Background

Brandon is currently a mathematics and computer science teacher in the Hudson Valley region of NY, as well as an adjunct in the Department of Computer Science and Department of Mathematics at The College of Saint Rose. In the fall, he plans on beginning work towards his doctoral degree at Teachers College, Columbia University in mathematics education.

Brandon graduated with a Master of Science in Education degree from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, specializing in Higher Education Leadership and Administration. Prior to this, Brandon graduated in December 2012 with his Master of Science in Teaching and Curriculum with Emphasis in Mathematics Education at Syracuse University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary Mathematics Education at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY in May 2011. Brandon graduated as salutatorian of his class from Broadalbin-Perth High School in June 2008. Brandon's specialty is Mathematics, although one of his favorite hobbies is computer science. He has had a passion for learning and educating since he was a young child and abides by the educational philosophy that constructivist and constructionist practices are the 21st century way to educate youth. Brandon is a member of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State (AMTNYS), the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), American Mathematical Society (AMS), and the New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education (NYSCATE).

While enrolled at Syracuse University, Brandon joined the Graduate Student Organization (GSO) as a University Senator. He served on the Computing Services committee of the University Senate, and chaired the committee during the Fall 2012 semester. He was the Northeast Regional Chair for the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students from November 2011-October 2012 and is currently the Vice President of NAGPS.

One of Brandon's strongest beliefs is that education needs to evolve over time. Society continues to change; therefore, education must change accordingly to best prepare students for the future. To accomplish this, teachers need to integrate theory into their practice. Stemming from work done in Curriculum and Instruction at The College of Saint Rose, Brandon feels that although a positivist framework is what drives much of mathematics education in today's classrooms, we should be making changes to this and developing pedagogical practices informed by a constructivist epistemology.

One of Brandon's most recent projects was authoring a book to be titled Scratch Cookbook by PACKT Publishing, published in July 2013.