Our Staff

Kimberly Zeidler-Watters, Ed.D.

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Kim received a bachelor’s degree in education from West Liberty State College. She became an elementary/middle school science teacher in Maryland. While teaching she pursued a master’s degree in science education from Loyola College and worked for a year as a teacher in residence at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), training and working with astronomers from all over the world on outreach activities and strategies for working with K-12 teachers and students. Kim has worked at the University of Kentucky for nine years as a Resource Collaborative Director with the Appalachian Rural Systemic Initiative (ARSI). Since 2005, she has continued to train and support the work of the Regional Teacher Partners and has partnered with them to design PIMSER’s outreach activities.

Jessica Eaton
Administrative Staff Officer

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Jessica worked as an event coordinator for Grand Valley State University (MI) for three years while obtaining her bachelor’s degree in biology. She moved to Kentucky in 2005 and began working for the UK Alumni Association, planning all events that took place in the King Alumni House on campus and managing the board of directors. Jessica joined the PIMSER staff in October 2007 as the Conference Coordinator.  Now her role as Administrative Officer involves managing all PIMSER finances, grants, contract work, communications, and conducting the daily business and administrative functions of the PIMSER office.  Jessica enjoys sewing, gardening, fly fishing, spending time with her husband and two dogs, and is actively involved in animal rescue and advocacy.

Regional Teacher Partners

Regional Teacher Partners (RTP) are the workforce of the Partnership Institute for Math and Science Education Reform, planning and delivering all of PIMSER’s professional learning programs.  The RTPs are highly-skilled current and retired Kentucky teachers who have a passion for learning and helping teachers change their practice.  Most of the RTPs are Master Teachers who were trained through the work of the Appalachian Rural Systems Initiative (ARSI) and the Appalachian Mathematics and Science Partnership (AMSP), and have contributed to innovative, research-based educational practices at the national level.  PIMSER continues to invest in these Master Teachers by providing them with the latest resources, research, and materials so they stay on the cutting edge of education.

Our Regional Teacher Partners are available to provide support services throughout the Commonwealth, including customized professional learning based on the needs of your school or district. Read more about their expertise by clicking the links on the left.  Contact the PIMSER office at or 859-257-4836 if you are interested in bringing an RTP to your school.


Stephanie Harmon (Science)

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Stephanie is certified 7-12 Physics and Mathematics with a master’s degree in physics and Rank I in Educational Leadership.  She began teaching in 1996 and currently teaches science at Rockcastle County High School in Mount Vernon, KY.  Stephanie specializes in working with science teachers and administrators in grades 9-12 and focuses formative/summative assessments, curriculum and instructional practices.

Science (grades 7-12)
Assessment and grading
Developing learning culture
Student engagement
Instructional practices

Degrees & Certifications
BS in Physics, University of the Cumberlands
BS in Mathematics, University of the Cumberlands
MA Ed in Physics, Eastern Kentucky University
Rank I in Educational Leadership, Union College

Awards & Associations
2014 KSTA Outstanding High School Teacher of the Year
Kentucky Science Teacher Association
National Science Teacher Association
Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
National Science Education Leadership Association

Pam Harned (Math)

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Pam was a classroom teacher for 21 years in high school mathematics, including four years as math department chair. Even though her first love remained classroom instruction, Pam moved to the district level as an assistant superintendent where she supervised kindergarten through high school curriculum and classroom instruction. During her time at the district level, she led a comprehensive district improvement encompassing kindergarten through high school reading and math.  After retiring, Pam began working for PIMSER in 2009 where she has worked with multiple cadres of math and special education teachers. The common goals of all these groups have been to increase teacher mathematics content knowledge and help teachers increase active student participation in their classrooms through the use of research-based instructional and assessment strategies.

