Our team of Alternative Licensure Instructors (ALIs) and education professionals are ready to share their real experience and guide you towards your goal every step of the way.
Together we offer over 60 years of experience as professional learning leaders and educators and have built a learning community that mentors and empowers new teachers towards a successful teaching career built upon culturally responsive and inclusive teaching practices.
My career in education started with teaching in an elementary school in Central Pennsylvania. I enjoyed the opportunities I had teaching all content areas, mentoring and training teachers, collaborating with university faculty, and developing district curricula. I became increasingly intrigued by how students learn mathematics, which led me to pursue studies in graduate school. While studying mathematics education, I conducted research on mathematics teaching and learning, pedagogical content knowledge, and curricula. In my current role as a Senior Instructor at CU Denver, I design curricula and support the development of new teachers across the state of Colorado who are pursuing their initial Colorado teaching license in a variety of endorsement areas. Through this work, I have developed a deeper appreciation of the challenges that various school communities encounter as they work to provide excellent learning opportunities for their students. In addition to my role as an instructor, I continue to engage in research in mathematics education, primarily focusing on students’ development of multiplicative reasoning, rational number, covariational reasoning, and function.
ASPIRE has been so supportive through my whole first year of teaching. I have had so many questions and issues come up and I know I can count on my ASPIRE Instructors to be there. They are supportive and always make sure that they are there to answer all of my questions. - Kiwi , ASPIRE Candidate