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:

Virgina Bohme

Virginia (Ginny) Bohme taught high school mathematics algebra through AP Calculus at Tucson Magnet High School for 30 years. She also served as the Mathematics Department Chair and Mathematics Grant Co-Coordinator. She came to the University of Arizona in 2007 to serve as a school specialist with an Arizona Teacher Initiative (ATI) grant to work with middle school teachers working in a master degree program. She has worked with the Center for Recruitment and Retention  since 2007 and became a Co-Director of the Center in 2013.

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 Unified School District

City High School
Paulo Freire Freedom Schools
Presidio Middle School & High School
San Miguel Catholic High School
The Gregory School