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  • Hello from Baytown, Texas!

    Posted by Amy Henderson on May 21, 2019 at 6:44 am

    Hello to all.  My name is Amy Henderson and I am the K-12 Math Coordinator for Goose Creek CISD in Baytown, Texas.  We are a district of approximately 25,000 students.

    My journey to education began in the dental field.  I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Dental Branch.  I began my career as a Dental Hygienist, with intentions of eventually teaching Dental Hygiene.  After about 15 years, I decided to take a break and stay home with my youngest child.  During that time, I joined the PTO at my children’s school, and began substitute teaching.  It didn’t take long for me to realize I loved teaching children, so I pursued my teaching certificate.  I taught 2nd grade self-contained, then moved to 2nd grade math/science.  After 3 years in 2nd grade, I was moved to 5th grade, where I spent the next 10 years teaching 5th grade self-contained, math, and math/science.  During this time, I pursued my Masters degree in Educational Administration and received my principal certification.  I became the Elementary Math Instructional Specialist for the district in 2014, and have been in my role as K-12 Math Coordinator for the last 2 years.

    I joined Making Math Moments Matter because I have been listening to the podcast, and I want to be part of a community that has the same mathematical mindset as I do.  I am on a journey to change the way math is being taught in my district, and I want to have a place I can get ideas, and share ideas, with other colleagues.

    Amy Henderson replied 3 years, 6 months ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
  • 3 Replies
  • Jon

    Administrator
    May 21, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Hi Amy,

    We love that you have joined the community. Your expertise, I’m sure, will help our community grow!

    Welcome!

  • Sarah Albert

    Member
    May 25, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Wow Amy, that’s a lot of students! Are you the only one in your position or is there another coach that helps you? What grade do your  schools start departmentalizing? I am in rural Ohio and our district is much smaller (only about 175-200 per grade level). We have tried departmentalized as low as 1st grade but it seems that all the teachers below 4th grade push to be self-contained or just in partners, splitting the science and social studies.

  • Amy Henderson

    Member
    May 26, 2019 at 8:08 am

    In our district, every core content area has a Coordinator that works K-12.  They oversee the entire department.  We also have an elementary instructional specialist (some contents have 2),  a junior high instructional specialist, and a high school instructional specialist at the district level.  In addition, each campus has a campus instructional specialist.  Our elementary campuses (16) self-contain Kinder and 1st, and some begin departmentalizing in 2nd grade.  It really depends on number of students and number of teachers per campus.  We have some self-contained teachers K-5 depending on numbers.  Sometimes we have 2-way partners where one teacher teaches the ELA/SS and the other teacher teaches Math/Science.  Other times we have 3-way splits (typically only in 4th and 5th).  Every campus is a little different and it changes yearly due to student enrollment numbers at each campus and grade level.