As Knowles staff, I am excited to support math and science teachers during the critical, initial years of their career, while they learn to use their content knowledge, along with equitable instructional practices, to increase student learning.”
Before joining Knowles, Gina spent 14 years at the Early College Alliance @ Eastern Michigan University, where she served as the math department chair and a lead teacher. While there, she created early middle college mathematics curriculums aligned with college math requirements to ensure students were successfully prepared for the college math courses required for high school graduation. Gina also advised students during their early middle college experience, supporting them with academic, social-emotional, and college and career coaching, ensuring that they had access to the supports necessary to succeed in college classes. Prior to working at the Early College Alliance, Gina created and taught the regular and honors sixth-grade math curriculum at Greenhills School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Gina is a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) in Adolescent and Young Adult Mathematics . Seeking to increase the number of NBCTs in Michigan, she joined the MI NBCT Network early in its development. Through the MI NBCT network, Gina created and implemented candidate support, advocacy and outreach programs, and organized the MI NBCT Summit.
Gina’s research interests include equity, social justice, t eacher leadership, math education, highly accomplished teaching, and adolescent support and development for the purpose of increasing student achievement and removing math as a barrier to people achieving their goals.
Currently, she serves as president-elect for Learning Forward Michigan .
Gina holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona ; a Master of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan; and a Doctor of Philosophy in educational leadership from Eastern Michigan University.
In her spare time, Gina enjoys biking, kayaking, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.