Joanne LaFramenta is a retired middle school mathematics teacher with a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Chicago. She taught in public schools for more than thirty years in elementary, middle, and high school, as well as in community college and university levels. Her career as a teacher of middle school mathematics began in 1985, in California as the state began an ambitious program of reform, an effort to improve both mathematics teaching and learning. She is a National Board Certified Teacher of Early Adolescence/Mathematics. She graduated from the University of Florida in the summer of 2011, with a degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction, emphasis in mathematics education. She now serves as a research associate and adjunct instructor at the University of Florida.