Janet Tassell began her career teaching mathematics then spent 14 years as Director of Learning and Assessment working withK-12 teachers in curriculum and professional development. During this time, she learned the importance of teachers needing rigorous materials aligned to the standards. She earned her Ph.D. from Indiana University in Curriculum and Instruction – mathematics and gifted education. She is now an Assistant Professor at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky, where she teaches Elementary Math Methods and directs the Elementary Mathematics Specialist Endorsement program. She has been the co-directorof the Toyota Math and Technology Leadership Academy and the professional development coordinator for the Javits grant Project GEMS (Gifted Education for Math and Science) initiative for grades 3-6 students. Recently, she and her husband, Brad, published a book connecting reading and mathematics fluency: Speaking of Math – Fluency Poems for Partners: Addition.