Mathematics (grades 9-12)
Educational Consultant for Pearson for Classroom Assessment for Student Learning (CASL)
Specialized work with special education teachers in middle and high school to make math accessible to all students

Degrees and Certifications
Bachelor of Arts, Math and Accounting, Western Kentucky University
Masters of Arts, Math Education, Western Kentucky University
Rank 1, Educational Leadership, Western Kentucky University
National Board Certified Teacher, Adolescence and Young Adulthood Mathematics

Awards and Associations
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Diane Johnson (Science)

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Diane was a high school science classroom teacher for 21 years, and finished her 28-year career at Lewis County Schools as the Instructional Supervisor.  During that time she was trained as a Master Teacher through ARSI, held a position as a science writing resource teacher through KDE,  sat on numerous committees for the state, and began full time with PIMSER as a Regional Teacher Partner in 2010.

K-12 science and science education
Content literacy strategies
Inquiry instruction
Science curriculum & assessment
Concept development
Integration of math and science
Analysis of student work and mentoring

Degrees and Certifications
Bachelor of Science, Biology (Minor: Chemistry), Morehead State University
Master of Science, Biology, Morehead State University
Master in Educational Leadership, Principalship and Instructional Supervision, Morehead State University
Doctoral Candidate, Science Education, University of Kentucky

Awards and Associations
Kentucky Academy of Science, Outstanding Secondary School Teacher, 2003
NSTA Regional Program Chair; Louisville, 2002-2003
KSTA Past-President, board member, 1991-2003
Toyota International Teacher Program, Summer 1999
Tandy Technology Scholar, 1995-96
Mathematics Education Service and Achievement, 1995
Outstanding Senior High Teacher at NE KY Regional Science Fair, 1992
Ashland Oil Teacher Achievement Award, 1990

Marsha Maupin (Math)

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Marsha’s 34-year career in education includes 25 years of classroom teaching experience in addition to a variety of administrative roles and responsibilities focused on curriculum, instruction and assessment, integration of technology, and delivery of professional learning experiences. In addition to her work as a Regional Teacher Partner, she has presented at a variety of local, state and regional conferences and is currently serving as an education consultant for the Assessment Training Institute located in Portland, OR providing one-day workshops on the ATI publications Classroom Assessment for Student Learning, Seven Strategies of Assessment for Student Learning, and A Repair Kit for Grading: Fifteen Fixes for Broken Grades.


Mathematics (grades K-5)

Degrees and Certifications

Post Masters in Supervision and Instruction
Master of Arts, Elementary Education

Awards and Associations

Teacher Advisory Panel for SEIR-TEC
Educational Improvement Advisory Committee
PRISM Technology
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development

Jennifer McDaniel (Math)

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Jennifer is an Eastern Kentucky University graduate with an MAED and MS in Mathematics. She has over 25 years of high school and college teaching experience.  In addition teaching at Clay County High School, she also teaches dual credit and extended math courses through EKU at the regional campus in Manchester.  Jennifer has completed three years of Cognitive Coaching training with the Kentucky Center of Mathematics (2006-2009) and three years of training with PIMSER as an Appalachian Teacher Partner (2009-2012) through the AMSP Master Teacher Project. Her passion is using her own experiences and training to coach math teachers inside and outside of the classroom to improve teacher efficacy, content knowledge, and pedagogy.


Content training
Teacher pedagogy
Instructional practices

Jamie-Marie Miller (Math)

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Jamie-Marie is a Western Kentucky University graduate with degree in Middle School Mathematics and Social Studies. She also has Master’s and Rank I degrees in School Counseling and Individualized Assessment. Jamie-Marie has 15 years of teaching experience with the Lincoln County School District. She has taught seventh through ninth grade mathematics courses. In addition to her teaching duties, Jamie-Marie has served as Mathematics Department Chair at Lincoln County Middle School.

