I joined NCSM in 2006 after being invited to attend the 2007 conference with several district mathematics leaders. I was a novice in the mathematics teacher leader field and unsure of what to expect. During the conference I found that the attendees were thoughtful and reflective. They engaged with me in conversations and didn’t treat me as if I was a novice; but instead listened intently to what I had to share. I remember having conversations with individuals who I later sat in on their sessions. Some of these individuals had names that I had recognized from reading research and journals. I was touched that these highly respected mathematics leaders would engage with me, a teacher, and value my contributions to the field. I left the conference feeling as if I was now a member of something greater. I also left with tools I could use in the classroom, with other teachers, families and in my mathematics work with our local NCTM affiliate.
Since then, I have increased my involvement in NCSM by serving as a State Team Leader for Nevada. I have also served on program committees, as a presenter and volunteer at the conferences, and even briefly on the elections committee.
I embrace the values of the organization and look forward to welcoming new members while I continue to work with the reflective practitioners who form this wonderful community of practice we call NCSM.