Upper Elementary and Secondary Mathematics
Kara Levin first worked in the New York City public school system in 1999. She trained as a special educator, math teacher, and recently completed a certificate in school administration at Baruch University. Kara taught 6th and 7th grade math at a District 2 Middle School with a high percentage of students with disabilities. Through her teaching she learned how important it is to create a classroom community where every child is invested in their success.
Kara was selected as a teacher leader in District 2, where she first met Lucy West, and learned to use Japanese lesson study, intervisitation, and study groups to strengthen teacher practice. She was recruited to work as a coach at East Side Middle School, where she helped build an impressive record of student achievement. Kara has also worked with new teachers at Pace University in the Teaching Fellows program and at Seton Hall University, as part of the The Academy for Urban School Transformation.
Kara's passion is equity. She helps struggling students by increasing discourse in mathematics classrooms, where students learn to challenge their solutions, and those of their classmates. She empowers teachers to plan lessons that involve critical thinking and plenty of student talk, and empowers students to have meaningful conversations about math. Kara has taught and consulted in diverse schools in Louisiana, Long Island, New Jersey, and New York.
Q: What are you most passionate about in education?
Equity. I want struggling learners to have the same opportunities and experiences as high-performing, advantaged, students.
Q: What do you love about Metamorphosis?
I love the community and the support. I love that we are all committed to improving teaching and learning.
Q: What do you want to influence in education?
Belief systems. I want to help our education system recognize that all kids can learn, reason and solve problems.
I want to commend Ms. Kara Levin for her continuous exemplary work at PS 376. Each year, our teachers' math confidence level rises due to Ms. Levin's expertise. As you may know, for two consecutive years, our school has outperformed the district in both ELA and Math.
– Maria Vera-Drucker, Principal, PS 376K, Brooklyn
"Our success is a tribute to having a great consultant. You have inspired the teachers to embrace math. I am very thankful. "
– Maria Vera-Drucker, Principal, PS 376K, NewYork
"The math training with Kara and Anjali was outstanding! The teachers left understanding that they must create rich tasks for students that allow access for all. They also understand that they must allow students to solve math in ways that are meaningful to them as well as to share their thinking with their peers. Strings were a new concept to all of us. Kara and Anjali challenged everyone to think differently in our own computational methods. Focusing on pedagogy in whole group and content in afternoon breakouts really worked well."
– Lynda McCullough, Instructional Supervisor, Louisiana