K-12 Mathematics

Who We Are

The Las Cruces Public Schools K-12 Mathematics Team, as part of the Teaching and Learning Center, is committed to supporting and empowering our teachers so that all students can engage in meaningful mathematics learning through individual and collaborative experiences that promote their ability to make sense of mathematical ideas and reason mathematically. Our team supports a research-based balanced approach to mathematics, building procedural fluency on a strong foundation of conceptual understanding. We believe that mathematics learning should focus on developing deep understanding through problem solving, reasoning, and discourse by exploring and solving contextual mathematical problems. The math team provides high quality individualized teacher and school support.

The Foundation of Teaching and Learning Mathematics K-12

Las Cruces Public Schools utilizes the landmark publication from National Council of Teachers of Mathematics , Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All (PtA) as the foundation for teaching and learning mathematics. In Principles to Actions, NCTM reveals a set of strongly recommended, research-based principles and teaching practices for teachers of the mathematics classroom.

Click here to read the Principles to Actions Executive summary

New Mexico Public Education Department Mathematics Guiding Documents

Recently, the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) developed two guiding documents to support mathematics teaching and learning across the State. In addition to PtA, LCPS utilizes the New Mexico Mathematics Instructional Scope and the New Mexico Mathematics Framework to support high quality, research-based teaching and learning.

The PED has adopted the Common Core State Standards for K-12 Mathematics.  Click here for additional information.

In the 2020-2021 school year LCPS adopted new math instructional materials for Kindergarten through 5th grade, called i-Ready Classroom Mathematics. This resource supports the individual needs of each student by administering a Diagnostic assessment at the Beginning, Middle and End of the year that provides a picture of a student’s strengths and areas of support in four Math Domains. In addition to the Diagnostic assessment, the program also includes Student Worktexts that contain students’ lessons and additional practice, as well as online materials for students’ practice and differentiation.

Your child’s math class may look and feel a little differently than it has in years past. With i-Ready Classroom Mathematics:

·      Lessons span approximately one week

·      each day is a Session centered around a single, powerful problem

·      Lessons start with an Explore Session, followed by 1-3 Develop Sessions, and end with 1-2 Refine Sessions

Below are some resources to help you become familiar with the program and learn how you can support your student in learning math at home.

·      Watch this video to learn about the i-Ready Classroom Mathematics program and get answers to the most common questions families ask about the program.

·      Read this resource to get to know the i-Ready Classroom Mathematics program and learn how you can support your student at home.

·      Visit the i-Ready Classroom Mathematics Family Center for additional support.

Carnegie Learning focuses on a blended learning approach, learning together through the use of consumable textbooks and learning individually through the use of MATHia software. The learning together piece makes up 60% of the program and learning individually is the remaining 40% of the program.              

Learning Together: Students are provided a consumable textbook where there is space for writing, sketching, drawing, cutting, pasting, and constructing new mathematical ideas.  Through the consumable textbooks, students work in groups, not only to develop math skills, but to learn how to collaborate, create, communicate, and problem-solve. They will apply math to real-world situations so that they can see why it’s meaningful.

During the learning together portion, students also engage in an instructional approach composed of three components: engage, develop, demonstrate. In the engage part of the lesson, students' thinking is activated by tapping into prior knowledge and real-world experiences. The develop portion builds deep mathematical understanding through collaboration and questioning. Lastly, students demonstrate understanding by reflecting and evaluating what was learned.

Learning Individually: Through MATHia, students receive 1-to-1 adaptive math tutoring, providing a personalized learning path and ongoing formative assessment. MATHia does this by providing just-in-time support along with tracking student progress based on skills so that students engage with the right content they need to become proficient with mathematics.

Homework Help: When assisting with homework, you can support your student’s learning by asking questions about the work they do. Here are some helpful questions to ask:

●      How does this problem look like something you did in class?

●      Can you show me the strategy you used to solve this problem? Do you know another way to solve it?

●      Does your answer make sense? Why?

●      Is there anything you don’t understand? How can you use today’s lesson to help?

Additionally, you can use LiveHint (livehint.com) to help support your students when they are engaging with the textbook assignments.  LiveHint is Carnegie Learning's live textbook assistant which allows students to obtain real-time hints on practice problems contained in the textbook assignments through a Conversational ChatBot (TutorBot) from any device. With LiveHint, students and parents never have to navigate through textbook assignments on their own.

For more information on LiveHint, please visit: https://support.carnegielearning.com/help-center/math/livehint/article/livehint-overview/

Home Connection: By visiting Carnegie Learning’s Home Connection, you can review more information regarding program resources, program approach, MATHia support, and other ideas for supporting math learning at home. To access the home connection, please visit: https://support.carnegielearning.com/help-center/math/home-connection/

LCPS Math Team

lisa hufstedler

Lisa Hufstedler

Associate Director of Teaching and Learning
K-12 Mathematics
lhufstedler@lcps.net

Lisa began her educational career in 2005. She is a proud NMSU Aggie Alumni, earning degrees in a BS in Secondary Education, a BS in Mathematics and a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics. Lisa's favorite part of the job is that "light-bulb" moment. Whether it be with students, teachers, or administrators, that "AHA" is the best feeling in the world! Lisa loves spending time with her husband, 2 children, and 3 miniature daschunds and enjoying the great outdoors that this beautiful state has to offer!

