Dr. Janice E. Cook

Personal

Prefix: Dr.
First Name: Janice
Middle Name: E.
Last Name: Cook

Education

Graduation Year: 1973

Summary

As a mathematics educator, Dr. Cook received recognition by the National Faculty of the Delta Teachers Academy for the seven-state region of the Mississippi Delta

Biography

Birthplace:  New Orleans

Dr. Cook earned the B.S. degree in Mathematics with a minor in Physics from Southern University, New Orleans (1968). For her studies toward the masters degree in Mathematics at Loyola University in New Orleans (1973), she received a full scholarship from the National Science Foundation.

The daughter of Florence L. Cook and the late Henry Cook, Dr. Cook describes her mother as the most dynamic, inspirational, and heroic figure in her life. "My mother started her college education as a "non-traditional" freshman at the age of 45, the single parent of seven adolescent children. Although day-to-day life was tough for her and our family at times, she managed to provide a loving, supportive environment for me, my sister, and five brothers. She encouraged each of us to persist in every endeavor, with passion and purpose, to make our dream a reality. Today she remains steadfast in her belief that a solid education is the portal to success for every aspect of life and, as an elementary teacher (retired) for New Orleans Public Schools, she instilled this belief in her students.

After completing her studies for the bachelor and masters degrees, Dr. Cook began a professional career in the corporate arena with top firms such as IBM Corporation, Shell Oil Company, South Central Bell Telephone Company, and AT&T Corporation. She has held employment as a geophysical analyst, computer systems analyst, and telecommunications engineer. However, she came to realize that her true calling was in the field of education and launched her career in mathematics education as a teacher at the middle and high school levels.

As a mathematics educator, Dr. Cook received recognition by the National Faculty of the Delta Teachers Academy for the seven-state region of the Mississippi Delta (Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee). As a member of the Academy's original Cadre of Master Mathematics Teachers for the New Orleans Public Schools Systemic Initiative, she designed and administered training modules for K-12 teachers using National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards-based curricula. In 1994, she received the Louisiana Governor's Fellow award, sponsored by the AT&T Teachers Teaching with Technology Institute, from Governor Edwin W. Edwards. This award facilitated research at AT&T Bell Laboratories in collaboration with physicists, engineers, scientists and Arno Penzias, Noble Laureate in Physics (1978), to develop innovative strategies and models of instruction that invoke principles of science to teach mathematics concepts, infuse technology into teaching mathematics, and multimedia voice, audiovisual, and data components for distance learning. As the principal consultant for the Benjamin Banneker Mathematics Project, a three-year National Science Foundation funded collaborative partnership for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Omaha Public Schools, Dr. Cook designed modules and instructional materials specifically designed to increase minority and at-risk student achievement and their enrollment in advanced high-school mathematics courses. Her tenure on the advisory panel for Educational Testing Service (ETS) involved the realignment of the PRAXIS National Teacher Certification examinations for mathematics.

Instructional models for teaching mathematics through science; concrete, hands-on methods that increase learners' comprehension of mathematics concepts; models for integrating technology in mathematics instruction and assessment.

Flournoy, B. E., Cook-Bax, J. E., & Harris, L. (2001). The Science-Mathematics Connection: Using Technology in an Interdisciplinary Module, The Science Teacher, 68(6), pp. 64-66.

Cook, J. E. (2001). Kinesthetic Mathematics: Hands-on Instruction for Alleviating Math Anxiety for All Learners. Published proceedings of the Thirty-first Annual Meeting International Society for Educational Planning (ISEP): Planning Education for Success of All. Atlanta, Georgia.