Teacher Training Our Trainers

Moving Through Math trainers bring energy, depth of knowledge, and decades of experience to each workshop. We are veteran teachers, teaching artists, and coaches ready to engage educators through our passion for creative teaching.



Cheryl Mertz

Curriculum and Instruction Coach  |  Arizona Public Schools

Cheryl Mertz shares 29 years of experience as a Curriculum and Instruction Coach, a Gifted Cluster Coach, and an Arts Integration Coach in Arizona Public Schools. Arts-Integrated teaching is Cheryl’s true passion -- she is committed to sharing how the arts support meaningful learning through engaging students intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically. Cheryl writes Arts-Integrated curriculum and creates Arts-Integration professional development programs for Embody Learning, an Arts-Integration group based in Arizona. Cheryl was recently awarded an ASCD Teacher Impact Grant to develop a high-impact Professional Development model for coaching educators to use Arts-Integrated teaching strategies. Cheryl Mertz holds a BS in education from Black Hills State University and a Master’s in Education from Northern Arizona University.


Sherice Hetrick-Ortman

Director of Gifted and Talented Instruction and the International Baccalaureate Program   |  Waterloo, Iowa School District

Sherice Hetrick-Ortman is the Director of Gifted and Talented Instruction and the International Baccalaureate Program for the Waterloo, Iowa School District. Throughout her twenty years as an educator, Sherice has developed curricula to expand constructivist teaching approaches and differentiated instruction throughout her district. Ms. Ortman was trained in constructivist education by Dr. Rheta Devries, and mentored by Marcia Daft in arts-integrated teaching. Drawing on her experiences as a “theater kid,” she has acted as the District Model-Teacher and Trainer for arts integration for the past 10 years. Mrs. Ortman holds a BA in elementary education and TESOL endorsement from the University of Northern Iowa, a Talented and Gifted endorsement from the University of Iowa, a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Northern Iowa, and a 2nd masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Iowa.


Lorena Cervantes

National Workshop Leader  |  The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Lorena Cervantes is a national workshop leader for The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She brings over a decade of experience as the Arts-Integration dance teacher at Bailey’s Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences. And Lorena worked for over fifteen years as a Master Artist for the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts where she led residencies and professional development workshops throughout the United States and abroad. Ms. Cervantes was the 2017 recipient of the Hispanic Teacher of the Year award and the 2018 recipient of the Hispanic Heritage Month Proclamation for Fairfax County Public Schools. Lorena was born and raised in Costa Rica where she began her professional career as a dancer. She rose to be a Professor of Dance at the National University of Costa Rica and the director of the National Dance Company. She holds an MFA in dance from George Washington University.


Valerie Bayne Carroll

Master Artist, Teacher  |  Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts

Valerie Bayne Carroll has been integrating music and drama with early childhood learning for over 25 years. She is a Master Artist with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts and has also taught at the Sitar Arts Center, InterAct Story Theatre, Imagination Stage, Round House Theatre, and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Valerie leads professional development for early childhood educators and training programs for teaching artists across the U.S. She also conducts classroom residencies, parent-child classes, and teacher coaching. Valerie collaborated with Lucy School founder and director Dr. Victoria Brown to create “Sing and Sign,” an infant/toddler music program incorporating American Sign Language. Valerie has a BFA in Theater from Boston University.


About Moving Through Math

What is Moving through Math?

The 5 Pillars of Moving Through Math integrate 5 different art forms with the study of mathematics.

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