My name is Jeff Linder. This is my 7th year as a member of the Montecito Union learning community.
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 climate change titled, Our Changing Earth.
- Co-Director of the UC Santa Barbara Mathematics Project (2011-current)
- 7 time presenter at California Mathematics Council (south) Conference - Presentations were on academic discourse in mathematics, place value, multiplication and division fluency, using visual models, and thinking routines
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, 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 promoting student thinking.
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 ten-year-old daughter Emilia and twin seven-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.