Corinne Berthiaume worked in New York City elementary public schools for 10 years. She began teaching in ICT and general education classrooms in The Bronx before joining PS 84 in Manhattan to teach in their French dual language program. During this time, Corinne focused much of her professional development on bilingual education and math instruction. She is especially passionate about teaching math through problem-solving and math discourse. She eventually took on the role of in-house math coach at her school, supporting teachers in strengthening their content understanding and growing as math teachers. She became a Master Teacher at Math for America in 2015, and participated in the New York State Aim High NY initiative to review the Common Core Learning Standards in 2016. Corinne also teaches graduate classes in bilingual education and math education at Teachers College and at City College of New York.
Before becoming a teacher, Corinne worked as a management consultant in the financial sector in Canada and the UK.
Q: What are you most passionate about in education?
I believe children learn best when they are engaged in meaningful and challenging tasks and when they are offered opportunities to discuss and reflect on their developing ideas and their problem-solving process. As teachers, we need to have faith in our students so we can support them as they explore, formulate and revise ideas and so we avoid trying to do the work for them.
Q: What do you love about Metamorphosis?
Metamorphosis fosters a love of learning in students, teachers and coaches and encourages us to take risks. I love that!
Q: What do you want to influence in education?
I believe math can be the most creative part of the school day. I want to influence the way math is taught so that more students and teachers come to experience math as a creative, exciting and rewarding endeavor.