27 years of teaching have proven these concepts to be true. Before teaching at Jenks Public Schools in Oklahoma my experience started by teaching kindergarten, fifth grade and special education.   The career at Jenks began twenty-four years ago watching young minds develop.  In 1998, the opportunity was given me to become a Title I Math Specialist.  

In April of 2011, after receiving the Oklahoma Mathematics Teacher of the Year (Elementary) from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) improved techniques, as shown in this website, revealed themselves.

Presentations were made at the National Title I Conference 2012 and 2016, Oklahoma Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conferences 2012, 2013, and 2015.  Writings have been published in Best Practices, 4E and Comprehending Problem Solving.There is excitement, creativity, and curiosity in each child. Your child can be actively engaged in many stimulating lessons and activities to build and deepen their conceptual understanding of mathematics.

Susan Hildebrand

WE BELIEVE that all children:


  • Have the power to learn

  • Are curious & creative

  • Can succeed

Children who develop a solid understanding of small numbers are able to grow into an understanding of larger numbers.  A child that is able to decompose and then compose the number five is then able to use the same process to decompose and compose ten, then twenty, fifty, one hundred, one thousand and so on.

Students develop a deeper conceptual learning when given the opportunity to learn through projects (investigations) when they can:  use literature, solve open-ended problems, participate in group discussions, experience hands-on exploration, and build representations.

When children are given time to think, time to exchange ideas, time to show proof or to prove their thinking, and time to write about their thinking students will have a greater understanding of numbers.  Then students develop a flexibility of thinking that allows them to understand connections between mathematical ideas.  With the right opportunity students will become a collaborative community of mathematical thinkers engaged in inquiry.