Mainland High School Personnel
Project Manager and Content Programmer
taught physics and mathematics at Mainland from the Fall of 1975 until June 2012. She
is proud to see so many Mainland graduates, that she once instructed during their
high school years, returning to be Mainland faculty and colleagues. Her participation
in the CCTT Challenge Grant (1997-2002) and the
subsequent development and success of her online physics program,
PhysicsLAB, inspired her vision to design and implement the AlgebraLAB project.
Application Programmer and Network Administrator
Since the summer of 1997, Jeremy Blawn has been professionally administering computer
networks in both the private sector and education, evaluating software and hardware,
and programming. His expertise with Active Directory and .NET programming has placed
him in the pivot position of serving as both the network administrator for Mainland's
grant network [which includes managing eight classrooms and the grant's servers], as
well as being the principal applications programmer for AlgebraLAB and Learningxchange. He holds an
Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Central Florida in economics and mathematics. Currently he director of technical operations at Sabre, a technology company in the travel industry.
A graduate of the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University, Scott has been teaching since 1997 when he earned a Masters in Education in Secondary Education. After serving as Team Leader in the gifted program and teaching middle school for four years, he came to Mainland HS in 2001 where his primary teaching focus is Algebra 1 and Geometry. Incorporating technology in the classroom has always been a goal for Scott. His previous work with cutting edge software in the state’s demonstration school enabled him to see the value of technology-based instruction and led to his interest in the AlgebraLAB project.
Cindy (Chesley) Adams is a second generation graduate of the University of Florida.
After graduation, Cindy worked in banking for 4 years and then started teaching
middle school. She taught middle school for 9 years and then transfered to Mainland
High School (her alma mater) in 1997. Since starting at Mainland, her teaching has
primarily focused on Geometry and Algebra II as well as Algebra I, Analysis of Functions,
Trigonometry, Pacesetter Math (Pre-calculus), and Advanced Placement Statistics. Incorporationg the technology
in AlgebraLAB is a challenge that she is looking forward to, especially after seeing
what an incredible difference using the TI graphing calculators has made in her
middle and high school math classes.
Kim Dodd is a proud graduate of FSU's College of Education. She has been teaching
for 11 years, 10 of them at Mainland, her alma mater. For the last seven years,
her teaching has primarily focused on AP Calculus AB and BS as well as Pre-Calculus/Math Analysis. She
is looking forward to incorporating AlgebraLAB's new online curriculum into her
Glenna Redden is a graduate of the University of North Florida with a B.A. in Mathematics
Education. After graduation, she began her teaching career at Flagler Palm Coast
High School and eventually moved to Mainland High School seven years later. Highpoints
during Glenna's past four years in Volusia County include: (1) currently serving
as the high school vice president of the Volusia County Teachers of Mathematics
organization, (2) being nominated as Volusia County Math Teacher of the Year for
the 2002-2003 school year, (3) serving as a math adjunct at Daytona Beach Community
College since August 2002, and (4) actively participating with the EETT grant since
April 2003. Glenna has found working on the EETT grant an exciting experience and
is looking forward to implementing more and more technology into her classroom. Currently Glenna is the instructor of the 9th grade ribboned classes of Honors Algebra II and Geometry for students in Mainland's academies.
Mark Acton joined the programming team for AlgebraLAB just as we were brainstorming the functionality of the Word Problem pages, Glossary, and Quizzes.
He developed and implemented these aspects of AlgebraLAB as well as its final debugging and transition to the .NET Framework 2.0.
Brittany Horn graduated from Mainland in 2002 and earned a degree
in Engineering Technology from the University of Central Florida. Brittany was instrumental in researching and writing the career profiles on AlgebraLAB, as well
as the companion exercises for the Algebra I and Algebra II Recipes series. Brittany is the "voice of AlgebraLAB" heard on all of the work problem lessons and glossary terms. After earning her degree, she worked as a civil engineer on large transportation projects and small municipal projects for 5 years. Brittany is currently providing permitting and invoicing services for a global engineering firm based in Chicago.
Todd Hales graduated from Mainland in 2000 and from Stetson University in 2004. Todd
researched and wrote the reading passages for AlgebraLAB. He has earned his law degree and is working with the foreign service.
Marshall Ransom has worked as an educator since 1972. He has taught junior high
and high school mathematics for Volusia County Schools, Florida, primarily at Mainland
High School in Daytona Beach. During this time, he started the Advanced Placement
(AP) Calculus program in the district and has been a reader and table leader for
the grading of the AP exam for the last 12 years. He has been a project director
for a Florida Model Technology school, an assistant principal for high school curriculum,
and the district mathematics curriculum specialist. He was also project manager
for a 5 year USDOE Technology Innovation Challenage Grant. Marshall is currently
a mathematics instructor at Georgia Southern University. He holds a masters degree
in mathematics and an EdS in Educational Leadership. He is a member of NCTM, GCTM
Donna Saye began her teaching career in 1974 at Effingham County High School near
Savannah, Georgia. In 1988 she started teaching at Georgia Southern University.
At GSU she has taught everything from developmental mathematics to graduate courses
for high school teachers. She has a BS from Berry College in Rome, Georgia and an
M.Ed, Ed.S. and Ed.D. from Georgia Southern. In 2002 she won the Georgia Southern
University Award for Excellence in Contributions to Instruction. Her areas of interest
are algebra, graphing calculator technology and mathematics education. She is a
member of GCTM and MAA.
In 1993, Sharon Talor received her doctorate from Texas A&M University in mathematics
eduation. She has been teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses in College
Algebra, Calculus, Statistics, and Mathematics Education at Georgia Southern University
since 1996. Her current areas of research focus on the (1) impact of alternative
teaching strategies in college algebra (an American Association of Colleges and
State University funded project), and on the (2) impact of summer teacher training
workshops on teachers' content knowledge and classroom teaching techniques. She
has been organizing and running conferences for teachers in Georgia and Texas since
1992 and conducted technology training workshops for teachers during the summers
of 1998-2001. Sharon is a member of the MAA, NCTM, GCTM, T3, and ICTCM.
Carolyn taught at Mainland for the past five years and is now carrying AlgebraLAB
with its rich technology-integration and interdisciplinary approach to teaching
algebra and geometry to her new school. She has written both developmental practice
pages and hands-on activities for the project.
A veteran high school teacher of the Volusia County Public School system, Kathy
is now teaching at the Cannon School in Concord, North Carolina. She has taught
Algebra I/II, Geometry, and Math Analysis as well as such college preparatory mathematics
as AP Calculus AB/BC and AP Statistics. She has contributed many geometry practice
exercises to the project. Professionally, Kathy has presented sessions in statistics
at Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conferences in 2002 and 2003,
and College Board Teaching and Learning Workshops in 2002 and 2004.
Class of 2007
Class of 2006
Class of 2005
Class of 2004
- Kyle Fischer
- Ryan Hales
- Brandi Horn
- Emily Jones
- Tim Rades
- Behzad Richey
- Carly Roach
- John Tinstman
Class of 2003
- Lars Baunling
- Larry Camarato
- Nalleli DeJesus
- Matt Dionne
- Jarred Epstein
- Krysten Hencken
- James Holland
- Amanda Johnston
- Sean McQuade
- Steven Newcomb
- Phil Panteloukas
- Corey Sawchuk
- Owen Spaur
- JC Wiggins
- John Wilkins
Class of 2001
- Jamie Burch
- Marshall Razza