Cultivating Mathematical Community

Friday, June 26 | 11:30-12:15pm

Patti Chesney

Patti Chesney has been a part of the classical education community through Regents School of Austin since 1998. Patti served in several roles over the years, beginning as a parent, then a math instructor, eventually having taught in all three divisions. She was also the K-8 Math Coordinator, and lastly the Third and Fourth Grade Director and Math Specialist for the Grammar School. She now enjoys the role of being a grandparent to a Regents student and an independent math consultant.

Patti led the initial transition, at Regents, from Saxon Math to the Singapore Math Primary Math series, then later to Math in Focus. She coordinated mathematics curriculum decisions, supported and advised teachers in utilizing best practices of math instruction in the classroom, and conducted parent information sessions about Singapore Math.

Patti worked five years for the publisher of Math in Focus supporting school communities in their implementation of Singapore Math across the United States and in the Marshall Islands.

Patti earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas and holds a Professional Engineering License in the state of Texas. She earned her teaching certification from Texas State University. Patti and her husband enjoy living in Austin, Texas and have two married children and four grandchildren.

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Lisa Collins

Lisa Collins has a degree in education from Texas A&M University and has been an educator in Texas since 2001. She was a public school teacher for three years before transitioning to Classical Christian homeschool and University-Model education with her own five children, and now teaches a co-curricular pre-algebra problem solving course at Regents School of Austin. Lisa is also a competitive math coach who formed and leads Valley Vectors, a club for advanced math students focused on the development of problem-solving skills and preparation for various math competitions with an emphasis on the development of life-long relationships within a collaborative community of problem solvers who encourage one another to use their gifts for God’s glory. Lisa’s students train year-round and perform well at math competitions such as PSIA, AMC, and MATHCOUNTS. Her Regents MATHCOUNTS team qualified for State in 2020 and finished in the Bronze category. Apart from teaching, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family.

David Klanderman

Dave Klanderman is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Calvin University. His interests include mathematics education, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and the integration of Christian faith in the teaching and learning of mathematics. He currently serves as the president of the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences.

Sarah Klanderman

Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Marian University

Sarah Klanderman is completing her doctoral work at Michigan State University. Her other research interests include her work with REU students on connections between number sequences and graph theory, students’ transition to proof-writing courses, and higher topological Hochschild homology calculations via the Loday construction.

Josh Wilkerson

Math Department Chair
Regents School of Austin

Josh Wilkerson graduated from Texas A&M in 2005 with a B.S. in Mathematics and completed a Th.M. in Historical Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2010. Josh has taught math at Regents School of Austin since 2012 and completed a Ph.D. in Math Education from Texas State University in the spring of 2017. His dissertation focused on the benefits of service-learning projects in mathematics. Josh currently chairs the math department K-12 at Regents. In his spare time he runs the website which is devoted to the integration of mathematics and Christian faith and serves on the board for the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences.