Dr. Mary Marshall, Yoncalla Math Specialist
Mary Marshall has worked for Yoncalla Schools for the past three years as a math teacher and elementary math coach. Working with the Yoncalla elementary teachers, she developed summative district assessments for grades K-6, aligned the K-5 math curriculum, wrote tools for curriculum-embedded formative assessment, and is currently developing a program for math RTI.
Mary is a native of Douglas County. She grew up in Canyonville and graduated from South Umpqua High School in 1970. She moved to New Mexico as a young adult and worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory as a computer system manager before returning to school for teacher certification in math and science. In 2006, Mary had the opportunity to be part of a National Science Foundation doctoral program that focused on math education for Spanish-speaking students, diverse populations, and children living in poverty. She received her PhD in math education and language from the University of New Mexico in 2009.
In 2013, Mary returned to Oregon to be closer to her family. She began work at Yoncalla with the hope of giving back to her home county. All the work she has done in education, both through research and in public schools, has emphasized rich problem solving tasks to build solid mathematical thinking in students. Her specific work with teachers helps them develop formative assessment practices and design lessons to bring out, understand and deepen their students' thinking.