Rachael Burke earned her BA in Childhood and Special Education from Canisius College in 2008. An Early Childhood extension and a Masters in Literacy was awarded from Canisius in 2009. As of June 2019 she has been teaching for 9 years, and has taught special education in an inclusive setting across grade levels. This fall she took on a new role as a building Math AIS provider at Union East Elementary in the Cheektowaga Central School District. Mrs. Burke is the AIS team leader and the Student Support Team co-leader within her building. She holds regular meetings with teachers and staff members to discuss meeting the needs of all students. Rachael is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and has presented at their conferences in Washington, D.C. in April of 2018 and in San Diego, California in April 2019. Rachael shares the idea of building a conceptual understanding of mathematics with teachers and students alike. She is passionate about making mathematics accessible and engaging for all levels of learners. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Burke is most looking forward to learning new practices that can be implemented into her teaching. She plans to be a part of the Mathematical Investigations PLT this year, and will continue working with the Buffalo Math Collaborative to incorporate classroom number routines. In her spare time, Rachael enjoys spending time with her family and friends, following Buffalo sports teams and traveling.