Laurie Speranzo is a Fellow at the Institute for Learning, where she is a member of the Mathematics Disciplinary Literacy team, working with educators in the Grand Rapids Public Schools, New York City Public Schools, Paterson Public Schools, and Prince George’s County Public Schools, as well as the State of Tennessee Department of Education.
She started her teaching career in New Hampshire where she taught elementary and middle school grades. After teaching for almost ten years, Speranzo became a math coach in the New York City Public Schools where she coached math and science teachers in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. She then took a job with MathPOWER, a math education non-profit that consulted with the Boston Public Schools. There she coached over 100 math teachers in kindergarten through grade 8. She designed and presented math professional development for administrators, teachers, and afterschool program coordinators. Serving for six years as the Director of Instruction for a 200+ student summer academy, she focused the curriculum design on standards-based, hands-on learning. She has also taught graduate and undergraduate math content and methods classes at NortheasternUniversity.
In recent years, Speranzo has presented at several regional and national conferences, including the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) and the Creating Balance in an Unjust World: Math Education and Social Justice, organized by Bob Moses.
Speranzo holds a B.S. in elementary education, with a focus in education for the deaf, from Marywood College in Scranton, PA. She earned a Masters in Education from Rivier College.