Based in Northeast Florida, Beantown Partners and [M4th]odology Institutes will customize our training to match your individual or school objectives. We provide an interactive experience for student and teacher growth, as well help create benchmarks and guidelines to allow for continued success. With more than two decades of teaching experience from K to 12, our formula mixes passion, relationship building and hands-on experience to produce the end result of deeper content knowledge.
[Sarah] + Schaefer
Principal, M4thodology, Atlantic Beach, FL
Since 1995, Sarah Schaefer, M.Ed., has been teaching K-12 Mathematics in public and private school settings. She understands your biggest concerns when it comes to teaching and learning mathematics. Schedules are limited. Classes are short. Change is constant. Teachers are being pulled in many directions while looking for ways to connect with students to enhance their understanding of mathematical content. As an early adopter of the Singapore methodology, Sarah’s iterative approach optimizes performance and maximizes knowledge retention. Sarah is passionate about mathematics, teaching, and creating relationships that result in deeper content knowledge. Her extensive experience implementing the Singapore curriculum , has involved not only students and teachers, but leading institutes who have adopted her collaborative process . At The Bolles School, Sarah created the curriculum from the ground up by simplifying and focusing on delivery and developing content knowledge. She believes in empowering teachers, students and parents to be creative in their thinking and understanding of mathematics, resulting in a more valuable and meaningful learning environment.
[Dr. Yeap] + Ban Har
Principal, Marshall Cavendish Institute, Singapore
Dr. Yeap Ban Har is an established name in Singapore Math. As an educator, he has taught classes around the world. As an academic, he has presented keynote lectures at international conferences and written for academic publications. He is also well- known for lesson study and is a specialist in the APEC Lesson Study Project.
Ban Har spent ten years at the National Institute of Education (Singapore), where he taught a range of teacher education courses, including graduate courses. He continues to teach courses and supervise practicums at tertiary institutions such as the National Institute of Education (Singapore), SIM University (Singapore), and Wheelock College (United States of America) in adjunct and associate positions. He also sits on the advisory board of the Professional Advisory Council of NTUC First Campus, a major provider of early childhood education in Singapore.
Ban Har holds Master of Arts in Southeast Asian Studies, Master of Education and Ph.D. in Mathematics Education.
[Trisha] + Kee
Trisha Kee has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with Florida certifications in Elementary Education, Middle Grades Integrated, K-12 Exceptional Student Education, K-12 English for Speakers of Other Languages, and PreK Primary Education. With an interest in child development from birth through adolescence, Trish completed the Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist certification and also became certified to perform the Infant and Early Childhood Rating Scales, assessing and coaching at preschools for the Early Learning Coalition.
Understanding the whole child and each unique and ever-changing learning path has led Trish to teach a broad range of ages and abilities. Trish began her teaching career at the middle school level in St. Johns County where she was the county’s Rookie of the Year. In 2010, she returned to her middle school roots in St. Johns County, most recently teaching 6th and 7th grade math, making strong gains with both struggling learners and those who were advanced or gifted.
For Trisha Kee, middle school is a critical age where developmental readiness is a paramount need that impacted her daily classroom instruction. Rated as a “highly effective” educator, Trish received Florida’s Best and Brightest award each year since its inception, served as ESE team leader, and has navigated the shift to Common Core while teaching in Florida’s highest-ranked district. With a child-centered instructional model of exploration, teaching for meaning is where Trish’s reputation lies with parents, peers, and students.
[Gregory] + Bertha
Gregory Bertha is an elementary school math teacher who delivers rich math instruction for his 4th and 5th grade students while coaching fellow educators to success with the Singapore Math® methods. With ten successful years of experience teaching elementary students in a private school setting, Greg has brought his own style to the Singapore approach. He is passionate about education and making mathematics meaningful and fun for students and teachers alike.
Greg serves as the Lower School Math Specialist at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School in Boca Raton, Florida. He works with students whose parents are known to be highly invested in their children’s education, and Greg bridges the home/school connection with grace and enthusiasm for long-term understanding of difficult math concepts. Greg has been a pivotal leader in the implementation of the elementary Singapore Math® curriculum at his school from textbook adoption through staff trainings.
Gregory Bertha was the 2016 recipient of The Patten Family Foundation Grant for Sustaining Teaching Excellence. He holds certifications in K-6 Elementary Ed and also K-12 Exceptional Student Education. Greg shows exemplary gains in his classroom instruction, and his rich mathematics teaching builds a lifelong foundation for students. Greg’s love of education has progressed into a passion for training fellow educators to anchor each new math concept with consequential opportunities for significant success in learning.
[MJ] + Kinard
MJ Kinard is known amongst her peers as an innovating teacher who is passionate about bringing relevance and understanding to her classroom math instruction. As an elementary school educator in Suwannee County, MJ has exceeded all of the state benchmarks for excellence and now trains teachers in the Singapore Math® -based methods that have enhanced her natural abilities as a teacher. MJ has been recognized as one of Florida’s High Impact Teachers for the subject of Mathematics and is categorized as a highly effective teacher.
MJ graduated from Florida State University in 2003 with a degree in Elementary Education and is certified to teach grades K-6 with an endorsement for ESOL instruction. MJ has fourteen years of instructional experience with students at all levels of the elementary curriculum in both rural and Title One schools. MJ found such significant success implementing Singapore Math® strategies in her own classroom that she was invited to train teachers in both Suwannee and Madison Counties before beginning her work with [M4th]odology.