Ellen McCrum

Elementary Mathematics

EllenMcCrum

Ellen's career as a teacher, coach, and school leader is grounded in a collaborative approach to drive teacher growth and student achievement.

She spent 6 years as a classroom teacher at PS 234 in Manhattan's District 2. There, she helped develop a collaborative teaching structure between colleagues, coaches, and administrators. She also designed and implemented standards-based curricula for both 4th and 5th grades. Beyond the elementary school classroom, Ellen also teaches educators at the Bank Street College of Education, where she offers a graduate level class on geography instruction. She holds two masters degrees from Bank Street.

In 2008, she expanded her coaching work in an international context, when she led a staff development program at an elementary school in Kathmandu, Nepal. Over the course of a school year, while living and working on site, she created a teacher development program focused on content and effective pedagogy.

Ellen began her career at Scholastic books, where as a book club manager she curated high quality book selections for children. Now as a mother, she loves reading Maurice Sendak and Eric Carle books to her 2 year-old son, Max. Ellen is committed to collaborating with teachers to develop their pedagogical practice and deepen their content knowledge. She believes that strong relationships and continuous learning are essential to effective teaching.

 

Reflections

Q: What are you most passionate about in education?

Equity and Access. And math! I passionately believe that math is for everyone and can be done by everyone – problem solving is not an ability that you’re born with, but something that you can learn. I want all students to know that ability grows with the right kind of effort and that learning from failure is invaluable. I am passionate about highlighting the joy and beauty of mathematics for teachers and students.

Q: What do you love about Metamorphosis?

Collaborating! I love being part of a dynamic, brilliant group of educators who constantly challenge me, who constantly push me to learn and grow.

Q: What do you want to influence in education?

Beliefs about learning and doing in math. I want all children, teachers, administrators and parents to believe in their potential to be powerful mathematicians. I want students to look forward to math and see it as a creative, fun and exciting subject.

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