I am honored to be a Presidential Award winner alongside other preeminent teachers who contribute to the improvement of mathematics teaching in our nation. To be recognized as one of those educational leaders allows my teaching to impact a broader community. Together we can ensure that every student receives a mathematics education that focuses on understanding mathematical ideas and concepts, and applying those ideas to new situations; we can ensure that all students know and love mathematics.
Ann Gaffney has been teaching sixth through eighth grade for the past 19 years at Londonderry Middle School. During this time, she has taught mathematics, science, reading, and enrichment programs; has developed curriculum; and has provided academic coaching to other teachers. Ann currently works with the school’s highest achieving mathematics students as well as those students who need additional mathematics support.
Ann firmly believes that students of all ability levels develop their understanding of mathematics through their experiences wrestling with mathematical ideas and problems. Student discourse is a key component of Ann's lessons. She challenges her students to present their ideas, critically investigate those ideas, and come up with generalizations based on their findings.
Ann earned a B.A. in mathematics, cum laude, from Wellesley College, a M.Ed. in elementary education from Lesley University, and an Ed.D. in leadership and learning from Rivier University. Her research focuses on the professional development of in-service teachers, particularly in the area of mathematics teaching and learning. In addition to her elementary education teaching credential for kindergarten through eighth grade, Ann is certified to teach earth/space science grades 7–12 and holds three mathematics-specific credentials making her a mathematics content specialist grades K–12.