Ariel Dlugasch spent 8 years in the New York City public school system’s District 2, where she taught a wide range of levels including Kindergarten, 2nd, and 4th grades. As a classroom teacher, she coached with Metamorphosis consultants Antonia Cameron and Stephanie Slabic, and they made her fall in love with teaching and learning mathematics. She continued participating in Metamorphosis’ Teaching Learning Communities as both an attendee and host classroom teacher, and her math teaching began to transform. She realized that coaching teachers one-on-one advances their teacher practice and therefore positively affects their students. This work led Ariel to pursue her second master’s degree in Math Leadership at the Bank Street School of Education. She subsequently became a Math Coach at both PS267/East Side Elementary School and PS 276/The Battery Park City School.
As a school-based math coach, Ariel helped K-5 teachers build mathematics content knowledge by utilizing big ideas, strategies, and models when planning lessons. She also facilitated multiple interactive workshops to help parents understand how their children learn mathematics through exploration.
In 2016, Ariel joined the Metamorphosis team as a content coach, working in schools throughout New York City. She uses the plan, co-teach, and debrief model to learn alongside teachers. Ariel believes that teachers are, first and foremost, learners. When we stop learning, we stop growing. If we believe that we are lifelong learners, then our students will too.
Q: What are you most passionate about in education?
How our beliefs and past experiences have an impact on our teaching. Many teachers have a negative relationship with mathematics because of how they were taught in their childhood. I am passionate about changing this cycle by providing experiences for teachers where they learn to love mathematics.
Q: What do you love about Metamorphosis?
I love that Metamorphosis is not attached to a specific curricular program, and instead thinks more broadly about their role in education. The staff at Metamorphosis wants to help develop teachers into thinkers and learners independent of any one curricular program.
Q: What do you want to influence in education?
I want to influence educators’ beliefs about what it means to do math. I want to dispel the notion that mathematics is something that is done to you, and replace it with the idea that mathematics is an experience that you have a hand in creating.