The 3rd Annual Early Career Teaching Conference, sponsored by the Association of Maryland Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMMTE), was held at Stevenson University Greenspring Campus on Saturday, September 16.
The conference, coordinated by Dr. Beth Kobett, is specifically designed for preservice through fifth year teachers. The featured keynote speaker, Robert Phelan, was the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) Beginning Teacher of the Year.
Current Education majors and alumni exchanged ideas, experiences, and practices while networking with other beginning teachers from across the state. The conference is designed specifically for teachers of mathematics early in their careers, from pre-service to up to five years on the job. Presentations were conducted by early educators for early educators, covering all grade bands: elementary, middle, and high school.
Front row, left to right: Alexa Narron (Class of ’14), Alli Culp, Mariela Fregoso-Aguilar, Dr. Beth Kobett, Katie Madigan (Class of ’17), Caitlyn Roy (Class of ’16), Jennifer Raymundo (Class of ’17), Lince Quintinilla. Back row, left to right: Preze Watson (Class of ’14), Zac Stavish (Class of ’13), Sally Dawson, Bryan Geisleman (Class of ’17), Sierra Bantillo, Savannah Bolton, Lauren Speiser (Class of ’15).
Presenters: Sally Dawson (senior Early Childhood major), Lauren Speiser (Class of ’15, Howard County), Alexa Narron (Class of ’14, Howard County).
Student Attendees: Sierra Bantillo (senior Elementary major), Savannah Bolton (senior Elementary major), Alli Culp (senior Middle School major), Mariela Fregoso-Aguilar (senior Early Childhood major), Lince Quintinilla (junior major).
Alumni Attendees: Bryan Geisleman (Class of ’17, Howard County), Katie Madigan (Class of ’17, Odyssey School), Jennifer Raymundo (Class of ’17, Howard County), Caitlyn Roy (Class of ’16, Frederick County), Preze Watson (Class of ’14, Carroll County), Zac Stavish (Class of ’13, Howard County).
Among the many attendees were both current Education majors and recent Stevenson University graduates. Senior Early Childhood Education major, Sally Dawson, facilitated a session on problem-based lessons. When asked about her experience, Sally commented, “I learned so much about professional conferences and I am thrilled to have presented. I felt so comfortable and excited as I knew every participant was early into their career. This also made each session relevant and applicable.”
Also in attendance was Senior Middle School Math and Science Education major, Alli Culp. “I think one of the most amazing aspects of this conference,” Alli noted, “was that it was specifically designed for both pre-service teachers and teachers early in their careers. Also, I liked how I could see myself using information and ideas from each session I attended in the classroom.”
In the closing session, Dr. Kobett discussed the importance of supporting all teachers, specifically those at the preservice and novice level. Presentations were designed for teachers of all grade levels from Pre-K to high school. The conference also provided attendees with opportunities to network. Sally Dawson shared, “I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with teachers and teacher candidates. I even exchanged contact information with a few people I met and we’ve been in touch about math lessons and resources!” Alli agreed, “These personal connections really set this conference apart from others. I would really encourage early career teachers and teacher candidates to attend in the future.”