Gail Englert

I teach seventh grade at Blair Middle School, a public middle school in Norfolk, VA.

I graduated from the University of Florida in 1977, and after 6 years of teaching I returned to school in 1985, studying for my Masters degree at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. I have been teaching almost 30 years for three different school systems. I began with a combination fourth and fifth grade in Old Town, Florida. Then I spent 5 years as a seventh grade math and science teacher in Currituck, NC. In 1985 I left Currituck for Norfolk Public Schools, and have remained there, teaching fourth and fifth grade, and now middle school mathematics for over 20 years.

I had the opportunity to serve a 3 year term on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. It was one of the most wonderful professional development opportunities I have ever experienced. If you are not involved in the work of NCTM, give it a try. USA Today selected me for the 2001 All-USA Teacher Team (second team). I earned National Board Certification (as a middle childhood generalist) from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 1999, and renewed it in 2009. I was the 1998 Teacher of the Year for Norfolk Public Schools, in Norfolk, VA.

Besides teaching, I enjoy watching the East Carolina Pirates (my University by marriage) play football and basketball, reading, and traveling. My husband and I have one son, who recently completed doctoral studies at the University of Memphis, in cognitive psychology.

I heard about T2T through CPAM, the Council for Presidential Awardees in Mathematics, and have truly enjoyed this opportunity to share ideas with others. I hope you enjoy reading through the questions and responses in this collection of Elementary Thoughts.

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