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President’s Update 2018

Hello NM Math Teachers!

I would like to introduce myself as the new president of NMCTM. I have been the Central Region Representative for the past 2 years and look forward to working with you in this new capacity!

At our Annual Meeting, which was held at the Soar to Greater Heights Conference in October, we gained some new members and said hello to familiar faces. The committee put a lot of time into planning the event and we are glad that it was a great experience for you all! If you would like to become more involved with NMCTM, we have an opening for Central and Northeast Region Representatives as well as President Elect.   

If you are a member of NMCTM, remember we can play a role in your teacher evaluation. NMTeach Domain 4b is all about participating in a professional community. We have an opportunity for you to do just this! The NM Stem Symposium will be held June 1st and is looking for dynamic presenters. You can get more information and  submit your proposal here. (We will also send out information about attending as it becomes available.) Another way to help your increase your evaluation score is to become a member of the NCTM, our affiliate. NCTM offers its members many benefits such as  

  1. Official Journals [Teaching Children Mathematics (Pre-K – Grade 6) & Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School (Grades 5-9) & Mathematics Teacher  (Grades 8-14)]
  2. Professional Development [ NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition, NCTM’s Regional Conferences,  NCTM’s Interactive Institutes
  3. Postitions & Standards that guide many of our most widely implemented National, State, and district initiatives.
  4. Much, much, more … visit

NMCTM also has a NM Math Educators Google Group / Listserv that you can sign up for. This will allow you to and send and receive important information relative to our work as well as invitations to Math related offerings in the state.  Anyone can post to the list, however, if you are a full dues paying member you can post directly to the NMCTM Blog which will automatically post to our Listserv, Twitter, and Facebook (#nmctm @nmctm).  

I know spending money on professional organizations is not at the top your to-do list, but if you have not renewed your dues with NMCTM, please do so at our membership corner! You may need to create an account on our website. This allows you to post on the website as well as pay your dues online.  In the meantime, please consider volunteering yourself or nominating another for one of our positions in the next calendar year.  We are always accepting applications! The establishment of and job duties for these roles can be found in our By-Laws and Constitution.

We would like to thank you for your dedication to New Mexico students. Math education is a necessity and you are making it happen! It takes hard work every day to help these students achieve, and we are all doing it! Your commitment to your students and our profession is fundamental to our organization and we commend your work!   


Tammy Hernandez


NMCTM Yearly Renewal

NM Math Educators et al,

Thanks for all your hard work in making 2017 a huge success.  Membership is at our highest numbers in the last decade, our financial situation is secure, and we continue to offer regional grants and positions for educational leaders.  Email for more information.

You can renew your dues over at Square Market:

Interested in running for one of our leadership positions?  If so, please head over to the application for the position you are interested in:

Our new President, Tammy Hernandez, will be reaching out soon to the membership for some feedback on this year’s professional development offerings and more.  Please visit in the next week or so to catch the official 2018 President’s Update.



NMCTM Executive Board

Introducing Dr. Bill Gutman – Keynote Speaker Soar 2017

We are proud to introduce Dr. Bill Gutman as our keynote speaker during Saturday’s sessions at this year’s – #STGH_NM – STEM Conference, Soar to Greater Heights 2017.  The conference will be held at Las Cruces High School October 27th – 29th.  Dr. Gutman will deliver the keynote just after the luncheon on Saturday, from 12:30pm – 01:30pm.   Dr. Gutman’s bio is included below, and more information on the schedule of events can be found at the Event Schedule and General Information Page.


A Brief Biography

“Dr. Bill Gutman has been the Director of Aerospace Operations for Spaceport America since October 2009, although his deep involvement with the project goes back to the mid 1990s through a technical support contract with New Mexico State University. As Director of Aerospace Operations, his major responsibilities are to oversee launches and flight safety, to maintain the FAA Launch Site Operator License, and to be the technical liaison with launch customers. He also has the honor and privilege of being the face of Spaceport America’s STEM outreach program. In that capacity, he tries and frequently succeeds at exciting the upcoming generation about STEM careers. He presents space demonstrations and videos to every sixth grade science class in the Las Cruces Public Schools as well as to many other school groups around New Mexico using both in-person and virtual methods.

