Our Staff

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John Tapper, PhD

DIRECTOR

John was an elementary classroom teacher, math curriculum coordinator and math coach for over 20 years. His teaching experiences ranges from the two-room elementary school in Vermont where he began his career to his work at the Neighborhood School on the Lower East side of Manhattan. In the 1990s, he co-founded the nationally recognized Westminster Primary Program, an innovative non-graded public school in southern Vermont where children ages 6-10 learned together.

John completed his PhD in Teaching and Learning at New York University focusing his research on teaching methods that support struggling math learners and the effects of poverty on mathematics learning. John has provided professional development on mathematics learning throughout the U.S., Eastern Europe, and Japan. He is currently a professor of elementary education at St. Michael’s College where he prepares future teachers to teach mathematics. He is the author of Solving for Why: Understanding, Assessing, and Teaching Students who Struggle with Mathematics, K-8. He is one of the founders of the All Learners Project, an effort to make math accessible to students regardless of background or circumstance.

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Sandi Stanhope

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Sandi Stanhope worked in Franklin County for over 25 years as a primary classroom teacher, teacher leader, math interventionist and math coach. She has spent more than 15 years digging into the research around the ways in which young children develop early numeracy, additive reasoning, and their overall sense of mathematics. As a result of this focus, she became one of the lead facilitators in the development and implementation of and training for the Primary Number and Operations Assessment (PNOA), a tool used throughout Vermont and elsewhere to identify what young students know and can apply around concepts in early numeracy. In addition, in the role of a primary mathematics consultant, she provides professional development through teaching workshops and graduate level courses, such as Laying the Foundation, Building Upon the Foundation, Problem Solving: Making Sense of Mathematics, and Relational Thinking: Laying the Foundation for Algebra (just to name a few) in school districts across the state of Vermont. All of these courses support the teaching and learning of essential content, knowledge, and pedagogy for teachers and students in the area of mathematics. Sandi is also a 2010 graduate of Vermont Mathematics Initiative and a national trainer for OGAP Additive Reasoning. When she is not immersed in researching the mathematics of young children, Sandi enjoys time off with her family and traveling.

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Isaac Avenia-Tapper

CONFERENCE COORDINATOR

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Julia Bianconi

ASSISTANT CONFERENCE COORDINATOR

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Natasha Wheel

Webmaster

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Instructors

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Fran Huntoon

Fran Huntoon has been working with middle school teachers and coaches on the All Learners Project. She is an educational consultant and works with schools and districts to improve math instruction. Fran is a former elementary and middle school teacher who taught math to all ages from kindergarten to grade 6. Along with her work with the All Learners Project, Fran is a mentor and instructor for the Vermont Mathematics Initiative, a national facilitator for the Ongoing Assessment Project, and an organizer for the statewide Ed Camps focused on Multi-Tiered Systems of Support in Math Education.

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TJ Jemison

TJ Jemison is a dynamic and experienced math workshop presenter and educational consultant who works with schools and districts to improve math instruction. He has extensive experience as a Special Educator, curriculum developer, and Math Coach who has taught math to all ages from Pre-K to grade 6. Along with his work with the All Learners Project he facilitates math professional development sessions across the United States and internationally and is also a consultant with Quality Teacher Development, Math Solutions, The Math Learning Center and is a co-organizer for the Vermont statewide Ed Camps focused on Multi-Tiered Systems of Support in Math Education.

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Bob Laird

Bob Laird works for the Vermont Mathematics Initiative (VMI) at the University of Vermont, where he oversees the teaching/learning and action research strands, and serves as a lead statistics instructor. The VMI, started in 1999, is a three-year masters program for K-12 mathematics teachers with more than 500 graduates across Vermont.

Bob is also co-author of A Focus on Fractions: Bringing research to the classroom (Routledge, 2015), and A Focus on Multiplication and Division: Bringing research to the classroom (Routledge 2017).

Over the past 15 years, Bob has been involved in numerous mathematics instructional and systemic support projects both nationally and internationally. These include initiatives with Philadelphia Public Schools, Cincinnati Public Schools, the Alabama Math Science and Technology Initiative, Queen Rania Teachers’ Academy in Amman, Jordan, and the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology and Kenan Institute Asia in Bangkok, Thailand.

Bob was an elementary and middle school teacher for 21 years.

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Erin Oliver

Erin Oliver is a math specialist for K-8 at Grand Isle School. She began her teaching career in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2007. Erin has focused on intervention because her passion is helping struggling learners build confidence and understanding. For the past 6 years, she has worked as an instructional interventionist and instructional coach in both New Orleans and Vermont. She supports teachers in analyzing student work, planning math menus, co-teaching, and providing intervention to small groups of students. For the past two years, Erin has been a part of the All Learner's Network working to change "all means all" from a hope to a reality.

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Karen Reinhardt

Karen Reinhardt is currently a Math Research Specialist working for TeachingWorks at the University of Michigan, where she helps support both pre-service and in service teachers improve math instruction. Prior to this, she was a K-8 math coach and curriculum specialist in Chittenden East Supervisory Union.

Karen teaches a Main Lesson/Menu graduate course, facilitates All Learners groups, and is a National Trainer for OGAP (the Ongoing Assessment Project) in Additive and Multiplicative Reasoning and Fractions. Karen’s passion right now is helping teachers to support EVERY child to be a competent, confident math learner.

When she’s not working with teachers and students, Karen enjoys hiking with her family and dog and getting lost in a great book.