My name is Joanne and I am excited and inspired by the ways in which I discovered mathematics during my career as a high school teacher.


Through different projects such as, Colors of Algebra, Stop.Think.Decide, or a chat with Li Ping Ma about math instruction, I became energized by conceptual representations of mathematics.

Most likely like you, I spent long hours in a big library studying for exams only to find that I didn't know what I didn't know.  In other words, I had not interacted with the concepts nor had I developed conceptual understanding.  

My interactions were limited to the professor's lectures, my interpretation of the book's lessons, and example solutions.  

About the same time, I learned that mathematics was acting as a gatekeeper to college and success for many individuals, especially marginalized students underserved by their school offerings and educational histories.  

And so it began…                                                     da Math for short!


Professional Summary

Joanne C. da Luz, An Accomplished Teacher and Educational Leader

UCSD, Stanford, Mills

Teacher, Founder, Leader

NBPTS, Carnegie, Fulbright

Resume Highlights


Mills College, Oakland, CA    Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business   M.B.A. 2013   

Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA      Master of Arts, Education      1995      

University of California at San Diego,   San Diego, CA,    Bachelor of Arts     1993                   


Life Learning Academy, San Francisco, CA  Public Charter High School for At-Risk Youth    Academic Director     2007 – 2012          Founding Member & Math Chair      1998 – 2007

Teacher Education Program, Stanford University     Master In Education Program                 Co-Instructor - 2009


AAUW, Member and volunteer; recipient AAUW Career Development Grant, 2012

CA State Nominee, Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2011

Certified Teacher of Entrepreneurship, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, 2009

Grant Recipient, Stop. Think. Decide. Geometry and Mosaic Project, Michael Jordan Fundamentals, 2008

Fulbright Scholar: Brazil Principal’s Seminar, July 2006 

Contributing Editor, Algebra Connections, College Preparatory Mathematics, 2006

Recipient ING Unsung Hero Award, 2005

Certification National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Adolescent & Young Adults:  Mathematics, 2003

CASTL Scholar  (Carnegie Academy Advancement of Scholarly Teaching & Learning), 2003-2004

Recipient, Murdoch Center for Teachers Innovative Teaching Award, 2003