Who We Are

Since the early 1990's, Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks has grown from a handful of authors and teachers to a whole team of consultants and presenters. All of them (and all of us!) share an enthusiasm for teaching, years of experience and a love for games. Maybe you've met us already, or maybe you haven't, but we're proud of who we work with and what we've all accomplished!

Check out our calendar to find out if one of us will be in your area, or book us for a workshop!

Jane Felling Edmonton, Alberta

M.Ed - Educational Leadership, University of Portland
B.Ed - Elementary Education, University of Alberta
BPE - Elementary Physical Education / Social Studies, University of Manitoba

Jane Felling is co-author of the award winning Box Cars and One Eyed Jacks series and has been a leader in the area of games as a teaching strategy for over 25 years. She has been a featured speaker at the National ASCD and NCTM conferences as well as the ASCD Summer Conference on Teacher Excellence, hundreds of provincial and state conferences and has worked with thousands of teachers and students during her consulting career. Her research for her masters was in the area of game instruction theory and she has taught K-8 and special education as part of her contracts. She has helped implement several school-wide adoptions of the Box Cars resources and is passionate about helping teachers with brain compatible instructional strategies. Jane is known for her high energy presentation style and her engaging, informative, practical workshops.

John Felling Edmonton, Alberta

MA - Educational Leadership, San Diego State University
EdCert - Elementary Education, University of Manitoba
BPE - Elementary Physical Education / Exercise Physiology, University of Manitoba

John Felling has been an educator and educational leader for the past 35 years. He is also a published author and consultant providing insight and expertise in the areas of Math, English Language Arts, Physical Education, Teaching and School Administration. He has presented throughout North America at many of the National conferences for the ASCD (including the ASCD Summer Conference on Teaching Excellence) and NCTM as well as many state and provincial teaching conferences. He still finds time to teach in classrooms a few days each month, staying current with the challenges facing students, teachers and administrators. John's presentations provide insights and strategies to promote brain compatible learning along with a healthy dose of humour, helping participants to remember and apply what they learn.

Joanne Currah Edmonton, Alberta

Joanne graduated from the University of Alberta in 1982 with a Special Education/English degree. She taught first grade and was the lead teacher of a primary learning center program for almost ten years.

She is the co-author of a study skills program written and published by the Leduc Catholic School Board and implemented across Alberta.

Joanne is also the co-author of the Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks series of Math and Literacy Games Books as well as two recent Math Domino Games Books for Elementary grades published in January 2011.

Joanne has spoken at many international math and reading conferences for the past 20 years including: regional and annual N.C.T.M.s, National Middle School, California Math Council, Raising Student Achievement, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Special Education conferences, Learning Disabilities, Northwest Math Conference, California Kindergarten Conference as well as numerous others.

Joanne currently lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband and three of her four children who are all attending university.

Allison P. Riddle Centerville, Utah

2014 Utah Teacher of the Year

Allison Riddle has been an elementary educator in Northern Utah for the past 27 years (one year as a full time mentor). She is now the Elementary Mentor Supervisor for Davis School District in charge of the Level 1 Teachers for the district. Allison organizes the New Teacher Orientation workshops and monthly Level 1 Support Groups. In addition, she oversees and trains 7 district Mentor Leaders and 60+ elementary school site mentors on best practices in mentoring and coaching. She coordinates with the local university preservice programs to place student teachers in classrooms each semesters. Allison visits level 1 teachers as often as she can to co-teach their class with them and to sometimes provide model lessons.

Allison is a recipient of the 2015 California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence and the 2015 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence. She recently returned from Peru as part of the NEA Foundation Global Fellowship where she studied schools in rural areas. Allison is an Evaluation Lead for the Davis Education Association and an active lobbyist for the Utah Education Association. She has been an independent consultant for Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks (Edmonton, AB) for the past ten years. Allison conducts K-9th grade mathematics workshops and family math nights for schools, districts, community centers and universities across the country. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and has presented at many regional and national NCTM conferences. Allison is a member of the University of Phoenix SLC campus Advisory Committee, and she is currently researching Teacher Leadership with Weber State University.

