Project Management Team

Principal Investigator

Dr. April Strom
Dr. Strom has taught mathematics at the community college level for over 17 years and she is currently serving as the Principal Investigator for an $9M NSF-funded MSP project titled the Arizona Mathematics Partnership. This project is a professional development and research project focused on middle school mathematics teachers in 7 school districts in Arizona, and led by Scottsdale Community College. She has also worked extensively on another NSF-funded project, called Project Pathways, as a researcher and lead curriculum developer at Arizona State University. Strom also currently chairs the national research committee supported by the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. Strom received her Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction (emphasis in Mathematics Education) from Arizona State University (2008). The focus of her dissertation research was on secondary teachers’ understanding of exponential functions and the development of a conceptual framework for analyzing knowledge of exponential functions. Strom received her master’s degree in Mathematics Education (1998) and Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics (1997) from Texas Tech University.

Project Director
Hillary Dockser Burns
Burns will work extensively on all professional development activities and serve as the main liaison between the project and the schools. Burns, an experienced middle school teacher, served as Project Director for ASU’s Project Pathways and workedon NSF-funded Teacher Enhancement projects focused on Lesson Study Communities for Secondary Mathematics Teachers.

Lynda Boepple

Project Coordinator
Lynda Boepple
Lynda Boepple spent the first 23 years of her career as a middle school mathematics teacher in grades 7 and 8. She was a Cohort 1 teacher participant in the Arizona Mathematics Partnership prior to joining the AMP staff in 2014. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education degree at Eastern Illinois University, and her Master of Education in Educational Administration and Higher Education degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Additionally, she holds her Arizona Principal’s License. Her roles in AMP include project administration duties for the grant, planning AMP Summer Math Camp, and support/outreach to teacher participants in the project.

Mona Toncheff
Mona Toncheff is the mathematics content specialist for Phoenix Union High School District in Arizona. She oversees the development and implementation of mathematics curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Mona also coordinates and instructs district professional development activities for teachers designed to improve mathematics instruction and student achievement. She has served in public education for over 20 years.  Mona has supervised the culture change from teacher isolation to professional learning communities—creating articulated standards and relevant district common assessments and providing ongoing professional development for over 200 high school mathematics teachers regarding best practices, equity and access, technology, response to intervention, and assessment for learning.  A former secretary of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, she is director of the Western Region I NCSM Board. Mona was named 2009 Phoenix Union High School District Special Achievement Teacher of the Year.  She received a BS in psychology from Arizona State University and an MEd in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University.

Amie Pierone

Project Administrator
Amie Pierone
Amie holds an Associate’s degree from Scottsdale Community College (2013) and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Arizona State University (2015). She was recruited to AMP as a student at SCC, and now works on the project in various research capacities. Personal interests include playing piano, singing and recording, and baking.