New York – Grade 9, Algebra
Camsie McAdams has been teaching mathematics and science for ten years in inner-city public schools. Matis began her career in STEM education at the Colorado School of Mines, where she was the recipient of the Engineering Days Scholarship in 1993. After spending the summer of 1995 at the Moscow State University, McAdams transferred to the University of Denver, graduating magma cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts in both General Engineering and Political Science. Following graduation from DU, Matis received a United States Ford Foundation Fellowship to study democratization in Eastern Europe.
Her teaching career began in 1999 in Oakland, CA, where McAdams taught at Westlake Middle School for six years. McAdams attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2004-2005, earning a Master of Education in Teaching and Learning. Upon completion of her Master’s, McAdams was recruited to serve in a leadership role during the opening of New Day Academy, a small public 6th-12th grade school in the South Bronx, NY. McAdams worked with several other Harvard graduates and veteran educators from New York City in the design of the school, and served as Instructional Leader for Math and Science during 2005-2006. In 2006, McAdams returned to the classroom to teach algebra at East Side Community High School in Manhattan. McAdams was the recipient of the Fund for Teachers Fellowship to spend a summer in the Yucatan, Mexico to study Mayan mathematics and Spanish language and culture. She was also named a winner of the 2009 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for the State of New York.
McAdams served her Fellowship year in the Broadening Participation in Computing program at NSF. In addition to analyzing proposals and writing reviews and recommendations, she represented the agency at various events around the country, including delivering the keynote address at STEMapalooza in Denver to 800 girls, and participating in the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Tucson. However, her most significant contribution was the K-12 Educator on the National Lab Day Leadership Team. McAdams has represented National Lab Day at numerous events across the country, including both NSTA and NCTM National Conferences. Most recently, McAdams coordinated the Washington, DC National Lab Day celebration week and helped bring various senior members of the Cabinet and major federal agencies into DC Public Schools to celebrate hands-on STEM education.