Math Writing Team Convenes for New Standards

  • Monday, July 21, 2014

Dr. Mick Zais, State Superintendent of Education, issued the following statement announcing the math team writing new standards held their first meeting today.

“This team represents the best and brightest in the field of math around our state,” said Zais. “The charge of the General Assembly was tough, but clear: develop new, high-level, college- and career-ready standards that meet the needs of South Carolina students. Given the level of talent and experience these educators have, I am confident they are up to the task,” concluded Zais.

A record 365 English and math nominations were received and 19 educators were selected for the math team. The South Carolina Department of Education developed a rubric to apply fairly across the board to select the team members. The Department chose applicants based on their level of expertise and ensured the team represented the diversity found across our state and in our schools. The rubric, comments from educators on why they wanted to serve, and bar charts showing the breakdown of applicants are posted on the Department’s website.

Here are the math writing team members and their affiliations:

Mary Ruzga

SCDE Elementary Coordinator, Office of Instructional Practices and Evaluations

Christie Reid

York 2

Dale Smith


Karen Owens

York 3

Melanie Hollis


Mary Elizabeth Lloyd

College of Charleston

Janel Johnson

SCDE Middle School Coordinator, Office of Instructional Practices and Evaluations

Susan Wood


Cindy Doolittle

Spartanburg 6

Kathryn Pedings-Behling


Gabrielle Wriborg

SC School Deaf Blind

Lindsay Boozer

SCDE High School Coordinator, Office of Instructional Practices and Evaluations

Rita Bixler


Janice Ward


District Level Administrator

Jennifer Thorsten


District Level Administrator

Matthew Owens

Richland 2

District Level Administrator

Christopher Duncan


James Solazzo

Coastal Carolina Univ.

J. Roberto Gonzalez


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