Allison is the 2014 Utah Teacher of the Year, and she currently represents Utah’s teachers as a member of Governor Herbert’s Excellence Education Commission and the USOE Professional Learning Committee. Allison has been a full time mentor for her district, and she created a mentor program at her school which has been highlighted on the Teach to Lead web site. In addition to many traditional provisional educators, Allison has mentored teachers in Utah’s French, Spanish and Chinese Dual Immersion schools as well as Korean and German student teaching programs.

Utah State University student teaching supervisor, and was named USU Cooperating Teacher of the Year in 2011.

Carrie Brockway South Beloit, Illinois

Carrie Brockway decided on her first day of Kindergarten that she wanted to become a teacher and her enthusiasm for teaching has never waned. In the fall of 2016, Carrie's school at which she's been the principal for over 5 years (Pecatonica Elementary School) was recognized nationally as a Blue Ribbon School for the United States. An accomplishment Carrie and her staff can be very proud of. In addition, Carrie was honored by the Golden Apple Foundation in 2006 as the youngest recipient of the Golden Apple Teacher award for her excellence as a third grade teacher in Illinois.

During her career as a classroom teacher, Carrie fell in love with Box Cars materials and used them daily in her classroom. She holds a Master's degree in Reading from Rockford College, where she has been an adjunct professor in the education department for nearly 6 years, teaching reading foundation coursework for graduate students and undergraduates alike. Carrie holds an additional Master's degree in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University. She has been an elementary principal for a rural K-12 Unit District in Illinois for the last 5 years, where her building offers a differentiated, hands-on approach to literacy and mathematics education.

Julie Armstrong Richardson, Texas

M.Ed Educational Administration, Texas A&M Commerce
BS Early Childhood, Texas Tech University

Julie Armstrong is a third generation educator currently serving in Richardson ISD. She serves Spring Valley Elementary (K-6th) and Dobie Primary (Prek-K) as a math coach. Julie taught 2nd grade at Forestridge Elementary in RISD and 4th grade in Quinlan ISD. She has enjoyed consulting for Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks since 2011. Julie has presented numerous teacher workshops and Family Math Nights across the nation. She has presented and been part of the presentation team at various conferences including; the Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching (CAMT-TX), Kindergarten Teachers of Texas (KToT), Southern California Kindergarten Conference (SCKC), North Dakota Title I/Special Education Conference, and the Florida Association for the Education of Young Children (FLAEYC).

Her passion for Box Cars stems from the incredible versatility of the games with such basic manipulatives. Teachers are able to immediately integrate their games into the district curriculum with little preparation and management. It's a fun and simple way to foster number sense and mathematic maturity in the classroom that students love!

Julie resides in Richardson, Texas with her husband, Joseph, and boy/girl twins, Harbin and Palmer.

Julie Knudsen Fort Worth, Texas

Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education
Master of Education, Educational Administration

Julie fell in love with the Box Cars and One Eyed Jacks philosophy while attending an NCTM Regional Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. She soon had the opportunity to learn more from Box Cars and began to implement the games into her daily classroom practices. Most of all, Julie loves the enthusiasm the Box Cars games bring to mathematics and the lasting impact they make on students' learning. When offered the chance to join the team as a consultant, Julie jumped on board! She has been consulting for Box Cars since 2011 and continues to feel the same passion for the curriculum support she felt when she was first introduced to the games.

As a consultant, Julie has led numerous teacher workshops and Family Math Nights across several states. She has also exhibited model lessons in the classroom and has been a part of the presentation team at various conferences, including the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Conference and Exhibition, the Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching, the National AfterSchool Association Convention and the Magnet Schools of America National Conference.

