DOD STEM AMBASSADOR FOR MATHCOUNTS

DOD STEM AMBASSADOR FOR MATHCOUNTS

A prestigious cohort of educators who collaborate to create and curate resources to support STEM educators nationwide.

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DoD STEM Ambassador Program

About the Defense STEM Education Consortium

The Defense STEM Education Consortium (DSEC) is a collaborative partnership between academia, industry, not-for-profit organizations and government that aims to broaden STEM literacy and develop a diverse and agile workforce with the technical excellence to defend our Nation. By addressing and prioritizing critical STEM challenges, the Department of Defense is investing in evidence-based approaches to inspire and develop the Nation’s science and technology workforce. The MATHCOUNTS Foundation is a member of DSEC.

About the DoD STEM Ambassador Program

Educators who are recognized with the DoD STEM Ambassador award will partner with DSEC to advance STEM outreach throughout the school year. As members of this prestigious cohort, DoD STEM Ambassadors will collaborate to create and curate resources to support STEM educators across the nation in implementing high quality STEM learning for all students. This program is facilitated by the TGR Foundation, and as a member of DSEC, MATHCOUNTS selects one of the ambassadors in this cohort.

Meet Our Amazing Ambassadors

Incredible educators have supported MATHCOUNTS as ambassadors!

We are grateful for their expertise and dedication. Applications have closed for the 2022-2023 DSAM.

Chantelle Normand, 2022-2023

2022-2023 Ambassador for MATHCOUNTS
North Bay Haven Charter Academy Middle School (FL)

Chantelle has been a math teacher for 27 years and a competition coach for 8 years. In 2018, she won Teacher of the Year at her school.

We're excited for Chantelle to start this fall! Chantelle uses MATHCOUNTS problems twice a week with her students to practice their problem-solving skills. In her role as DSAM this year, she will help create new MATHCOUNTS resources.

Resource She Loves:
MATHCOUNTS Problems

Tyler Erb, 2021-2022

2021-2022 Ambassador for MATHCOUNTS
Community House Middle School (NC)

Tyler has been a math teacher for 8 years, a competition coach for 7 years and a club leader for 3 years. In 2019, he won the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

During his time as DSAM, Tyler created a practice competition for future MATHCOUNTS coaches to use. (Find it on the Coach Dashboard this fall!) He also attended the 2022 Raytheon Technologies MATHCOUNTS National Competition and will present at an educator conference in the fall.

Resource He Loves:
Practice Competitions

Genevieve Esmende, 2020-2022

2020-2022 Ambassador for UC San Diego CREATE
Wangenheim Middle School (CA)

Gen has been a math teacher for more than 20 years and a club leader for 3 years. In 2022, she received the Distinguished Teacher distinction from the California Department of Education, and in 2015, she was a finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

During her time as the Ambassador for UC San Diego CREATE, Gen helped transition several National Math Club activities to a digital format, so teachers could use them in Google Classroom. She also led numerous outreach activities in the Greater San Diego area.

Resource She Loves:
National Math Club Games

Taren Long, 2020-2021

2020-2021 Ambassador for MATHCOUNTS
Chesapeake Public Charter School (MD)

Taren has been a math teacher for more than a decade and a competition coach for 7 years. In 2018, she was awarded an Outstanding Teacher award from the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative for her "performance in the areas of creativity, rapport with students, enthusiasm for teaching, professionalism and innovative teaching methods."

During her time as DSAM, Taren helped create new Practice Plans for MATHCOUNTS coaches to use, and was a featured speaker in the USASEF 2021 Inspire Educators Workshops.

Resource She Loves:
Practice Plans