Our Team

 

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Kathy Clemmer, M.A.T. 
Director, Math Leadership Corps
Clinical Associate Professor
Katharine.Clemmer@lmu.edu

Kathy Clemmer is the Director of the Math Leadership Corps. In addition to her work at MLC, she holds a dual clinical faculty appointment in the Loyola Marymount University (LMU) School of Education and Seaver College of Science and Engineering. She is also a part-time AP Calculus teacher at a Los Angeles-area high school where she continuously innovates instruction to develop the math identity of her students.

Kathy is an innovative leader and complex problem solver. She seeks patterns within the complex math education system and experiments with possible responses to create adaptive changes that lead to continuous improvement in math learning for all students. Kathy has received more than five million dollars in grant funding to pursue this passion.

Through her work at MLC, Kathy has developed a systems approach to help school districts identify, analyze, and solve their complex problems associated with mathematics teaching and learning. She works to bridge theory and practice so school districts practically and realistically implement a learning culture that supports building the K-12 math identity of all students. Uniting her passion for mathematics and engineering, she adapted the Collaborative Solution Discovery (CSD) model to solve complex math education problems.

Prior to MLC, Kathy founded the innovative and locally recognized Common Core Math and Science Teaching (CMAST) program affiliated with Loyola Marymount University. She is also a co-author of Mathematics Learning and Leadership by Design, a math teaching model that emphasizes mathematical thinking, problem solving, and self-regulation and applies an engineering design process to create a student learning experience that is active, connected, reflective, and embraces problem solving.

In 2015, the state of California nominated Kathy for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), the nation's highest honor for teachers of mathematics and science. In addition, Kathy serves on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Math Advisory Panel.  

Kathy graduated from University of California at Davis with a degree in Russian and minor in mathematics. She holds an M.A. in Teaching Mathematics from Loyola Marymount University.  She also attended the University of Leningrad during the Soviet era.

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Katie Laskasky, M.A.
Senior Research Associate
Katie.Laskasky@lmu.edu

Through her work at MLC, Katie facilitates interactive professional learning for math teachers, coach-teachers, and administrators to be change agents and leaders within their schools. Katie works with administrators and math coach-teachers to analyze student evidence, continuously return to research, and identify solutions to support all students in their math learning. Katie also spearheads MLC’s research & evaluation efforts.

Katie is a co-author of Mathematics Learning and Leadership by Design, a math teaching model that emphasizes mathematical thinking and applies an engineering design process to create a student learning experience that is active, connected, reflective, and embraces problem solving.

Passionate about math education, Katie is currently pursuing her Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction at Loyola University Chicago. Katie received her B.A. in Management Consulting & Mathematics from University of Notre Dame and her M.A. in Secondary Education & Teaching from Loyola Marymount University.

Prior to graduate school, Katie taught high school mathematics in public and private schools for nine years.

 

Tatiana Mirzaian, M.A.
Instructional & Systems Leadership Specialist 
Tatiana.Mirzaian@lmu.edu

Through her work at MLC, Tatiana facilitates interactive professional learning for math teachers, coach-teachers, and administrators to be change agents and leaders within their schools. Tatiana works in her own classroom and with administrators and math coach-teachers across five school sites to analyze student evidence, continuously return to research, and identify solutions to support all students in their math learning.  

In addition to her work at MLC, Tatiana is a high school mathematics teacher; she has taught in public and private schools for six years. 

Tatiana is a co-author of Mathematics Learning and Leadership by Design, a math teaching model that emphasizes mathematical thinking and applies an engineering design process to create a student learning experience that is active, connected, reflective, and embraces problem solving.

Tatiana received her B.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her M.A. in Education from Loyola Marymount University.

Christine Soldner, M.A.
Assistant Director, Math Leadership Corps
Christine.Soldner@lmu.edu

Christine Soldner is the Assistant Director & Project Manager for the Math Leadership Corps.  Christine’s background is in administrative and operations management. Passionate about education and nonprofit management, Christine joined the MLC team in August 2015.

Through her work at MLC, Christine manages complex project components to optimize the overall performance of the MLC team.  These components include: overseeing MLC’s budget, contracts and grants; managing marketing efforts and internal & external communications regarding MLC innovations/progress; creating products that support organizations in developing students’ math identity; and, liaising with MLC’s strategic partners and partner school districts to execute project activities.

Christine received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her M.A. in Nonprofit Leadership & Management from the University of Southern California.