Julie is based out of Fort Worth, Texas, where she graduated from Texas Christian University and began teaching in 2004. She taught 2nd and 3rd grade for Fort Worth Independent School District before accepting the role of Math Coach for her campus. While in Fort Worth ISD, Julie received the honor of Campus Teacher of the Year in 2010 and was also a Finalist for the Lockheed Martin Chair for Teaching Excellence in Elementary Mathematics. She currently serves on the Board of Visitors for the College of Education at Texas Christian University. Julie teaches 5th grade math at Trinity Valley School and is the Middle School Math Coordinator on her campus.

Julie lives in Fort Worth with her husband and their one year old son.

Stephanie Garcia Foristell, Missouri

BS, Elementary Education, Minor: Mathematics
Career CPC Elementary Education
Career CPC Middle School Math 5th-9th
Career CPC High School Math 7th-12th- Preparing for certification

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico and is certified to teach elementary grades in both Missouri and Texas. She has taught science and mathematics to inner city children in the Walnut Park area of St. Louis, Missouri. She is currently a middle school teacher Francis Howell School District near St. Louis.

Stephanie's responsibilities in her schools and districts have been numerous: including Title 1 Math tutors, the AIMS Web and Reasoning Mind programs, the Confluence Academy District's Curriculum Writing Team for Science, the Mentor/Mentee Program for new teachers, and, of course, a group of students with unique academic needs, learning abilities and behavioral challenges. To meet these responsibilities Stephanie uses hands-on activities and other resources to give her students the motivation, opportunity and desire to hold themselves accountable for their learning. Recognizing her committment and skill, Confluence Academy Walnut Park named her their Most Professional teacher in 2009-2010 and their Most Dedicated in 2010-2011.

She has taught "At Risk" Kindergarten students, as well as students classified as ESL, OHI (ADD, ADHD), LD (formerly known as MR) and OCD.

For Box Cars, Stephanie's workshops link our games-based approach to learning with her exceptionally diverse teaching experiences. No matter what unique challenges your classroom presents, Stephanie will help you meet them.

Nancy McGuire-Paulson San Marcos, California

Nancy has presented extensively at National and Regional NCTM and state Mathematics conferences as well as the Texas and California Gifted conferences, focusing on using games as a teaching strategy for problem solving and developing fact fluency. Because she loves teaching math she acquired her single subject foundational credential for teaching mathematics and taught Pre-Algebra and Algebra for 9 years at middle school. In May of 2012 Nancy completed her Masters of Arts Degree with an emphasis in K-8 Mathematics Education at San Diego State University. She has taught in a variety of settings and continues to work with a high percentage of English Language Learners as well as gifted students, teaching grades 4-8.

Tarynne Angell Leduc, Alberta

Tarynne began teaching in Alberta in 2001 after graduating from the University of Alberta. In 2008 she completed a Masters in Education from the University of Portland. Though her specialty areas are in Social Studies and Special Education, her experience ranges from grade 1 to grade 12. After a recent return from a maternity leave, Tarynne is teaching grade 2 in north central Alberta.

Tarynne’s excitement for Box Cars and One Eyed Jacks developed after she attended her first workshop given by founder Jane Felling, her own former first grade teacher. From there she became hooked and since always incorporates the math and literacy games into her daily routines. Tarynne most enjoys the opportunities she is given to show other teachers how to incorporate Box Cars into their own classrooms. She especially loves showing how each game can be easily adapted to the wide range of abilities in today’s inclusive classrooms. Tarynne has recently started providing professional development workshops and family game nights for Box Cars as well as working with Jane piloting a home ‘math pack’ program with classrooms and families.

More recently, Tarynne has been contributing follow-up questions to games and activities that will be in two new Box Cars publications coming out in Fall of 2015 and early 2016.

