IMSI is the brainchild of Shauna Hedgepeth and Joel Bezaire, two middle school teachers with over 40 years of classroom teaching experience combined.

Shauna Hedgepeth

Shauna Hedgepeth (or “Hedge”) teaches 8th Grade math and 7th Grade science at Purvis Middle School and is a visiting faculty member at Mount Holyoke College where she teaches a course for K-8 teachers on modeling with data. Her previous work includes teaching AP Statistics and serving as a K-12 math curriculum specialist for her district.

Joel Bezaire

Joel Bezaire teaches 8th Grade math/Algebra 1 at the University School of Nashville, where he has taught since 2002. He was a Cohort 4 Desmos Fellow and Certified Presenter, has been a two-time national semi-finalist for the Museum of Math’s Rosenthal Prize, and was the inaugural winner of USN’s Bovender Family Faculty Chair for “modeling the best in innovative teaching practices and thorough involvement in the life of the school”. Joel serves on the Board of Directors for The Educators’ Cooperative in Nashville, TN.

Be sure to read an IMSI welcome post from Hedge and Joel, and also read about why we think this material is important for all Middle School math teachers to consider in their practices.

We would love to come to your school, district, or conference and give a presentation or professional development. Let us talk to your teachers about making “skeptical statisticians” with interactive investigations. Contact us for rates, dates, a customized plan for your population of teachers, and more! In-person or virtual sessions available.

IMSI Past Presentations

2023 VCTM Conference, Fairfax, VA

2022 NCTM Regional, Baltimore, MD

2022 NCTM Regional, New Orleans, LA

2020 OAME (Virtual), Ontario, Canada

2019 OAME, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

2018 Twitter Math Camp, Cleveland OH

2018 NCTM Regional, Kansas City, MO

2017 NCTM Regional, Orlando, FL

2017 Twitter Math Camp, Atlanta, GA



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