Anna Maria Tabernik (TAB) has been in the field of education for 37 years. TAB's first career in education included teaching mathematics, working as an assistant principal, principal, curriculum director and then assistant superintendent in northeast Ohio districts. The last seven years she served as the Director of Professional Development for the SMART Consortium – a consortium of 56 school districts in northeast Ohio. In this role, TAB worked with school district personnel to provide sustained and targeted professional development in mathematics, assessment, curriculum alignment, data driven decision making, leadership, and school improvement. She has researched, designed, facilitated and evaluated a variety of professional development programs focused on improving teacher content knowledge and supporting school reform efforts.
Working with members of the Ohio Department of Education on OMAP (Ohio Mathematics Academy Program), she developed model lessons featured on the ODE Instructional Management System site, and most recently served as a member of the Mathematics Advisory Board focused on the adoption and implementation of the Common Core Standards for Mathematics. She was the northeast Ohio coordinator of the PROM/SE project (Promoting Rigorous Outcomes in Mathematics and Science Education), working closely with personnel from Michigan State University over the last six years. This NSF funded, comprehensive research and development initiative targeted the improvement of mathematics and science teaching and learning in grades K-12 through analyzing student and teacher assessments, understanding standards and curriculum coherence frameworks, and building capacity with teachers and administrators to support systemic school improvement.
TAB earned her Ph.D. in Urban School Administration from Cleveland State University, her M.Ed. in Educational Administration/Supervision from John Carroll University, and her B.A. from Case Western Reserve University in Secondary Mathematics.
In her free time, TAB loves to write, conduct research, play Mah Jongg, ride a motorcycle and read. She is very proud of her two adult children and new daughter-in-law. She recently moved to Hilton Head, South Carolina.