Jamie-Marie also serves on the Kentucky Council of Teachers of Mathematics Executive Board. She was Middle School Vice President (2008-2012), President (2012-2014) and currently is serving as Past-President.  Jamie-Marie continues to want to learn more about pedagogy and mathematics content. She has completed two years of training with PIMSER as an Appalachian Teacher Partner (2009-2011) through the AMSP Master Teacher Project and is currently working to finish her doctorate at the University of Kentucky in STEM Education. Her passion is using her own experiences, training and studies to assist teachers to improve their pedagogy, content knowledge and self-efficacy through coaching and providing professional development.


Content training
Teacher pedagogy
Instructional practices

Jim Moore (Math)

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Jim taught high school math for 29 years and served as math department chairman for 22 years. In addition, he taught at the Governor’s Scholars Program for nine years and the Bluegrass Community and Technical College part time for three years, worked as a Kentucky Center for Mathematics (KCM) Math Coach in a high school for two years and has worked as a Regional Teacher Partner half-time for PMSO. He served two non-consecutive terms as president of the Kentucky Council of Teachers of Mathematics (KCTM) and is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the Kentucky Society for Technology in Education and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).

Jim has been a presenter numerous times at KCTM meetings and many other mathematics and teaching conferences in Kentucky and at the Annual Meeting of NCTM. Jim specializes in working with 9-12 math teachers on content, problem solving and the use of technology to support the teaching and learning of mathematics in high schools. Jim is also a bibliophile and is currently serving as President of the Friends of the Library in Boyle County and sings in two choirs in Danville.


Math (grades 9-12)
Content training
Problem solving
Instructional technology

Degrees and Certifications

B.S. in Mathematics, University of Kentucky
B.A. in Teaching Secondary Mathematics, University of Kentucky
M.S. in Teaching Secondary Mathematics, University of Kentucky
Rank I Certification
Math Consultant Certification
Additional graduate work: Computer Architecture, University of Louisville; Dynamic Geometry Software, Mount Holyoke College, MA; Number Theory, Ohio State University

Awards and Associations

Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics
Tandy Technology Scholar
Kentucky Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Kentucky Society for Technology in Education
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Mathematical Association of America

Terry Parkey (Math)

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Terry taught in Rockcastle County for 29 years. During the last five years teaching, she worked with the Appalachian Rural Systemic Initiative (ARSI) as a teacher partner, working with teachers at Rockcastle County Middle School. She then became a Regional Teacher Partner with PIMSER, providing ongoing, embedded professional development for math and special needs teachers in the Rockcastle County Middle and Elementary Schools and Huntsville Middle School in Huntsville, Tennessee. She has worked intensively with several schools and school districts in curriculum, unit development, assessment, and technology. Terry has assisted teachers in the implementation of research-based instructional practices in mathematics including Connected Math, a NSF-funded middle school math program, and Math Trailblazers, a NSF-funded elementary school program.

Terry has worked with several programs and projects through PIMSER. She has led several workshops including Understanding Fraction Concepts and Operations Math Basics. These workshops focus on building conceptual understanding, classroom instructional strategies, and assessment strategies based on Classroom Assessment for Student Learning authored by Rick Stiggins. She was a facilitator of the Mathematics Leadership Support Network for teachers from throughout the state for five years. The focus of the network was to build content knowledge and instructional practices of leaders in mathematics.


Math (grades 5-8)
Unit development

Degrees and Certifications

Masters in Teaching and Rank I, Elementary Education, Eastern Kentucky University
Bachelor of Arts, Education, Thomas More College

Awards and Associations

Mathematics Education Service and Achievement Award, Kentucky Council of Teachers of Mathematics
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

Tolene Pitts (Math)

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Tolene has 23 years’ experience as an elementary teacher and 12 years as an elementary principal. As a Regional Teacher Partner, she has worked with projects such as Developing Algebraic Thinking (DAT), Math Leadership Support Network (MLSN), and provided professional development targeting math and leadership throughout Kentucky. Tolene has facilitated “Getting Started with Classroom Assessment for Student Learning” and “Seven Strategies of Assessment for Learning” as an education consultant for Pearson Education. Tolene is married, with a daughter who currently teaches, and the proud grandmother of Madison and Greg.


