February 25, 2012
An Interview with Charmaine Mangram
Charmaine Mangram is a doctoral student in the School of Education. Originally from the neighborhood of Watts, in Los Angeles, she did her undergraduate work at Williams College, where she majored in Mathematics Education. Upon graduating, she was selected to be a Teach For America corps member and taught high-school math in Mercedes, Texas. A year later, she returned to Southeast L.A. to work at Locke High School as both an instructor of Algebra and AP Calculus as well as a Guiding Teacher. After three years with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), she began working at Ànimo Inglewood Charter High – a school operated by the Green Dot network of public charters. While continuing to teach math in Inglewood, she also served as a Mentor Teacher and completed a master’s degree in Education at Mount St. Mary’s College. Later, while studying to clear her Teaching Credential, she returned to LAUSD in a more advisory role. Under the direction of the Urban Education Partnership, she worked as a Math Literacy Coach, first at Samuel Gompers Middle School, in Southeast L.A., and then at the King Drew Medical Magnet High School. In addition to doing this work for the city, she founded the Parents’ Academic Support Network – a nonprofit seeking to empower parents and students by providing them an inside look at the Los Angeles school system. Here at Stanford, her research focuses on the often-overlooked areas of Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education. She talks to us about teaching, learning, and innovating in our nation’s public schools.