Tricia Apel

National Board Certified

Middle School Math Teacher

Leadership Experience
Math Department Technology Representative, ISA 2013-present

I am the technology representative for the math department, representing nine upper and middle school math teachers. I attend monthly meetings facilitated by the school’s technology director where we discuss the latest uses of technology for educational purposes and best practices centered around technology. I take these ideas and skills back to the math department where I introduce the ideas and teach the skills to the math team.

Grade Level Coordinator, Eighth Grade, ISA 2013-present

I am responsible for organizing and facilitating weekly team meetings, attending an administration meeting once every 8 days, organizing the grade level trip (3 days in Terschelling) and organizing the 8th grade graduation.  During the team meetings, I lead discussions on how we can best support students. We also plan our homeroom program, which we deliver every-other-day for 70 minutes. As coordinator, I am also the point person for communication with our 8th grade parents.

Advisory Committee Member, ISA 2012

I am part of the team that designed the new middle school advisory program at ISA.  We wrote the philosophy behind the program, planned the schedule, and created activities to support the program.

Scheduling Committee Member, ISA    2011-2012
I was part of the team who planned and implemented the redesign of ISA’s upper school schedule. 
Math department head, AES 2005-2010
I was part of a five-person team of math teachers who teach grades six through eight. I crafted agendas, facilitated monthly meetings, represented the team at leadership meetings, and planned the annual budget for math purchases. I helped the members of my team write their unit plans in Understanding By Design format and enter those units into Atlas Rubicon. I was responsible for creating and maintaining the math data profile, based on the team's common assessments and external assessment.
Sixth grade team leader, AES 2006-2010
I was part of an eleven-person team of educators who taught mostly sixth-grade students. I crafted agendas, facilitated bi-weekly meetings, and represented the team at leadership meetings. I coordinated and communicated to my team the essential upcoming events each week. The advisory program is an essential component of middle school at AES. I facilitated the creation and implementation of lessons which address the guiding questions of our advisory program.

Math department representative

curriculum council and math K-12 vertical team, AES

2002-2010
The K-12 Math vertical team is composed of the curriculum coordinator and math specialists representing grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 mathematics. I represented grades six through eight at these monthly meetings. The team ensures vertical articulation between the schools, working on a cohesive curriculum that corresponds with the math philosophy at AES. We are responsible for organizing professional development for the math departments.
Week Without Walls trip leader and trip coordinator, AES 2005-present
Week Without Walls is an annual week-long curricular and service learning trip where students learn through immersion in a component of Indian culture. I worked with the Assistant Principal to plan this trip for over 100 sixth-grade students. I met with vendors, created activities, compiled teacher materials, ran assemblies, presented the sixth-grade component at a parent meeting, created the student writing journal, organized the students into three camps, wrote and distributed the parent letters. While on the trip, I communicated with the office and concerned parents.
Math department head, CAC 1999-2002
I was part of a six-person team of math teachers who taught grades six through eight. I crafted agendas, facilitated monthly meetings, represented the team at leadership meetings, and planned the annual budget for math purchases.
Curriculum Committee, CAC 2000-2002
I participated in monthly curricular meetings where we designed, discussed, and facilitated implementation of curricular initiatives on a school-wide level.
Science department head, CAC 1999-2000
I was part of a six-person team of science teachers who taught grades six through eight. I crafted agendas, facilitated monthly meetings, represented the team at leadership meetings, and planned the annual budget for science purchases.
Seventh grade team leader, CAC 1999-2001
I was part of a six-person team of teachers who taught only seventh-grade students. I crafted agendas, facilitated bi-weekly meetings, represented the team at leadership meetings, and organized the annual week-long student curricular trip to the Sinai Peninsula.
Math Facilitator, Kyrene Science Academy 1996-1998
KSA was created through a National Science Foundation grant, written at the district level. The grant provided enrichment science and math activities to students who were at risk of not completing high school. I was in charge of creating and presenting math units for this program.
Seventh grade team leader, Akimel A-al 1995-1998
I was part of a seven-person team of teachers who taught only seventh-grade students. I crafted agendas, facilitated weekly meetings, represented the team at leadership meetings, wrote grants for interdisciplinary units, and organized field trips.
Teacher on Special Assignment, Akimel A-al 1996
I acted as an administrator during the maternity leave of the seventh grade Assistant Principal. I was responsible for scheduling classes, acting as parent-teacher liaison, administering discipline, and advising seventh-grade students. I attended and participated in Administration Team and seventh-grade team meetings.
Career Ladder Representative, Akimel A-al 1994-1998
Career Ladder was a curricular incentive program, funded by the state of Arizona. As the school-level representative to the Kyrene School District, I helped mentor teachers in the process, and inform teachers at my school of legislation and curricular movements.