Continuous Improvement: An in-depth, multi-year approach that takes sites/districts through math vision development, action planning, and progress monitoring of effect teaching and learning of mathematics.
Professional Learning: Opportunities for upcoming professional learning and customizable district/site support for teaching and learning mathematics.
Promising Practices: Coming Soon
Networks: Opportunities focused on professional growth focused on systems improvement, educational leadership, and collaborative practices.
Connection to Resources: Instructional resources to support teaching and learning mathematics.
Regulatory Support: Resources for mathematics standards, frameworks, curriculum adoption, and statutes.
Hilda Wright began her experience in education in 1994 with Bakersfield City School District. She served as a bilingual aide, math teacher, academic coach, and instructional specialist. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty member for California State University Bakersfield where she teaches the Math Methods and Assessment course. Hilda is passionate about both students and adults believing in their ability to do math. She focuses on the beauty of math to include problem solving, thinking, and reasoning. Hilda looks forward to working with districts to create a culture where every learner has access and equitable opportunities to be a mathematician. She is also the current California Mathematics Council-Central Section President.
Marylou Long began her career in 1998 with Rosedale Union School District. She served as a Kindergarten teacher for two years, 6th-Grade math and history teacher for five years, and thirteen years as a 7th-Grade Mathematics teacher at Rosedale Middle School. She was the Junior High Math Mentor for Rosedale Union School District and served as a K-8 STEM Instructional Coach for Grimmway Academy Shafter. Marylou is excited to be collaborating with and learning from educators throughout Kern County. She is passionate about advocating for student achievement in Mathematics through the use of problem-solving, student discourse, and growth mindset. Marylou is currently serving as the Vice President of the Kern County Math Council.
Mathematics Program Specialist
Alisa Hamilton has been dedicated to education for over 14 years, inspiring and supporting countless students throughout her career. She began her journey in 2009 teaching at Paramount Bard Academy, which is now known as Wonderful Academy, in Delano. After spending 7 years teaching 7th and 8th grade math in the Panama Buena Union District, Alisa transitioned to the Kern High School District. Throughout her time at these districts, Alisa has developed a reputation for being an outstanding teacher and mentor always going above and beyond to support her students. Alisa’s unwavering passion for our community and the love for students, teachers and Mathematics brought her to Kern County Superintendent of Schools as a Math Specialist. She believes that every student deserves the chance to receive a quality education and that they learn best through the empowerment of student voice, self direction as well as the exploration and experience of the joy of mathematics. Alisa’s passion for math education and her desire to help teachers improve their craft has made her a valuable resource to local schools and educators.
April Pickett began her mathematics career in 1996 with Bakersfield City as a sixth grade bilingual education teacher. She taught two more years of sixth grade in Sacramento in general education. She took a short sabbatical from teaching and in 2005 began teaching high school math in the Washington Unified School District in West Sacramento, CA. She relocated to Bakersfield and taught 8th grade math and AVID for several years. In 2016, April became an Academic Coach supporting Math and Science teachers in junior high. Her passion for gaining knowledge from kindergarten through twelfth grade led her to an Academic Coach position in the elementary where she later became an Assistant Principal. Her zeal for math led her to Kern County Superintendent of Schools where she is currently a Math Coordinator. She is also currently serving as the Secretary of the Kern County Math Council.
Mathematics Program Specialist
Tim Hansen is passionate about the power learning mathematics has to elevate student voices and empower people to read and write the world around them. He believes that teachers are uniquely positioned to understand their students and the context in which they teach. Tim taught mathematics to students in the Kern High School District for 17 years, from Algebra Support to Statistics and Calculus and everything between. As a doctoral student at Michigan State, he completed coursework in Mathematics Pedagogy, Professional Learning for Teachers, and Statistics. In 2022, he moved his family back to Bakersfield and joined the KCSOS Math team to put it all into practice providing teachers with support to empower math learning for all students.
Mathematics Program Specialist
Joaquin has over 12 years of experience in educating the students of Kern County. He started his career as a high school mathematics teacher in 2009 for Wasco Union High School, in 2013 he became the site’s first Math Academic Coach, and in 2016 he added on the role of the site’s Coordinator of Curriculum and Assessment. Through his work Joaquin has led professional developments for teachers across all disciplines and he has promoted student achievement and confidence in their mathematical ability through the implementation of collaborative, student centered classrooms. Joaquin is passionate about making mathematics accessible, understandable and applicable for all students. He looks forward to serving the students and teachers of Kern County and promoting mathematical thinking in Tk through 12th grade classrooms through his current role as Program Specialist in Mathematics for KCSOS.
Zenaida Gallardo has 14 years of educational experience. She started her career as a teacher in Los Angeles and then moved back home to Kern County to continue her teaching career. She taught in the Mcfarland Unified School District, Grimmway Academy-Arvin, and Greenfield Union School District. In the Greenfield Union School District, she became a teacher mentor, summer Migrant coach, and Curriculum Specialist. In all these experiences, she championed for all students and teachers to see themselves as mathematicians. She has taken her love and passion for mathematics to the university setting as an adjunct instructor at CSUB, where she teaches the Math Methods and Assessment course. She is currently a Math Coordinator at Kern County Superintendent of Schools where she enjoys collaborating with teachers and administrators across the county to help every child in Kern County find joy in doing mathematics.