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.

Our team shares a commitment to improving mathematics education through a focus on the middle and early high 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

School Districts

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

Contributors

Alex Babinski, Mathematics Graduate Student while at Poincare and is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin-Stout

Alfredo Bautista, was a Postdoctoral Fellow while at Poincare and is now a Research scientist at the National Institute of Education of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore

Michael Ben-Zvi, Mathematics Graduate Student, Tufts University

Karen Berg was a Poincare co-PI and at Dover (NH) Public Schools and is now curriculum coordinator at Barrington Public Schools NH

Harrison Bray (formerly Sarah Bray), was a Mathematics Graduate Student while at Poincare and is now a postdoctoral assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics, University of Michigan

Bárbara M. Brizuela, Associate Professor of Education, Tufts University

Mary Caddle, Program Director Tufts University

Ying Cao, was an Education Graduate Student while at Poincare moved to a postdoctoral scholar at Oregon State University and will be an Assistant Professor at Drury University

Jeffrey Carlson was a Mathematics Graduate Student while at Poincare and is now a postdoctoral scholar in Mathematics at the University of Toronto

Charlie Cunningham was a Mathematics Graduate Student while at Poincare and is now a visiting assistant professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Haverford College, NH

Benjamin De Winkle was a graduate student in Mathematics while at Poincare, later taught mathematics in China and is now working in industry.

Andrew Eisenberg was a graduate student in Mathematics while at Poincare and is now a Visiting Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University,

Pearl Emmons, Multimedia Specialist, Tufts University Department of Education

Nathan Fisher Graduate Student, Department of Mathematics

Brendan Foley was a master student in Mathematics while at Poincare and is now a PhD student in data science at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Hugh Gallagher, Associate Professor of Physics, Tufts University

Philip Gay, Media Center Manager, Tufts University Department of Education

Corinne Glenwerks (formerly Corinne Glennie) was a master student in Education while at Poincare and is now a PhD student, , taught Math at Revere’s High School and is working as an Instructional Designer at the MIT Teaching Systems Lab

Ezra Gouvea, Graduate student in Education, Tufts University

Boris Hasselblatt, Professor of Mathematics, Tufts University

Mirjana Hotomski, PhD student, Department of Education

Winnie Ko was a Postdoctoral Fellow while at Poincare and it is now an assistant professor of Mathematic Education at Indiana State University

Garret Laforge was a graduate student in Mathematics while at Poincare and is now an Instructor of Mathematics at USFSM University of South Florida-Manatee,

Chunhua Liu, Post-doctoral Fellow.

Caroline Merighi (formerly Caroline Hagen) was poincare Program Administrator, is now completing her PhD in Mathematics Education and is a curriculum developer at IXL

Ashley Newman-Owens was a Master student in Education while at Poincare and now works as a Math tutor

Chris O’Donnell was a Mathematics Graduate Student while at Poincare and is now a
software engineer at Reify Health

Kim Ruane, Professor of Mathematics, Tufts University

Judah Schwartz Professor of the Practice in Education, Research Professor of Physics, Tufts University

Sheree Sharpe was a Postdoctoral Fellow while at Poincare and is now an assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of New Hampshire

Sunrose Shrestha, Mathematics Graduate Student, Tufts University

Kristofer Siy was an undergraduate student while at Poincare and is now a graduate student at the University of Waterloo and a facilitator for the center for teaching excellence,

Thomas Snarsky was an undergraduate student while at Poincare and is now a high school teacher at Malden High School

Enrique Suarez was a Master student in Education while at Poincare and is now a research associate at the University of Washington in Seattle

Roger Tobin, Professor of Physics, Tufts University

Paul Wagoner, Laboratory Demo Coordinator, Physics and Astronomy, Tufts University

Michelle Wilkerson-Jerde, was an Assistant Professor of Education at Tufts University and is now an Associate Professor of Education at the University of California t Berkeley

Ken Wright was a post-doctoral fellow while at Poincare and is now an educational researcher and a Physics teacher at Medford MA High school
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