#M3TFellowFriday: Jami Packer

Each Friday during the school year, we will spotlight one of our M3T Fellows. This week, let’s meet Jami Packer from Brooke Middle School!

Jami Packer

M3T Noyce Fellow – Cohort 1

Middle School Mathematics Teacher

Brooke Middle School

Brooke County Schools

Twitter: @jamidanielle

Number of years teaching: 23

Positions and Roles: 8th Grade Mathematics/Algebra 1 Teacher, MathCounts Coach, TSA Co-Advisor, WVCTM Middle School Vice President, Bethany College Residency Model Committee

Professional awards, distinctions, and points of pride: 2015 Brooke County Teacher of the Year, 2017 Honeywell Space Educator, Former Chapter President of Alpha Delta Kappa, Former TMC Planning Committee Member

Interesting personal facts: She is the mother of two amazing young men and she is an alternative path educator as she studied Psychology and Old Testament Literature as an undergrad.

The wonderful #mathgals of Brooke Middle School

Why are you excited to be part of the M3T project?

“I believe that professional development is most effective when it is driven by teachers themselves in a supportive atmosphere that values risk taking. I am excited to be a part of a project that harnesses the passion of educators.”

Why do you teach mathematics?

“I love teaching mathematics because the core of mathematical work…sense making, critical thinking, problem solving…are skills that are transferable to every area of life and necessary for being a responsible member of society.”

What are you focused on improving about mathematics teaching?

“This shifts a bit from year to year. There are several areas of need that I think are valuable. Currently, I am thinking a lot about ways to help students develop their problem solving abilities when confronted with novel problems. This includes both their ability to persevere and the development of their mathematical reasoning skills.”

Final Thoughts:

“Working with the other M3T fellows has been one of the highlights of my career. They are a constant source of inspiration and support as we work together to improve our practice:

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Check in each week on #M3TFellowFriday throughout the school year to meet another M3T Fellow. You can find a listing of all of the M3T Fellows and stay up-to-date with the work of the M3T network at our website, http://m3twv.org. You can also follow us on Twitter, @m3t_wv.