AAML Board Members

Jacob Sisson - President

In over 15 years, my journey in secondary mathematics education has been filled with great opportunity and service. I began my journey in education as a middle level Mathematics and Science major at the University of Central Arkansas. I completed my Masters in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning in 2010. Having taught secondary mathematics 6 years in central Arkansas public education, I quickly moved to working in a math leadership role. I have served in a variety of leadership positions for the state of Arkansas. My roles have included service in the following ways: building level Instructional Facilitator, STEM Math Center Specialist, Cooperative Mathematics Specialist for central Arkansas, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Representative for the Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Affiliate Coordinator for the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), and current President of AAML (Arkansas Association of Mathematics Leaders). I value my experience in meeting thousands of people each year who dedicate their service and talents to educating both students and teachers in mathematics education. If you do not find me working, you will probably catch me playing the piano, traveling, looking for a beach, hanging out in the garden, or simply finding time with family and friends. I encourage all mathematics leaders to take on BOLD opportunities of service in your respective mathematical arenas. Grow yourself, your talents, and each other. Arkansas math leaders are always welcome here at AAML!

Corey Boby - Vice-President

Corey Boby is currently Geometry for Virtual Arkansas. He has been in education in Arkansas since 1996 as a teacher and math specialist. During his career he has different roles for the Arkansas School for Mathematics and Science, Lakeside High School, Benton High School, and Texas Instruments. Corey believes in the appropriate integration of technology and has seen it open doors to mathematics for students. While Corey believes technology can an invaluable tool for mathematics, but it should be used as a tool to support the mathematics not to do it for students. The mathematics should always be the focus and the center of all lessons and activities.

Corey also serves as a reader for the AP Calculus exam, T^3 National Instructor, and has been a member of Arkansas Curriculum Framework revision committees. He is also a National Board Certified Teacher and was an Arkansas winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching in 2017.

Corey is married to Tracy Watson for over twenty years now. Tracy teaches math at Benton High School, and she pushes him to be better each day in and out of the classroom. The love to hang out with their dogs, talk math, and ride around this beautiful state on their motorcycle.

Michelle Edwards - Membership/ Treasurer

Michelle Edwards is now in year 28 of her educational journey. She started her journey as a teacher at Parkview High School and Hall High School in the Little Rock School District followed by ten years as a math facilitator at Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School. She is currently the district Multi-Site Math Facilitator for secondary schools in Little Rock School District. Throughout her years in education, Michelle has also worked as an adjunct professor in the Education Department at Philander Smith College and as a content facilitator for the APPEL program.

Michelle received a Bachelor of Business Administration with emphasis in Accounting from the University of Houston and a Masters in Secondary Mathematics Education from University of Arkansas Little Rock (UALR). In 2006 she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching, and she became National Board Certified in Early Adolescence/Mathematics in 2007.

Michelle entered the field of education to make a difference in children’s lives by helping them develop an understanding and appreciation of mathematics. She believes that every student can learn mathematics, and the task of teachers is to figure out the best possible ways to provide students the mathematical opportunities to learn.

Michelle is a member of the following professional organizations: National Education Association, Arkansas Education Association, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Arkansas Association of Math Leaders and the Benjamin Banneker Association.

Javier Taylor - Delegate for Higher Education

Dr. Taylor was born in Fayetteville, AR and is a graduate of Farmington High School. He received an Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Systems Technology degree in 1995 and Bachelor of Applied Science in Biblical Studies from Bethany Bible College in 1998 while serving in the United States Air Force. Two years later he received a B.A. in Mathematics from Thomas A. Edison State University in preparation to teach secondary mathematics in Richardson, TX. Taylor later worked as a technical writer and curriculum developer for the Air Force before serving as head of the mathematics department at Canyon Creek Christian Academy in Richardson, TX. Taylor moved back to Arkansas in the Summer of 2004 to pursue teaching opportunities in the River Valley, and later completed an M.A. in Teaching from the University of Arkansas at Monticello in 2006. He was later hired at Pottsville high school as a secondary math teacher and then served as a state mathematics specialist first at Arkansas Tech University, and then at the Guy Fenter Education Service Cooperative in Branch, AR. In 2018 Taylor was awarded a Ph.D. in Christian Education from Bethany Seminary and serves as an instructor of Education/Mathematics Education at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, AR.

Suzanne Mitchell - Delegate for STEM

Dr. Suzanne Mitchell is currently the Executive Director of the Arkansas STEM Coalition, a nonprofit that coordinates P-16 partnerships and STEM resources through collaboration with business, education and community representatives and policymakers in Arkansas. She served as the President of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (2011-2013) and served on the Board of Directors for 7 years. She served on numerous committees with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and is currently a Trustee on the NCTM Mathematics Education Trust Board. Dr. Mitchell served 10 years on the Board of the Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education in Washington DC, including one year as President in 2004. She has served on the Board of the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts, the Arkansas Association of Mathematics Leaders, the Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Governor’s Computer Science Task Force.

