Based in Northeast Florida, [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 as 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 in 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.
[Michele] + Meyer
With a BA in Mathematics from Potsdam State, NY, a Masters of Science in Education from LeMoyne College, NY, and Teaching Certifications in 4 states: NY, VA, OH, and FL, Michele Meyer brings over eighteen years of experience and knowledge to Mathodology.
In fact, Michele has taught General Math, Pre-Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, Functions, Sequential Mathematics I, II, and II, AP Calculus, and AP Calculus BC to 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students.
Michele was a Florida Finalist in the Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). She holds a Golden Shamrock Award-a student-nominated, board-chosen award, for outstanding achievement from Dublin Ohio.
The state of Florida asked Michele to make a video of her classroom that exemplified how to teach to the Florida State Standards. The state visited her Algebra I classroom to create the follow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwpK2Ks1d90 ing video
Michele designed and implemented the Mathematics into Career and Technical Education Program (CTE) and was published by LeMoyne College.
She loves her family, her husband of 23 years and 2 amazing children, the outdoors, especially the beach, swimming, running, and exercising. Michele enjoys cooking and gardening and loves to laugh and be with the people she loves.
[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. Working with students whose parents are known to be highly invested in their children’s education, 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 training.
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 in 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.
[Susan] + Resnick
Susan holds a BA in Speech Pathology and Audiology, and an MA in Learning Disabilities. For over 30 years, she has worked as a public and private school teacher, special educator, Principal, and District Math Coordinator. Her experience ranges from Pre-K to 12th grade. In addition, Susan was one of the first educators to be certified as a Math Intervention Specialist in the state of Colorado. As the Lead Content and Professional Development Specialist for Math in Focus in a variety of public, private, and charter school settings for over seven years, Susan had the opportunity to bring Singapore Math® into her building as both a teacher and an administrator. Susan successfully used both Math in Focus and Every day Counts in two diverse settings.
She is the consulting author of Math in Focus 2020 and author of the K, 5th and 8th-grade Teachers edition, author of the Math in Focus Performance Assessment Tasks for Common Core, and author of the award-winning Fact Fluency, The Singapore Way through Marshall Cavendish Education. Susan has presented extensively at the international and local level regarding Singapore Math pedagogy and curriculum.
Susan shares her passion for mathematics by working with teachers and administrators in implementing Singapore Math® to make a difference in the lives of students. Susan is a life long learner who is constantly refining her practices and reflecting on how to improve math instruction for all students.
[Patrick] + Huett
Patrick Huett Has 17 years of teaching experience spanning from Pre-Kindergarten through High School Seniors.
Patrick holds a Bachelor of Science – Elementary Education & Study of Exceptional Students from Texas Christian University and a Master of Education in Instructional Design from Western Governors University. In addition, he currently holds a teaching certification in Texas, Illinois, and California including certifications in Special Education, Elementary Education, Cross-cultural, Language & Academic Development, and Computer Concepts and Applications.
His special education experience includes being a case manager and, eventually special education coordinator. After over a decade in special education, I moved into Response to Intervention where I serve students who need math support and I facilitate/coach other teachers in supporting students through curriculum and instruction. With additional experience including
Lower School/Middle School – Math Intervention & Support
Response to Intervention (RTI) Facilitator/Coach Elementary grades
Special Education Coordinator – Middle School (Grades 5 – 8)
Special Education Teacher in Middle School and High SchoolEducational Consultant/Curriculum Correlation Project Manager for CLASS IEP
Patrick believes in providing access to all learners through meaningful mathematical experiences, purposeful context, models, and tools. He feels his role is to guide and facilitate students through the process of seeing the beauty in mathematics, prompting inquiry of the mathematical world around them.
[Cheri] + Gardner
Cheri is a passionate practitioner who skillfully combines her biomedical engineering background with education.
She has spent the last 25 years creating dynamic, student-driven classrooms that use best practices grounded in current research.
As a certified Montessori teacher in grades Pre-K-6th, Cheri understands how to deliver instruction that encourages students to embrace challenges as exciting growth opportunities.
With her sister Sarah Schaefer, she is the co-author of Developing Roots Kindergarten Program (2020) and currently holds a position as a director of Montessori Studies and Instructional Strategist in New Orleans. She is married and has 2 children.
[Melissa] + Williams
With a B.A. in Elementary Education, another B.A. in Specific Learning Differences-both from Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL, and a Certification for K-6; Melissa has over 10 years of teaching experience. She has taught in both the private and public sector including second grade and fifth grade at The Bolles School in Jacksonville, FL and currently teaches pre-first at the Westminster School in Atlanta.
Melissa believes students need to be given the opportunity to experience math by exploring, playing, questioning, and discovering. She feels it is important for the teacher to create an environment that fosters these characteristics so students become engaged and ultimately enjoy mathematics. In her classroom, students are often seen playing math games and having hands-on experiences that enrich their understanding and love for math.
Her journey with the Singapore approach began when she taught second grade at The Bolles School. They used Math in Focus as their text and Sarah Schaefer helped them create anchor tasks to include all students and to enrich their math curriculum. Melissa later moved to Atlanta and became a Pre-First teacher. Last year she was given the opportunity to pilot Developing Roots and then adopted the program the next year.
Melissa believes in her community and participates in the Beach Clean-Up Crew of St. Augustine. She is the Teacher of the Year recipient for 2002 and 2003 and an Ottenstroer Grant recipient.
Melissa’s husband is a retired Naval pilot. They enjoy family travel with their three teenage children and spending time in the outdoors. She loves being with her family.