K-5 Math Specialists

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K-2 Specialist

Carrie Plank

Carrie Plank currently serves as a K-2 Math Specialist at AMSTI-UAH. Carrie works with in-service and pre-service teachers. She enjoys all the new learning that takes place while working alongside these teachers. She also loves working with and mentoring math coaches and building up teacher leaders to make an impact in their schools. She is nationally certified as an Ongoing Assessment Project (OGAP) Additive trainer. 

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K-2 Specialist

Elizabeth Hughes

Elizabeth Hughes currently serves as a K-2 Math Specialist at AMSTI-UAH.  Elizabeth’s background in education consists of teaching at the elementary level. She has served time with Huntsville City Schools System as a 4th and 5th-grade mathematics lead teacher, a 3rd-grade mathematics lead teacher, and most recently a 2nd-grade lead teacher. While there, she supported new teachers in mathematics while serving as one of the district's PLC lead teachers, as well as her schools Positive Behaviors Supports and Interventions Coach. Elizabeth prides herself on her experience with serving students from rural and high poverty areas. In 2019, she was honored as a Teacher of the Year and Huntsville City Schools district-wide Change Maker. Elizabeth is a member of the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, the Alabama Council for Teachers of Mathematics, and NCSM: Leadership in Mathematics Education.

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K-2 Specialist

Beth Balch

Beth is a K-1 Science and Math Specialist for AMSTI-UAH. Her diverse professional background includes Marketing/Graphic Design, Elementary Education, as well as Instructional Design and Technology. As an elementary classroom teacher, Beth was awarded the John Frank Parker Making a Difference Award for the Hartselle City Schools system. She is a member of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, Alabama Mathematics Leadership Alliance, National Science Teachers Association, and Alabama Science Teachers Association.

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3-5 Specialist

Melissa Campbell

Melissa Campbell is currently a Mathematics Specialist at AMSTI-UAH for grades 3 through 5. Most recently, she taught 4th grade mathematics, science, and Alabama History in the Fort Payne City School System. While there, she served as a mentor teacher for mathematics and as the 4th grade representative to the district's Mathematics Vertical Leadership Team. She was honored as a Teacher of the Year, and twice honored by the VFW as Dekalb County's Social Studies Elementary Educator of the Year.

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3-5 Specialist

Rochell Cantrell

Rochelle Cantrell is currently a 3-5 Mathematics Specialist at AMSTI-UAH. She taught third and fifth grade for a combined duration of eleven years in Arab City Schools.  While there, she served as a grade level representative to the district's Instructional Leadership Team and Problem Solving Team.  She has a master’s degree in Instructional Leadership.  She was twice honored as a VFW National Citizenship Elementary Educator of the Year in Marshall County. Rochelle is a member of the Alabama Council Teachers of Mathematics and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

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3-5 Specialist

Lisa McDonough

Lisa McDonough is currently a 3-5 Mathematics Specialist at AMSTI-UAH. She served as a K-4

Math Coach with Fort Payne City Schools before joining AMSTI-UAH. She is a member of

the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, Alabama Council of Teachers of

Mathematics, and serves as acting secretary of Alabama Mathematics Leadership Alliance.

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3-5 Specialist

Denise Porch

Denise Porch is currently serving as a 3-5 Mathematics Specialist through AMSTI-UAH. Denise’s background in education consists of teaching at the secondary level, administration at the elementary level, mathematics coaching at the primary and elementary levels, and receiving National Board Certification. Denise is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, and is a board member of the Alabama Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

K-5 Science Specialists

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K-1 Specialist

Beth Balch

Beth serves as a K-1 Science and Math Specialist for AMSTI-UAH. Her diverse professional background includes Marketing/Graphic Design, Elementary Education, as well as Instructional Design and Technology. As an elementary classroom teacher, Beth was awarded the John Frank Parker Making a Difference Award for the Hartselle City Schools system. She is a member of the National Science Teachers Association and the Alabama Science Teachers Association.

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2-3 Specialist

Shundra Morris

Shundra is the 2nd-3rd Grade Science Specialist for AMSTI-UAH. This is her second year in this capacity. Shundra taught 3rd grade for 23 years in Decatur City Schools. She is a governing board member for the AAMU/UAH Regional Inservice Center. She is a member of the Alabama Science Teacher Association and of the National Science Teacher Association. She is also a Common Sense Certified Educator.

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4-5 Specialist

Ellen Thompson

Ellen is the 4th and 5th grade Science Specialist at AMSTI-UAH. She has been an elementary science trainer since 1992 and has thirty-three years as an educator in Alabama. She has served on the AAMU/UAH Regional Inservice Center Board as well as the Alabama Science Teachers Association Board of Directors. She recently renewed her Middle Childhood National Board Certification and is a member of the National Science Teaching Association, the Alabama Science Teachers Association and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. She holds a Master’s Degree, a Class AA Certificate, and an Instructional Leadership Certificate.