Nicole Coca-Avalos

Nicole Coca-Avalos

Elementary Math Content Specialist

After receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education, Nicole started as an educator with Las Cruces Public Schools in 2002. Since beginning her career in education, 14 years were spent teaching Kindergarten. During those years she gained experience in full inclusion and dual language classrooms. She has worked with NMSU for several years as a teacher leader for Mathematically Connected Communities (MC2) and as a math coach for Collaborating for Outstanding Readiness in Education (CORE). Nicole also holds a Master’s degree in the Art of Teaching Mathematics. In her positions with NMSU, she has collaborated with teachers all over the state of New Mexico to enrich their mathematics teaching. She has a passion for mathematics and wants to share that enthusiasm with teachers and students alike.


Nicole supports: Cesar Chavez, Hermosa Heights, MacArthur, Sonoma, Virtual Learning Academy, and White Sands Elementary
Email:
ncoca@lcps.net

Soledad Gonzalez

Soledad Gonzalez

Secondary Math Content Specialist

Soledad began her teaching career with Las Cruces Public Schools in 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Masters of the Arts in Teaching Mathematics. Soledad is passionate about math education and enjoys supporting teachers with instructional program implementation, planning, data analysis, and reflection. In her spare time, Soledad enjoys spending time with her family, reading, cooking, and watching football games and murder mystery shows.

Soledad supports: Camino Real, Sierra, Mesa, Vista, and White Sands Middle School
Email: sgonzalez@lcps.net

Susan Maynes

Susan Maynes

Elementary Math Content Specialist

Susan has been an educator in New Mexico schools since 1990. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in May of 1990 and then a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 1992, both from NMSU. She has a passion for education in New Mexico public schools and has always worked toward exploring best practices that enable students to learn to use their minds and bodies in the most productive ways. Personal interests include sports, running, hanging with family including dogs and listening to a variety of music and podcasts.

Susan supports:  Conlee, East Picacho, Fairacres, Highland, and Jornada
Email:
smaynes@lcps.net 

Brandon Sprague

Brandon Sprague

Elementary Math Content Specialist

Brandon began his teaching career in the year 2009. He holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a Master of Arts in teaching mathematics. Brandon is passionate about mathematics and helping students to become independent thinkers and problem solvers. In his spare time, Brandon enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, video games, and watching sports of all kinds. 

Brandon supports:  Arrowhead, Centennial, Las Cruces High, Mayfield, Organ Mountain, Rio Grande Prep, and Virtual Learning Academy
Email: bsprague@lcps.net 

Darci Deschamps

Darci Deschamps

Elementary Math Content Specialist

Darci has been an educator since she started with Las Cruces Public Schools in August 1999. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, with an endorsement in Bilingual Education, and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration. The best part of her current position is getting to support mathematics teaching and learning in elementary classrooms across the district. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, learning new things, solving all kinds of puzzles, and reading.

Darci supports: Columbia, Loma Heights, Mesilla Park, University Hills, and Tombaugh
Email: 
ddescham@lcps.net

Abby Husson-Matter

Abby Husson-Matter

Elementary Math Content Specialist

Abby has been teaching with Las Cruces Public Schools since 2012. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, a Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership, and a Master of Business Administration in Educational Leadership. Her favorite part of her job is helping teachers deepen their conceptual understanding of mathematics and building a culture for learning in their classrooms. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, she also enjoys knitting, reading, watching movies, and doing projects around the house.

Abby supports: Alameda, Booker T. Washington, Doña Ana, Hillrise, and Monte Vista
Email:
ahusson-matter@lcps.net

Tina Parra

Tina Parra

Secondary Math Content Specialist

Tina began teaching in 2006. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Masters in the Arts of Teaching Mathematics. Tina enjoys reading the latest research in math education and supporting teachers in the classroom as well as designing and delivering professional development. When she’s not working, Tina enjoys spending time with her son, designing and sewing clothes, painting, and baking.

Tina supports: Lynn Community School, Mesilla Valley Leadership Academy, Picacho and Zia middle schools, and Virtual Learning Academy
Email: creynaga@lcps.net

Viola Sanchez

Viola Sanchez

Elementary Math Content Specialist

Viola began her career in education in January of 1995. She received a Bachelor of Accountancy and master’s degree in Education from NMSU.  She started at the Teaching and Learning Center as an Elementary Math Content Specialist in 2018.  The best part of her day consists of engaging with teachers and students while they are learning about math.  Her personal interests include experiencing new adventures, sports, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Viola supports:  Central, Desert Hills, Mesilla, Sunrise, and Valley View
Email: visanchez@lcps.net