Generosa Leach is a mathematics mentor at Massey University, New Zealand. Currently, she works in a wide range of diverse schools across New Zealand developing teachers’ mathematics pedagogy. Generosa began her journey in developing mathematical inquiry communities (DMIC) in 2008 in her own classroom. During this time, she also provided professional development and learning opportunities to teachers and facilitators in her role as a classroom teacher and leader of mathematics. She is currently undertaking study towards a PhD – her research focuses on student positioning and status.
Generosa’s key areas of expertise in her role as a mathematics mentor includes:
- Providing professional leadership in developing mathematical inquiry communities across and within schools.
- Providing mentoring (coaching or facilitating) to individual teachers in classrooms to support their growth of pedagogical practices including culturally responsive teaching, inquiry mathematics teaching and teaching as inquiry.
- Leading professional development workshops with teachers and school leaders.
- Leading parent workshops.
- Providing support in writing culturally relevant mathematical tasks that focus on mathematical big ideas.
Generosa's research interests include: mathematical inquiry classrooms; culturally responsive pedagogy; equity and social justice - equitable outcomes for diverse learners; and mentoring of mathematics teachers.