My name is Jeff Linder. I am the K-6 Math Specialist for Montecito Union School in Santa Barbara, California.

I completed both my undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of California, Santa Barbara. From there, I taught in the Rio School District for 11 years. During that time, I was a teacher for nine years, math coach for a year, and teacher on special assignment focusing on professional development, local assessments, and data teams.

My educational accomplishments that I am most proud of include:

– Nine years as a classroom teacher, including six years at first grade, one year each at second, third, and a third-fourth grade combination

– Ventura County Mathematics Council 2012 Mathematics Teacher of the Year.

– National GLAD Trainer- GLAD is an instructional model with strategies that promote academic discourse, metacognative use of academic language, literacy, high expectations, and student voice. It also involves the integration of science and social studies with literacy. As a GLAD trainer, I have co-authored and published a unit on global warming titled, Our Changing Earth.

– Assistant Director of the UCSB Mathematics Project since 2011.

– California Mathematics Council presenter eight times at South Conference and one time at North Conference

-Ventura County Mathematics Council presenter 10+ times.

As an educator, I strongly believe in being a life long learner. My current growth in teaching mathematics is supported by involvement in the National Council for Teaching Mathematics, California Mathematics Council, Ventura County Math Council, California Mathematics Project, and the UCSB Mathematics Project. I was also fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend Harvard’s Project Zero and deepen my understanding of thinking routines. The greatest impact on me professionally comes from the amazing students, teachers, and administrators that I work with on a daily basis at Montecito Union School.

Outside of my professional life, I am married to my wonderful wife Abbey, who is also a teacher. Abbey and I have three kids, a twelve-year-old daughter Emilia and twin nine-year-old boys, Ethan and Gavin. I enjoy spending my free time with my family, training for and participating in adventure races, playing board games, and doing puzzles.