Prior to joining the spaceport, Dr. Gutman was employed by the New Mexico State University Physical Science Laboratory and worked on a variety of projects. These included high power laser propagation research, development of optical instrumentation systems, and development of advanced sensor systems. Beginning in 1999, he participated in the development of the unmanned aircraft program at NMSU PSL. Dr. Gutman earned his Ph.D. in optical and molecular physics from Ohio State University.”

– Dr. Bill Gutman

Event Schedule & General Information


Questions / Comments

Email Tammy Hernandez at

Soar to Greater Heights 2017 – Scholarship

What is Bootstrap:Algebra and


Skip to the application!

According to Emmanuel Schanzer, co-founder of Bootstrap,

“Bootstrap:Algebra is a 20-hour curricular module for students ages 12-16, which teaches algebraic and geometric concepts through computer programming.”

And when / if one digs deeper into the guiding philosophy of Bootstrap, they will find that students are explicitly taught math standards using tools drawn from computer science, design, and other subjects.  All too often, this paradigm is switched, with math teachers typically being asked to augment or support instruction in other fields, while this approach does the exact opposite.

Bootstrap uses other fields, notably computer science and one of its most demanding branches, programming, in order to augment mathematics pedagogy (not the other way around).  This paradigm switch is a necessary development as the country matures into the realization that computer science has essentially become a new subject alongside the four traditional content areas.  Finding meaningful ways to transfer skills and conceptual learning in both directions is essential, and Emmanuel Schanzer and Bootstrap provide the balance that is essential for any institution to implement an engaging and helpful mathematics program.

Here are some descriptions of the Bootstratp:Algebra program …




And equity is at the center of all of this folks … let me demonstrate the project’s commitment to equity by introducing Emmanuel in his own words:

Emmanuel Schanzer is the founder and co-director of Bootstrap, one of the largest research-based K12 computer science initiatives in the US. He spent several years as a program manager and developer before becoming a high school teacher and middle school academic coach, and has long been involved in connecting educators and technology, building partnerships with professional organizations, universities, and companies from across Silicon Valley to bring rigorous, high-quality CS education to all students – particularly underrepresented groups. He holds a bachelors in computer science and a doctorate in algebra education research.”

As you can see, this unique approach of Bootstrap and that of Emmanuel as an individual demonstrate a core alignment with equity in mathematics instruction.  This is both essential for student learning, and helps generally promote equitable mathematics instruction for all.   Along this line, educators who are interested in diversity and mathematics instruction should alos visit and apply for our other scholarship, based on the NMCTM partnership with TODOS, an educational organization devoted to equity in mathematics instruction for students of all backgrounds.  That scholarship is available here:

Bootstrap Scholarship Benefits FAQs

How does this scholarship and workshop help me as an educator?

This workshop will introduce educators to programming that supports Algebra 1, to representing mathematics in different ways, notably the concept of circles of understanding that Schanzer developed.   Educators will leave with a basic overview of how they can support students in Algebra 1 by engaging them in a meaningful design and game design lesson.

Do I get a certificate of attendance?

Yes, please contact Tammy if you have not received your certificate after two weeks from the completion of the conference.  You will receive your certificate of attendance if you were accepted and awarded the scholarship.  All applicants must possess a current NM Teaching License.

How does it work and when do I get the reimbursement?

Educators who are awarded the scholarship will receive two disbursements of funds, i.e., one at the first workshop this fall and then the second reimbursement at the required follow up conference late in the Spring of 2018 (info TBA).  Teachers or districts may also optionally choose to allocate the scholarship to the conference registration costs if that is more fitting.

What is taught at the workshop and what is the value of this workshop?

The workshop will briefly cover the concepts of transfer, circles of influence, implementation of the Bootstrap:Algebra curriculum, familiarity and help with the platform and Pyret programming language.   Bootstrap normally meets with educators for intensives that last 3 days and cost nearly $600 for educators.  The NMCTM and Bootstrap, recognizing the limited budgets and urban / rural divide in NM, have partnered to make this training a Deep Dive half-day session that is not only free for NM educators, but incentivized through a scholarship.  NM educators will be paid $50 after attending the first workshop, and $50 after the attending the second workshop in Spring / Summer.

Who is teaching the workshop?

The founder and CEO of Bootstrap, Emmanuel Schanzer.

