Linda Paparella joined the Metamorphosis team after 11 years of classroom experience in New York City. Mentored and coached early in her teaching career by Anne Burgunder, she built on her math expertise through participation in NCTM and professional development with Math in The City. Linda taught in a variety of environments including public elementary and middle schools in Districts 2 and 3, a high-needs charter school in District 5, and an independent school in the Bronx. She has taught in general ed, ICT, and small group settings, and this wide range of experience informs her coaching. Her background in Special Education has made Linda especially passionate about making math fun, interesting, and accessible to all students by setting high standards, building on students’ knowledge, providing scaffolding, and designing multiple entry points to math concepts. She aims to help teachers break down negative math beliefs that kids have about themselves and construct new, curious, playful, more confident self-concepts regarding math. Linda wants students to play with numbers, seek out patterns, make connections, be problem solvers, explain and model strategies, and be flexible thinkers. Linda believes that math can be connected to all content areas and can be woven throughout the school day as a vital part of community building and classroom management.
Linda earned her Masters of Science in Elementary and Special Education from Bank Street College of Education.