About Me

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 [email protected] if you are interested in me coming to your school or district to lead a workshop, keynote, professional development or mentor/coach math teachers.

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