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MathScience Innovation Center Gets New Director

A nationally recognized math trainer, educational researcher and curriculum developer, Dr. Hollee Freeman, is the new Executive Director of the MathScience Innovation Center. She succeeds Dr. Julia H. Cothron, who retired this spring after leading the Center for twenty two years. Dr. Freeman brings an exciting mix of talents, education and experience to the Richmond-based Center. Its mission is “to be the innovator, incubator and advocate of 21st Century math and science programs for the Capital Region’s K-12 educators and students.”

Dr. Freeman’s reputation and experience is national but her roots are right here. She’s not only a product of both Richmond and Henrico County public schools, and an alumna of the City’s Open High School, but she also attended the MathScience Innovation Center as a student as well. For the past 10 years, she has been Field Director of the Boston Teacher Residency while working as a professor at Lesley University.

Dr. Freeman earned her bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in psychology and elementary education. She went on to receive an MS in special education from Bank Street College of Education and a Ph.D in educational administration from Boston College.

The author of several articles and book chapters on issues such as educational reform and equity, Dr. Freeman has most recently worked locally as a Teacher Incentive Fund mentor for Richmond Public Schools and an educational consultant for the Noyce Institute through VCU’s Science Department.

Clearly science matters to Dr. Freeman and the MathScience Innovation Center. Their contributions to Richmond’s growing science scene promise to be lively and productive.

Article by Dougald Blue, Contributing Writer

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