Telannia Norfar, Champion of Equity

Telannia Norfar, Champion of Equity

From the August/September 2021 issue of Equity & Access Pre K-12

Telannia Norfar is a Black educator who works tirelessly on behalf of her students and has worked to expand access to AP and higher levels of math for Black and Brown students. She currently teaches high school math in Oklahoma City and serves as the math department chair. She is innovative in her approach to curriculum and is a proponent of project-based learning.

“The work of equity is complex, challenging and humbling. It is not about just everyone having access or everyone getting what they need. It is about everyone being empowered to be the best version of themselves.”

Telannia is a member of PBLWorks’ National Faculty and has been recognized as Teacher of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and earned the 2017 & 2020 Oklahoma Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

She is also co-author of Project-Based Learning in the Math Classroom by Prufrock Press. One of her math projects, “The Finance Project” is featured on PBLWorks’ web site as an example of Gold Standard PBL.

Video: youtu.be/JMNwh-hWWzQ
Bio: pblworks.org/author/telannia-norfar


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