How do I sign up for the scholarship?

You can apply for each of the four scholarships here:

Below, please find a one-page flier that can be forwarded to your district officials, evaluators, colleagues, etc.  Spread the word!


PDF Version

apply here

Need to register or want more information?  Start here …

Jonathan Haack
President, NMCTM

Soar to Greater Heights 2017 – Registration


Welcome Soar to Greater Heights 2017 participants,

Soar to Greater Heights is the fall STEM educator conference sponsored jointly by the New Mexico Science Teachers Association, the Computer Science Teachers of America New Mexico and the New Mexico Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

The conference’s location moves throughout the state in order to serve all of New Mexico’s educators. This year’s conference is in Las Cruces, hosted at the newly renovated Las Cruces High School.

The conference dates are October 27-29. The conference components include workshops and presentations for math, science, and computer science educators; exhibits from commercial vendors, nonprofit organizations, parks, outreach programs, and universities; social time; and extended learning opportunities and field trips.

Registration links and payment options for exhibitors, presenters, and attendees are listed below.  We look forward to your participation and another year of meaningful presentations that improve pedagogical practice and student learning.

Early Bird rates only $85 … PED Scholarships still available!

Are you planning to introduce educators to a product, textbook, device, learning tool, etc.?  If so –>

Exhibitor Registration


Perhaps you want to attend the awesome keynote and workshops, swing by a Deep Dive, and then head over to the annual meeting to discuss NM pedagogy?  If so –>

Attend the Conference


Planning to present on a meaningful approach to learning, a field trip, or a workshop / roundtable, etc?  If so –>

Submit your Proposal


Event Schedule & General Information



Questions / Comments

Email Tammy Hernandez at

Save the Date!

NM STEM Educators et al,

We are proud to announce that this year’s Soar to Greater Heights annual STEM Conference for NM will be in Las Cruces, at Las Cruces High School from October 27th through October 29th.  Registration information here!

This year the conference is brought to you by New Mexico Science Teacher’s Association, New Mexico Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the Computer Science Teachers of America – New Mexico.  We are proud partners in STEM in NM!





Jonathan Haack
President, NMCTM


President’s Update

Math Teachers et al,

First off, thanks to all NM Math Teachers and the larger teaching community.

There is much going on in NMCTM-Land this Spring.  Most importantly, we finally filled the position of NCTM Representative that was left empty with Dr. Cathy Kinzer’s untimely passing.  We would like to formally welcome Ronda Davis, Math Specialist for Albuquerque Public Schools, B.A. Chemistry & Biology, M.A. Mathematics Education, National Board Certified AYA Mathematics, T^3 Regional Instructor, and much more that we can’t adequately express in words here.  It is with great pleasure that we welcome Ronda to the team.  Her complete resume can be found here.

[A reminder that there are five annual scholarships available in honor of Dr. Kinzer for our annual conference.]

This Spring I will travel with our NCTM Representative to the NCTM National Exposition in San Antonio, TX.  We will meet with the other State Regional Affiliates on behalf of NM and we will also attend various individual trainings to assist us in our own professional learning.  Again, we were all caught of guard with the loss of Dr. Kinzer, and so by us filling this position and us both attending this year together, I am confident we can reinvigorate our ranks with the support NCTM provides to its affiliates.  Some of those offerings are:

  1. Participate in NCTM Delegate Assembly process to help elect leaders that will be consistent with NM math teacher needs
  2. Privilege of participating in Affiliates Leadership Conference to share with other State leaders about methods of improving National and NM math education
  3. Financial rebates on membership (contact NCTM).

A complete list of Affiliate Benefits can be found here (not all of which are actively used in NM).

In addition to what NCTM provides NMCTM as an affiliate organization, we must remind our membership of what NMCTM provides you as an individual math teacher.  Firstly, the NMTeach Domains can be found here (1, 2, 3, 4).  In looking at NMTeach Domain 4b, Participating in a professional community, it can be seen that teachers are awarded exemplary if “The teacher is actively engaging in ongoing research, leads study groups, and identifies new practices for school and district implementation:  Teacher serves as an instructional leader, and is accepted by faculty for exceptional skills in delivering professional development and mentorship.”   Each year the NMCTM offers an annual conference, Soar to Greater Heights, with multiple STEM workshops, with pre- and post-conference service and field learning trips, and more importantly, with time for educational dialogue with educators across the State.  The exemplary category specifically calls for research and district-level implementation; working with partners at the State and National levels with NMCTM is a strong component towards achieving this end.   Exhibitors can look at last year’s statistics here.

