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GMC 2018 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Thomasenia Lott Adams

Oct 17 (Wednesday Evening)

Thomasenia Lott Adams, PhD is a mathematics teacher educator/researcher in the School of Teaching & Learning and the Associate Dean of Research (ADR) in the College of Education at the University of Florida (UF), Gainesville, FL. Dr. Adams’ scholarship includes funded grants at the national and state levels, including her role as Co-Principal Investigator on the Florida STEM Teacher Induction and Professional Support Center funded by the Florida Department of Education and the UF Noyce Scholars Program: Raising STEM EduGators funded by the National Science Foundation. She has a commendable list of publications and conference presentations is a senior author of the Go Math! elementary mathematics textbook series published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She is also author on several publications of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and Solutions Tree.

Service posts to her credit include editor of the Mathematical Roots Department in Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School and co-editor of Investigations Department of Teaching Children Mathematics both published by NCTM. Dr. Adams has also served as board member of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators board member of the School Science and Mathematics Association and past president of the Florida Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators.

Dr. Adams is a previous recipient of the Mary L. Collins Teacher Educator of the Year Award for the Florida Association of Teacher Educators. She has participated in major efforts to improve teaching and learning of mathematics, including serving as a mathematics coach across grades K-12, being co-author of K-12 mathematics professional development programs and leader for the mathematics and science job-embedded professional development and graduate degree program for middle and high school teachers. She is also an accomplished mentor of mathematics education doctoral students.


Dr. Matt Larson

Oct 18 (Thursday Evening)

Matt Larson, PhD is president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), a 70,000-member international mathematics education organization. Previously, Larson was the K–12 curriculum specialist for mathematics in Lincoln (Nebraska) Public Schools for more than 20 years.

Dr. Larson began his career in education as a high school mathematics teacher and served as a member of the leadership team for the National Science Foundation Math and Science Partnership project Math in the Middle at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Dr. Larson’s long history of service within NCTM includes chairing the Research Committee, serving for three years on the Board of Directors, serving for two years on the Executive Committee, and chairing the Budget and Finance Committee. He has contributed extensively to NCTM journals and books. His two-year term as NCTM president began in April at the conclusion of the 2016 NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition in San Francisco.

Dr. Larson is a frequent speaker before mathematics education audiences, and he has authored or co-authored several books, including a series on professional learning communities and Common Core Mathematics. He is co-author of Balancing the Equation: A Guide to School Mathematics for Educators and Parents, and he was on the writing team of Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All (NCTM, 2014). Dr. Larson has taught mathematics at the elementary through college level and has held an appointment as an honorary visiting associate professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. In 1994 he was recognized for his teaching accomplishments with a U.S. West Outstanding Teacher Award.


Dr. James Tanton

Oct 19 (Friday Afternoon)

Believing that mathematics really is accessible to all, James Tanton, PhD is committed to sharing the delight and beauty of the subject. In 2004 James founded the St. Mark’s Institute of Mathematics, an outreach program promoting joyful and effective mathematics education. He worked as a fulltime high-school teacher at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, MA (2004-2012), and he conducted, and continues to conduct, mathematics courses and workshops for mathematics teachers across the nation and overseas.

Dr. Tanton is the author of Solve This: Math Activities for Students and Clubs (MAA, 2001), The Encyclopedia of Mathematics (Facts on File, 2005), Mathematics Galore! (MAA, 2012) and twelve self-published texts. He is the 2005 recipient of the Beckenbach Book Prize, the 2006 recipient of the Kidder Faculty Prize at St. Mark’s School, and a 2010 recipient of a Raytheon Math Hero Award for excellence in school teaching.

He also publishes research and expository articles, and through his extracurricular research classes for students has helped high school students pursue research project and publish their results.

Dr. Tanton is currently an ambassador for the Mathematical Association of America.