Dr. Mitchell was an Associate Professor and taught mathematics at Arkansas State University for 27 years. She managed the Improving Teacher Quality federal grant at the Arkansas Department of Higher Education from 1991 to 2018. The federal grant provided competitive funds to Arkansas universities to implement long-term professional development for teachers in mathematics and science. During her teaching career in public schools from 1969 to 1991, Dr. Mitchell taught a variety of mathematics courses, grades 7-12, and served as the secondary mathematics curriculum coordinator in Pulaski County Special School District in Little Rock, Arkansas and as the mathematics and science coordinator for the magnet school program in the Kansas City, Missouri School District. She served on the administrative team with responsibility for planning, organizing, and implementing the mathematics and science, environmental science and the health sciences themes.

During the 1990’s Dr. Mitchell was the Project Director for a ten million dollar National Science Foundation grant for the Arkansas Statewide Systemic Initiative to improve mathematics and science. The grant was awarded to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. In addition, she managed a three million dollar Teacher Quality Enhancement grant to improve the teacher licensure system in Arkansas and she managed a 1.5 million dollar National Science Foundation EPSCoR grant to improve science education in Arkansas. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Arkansas State University; a Masters degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Mathematics from the University of Arkansas Fayetteville; an Education Specialist degree in Educational Administration and a Ph.D. in Education and Urban Policy Studies in Education both from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

Vanessa Cleaver - Delegate for Equity

Dr. Vanessa E. Cleaver is a retired educator of 29 years from the Little Rock School District (LRSD). In 1991, she was employed by the Little Rock School District to teach junior high school mathematics at Mann JHS. In 1994, Cleaver was promoted to Coordinator of Secondary Mathematics. After four years, she was assigned to the position of Project Director of the District’s $3.2 million National Science Foundation grant initiative. Following this assignment, Dr. Cleaver was assigned Director of K-12 Mathematics until her retirement in 2020.

Dr. Cleaver's educational background includes a B.A. in Mathematics from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. She received an M.Ed in Secondary Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), and in 2010, she earned an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from UALR.

Dr. Cleaver has served in a variety of leadership roles for organizations including the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics. 2012-2015, Dr. Cleaver served as President-Elect/President of Benjamin Banneker Association, Inc. (BBA). BBA is a national non-profit organization focused on the mathematics education of black children. She is the current president of the Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Dr. Cleaver spends her spare time actively involved in her church, where she is the Sunday School Superintendent, as well as her sorority, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Cleaver has three adult children and two handsome great-nephews and one adorable great-niece.

Judy Dunmire - ACTM President & AAML President Elect

Judy Dunmire is starting her 2nd year as District Mathematics Specialist with Camden Fairview Schools and is ACTM President-Elect. She has served in education for 18 years. She taught grades 8-12 for 9 years at Charleston Schools, followed by 9 years as mathematics specialist at Coops and STEM Centers and as the Lead High School Mathematics Specialist for ADE. She is a 6-12 IM-Certified Trainer and served on the AR Math QuEST development team and the Arkansas Academic Playbook Guiding Coalition.

Judy is National Board Certified, earned a BS degree (Secondary Mathematics Education) from Arkansas Tech University, M.Ed. in Secondary Mathematics Education from the University of Arkansas, and is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Harding University.

When Judy is not working, she enjoys traveling and exploring foods from various cultures with her daughter, an OB/GYN resident at Kansas City Medical Center, as well as Zooming with friends across the state. She has a passion for learning and mathematics education and often spends her “spare time” on committees or reading mathematics education books and articles.

Mandy Green - Webmaster

Mandy Green is an assistant principal at Cabot Middle School South. This is her 13th year in education. Her first ten years were in Cabot as a junior math teacher where she taught 7th, 7th PreAP, 8th and Algebra 1. Then Mandy spent one year at Beebe as their Math Coach for 5th-10th grade and one year as the middle school Math instructional facilitator for Conway schools. Now she's back to where her career started and is enjoying her first year in an admin role.

Mandy received her bachelors degree from UCA in secondary math education. She then got her masters in educational technology from UALR and has her Education Specialist in Principalship from ASU.

When Mandy isn’t working she enjoys spending time with friends and family. She has 2 great kiddos and enjoys traveling. Her favorite places she has visited include Italy, Czech Republic, and Kenya. She also enjoys simple game nights and cooking at home with her pups at her feet.