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Supporting Children’s Mathematical Development:
Stories from TK through 3rd Grade Educators

Join educators as they share their personal experiences and stories on how they support children's mathematical development in their classrooms. Learn about the strategies they have implemented and the advantages they have seen as a result. Listen as educators share their struggles in implementing support for mathematical development and how they addressed these in the classroom.

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Desiree Harrison is an elementary instructional coach for Farmington Public Schools in Michigan where she works with individual teachers and teams of teachers on increasing student engagement and learning and implementing math routines. Currently, she serves as a board member for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Desiree is co-author of the book Classroom-Ready Rich Math Tasks: Engaging Students in Doing Math, Grades 2-3 (2021). She is passionate about and involved in the field of elementary mathematics education and hosts The Kids Math Talk podcast which is for educators and parents of elementary students and is devoted to keeping the conversation about mathematics active and positive. 

Desiree Harrison

Ryan Kurada is the Curriculum Coordinator for Transitional Kindergarten (TK) at the Sonoma County Office of Education. He is passionate about making learning relevant, meaningful, and interesting for all students. Prior to his current role, Ryan taught TK, Kindergarten, and 1st grade at University Elementary School in Northern California, where he also developed their school-wide project-based learning program. He spent time in Reggio Emilia, Italy studying their world-renowned educational approach to early childhood education. He is currently collaborating with the Exploratorium Tinkering Studio in developing STEAM-focused professional development opportunities for educators. Ryan has an M.A. in Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education and a B.F.A. in Art Education from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He has been a guest speaker at numerous conferences including the U.S. Department of Education Teach to Lead Summit, National Science Teaching Association Conference, and the California STEAM Symposium.


Ryan Kurada


Tracy Doverspike is a National Board Certified Kindergarten teacher and a member of the Instructional Leadership Corps. She brings thirty years of classroom experience and a love for integrating math across the curriculum. Mrs. Doverspike teaches kindergarten for the Alvord Unified School District and has a new math blog with The Early Math Project. She enjoys sharing engaging activities to build early math skills.

Tracy Doverspike

Sylvia Parker is an early childhood educator with over two decades of teaching experience both at the public and charter school levels. As an advocate for equity, Sylvia creates opportunities for her students to engage in rich and authentic learning experiences involving collaboration and discourse. In her spare time, she supports other educators as a Board member of the California Kindergarten Association where she serves as secretary. Learn more about Sylvia’s teaching journey via


Sylvia Parker

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