Administrator Testimonials

“The high school teachers were trained collaboratively with teachers from our [feeder] middle schools and the response has been phenomenal. The GEMDAS® strategies have been helpful to our students in learning and mastering the skills and concepts needed for success in Algebra…”

— Nick Salerno, Superintendent
El Monte Union High School District, CA


“Your investment of time and energy is a gift that truly changes students’ lives. There are a lot of programs out there that don’t make a difference. Your trainings change teacher practice…. It’s not a gimmick, so kids are learning in a way that makes sense and is supported by research. Additionally, your work on positive expectations changes teacher/student/parent interaction and creates ‘positive contagion’ in the change process of a school (Fullan).”

— Nina Drammissi, Vice Principal
Lakeside Union School District, CA


“I’ve seen a very positive influence of GEMDAS® on our teaching staff. When I observe the classrooms, I’ve noticed the teachers are much more positive. The teachers absolutely love the program. And the students love the strategies! Just the other day, I walked by a group of students and when I mentioned GEMDAS®, they shouted, ‘Go Expect Much Daily Algebra Success!®’”

“It’s one of the greatest staff development programs we’ve had for mathematics…and that comes directly from teachers that have been teaching for a long time. You hear kids chanting and…screaming about Algebra! It makes it very exciting teaching math here at Lakeside Middle School.”

“After one year of implementing GEMDAS® in our math classes, our Algebra CST scores went up even more than I expected! GEMDAS® has truly enhanced Algebra instruction at our school site.”

— Steve Mull, Principal
Lakeside Union School District, CA


“Lora provides staff development of the highest quality! Teachers actively participate in the GEMDAS® training and return to their classrooms eager to try the new strategies they have learned. Immediately upon entering the classroom of a GEMDAS® trained teacher it is apparent that students are meaningfully engaged in acquiring a deeper understanding of the math concepts being taught. Students experience greater success and respond with confidence!”

— Monica Daley, Principal
Long Beach Unified School District, CA


“GEMDAS® Algebra Success® for All offers teachers a magnitude of active participation strategies. Over 90% of the teachers who participated in GEMDAS® Algebra Success® Training gave the program high ratings. These strategies are helping our students to successfully master Algebra 1 concepts.”

— Frank Gutierrez, Program Administrator, GEAR UP
Long Beach Unified School District, CA


“The training was really exciting! …So many students come to class and say ‘I hate math.’ …It’s always a challenge to get them to believe that they can do it. To see there is positivity going on and seeing our teachers implementing those strategies, our students are going to be really successful in math!

— Edward Samuels, Middle School Math Advisor
Long Beach Unified School District, CA


“The GEMDAS® Algebra Success® system is a wonderful alternative to showing students how fun math really is!”

— Marcelo F. Vazquez, Ed.D., Director, GEAR UP
California State University, Los Angeles


“Both teacher and student response…has been very positive. The sixth grade teachers are finding their students have an increased desire to engage in mathematics. [The techniques] are helping their students remember difficult skills. The continuity of both the visual cues (posters…) and instructional strategies is evident when I walk through classrooms at each grade level. GEMDAS® has quickly become an important method for delivering mathematics instruction at our school.”

— Lynn Bulgin, Principal,
Valle Lindo School District, California


“The training was really exciting! …So many students come to class and say ‘I hate math.’ …It’s always a challenge to get them to believe that they can do it. To see there is positivity going on and seeing our teachers implementing those strategies, our students are going to be really successful in math!”

— Edward Samuels, Middle School Math Advisor,
Long Beach Unified School District, California


“I like the positivity of your training, that this is for ALL students and ALL students can have success in Algebra!”

— Yvonne Carlton, Middle School Math Coach,
Long Beach Unified School District


“The Prentice School is a non-public school that educates students with specific language differences… [With the GEMDAS® techniques] our math teachers have been able to teach abstract concepts using concrete methods.  As a result, our students learn and retain information more easily.  It is rare to see a teacher in-service that actually changes teaching – this one did.

— Karen Lerner, Junior High Principal,
The Prentice School, California (for students with special learning needs)


“The teachers really loved the training.  They have been asking me when Lora is coming back for Day 3.  If she can motivate high school teachers, you know she’s good!”

— Adelina Alaniz, District Math Coordinator,
Mission Consolidated Independent School District, Texas


GEMDAS® works for today’s inner-city students and parents! It’s the way they need to be taught to compete in this challenging economy.

— John H. Wilson III, Education & Enrichment Ministry Director, West Angeles Church, California