Hi! I’m Maggie. I’ve been an educator since 2006 as a classroom teacher, Instructional Coach, and Innovation Specialist for the School District of La Crosse (WI). Currently, I am an instructor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse as well as a National Faculty member for PBLWorks. I have been a presenter at state and national conferences throughout the United States. I’m also a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT).
I’m also the author of Bringing Project-Based Learning to Life in Mathematics, published through Corwin Mathematics (2023). I’ve written several other blogs and articles as well, such as this gem on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in the Project-Based Learning (PBL) classroom.
I’ve been blessed to be recognized for my teaching, having received the following awards: National University Midwest Teacher of the Year 2021, Wisconsin Teacher of the Year 2019, Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) state finalist 2021, Kohl Teacher Fellowship 2018, and the Jacobs Educator Award 2018.
I spend a lot of time geeking out on all things education and mathematics. I also love paddle boarding, reading, swimming, traveling, spending time with my husband, being an auntie to my neices and nephews, and snuggling with my cats.
One of my professional passions is working with educators to grow in their capacity to develop engaging and authentic experiences in the classroom, meeting the needs of all students. To do this, I specialize in the following areas:
Project-Based Learning (PBL)
STEM + PBL
Authenticity in the Mathematics Classroom
UDL + Math
"It is the supreme art
of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."
I believe education is the most important endeavour in our soceity, one that must be continually nurtured and re-examined. Teaching is the ultimate combination of art and science. It requires creative thinking and constant reflection, bringing together best pedagogical practices with the lived experiences of our students.
My mission is to work alongside educators to bring best practices to the classroom through authentic, relevant contexts that allow students to apply both content knowledge and success skills in meaningful ways.