Professional Learning Division

Vision Statement

The Professional Learning Division of the AIMS Center for Math and Science Education is committed to empowering teachers across the nation to strengthen their students’ conceptual, representational, and abstract understanding of math and science content.

Our goal is to facilitate powerful professional learning opportunities for educators, modeling hands-on math and science tasks which allow them to experience and learn methods to successfully incorporate hands-on manipulatives into their math and science classrooms. These workshops are designed to assist teachers in changing or altering their current teaching beliefs and/or practices.


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Deb Porcarelli

Deb Porcarelli
Director of Professional Learning
Phone: (559) 453-8131
In her 33rd year as an educator, Deb Porcarelli is currently the Director of Professional Learning at the AIMS Center for Math and Science Education. She has BS in Elementary Education and a Masters Degree in Integrated Mathematics and Science Education. She taught in a small rural K-12 school in South Central Montana, and joined the AIMS Facilitator cadre in 1995. In her current role at the AIMS Center, she is continually working to make professional learning partnerships with educators effective, and has the goal of helping them to improve their classroom teaching practices.
Lynn Gies

Lynn Gies
Professional Learning Assistant
Phone: (559) 453-8100


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Eric Crantz

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John Elmer

Sheldon Erickson

Rachel Eure

Mike Fassl

Christopher Franklin

Elizabeth Mcdaniel

Debra Mueller

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Pam Stryker

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