Associate Dean for Assessment and PreK-12 Education, Texas A&M University
Jane Schielack discovered her love of mathematics in elementary school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and it continued through high school in Houston, Texas. She received her BS in Education from Texas A&M University in 1975, with certification in Mathematics and English, Grades 1-12. After teaching third grade in Victoria, Texas, Janie earned an MA in Mathematics Education from the University of Texas at Austin in 1979 and became the elementary mathematics consultant at the Texas Education Agency. In 1982, she returned to Texas A&M University and received her Ph.D. in Mathematics Education in 1988 while working as a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics teaching the mathematics courses for elementary and secondary education majors.
Now a Professor in Mathematics and Education at Texas A&M University, Janie has continued her involvement at the state level by working with the Texas Education Agency in developing and revising the state-mandated curriculum in mathematics; making presentations at the state mathematics conference for teachers; and writing and presenting a variety of professional development institutes for in-service teachers.
At the national level, she has authored articles, books, and textbooks focusing on helping children understand mathematics. She has served as the Academic Advisor as well as a writer on several national professional development institutes for elementary and middle school mathematics teachers. Her work with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics includes participating on the writing team for the Professional Standards for Teaching Mathematics, co-editing the Empowering the Beginning Teacher of Mathematics: Elementary School, chairing the writing group for Curriculum Focal Points for Prekindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics: A Quest for Coherence, and editing the Focus in Mathematics series for Grades 3-8.