Team – Make Math Moments

The lessons, podcasts, webinars, and courses that help you Make Math Moments wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of this great team!

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Meet The Team!

Kyle Pearce

Founder & Lead Curiosity Instigator

Kyle always felt like he was “good at math” until he realized that he was good at memorizing! Since then he’s been on a quest to re-learn mathematics concepts that he could only regurgitate steps and procedures for. As the Lead Curiosity Instigator here at Make Math Moments, he dedicates his efforts to spark curiosity and fuel sense-making in the students and educators he works with as the K-12 Mathematics Consultant for his school district.

Favourite Task

Super Powers

  • Task Creation
  • Leading PD Sessions
  • Elementary Math Progressions

Jon Orr

Founder & Lead Struggle Coordinator

Jon is a practicing high school math teacher who draws on his experience sparking curiosity and fuelling sense making with his students to ignite the moves of the teachers in his circle of influence at Make Math Moments. His passions lie in promoting productive struggle with his students and mathematics educators he learns with.

Favourite Task

Super Powers

  • Operations
  • Leading PD Sessions
  • Secondary Math Progressions

Jerrold Wiebe

District Partnerships

As a student, Jerrold wanted to know ‘why?’.  He learned to play the ‘game’ of math but only as a teacher did he come to see patterns and connections in math. He has spent the last 35 years helping students and teachers realize these connections, develop growth mindsets and build their mathematical competencies. As a Make Math Moments partner, Jerrold utilizes this experience to help districts navigate their professional development needs and enrich the competency of students and staff.

Favourite Task

Super Powers

  • Patterns
  • Progressions & connections
  • Meeting learners where they are at

Yvette Lehman

Curriculum Writer

Learning about the five mathematical proficiencies helped Yvette realize that math can be seen, opening her eyes and mind to visualize mathematics in an entirely new way. As a former struggling math student, a commitment to conceptually understanding elementary math concepts through models has ignited her passion for making connections and supporting student understanding. 

Favourite Task

Super Powers

  • Elementary progressions
  • Conceptualized Learning
  • Writing

Jordan Rappaport

Curriculum Writer

Jordan’s passion for mathematics education was sparked once he had kids of his own, leading to a profound interest in teaching for understanding and the development of student thinking and reasoning. This is framed around the role playful mathematics has in uncovering a sense of wonder, belief and beauty. As an educator, his work is predicated on the belief that all learners have mathematical experiences that need to be honoured, and using these experiences will help to leverage new learning opportunities for all students.

Favourite Task

Super Powers

  • Building Relationships
  • Knowledge Mobility
  • Math Progressions

Tania Ash

Tania Ash

Tania is a middle school math teacher who also taught elementary mathematics for many years. Relearning some big mathematical ideas she hadn’t fully understood during her own math classes rekindled her love for the subject. Tania is committed to bringing curiosity, connection, creativity and community to math class – and sharing her passion with others.

Favourite Task

Super Powers

  • Nurturing mathematical mindsets
  • Fostering conceptual understanding
  • Writing

Lori Hogan

Curriculum Writer

Just when Lori thought that she had teaching math figured out, she began an exploration of mathematical models and the use of games which transformed her classroom. By fuelling sense-making through real-life contexts which leads to productive struggle, Lori supports students to better understand the why, not just the how. Her shift in assessment practices has also progressed the way she teaches by using student data to inform instruction. Lori continues her math journey from her coaching role, back to the junior classroom to reinforce the passion for math in the students.

Favourite Task

Super Powers

  • Number Talks/Strings
  • Relationship Building
  • Assessment Practices

Asad Robin

Curriculum Writer

Mathematics is fun, but not always obvious when we teach without intentionally connecting the math to our surroundings through meaningful contexts. I love helping students to visualize complex mathematical concepts in an exciting, curious way so more students are able to enter into the problem-solving process.

Favourite Task

Super Powers

  • Video Animation
  • Web Management
  • Multitasking

Omar Rodriguez

Motion designer

Omar has been working in the advertising industry as a strategist and content creator for a few years but now works full time producing motion graphics, he is very passionate about making anything alive in motion. He believes Math can be taught in so many ways as it is in everything we see. As a designer, his vision becomes a reality when it comes to animating any math lesson and transforming it into a cool, exciting, mathematical visual experience to learn.

Favourite Task

Super Powers

  • Endless imagination
  • Motion design
  • Conceptualization

Hemachandra

Curriculum Writer

I am an IT consultant. Worked as Senior Business Development Manager, consultative sales, in Singapore. I have a masters in physics and love mathematics. Strongly believe, whole universe operates on a set of perfect mathematical equations. I teach mathematics to high school students privately. Also, a former airline professional, played a wide range of roles in customer service to flight dispatch operations. Love to experiment with Apple keynote & Adobe Animate and see how effectively can they be used for teaching complex concepts to children.

Favourite Task

Super Powers

  • Creating visual flow for math concepts
  • Visual math progressions
  • Client servicing

Joris Gordula

Customer Happiness Consultant

Joris uses her past rocky relationship with mathematics to fuel her love for helping teachers Make Math Moments in their classrooms. As an anchor at Make Math Moments, Joris provides communication support to the thousands educators who use the resources at Make Math Moments every day. 

Favourite Task

Super Powers

  • Organization
  • Communication
  • Educator Support

Chris Atkinson

Solutions Expert

Chris left a career in IT to pursue his passion for teaching.  He currently divides his professional time between working as a department head of mathematics and running Student Info Solutions Inc., providing school data solutions and web support to the education sector. 

Favourite Task

Super Powers

  • PHP & SQL
  • Data Solutions
  • Customer Service

Ali Özbay

Production Editor

Ali’s memorable math moment around division in algebra class left scars on his belief about being a good math student. His involvment in the Make Math Moments team has helped him view mathematics learning in a new light! 

Favourite Task

Super Powers

  • Audio Production
  • Creativity
  • Music

Pardeep Kaur

Web Developer

Learing about 8+ years of experience in website development and extensive knowledge of coding. I specialize in designing/developing online courses. LMS websites, membership websites in WordPress using Learndash, Buddyboss, Memberpress, BBpress, Buddypress, Membermouse, Membership pro, and many more.

Favourite Task

Super Powers

  • Strong Coding skills
  • Good Communication skills

Farmin Mirza

Presentation Specialist

With almost a decade of experience working to develop graphics, animations and visual presentations, I leverage a range of art and design disciplines to bring every math lesson to life. My goal when animating each Make Math Moments problem based unit is to craft an accessible mathematics experience through visuals and animations requiring me to immerse myself in the content to make it come alive and speak to the audience. When students have a smile on their face after engaging in one of the units that I helped to create, I also smile.

Favourite Task

Super Powers

  • Data visualization
  • Animation
  • Thinking outside of the box

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