In short: In the fall I will become the Head of Math at a small private school in its second year of existence. I will be developing their elementary school math curriculum, starting with the younger grades and working up. I will also be trying it out on some guinea pig Kindergartens and second graders (this year), and other grades in the future. I am super excited!
A bit of context: For the past five years I have been working as a research mathematician, and for the last three of them I have also been teaching enrichment math, first just to my daughter and a few friends and then to several larger groups of kids at the Golden Key Russian School. Both were very exciting and fulfilling endeavors, but recently I had been feeling more and more of a pull from the math education side of things.
To make a long story short, I was presented with an exciting and unique opportunity to develop an innovative elementary school curriculum and teach it to small groups of students. So next year I will be Head of Math at the Main Line Classical Academy (website in progress). I will make sure to blog regularly about my adventures!
Meanwhile, stay tuned for a series of interviews with some people doing amazing things in math education and their views on building curricula and teaching math. First up: Maria Droujkova!