Meet the Team

The Poincaré Institute is a collaborative project that brings together university faculty from multiple departments, non-profit research institutions, and school leaders and teachers from nine public school districts. Funded by the National Science Foundation’s Math Science Partnership program, the Institute aims to develop lasting partnerships that draw upon the unique perspectives and expertise of each partner.

The Poincaré Institute brings together faculty and researchers with expertise in the fields of mathematics, education, and physics. Nine school districts across three states bring a wealth of practicing professionals to the project. A strong group of staff, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students support the Institute with experience and knowledge in the areas of technology, research, mathematics, and mathematics education.

This diverse and talented team shares a commitment to improving mathematics education through a focus on the middle-school years and unifying mathematical concepts through a deeper understanding of algebra and functions.

Principal Investigators

Montserrat Teixidor-i-Bigas (PI), Professor of Mathematics, Tufts University
David W. Carraher (co-PI), Senior Research Scientist, TERC
Analúcia Schliemann (co-PI), Professor of Education (Emerita) & Research Professor, Tufts University
Karen Berg (co-PI), Dover (NH) Public Schools

Key Collaborators

Bárbara M. Brizuela, Associate Professor of Education, Tufts University
Kim Ruane, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Tufts University

Staff

Caroline J. Hagen, Project Manager, Poincaré Institute
Pearl Emmons, Multimedia Specialist, Tufts University Department of Education
Philip Gay, Media Center Manager, Tufts University Department of Education

School Districts

Maine: Portland
Massachusetts: Fitchburg, Leominster, Medford, Medway, Somerville
New Hampshire:  Dover, Timberlane

Postdoctoral Fellows

Mary Caddle, Tufts University
Chunhua Liu, Tufts University
Sheree Sharpe, Tufts University
Ken Wright, Tufts University

Tufts University Graduate Students

Alex Babinski, Department of Mathematics
Ying Cao, Education Department
Benjamin De Winkle, Department of Mathematics
Brendan Foley, Mathematics Department
Garret Laforge, Department of Mathematics

Tufts University Other Teaching Assistants

Ezra Gouvea, Department of Education
Ashley Newman-Owens, Department of Education
Thomas Snarsky, Department of Mathematics

Former Contributors

Alfredo Bautista, Postdoctoral Fellow, Tufts University
Sarah Bray, Mathematics Graduate Student, Tufts University
Jeffrey Carlson, Mathematics Graduate Student, Tufts University
Charlie Cunningham, Mathematics Graduate Student, Tufts University
Andy Eisenberg, Mathematics Graduate Student, Tufts University
Hugh Gallagher, Associate Professor of Physics, Tufts University
Corinne Glennie, Education Graduate Student, Tufts University
Boris Hasselblatt, Professor of Mathematics, Tufts University
Winnie Ko, Postdoctoral Fellow, Tufts University
Chris O’Donnell, Mathematics Graduate Student, Tufts University
Judah Schwartz, Professor of the Practice in Education, Research Professor of Physics, Tufts University
Enrique Suarez, Education Graduate Student, Tufts University
Roger Tobin, Professor of Physics, Tufts University
Michelle Wilkerson-Jerde, Assistant Professor of Education, Tufts University
Paul Wagoner, Laboratory Demo Coordinator, Physics and Astronomy, Tufts University