AAML Board Members
Judy Dunmire - AAML President & MELA Lead
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.
Jacob Sisson - ACTM President & AAML Past 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!
Erin McCain - Vice President
In the last 20 plus years, Erin McCain’s career in mathematics education has been filled with challenge and great opportunity. Being born and raised in the state of Oklahoma, Erin received her Bachelor’s of Science in Secondary Mathematics Education in 1999 from the University of Oklahoma. Her first teaching job was teaching Algebra One and Geometry at Irving High School in Irving, TX. Overall, Erin was a classroom teacher for 13 years in Oklahoma and Texas teaching every course from Pre-Algebra to AP Calculus AB. In Summer 2012, she and her family moved to NW Arkansas where Erin became the high school math coach at Rogers Heritage High School. In that role, she learned a great deal regarding working with adults in individual, collaborative team, and professional development settings. Erin has held additional mathematics leadership positions such as the K-12 mathematics specialist at the University of Arkansas STEM Center in Fayetteville and, most recently, at the NWA Education Service Cooperative. In July 2022, Erin began serving as the K-5 Math/Science Curriculum Specialist for the Rogers Public Schools. As a math leader, Erin’s passion in mathematics surrounds all things vertical alignment. While the work of horizontal, collaborative teams is crucial to understanding standards and curriculum, the work of vertical alignment is equally as crucial. Through vertical alignment, grade level and course collaborative teams can learn more about where the math is going in the future and how past mathematics impacts what they are doing in the classroom. Erin encourages all math teachers at all levels to learn more about the vertical alignment of mathematics and be ambitious in that pursuit. On a personal note, Erin has been married to her husband, James, since June 1995. Together, they have four children, Isaac, Jaylee, Ruthie, and Roxy. Erin spends her free time in the basketball gym working with and celebrating her kids’ successes in the gym. The family enjoys spending time together traveling, playing board games, and having fun together.
Tara Sanders - Secretary
Growing up, from the time I was about 8 years old, I struggled with math. I struggled both in understanding math and maintaining a positive attitude about learning mathematics. I was very fortunate to be surrounded by amazing math teachers as a student and amazing math leaders as a classroom teacher. Because of these experiences, my main goal as an educator has always been to make a positive impact on the students and teachers around me and to change the mindset so many of us either had or currently have about mathematics.
I am currently in my 18th year of teaching, spending 11 years teaching 2nd, 4th, and 5th grade in the Danville and Dardanelle School Districts, 3 years as a k-12 Instructional Facilitator, and the last 4 as a state math specialist with the Guy Fenter Educational Service Cooperative and the Arch Ford Educational Service Cooperative. I am also a state and national Cognitively Guided Instruction facilitator which has allowed me to work with teachers not only across the state, but the country as well. This has given me perspective on the diverse needs of teachers and students and also to showcase the amazing progress we are making in math education here in Arkansas.
When I am not working with students and math teachers, I love traveling, reading post-apocalyptic fiction, going to concerts and plays, learning about the enneagram, and cuddling with my dogs.
Michelle Edwards - Membership/ Treasurer
Michelle Edwards is now in year 30 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 a district Math Instructional 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 (ArPEP) 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.
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.
Cindy Bever - Delegate for K-12 Administrators
Cindy has been in education for over twenty years. She started as a preschool teacher in the private sector before moving
to public education. Since then, she has been with Camden Fairview School District for the past 19 years. During this time, she has served as a second-grade teacher, third-grade teacher, lead teacher, elementary math facilitator, assistant principal, and is
currently the Intermediate principal.
Cindy earned her Undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Henderson State University. She continued her education
at University of Arkansas In Fayetteville for her Masters in Educational Leadership and English as a Second Language endorsement. She is a member of Impact Ambassadors of Arkansas, Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators, Arkansas Association of
Math Leader, and a High Reliability Teacher.
Cindy loves the opportunities being a principal has provided. One of her favorite aspects of being a principal is supporting
teachers as an instructional leader which leads to student success. She is passionate about creating a culture of continuous learning for all! #Learning is Required
Mandy Green - Communications Liason
Mandy Green is an assistant principal at Cabot Middle School South. This is her 15th 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 third 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.