NMTeach Domain 4di, on the other hand, Demonstrating Professionalism:  How high are the teacher’s professional standards and practices? is rated exemplary if “The teacher proactively and in a positive way seeks to continually improve the culture of the school by consistently raising expectations for adults and students, raising the engagement of adults and students and contributing to the efficacy of adults and students.”  In order to offer our districts the ‘highest’ in these standards and practices, it seems very likely that math educators would be compelled to reach out to State and National educators in mathematics.  As President, I certainly cannot do it alone, and I find the NMCTM is part of the bridge between these communities.

Finally, let us not forget what NCTM itself offers its members, including its affiliate members of NMCTM:

  1. Official Journals [Teaching Children Mathematics (Pre-K – Grade 6) & Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School (Grades 5-9) & Mathematics Teacher  (Grades 8-14)]
  2. Professional Development [ NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition, NCTM’s Regional ConferencesNCTM’s Interactive Institutes
  3. Postitions & Standards that guide many of our most widely implemented National, State, and district initiatives.  (The NMCTM President’s personal favorite!)
  4. Much, much, more … visit

In addition to these larger offerings, the NMCTM has a NM Math Educators Google Group / Listserv that you can sign up for and send and receive to other educators across the State.  Anyone can post to the list, however, if you are a full dues paying member you can post directly to the NMCTM Blog which will automatically post to our Listserv, Twitter, and Facebook (#nmctm @nmctm).  We are looking for members to volunteer to be professional development gnomes, who will post 5-10 items per month to our digital infrastructure that are germane to NM math educators in some fashion.  Email us if you are interested.  Intermediate technology experience required.  If you never received your NMCTM certificate, please fill our Membership Certificate Form.

So, now that you are convinced of what we have to offer and excited about our latest news, please go and renew your dues at our membership corner!   You will need to create an account with our website in order to do this and if you need help with that or encounter password recovery trouble, please email us.  In the meantime, please consider volunteering yourself or nominating another for one of our positions in the next calendar year.  We are always accepting applications!

The establishment of and job duties for these roles can be found in our By-Laws and Constitution.  Lastly, we are abundantly aware of the sacrifice that math teachers make every day balancing droves of content with a shrinking schedule, never ending excuses for lost instructional days, and a master schedule that never seems to be right for math!  In addition to the day to day grind, we all have to find some type of professional peace with our district, State, and National initiatives.  Committing oneself to leadership at this level is a means of confronting this difficult necessity directly.   Help us in the fight folks!  Join NMCTM or renew today!

More posts coming soon about our Wiki, our upcoming conference, our findings from NCTM National, and our sponsored booths and annual meeting at the NM PED’s STEM Symposium this summer (last year’s information)!



Jonathan Haack
President, NMCTM
#nmctm @nmctm


NMCTM Board Elections 2016-2017

It is that time of year again!  Annual elections for Regional Representatives, Treasurer, and President Elect up again!  Please use the links below to apply for your desired position.  Please forward these applications to any at large members that you feel might be appropriate for these duties.

Regional Rep:



Math Specialist / NCTM Rep:

NMCTM Secretary:  

NMCTM Communications Specialist:



Jonathan Haack

President, NMCTM

Soar to Greater Heights 2016 – Social Media Splash!


Did I mention prizes?

With Soar to Greater Heights 2016 less than a month away, it is time to get fired about STEM!  [Forgot to register?  Go here!]  Take your zaniest, most STEM-influenced, and coolest and awesome photos!  Post them to Twitter and use:


You can also post directly to Facebook at … Let’s have fun while geek out on STEM!

Prizes!!!  Prizes!!! Prizes!!!



Conference Facebook Page:

Conference Twitter:

NMCTM Facebook:

NMCTM Twitter:

Remember, even though you are having fun in this contest, you are also helping yourself achieve higher scores in Domain 4 … so make sure your dues are paid up while you are having fun splashing STEM photos everywhere!

Jonathan Haack
President, NMCTM