Elementary math
Unit development

Degrees and Certifications

Post Master’s Certificates: Leadership/Administration (Pupil Personnel, Supervision, Elementary Principal) Eastern Kentucky University
M.A. Elementary Education Eastern Kentucky University
B.S. Elementary Education Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY
Additional Training: Assessment Training Institute, Education Consultant for Pearson Education

Awards and Associations

Mathematics Education Service and Achievement (MESA Award)
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Phi Delta Kappa

Tim Schneider (Science)

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After 28 years of service, Tim Schneider recently retired serving Campbell County Schools as the Teaching and Learning Lead for Secondary Education.  Prior to this assignment, he spent 7 years serving Campbell County as an instructional coach, 15 years teaching middle school science, and 5 years teaching special education at the high school level. During his tenure he has also spent time serving as summer school coordinator/teacher, SBDM member, team leader, department head, and has written and been awarded grants for the improvement of science and mathematics education for his district. Tim has lead and implemented a number of district and school initiatives, including implementation of Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, and modeled life-long learning as a participant in the Math and Science Leadership Networks as well as and a number of other professional learning communities. Tim served as a Kentucky State Hope Street Fellow for the 2015-16 school year. He received his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Rank I at Northern Kentucky University.

Instructional Practice
Student Engagement
Professional Growth

Degrees and Certifications
B.A. Elementary and Special Education, Northern Kentucky University
M.A. Special Education, Northern Kentucky University
Rank I Educational Leadership with math/science content emphasis, Northern Kentucky University
Elementary Education, 1-8
Learning and Behavior Disorders, K-12
Elementary Consultant Certification
Special Education Consultant Certification

Susan Stringer (Math)

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Susan is certified 9-12 in mathematics and psychology with a master’s degree in mathematics education and a rank 1 in mathematics education with a math consultant certification. She has 21 years of teaching experience, both at the high school level and the college level. Susan currently teaches at Casey County High School in Liberty, KY where she is the mathematics department chair, dual-credit coordinator, and part-time math curriculum coach. Susan is also an adjunct professor of mathematics at Campbellsville University.


Content training
Teacher pedagogy
Instructional practices

Patti Works (Science)

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Patti joined the Regional Teacher Partner team with 31 years of teaching experience in Iowa and Kentucky (Fayette County Public Schools and Paris Independent Schools.) Patti has worked as an elementary classroom teacher in multiple grade levels, and specialized in science instruction as an elementary science lab teacher for 18 years. She retired in 2014, and works as an elementary science consultant. During her years in Fayette County, Patti worked with teachers at the district level on a three year FOCUS Grant (Facilitating Operational Communities for Understanding in Science), and has been a participant in the State Science Leadership Network the past four years. She was a co-leader of the Fayette County Science Leadership Network, which organized and lead Professional Learning Communities and teacher training in science content and instructional design, involving teachers from 35 elementary schools in FCPS. After being a member of the NGSS Lead States Development Team, Patti was a team leader for Fayette County’s Design and Development Team, building pacing guides and instructional objectives for NGSS instruction.


Elementary Science Instruction
Curriculum Design
Instructional Practices and Pedagogy

Degrees and Certifications

BS in Child Development, Iowa State University
MA in Elementary Education, Georgetown College
Rank 1 certification in Elementary Education, Writing in Science Emphasis, Kentucky Department of Education, Continuing Education Option
Certified to teach Grades K-8

Awards and Associations

Kentucky Elementary Science Teacher of the Year, KSTA, 2006
Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for 2012
ABC Award (Above and Beyond the Curriculum), Cassidy School, 2014
Kentucky Science Teachers Association, National Science Teachers Association
Society of Elementary Presidential Awardees