Kathy Clemmer, Director and Founder

Born in Pasadena, California, Katharine Clemmer earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian with a minor in mathematics at the University of California at Davis in 1983. She began teaching Russian and mathematics to military personnel in 1984 where she found her core passion and calling: teaching mathematics.  This discovery led to her pursuit of a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, her Masters of Arts in teaching Mathematics, and completion of her California Professional Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential in Mathematics and Administrative Credential, at Loyola Marymount University [LMU] in the 1990s.  Starting first at Pierce Community College in Washington as a Calculus Instructor, Kathy is an award-winning educator who has demonstrated excellence in a variety of positions, including a middle school and high school teacher instructing all of the content areas in mathematics from 7th grade mathematics through Calculus.  She is a math consultant in curriculum and instruction for primary, middle, and high schools, writing curriculum, and designing and facilitating professional development for teachers, parents, and administrators.  She has worked as a curriculum specialist for El Segundo Unified School District aligning state and national standards to the curriculum, incorporating technology, and successfully implementing this curriculum in the schools within the district, resulting in an increase in student standardized scores on both the college entrance exams and the state achievement exams.  Kathy is a professor at LMU teaching both the secondary general education and special education courses for teaching secondary mathematics in urban and non-urban schools.  She also teaches an introduction to teaching and learning course for secondary candidates pursuing credentials in mathematics, science, English, social science, and art.  As she enters into her 14th year at LMU, she remains intimately connected to the high school classroom by teaching morning classes in Calculus and Pre-Calculus at El Segundo High School before heading to LMU where she is full time clinical faculty.  A primary focus of Kathy’s current work as director of LMU’s Center for Math and Science Teaching (CMAST) is teaching transformational teacher leaders within educational communities to inspire and institutionalize a culture of active teacher leadership within a school, organization, and community by having the conviction that increasing student engagement and achievement in mathematics and science throughout an educational community is an attainable goal.   Kathy is the author and director of the LMU Math and Science Teaching (MAST) program, a program she designed and implemented with great success in several schools in the Los Angeles area.  Kathy has received over a million dollars in grant funding to pursue her passion of transforming math and science teaching, first with the MAST program and currently with the Center for Math and Science Teaching.  In addition to establishing a reputation of increasing test scores and student’s pursuit of STEM professions wherever she goes, Kathy’s accomplishments include being chosen as the El Segundo High School teacher of the year in 2000 and in 2003 and teacher of the year within the entire El Segundo Unified School District in 2000, being recognized by Mayor Richard Riordian in 1996, 1997, and 2000 as one of L.A.’s Most Inspirational Teachers as chosen by the seniors at El Segundo High School, being honored by the Association of California School Administrators [ACSA] and ACSA Region 14 for support, creativity, and expectations enabling at-risk students to succeed, receiving an Award of Excellence from the University of California at San Diego as an “Outstanding Teacher” 8 times within the past 11 years, and writing and implementing a revised high school math curriculum resulting in more students taking math classes at all levels, entering universities in STEM fields, and evoking community support and a commendation from the Mayor of El Segundo.
Kathy Clemmer


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