Jodie Bailey is a math specialist in Ohio working with middle school students. Because of her love for children and books, she originally planned to be a kindergarten teacher. Her career path took her in an unexpected direction, and she earned a doctorate in mathematics education from the Ohio State University. Jodie has been in education for 27 years, serving as a classroom teacher for grades 3, 4, 5, and 7, an instructional coach, a testing coordinator, and an instructor for college methods courses. As past president of the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Jodie has been able to learn from many educators through conferences and social media. In her work with students, Jodie aspires to create learning environments where students can develop their identity, find their voice, and build upon their assets.
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