Eliza Thomas Kalispell, Montana

Bachelors in Elementary Education from the University of Montana, Missoula
Masters in Multicultural, Bilingual and ESL Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder
Endorsement in Education Leadership from University of Montana, Missoula

Eliza has been teaching, learning, and leading for the last 19 years in Montana, Colorado, Mexico and Bangladesh. She has taught grades Nursery through Pre-service teachers (as an adjunct professor) and finds something to love about all grades. She has taught in a multigrade classroom, a dual language classroom, and in speciality classrooms such as Art and Design Technology. Additionally, Eliza served as a Math TOSA (teacher on special assignment) and a mentor teacher in a TAP (teacher advancement program) school. She has won several awards including the Gold Star Teaching Award (Flathead County), the Outstanding Educator Award (Berry Creek Middle School, Edwards CO), and Outstanding Administrator of Reading (Flathead County, Reading Council). Eliza is also a published author of two books, Math Snack and Math Play.

Currently, Eliza is a curriculum director and professional development provider. She services over 11,000 students and 24 districts for the Northwest Montana Educational Cooperative in Kalispell, Montana and travels around the United States whenever possible to present to teachers and administrators about a variety of topics. Eliza is an avid doodler, learner, laugher, and education advocate.

Ricky Mikelman Houston, Texas

Bachelors in Sociology from UCLA
Masters in Art of Teaching from Marygrove University
Administration Services Credential from California State San Marcos

Ricky has been active in teaching for nearly 30 years, as a teacher, beginning teacher mentor and math coach. She has taught every grade from preschool to 5th grade (and adults enrolled in alternative certificate programs) in California and Texas. She is passionate about quality math instruction and feels strongly about the importance of games as a way to build and reinforce critical concepts. Ricky has presented nationally at NCTM, IRA, ASCD, and the National Conference on Singapore Math. Ricky enjoys travel and has observed classrooms in Singapore and Finland. Her passion for teaching shines through in her energetic and humorous presentations.

Linda Williams Westlock, Alberta

M.Ed, B.Ed

Linda Williams received her B.Ed from the University of Calgary and completed her graduate work at the University of Alberta. During her teaching career, Linda has taught Kindergarten through junior high in both Alberta and Ontario, as a classroom teacher, special needs teacher and teacher-librarian. She has even coordinated student teachers' training for York University in Toronto.

Adding to her diverse teaching experience, for the past 15 years Linda has worked as an educational consultant and workshop presenter with both Lego Dacta and Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks, which has taken her across Canada, the United States and Asia. The combination of her classroom and library experience with her knowledge of curriculum and standards allows her to create informative and enjoyable workshops.

Lori Triplett Hawaii

Lori Triplett is a native of North Carolina, where she graduated from Western Carolina University in 2000. There, she received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education (Kindergarten - 6th Grade), with a minor in History. She has ten years classroom teaching experience. In her school district Lori was a Model Classroom Teacher and also a trained mentor to Initial License Teachers.

Lori currently resides in Hawaii with her husband, son and daughter. For the last four years Lori has been an Educational Consultant for Box Cars. When she resided in Maryland, Lori designed and conducted staff development and training for teachers throughout the East coast. She ensures quality and consistency of training and collaborates on curriculum framework, all standards and implementing training goals to meet staff needs.

Bree Twill New Jersey

Bree holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a minor French from Lake Forest College. She also has a Masters degree in Special Education from National Louis University. Within the last two years Bree has received her ELL endorsement and her Administration and Supervision Degree.

Bree has been teaching since 2000 in a variety of settings from resource, to self-contained to ED/BD classrooms. She is a teacher leader in her district in the areas of Math, Executive Functioning and Special Education. Bree has been teaching in Highland Park, Illinois for 10 years.

Bree is excited to be involved in this innovative math program that has already made an impact on her Highland Park students. After much research, Bree found Box Cars. From there, Bree attended a training at the Lake County Regional Office of Education. Exciting things happened from the training and her district agreed to pilot the program. This program has been adopted by her entire district and she has been asked by this Canadian company to be the district trainer and work for the company. She is enthusiastic about teaching math in fun and innovative ways.

During the summer of 2015, Bree moved to the Garden State on the east coast, New Jersey, where she will be teaching full time.

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