I am Sara VanDerWerf, a 25-year mathematics teacher for Minneapolis Public Schools. I have taught math in grades 7-12 as well as spent several years as the K-12 math lead for the district. I have spent lots of time on the board, most recently as President, of my states NCTM affiliate, the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics. I am currently transitioning to something new fall 2018. More news on this soon.
I learned how to ride a backward bicycle in the hallways my school and now believe I can learn anything. I love my family, Minnesota, God, walking around one of the many lakes in my state, Desmos and Math On-a-Stick (not necessarily in that order). In my new job transition, I am a bit worried about where my calculator museum will be displayed.
I am passionate about encouraging and connecting with mathematics teachers. My favorite 5-minute professional development I would love all teachers to watch is one of Annie Fetter’s Ignite talks on Noticings and Wonderings. Watch it today! (re-watch it if you have not watched it for a while). Enjoy and be well, my friend.
I’d love to connect via twitter. Join the #MTBoS community. Tweet me @saravdwerf.
I am always open to partnering with math teachers and leaders in a variety of ways. I love speaking and leading professional development. My current passions include engaging all students in a math classroom, working with ELL students, helping students see and utilize mathematical structure, and starting the school year for success. I also love mentoring new teachers and math teacher leaders. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in me coming to your school or district to lead a workshop, keynote, professional development or mentor/coach math teachers.