Mrs. Marla Edwards, the Multi-Classroom Leader for Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade Mathematics at Lakewood Elementary School, has been appointed as the Coordinator of Elementary Mathematics.
Mrs. Edwards will begin this role on July 1.
In this role, Mrs. Edwards will serve as the liaison between the Arkansas Department of Education’s Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the school district. She will collaborate with classroom teachers in Pre-K through Fifth Grades and building-level leaders to develop and monitor a comprehensive elementary mathematics program that vertically aligns with secondary mathematics programs to improve teaching and learning.
“I am so ready to get started in this role,” said Mrs. Edwards. “I love math and enjoy teaching it. I am ready to assist other teachers in finding new, creative ways that make learning math fun for our students across the district,” she said.
As a Multi-Classroom Leader in the area of mathematics at Lakewood, Mrs. Edwards has provided coaching and support to a team of teachers and paraprofessionals to improve student learning. She also served as a Third and Fourth Grade Math Teacher at Lakewood Elementary School. She founded and chaired the school’s Math Committee and Math Fact Masters, a program aimed at increasing a student’s fluency in basic math facts.
Mrs. Edwards’ teaching career began at England Elementary School in the England School District. She was the Fifth Grade Math Teacher. While there, she earned the honor “Educator of the Year.”
“Mrs. Edwards’ passion for math is laudable, and I look forward to her innovative teaching techniques on display throughout the district,” said Dr. Gregory J. Pilewski, Superintendent of the North Little Rock School District.
Mrs. Edwards received a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching from the University of Central Arkansas. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
The Coordinator of Elementary Mathematics is one of the reorganized Central Office Administration positions in the North Little Rock School District, which Dr. Pilewski proposed in the NLRSD Central Office Administration Reorganization Plan (Phase I) and presented at the Regular Board Meeting in February. The plan was created to improve the level of services and support to school leaders and classroom teachers to drive continuous improvement in student learning.