Linda Bello's fourth-graders at Oak Lawn School in Cranston see, hear, feel, and even teach mathematics and science. Her students experience graph theory by walking on graphs drawn on ten-by-twelve-foot tarps. They create origami models of the five Platonic solids, and build circuits, switches and circuit breakers to explore concepts of electricity. She further reinforces her students' understanding of math by having them teach mathematical concepts to kindergarten students. A math mentor for the Cranston Public Schools and a member of Oak Lawn's School Improvement Team, Mrs. Bello has developed teacher workshops on discrete math at Rutgers University and served as a content expert for several textbook and test publishers.
1975 University of Rhode Island, B.A.