Tabetha Finchum spent 12 years teaching at Centennial Elementary School, where she taught all subjects for fourth grade. She also worked for her district, developing and facilitating mathematics professional development. She is currently a District Mathematics Specialist for Flowing Wells School District.
Tabetha has extensively studied student-centered mathematics, equity, and leadership as a Noyce Fellow in the Arizona Master Teachers of Mathematics Program. She has a passion for problem-based learning that promotes students’ conceptual understanding of why mathematics works. Tabetha works as a teacher leader in her district to facilitate teacher growth in creating and delivering problem-based mathematics lessons to students.
Tabetha was honored as a 2014 Arizona Educational Foundation Teacher of the Year finalist and named an “Arizona Ambassador for Excellence.” In the same year, she also was honored to be named a Rodel Teacher. The Rodel Teacher Initiative seeks to honor extraordinary teachers in Arizona schools, and asks them to mentor high-potential student teachers who are preparing to enter the profession.
Tabetha has a B.A. in elementary education from the University of Arizona and a M.S. in post-secondary education with an emphasis in instructional technology from Troy University. She is certified in kindergarten through eighth grade elementary education.