karp and Jenny Bay-Williams.

Mr. Wray has also served as a primary and intermediate grades classroom teacher, gifted/talented resource teacher, elementary mathematics specialist, curriculum and assessment developer, grant project manager, and educational consultant. Jon earned his bachelor's degree from Towson University (MD), a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University, and is currently working on his doctorate from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. Jon Is a candidate for director-at-large for the upcoming NCTM Board of Directors election in September.

Jon resides in Marriottsville, Maryland.

Beth Kobett, Lead Consultant

Beth Kobett is a mathematics educator and has experience as a classroom teacher, elementary mathematics specialist, adjunct professor, university supervisor and educational consultant. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Stevenson University.

Ms. Kobett conducts professional development with elementary and middle school staff throughout the region. Beth is the

Beth Kobett has received the Maryland's Outstanding Educator Award (1995), the Johns Hopkins University Excellence in Teaching Award (1997), and the Stevenson University Rose Dawson Excellence in Teaching Award (2000). She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and master's degree from Johns Hopkins University.

Beth resides in Eldersburg, Maryland.

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