|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
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,
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 director-at-large for the NCTM Board of Directors (2012-15).
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.