About CRR

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The Center for Recruitment and Retention of Mathematics Teachers (CRR) was founded by Dr. Fred Stevenson in 2001 to support Tucson area secondary mathematics teachers. Sue Adams and Ann Modica, two outstanding former high school mathematics teachers and leaders in Tucson area mathematics education, were recruited to be the co-directors.

The Center offered two programs-

  • a Tutoring in the Schools class to train and hire undergraduate University of Arizona students to use effective tutoring skills as they worked with classroom students. Due to the experience, some of these tutors decided to switch their current major to enter the Secondary Mathematics Education Program (SMEP) or the Teach Arizona program to become mathematics teachers.
  • a New Teacher Induction Program which paired new teachers with a supportive coach for a year. These new teachers also attend a monthly workshop designed to deepen their mathematical understandings and provide pedagogical training to develop effective classroom procedures and strategies.

Funding for the Center came from school district partnerships, private donations, and a National Science Foundation grant.

In 2005 CRR hosted the first Math Educator Appreciation Day (MEAD) Conference. The MEAD Conference has grown to become the largest K-16 mathematics teacher conference in the state of Arizona.

In 2008, CRR began hosting teacher workshops. Secondary mathematics content workshops were designed to deepen understandings and to incorporate technology into lessons. Five 3 or 4-session workshops were offered on weeknights throughout the year.

Also in 2008, the Herbst Foundation provided an endowment to provide funding for two Saturday workshops per year. The Herbst Enrichment Mathematics Seminars (HEMS) are taught by exemplary classroom teachers who present meaningful content and model excellent teaching strategies. Stipends are paid  to the teachers who attend. Currently the Herbst endowment funds four HEMS workshops each year. We are very grateful for the continued guidance and support from Lee and Arthur Herbst.

In April of 2009, the first Advanced Placement Calculus Practice Exams were hosted. Both Calculus AB and BC Exams are given so that students gain experience with the types of questions asked and learn how the College Board exams are scored.  In 2014, an AP Statististics Practice Exam was added to the event. Many thanks to Bruce MacMillan, Chris Yetman, and Josh Tabor for leading this effort. 

In 2012, in addition to workshops for secondary mathematics teachers, workshops were hosted for teachers in grades K through 6 to build understanding of fractions, algebra, and geometry.

In 2016, the Thomas R. Brown Family Foundations provided a grant to fund the IMPACTS Program. Teachers in grades K through 5 are provided with experiences to deepen mathematical understandings and rich classroom tasks which help students understand topics conceptually as they develop fluent skills.

Meet the Co-Directors:

Rodrigo Gutiérrez

Dr. Rodrigo Jorge Gutiérrez taught middle and high school mathematics before becoming a teacher educator. His professional interests lie at the intersection of teacher development, mathematics education, and teaching for social justice, paying particular attention to Latinx and emergent bilinguals. Previously, Rodrigo was a fellow with the Center for the Mathematics Education of Latinas/os (CEMELA) at the University of Arizona, where he examined the implementation of Critical Mathematics in an urban high school’s precalculus course. He comes to CRR after six years as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Center for Mathematics Education at the University of Maryland, where his focus was on professional development to improve mathematics instruction for English learners (ELLs).

Melissa Hosten 

Melissa Hosten taught middle and high school mathematics both in Tucson and Chandler. She has worked in education for more than 20 years, serving as Mathematics Department Chair, District Mathematics Specialist, and Grant Director. She supported the revision of the state standards in 2008 as a Mathematics Specialist for the Arizona Department of Education, and as a committee member for the revision of the standards in 2016. Melissa has supported teacher professional learning through her work at the Maricopa County Education Service Agency. She is a current or former governing board member of Arizona Math Leaders, Arizona Association of Teachers of Mathematics, Women and Mathematics Education, and Joint Committee for Women in Mathematical Sciences.

CRR Partnerships

District Partners School Partners

Altar Valley School District

Amphitheater Public Schools

Benson Unified School District

Catalina Foothills School District

Continental School District

Flowing Wells Unified School District

Marana Unified School District

Sahuarita Unified School District

Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District

Sierra Vista Unified School District

Sunnyside Unified School District

Tanque Verde Unified School District

Tucson Unified School District

Vail School District

Academy of Tucson

Amerischools

City High School

Imago Dei Middle School

Paulo Freire Freedom Schools

Presidio Schools (K-12)

San Miguel Catholic High School

The Gregory School

Tucson Country Day School