**About Ellen…**

By training I am a mathematician.

By profession I am a Mathematician in Residence at the Math Forum

My passion is supporting urban kids and their teachers in mathematics instruction.

My specialty is algebra.

Mixing all those together creates a gumbo (I’m Cajun by birth) of someone who spends most of her waking hours supporting math teachers (mostly in the Philadelphia area) thinking about ways to talk about the big mathematical ideas that underlie the mathematics curriculum.

**About Val…**

My background includes studying mathematics and economics, teaching high school math, researching student and teacher learning and financial education for both youth and adults. I’ve been at the Math Forum for over a year now and am also responsible for www.mathforum.org/fe – financial education resources for math teachers, among other things. I’m excited to hear stories from your classrooms and to talk about the big ideas!