2021 Featured Speakers

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Opening Session, June 10th

Dr. Robert Berry III

Opening Session Keynote

“Equitable Mathematics Teaching Practices”

Thursday, June 10

Robert Q. Berry, III is a Professor in the Curry School of Education with an appointment in Curriculum Instruction and Special Education.  A former mathematics teacher, he teaches elementary and special education mathematics methods courses in the teacher education program at the University of Virginia.  Additionally, he teaches graduate level mathematics education course and courses for in-service teachers seeking a mathematics specialist endorsement.  His research focuses on equity issues in mathematics education, pre-and in-service teachers’ mathematical knowledge for teaching, and mathematics instructional quality.  Berry has extensive experience in classroom observation and has collaborated with other researchers to develop an observation instrument, Mathematics Scan, to examine mathematics teaching quality.

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Queshonda Kudaisi

Featured Session 

Friday, June 11

8:00 – 9:00

Captain Barrington Irving

Featured Session – Sponsored by Cengage/National Geographic

Friday, June 11

9:15 – 10:15

Captain Barrington Irving has a passion to explore, inspire, and educate others. He’s traveled to 50 countries, and, in 2007, set two world records—at age 23—as the youngest person and first black pilot to fly solo around the world. Now 34, Barrington investigates real-world STEM problems across the globe, and has completed more than 30 STEM expeditions. In 2014, he established the Flying Classroom, a K-8 STEM+ digital curriculum that challenges students to design innovative solutions to the problems he investigates. He also created nonprofit Experience Aviation, which offers hands-on, STEM-based programs and career guidance to middle and high school students in several states. Barrington graduated magna cum laude from Florida Memorial University, and has received a Congressional Resolution acknowledging his pioneering work in aviation education. He is a 2012 National Geographic Emerging Explorer.

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Zak Champagne

Featured Session 

Friday, June 11

10:30 – 11:30

Zachary Champagne is a math education enthusiast and big fan of teachers and the incredible work that they do. He spent 13 years as an elementary school teacher with a specialization in math and science in Jacksonville, Florida. During this time, he received many state and national awards for excellence in teaching, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), Duval County Teacher of the Year, and Finalist for Florida Teacher of the Year. After his time in the classroom, Zachary spent six years as a researcher at the Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (FCR-STEM) at Florida State University. Most recently he served as the Director of Teacher Leadership at the Jacksonville Public Education Fund where he supported the incredible teachers in Duval County. Zak is also the Immediate Past-President of the Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics (FCTM), has three kids (15 years, 13 years, and 15 months), and he tweets at @zakchamp.

Most importantly, after 21 years in education Zak is returning to the classroom on August 12, 2019 when he joins The Discovery School Family as a Lead Elementary Teacher (grades 1 and 2) and Math Specialist. Most of what gets shared on this site are his learnings from the incredible students and teachers he gets to learn with and from.

Skip Fennell

Featured Session – Sponsored by Hand 2 Mind

Friday, June 11

1:00 – 2:00

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Krista Stanley

Featured Session – Florida Teacher of the Year

Friday, June 11

2:15 – 3:15

Krista Stanley, the 2021 Florida Teacher of the Year, was chosen from more than 176,900 Florida public school teachers and will represent Florida’s 74 school districts as the Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for Education. As the Teacher of the Year, Krista will work to create a greater public awareness of Florida’s outstanding teachers and elevate the teaching profession. She will have the opportunity to promote and celebrate the countless contributions of Florida’s teachers, provide professional learning opportunities to educators and inspire current and future teachers across the state.

Krista graduated from Florida State University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. After graduating, Krista, a product of Okeechobee County Schools, returned to the district to serve as a sixth-grade math teacher at Yearling Middle School. Over the past four years, Krista has developed her teaching practice and become a leader at her school and within the district. She is a coach for her colleagues, a mentor for new teachers, a team leader for the other sixth-grade teachers and a district math representative. In addition, Krista supports her colleagues through curriculum development, textbook adoption and professional development.

Using a standards-based approach, Krista has a passion for not only supporting other teachers, but also choosing the most effective instructional practices to ensure all her students receive a high quality education. She works diligently to instill a love of learning in her students by connecting learned skills to the real world. Krista advocates for an individualized instructional model that best meets the needs of all students regardless of their background and ability.

Sandy Bartle Finocchi

Featured Session – Sponsored by Carnegie Learning

Friday, June 11

2:30 – 4:30

Sandy is the Chief Mathematics Officer at Carnegie Learning, where she leads the instructional design of all mathematics materials. On a mission to align teaching to learning, she ensures that the best of academic research and classroom practices are top of mind when developing resources for students and teachers. Her instructional design team authored the Carnegie Learning Middle and High School Math Solutions, which both achieved near-perfect ratings from EdReports.

Sandy joined Carnegie Learning in August 2000 after spending 14 years as a high school mathematics teacher, department chair, and coach. In a variety of roles with the company, she has worked side-by-side with teachers in classrooms across the county as they have shifted their practice towards student-centered learning and accountability. She has been instrumental in developing the Professional Learning division of Carnegie Learning that supports and empowers teachers every single day. 

Through keynote addresses delivered to hundreds of educators each year, Sandy combines her classroom expertise and content knowledge to inspire them to rethink their approach to learning as they seek to maximize growth in students. You will often hear her challenge audiences with questions like, “What do students believe you think is most important?” and “If students could buy tickets for your classroom, would they?”

Most importantly, Sandy recognizes and celebrates all the hard work teachers do every day. She believes that all students are capable of becoming keen and confident math learners, and that passion drives everything she does. 

Sandy is a natural story-teller and can relate almost anything in math education to lessons she learned as a kid helping her father deliver milk.

Sandy lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her wife, Maureen.

Closing Session
Closing Speaker - June 12

Dr. Matt Larsen

Closing Session Keynote

Saturday, June 12


Matthew R. Larson, Ph.D., is a past president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Prior to serving as president of NCTM, he was the K–12 mathematics curriculum specialist for the Lincoln Public Schools (Nebraska) where he currently serves as associate superintendent for instruction. A prolific speaker and writer, he is the co-author of more than a dozen professional books. He was a member of the writing teams for the major publications Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All (2014) and Catalyzing Change in High School Mathematics: Initiating Critical Conversations (2018). Key areas of focus include access and equity and effective stakeholder communication. He has taught mathematics at the secondary and college levels and held an appointment as an honorary visiting associate professor at Teachers College, Columbia University.  Dr. Larson is a co-author of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt K–1 2 mathematics programs.  Dr. Larson received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.