Behind the Cube #9: Math Problems & Creativity
Meet the Teachers, Learners, and Innovators of McGraw-Hill Education
Today’s Highlight: Wendy Vincent, Sr. Product Manager, PreK-5 Math
We often say we’re #RedCubeProud. That’s because we’re an ever-adapting, forward-thinking group of learners, teachers, and creators with roots in a square logo that is evolving into a “cube”, in reflection of our dimensional, learning science-based approached to EdTech.
Perhaps what makes our team so passionate about our work is that we genuinely care about teachers, students, and fostering productive learning communities. Many of us have been teachers ourselves, and ALL of us are life-long learners.
To give you some insight into our team, we’re taking you Behind the Cube, one #RedCubeProud team member at a time. Today’s highlight:
Wendy Vincent, Sr. Product Manager, PreK-5 Math
What do you love most about your role as a product manager? How did you come to be in this role?
In my product manager role, I never know what my day will hold. Some days, I am working with the Academic Designers and the Creative team or meeting with our Learning Scientists. Other days, I’m visiting classrooms or even reading research. My days are never boring! Prior to coming to McGraw-Hill, I was a kindergarten teacher and started my work with the company as an editor. I came into my current role when McGraw-Hill Education first added product managers to the teams. I didn’t know what my new role would mean, but I had always worked on teams that embraced creativity and innovative concepts. That prepared me well for what I do today.
Why are you passionate about the work you do?
When coworkers ask me how I’m doing, I like to answer, “Inspired!” How could I not be? I get to come to the office each day with a goal of serving students and teachers. I believe that the importance of a quality education in the life of a child is immeasurable and I am honored to play a role in that process.
If you could pick ONE favorite memory of your time at McGraw-Hill so far, what would it be?
I was visiting a classroom, observing students working collaboratively with a rich math problem. After they finished their work, their teacher told them that they had enough time to work on one more problem. They cheered and one of them said, “Make it a hard problem!” That enthusiasm was a great reminder of why we do our work.
What do you hope to achieve at McGraw-Hill Education, to work towards empowering students?
In middle school, I began to struggle with mathematics. The narrow messages I received about math closed many doors for me. I want to be a part of the changing message of mathematics. It is my goal that all students will have access to the beauty, flexibility, and creativity of math. Now, I love mathematics! Above my desk is a sign that reads, “Help all students succeed in math.” That is my guiding principle and the reason that I am so passionate about my work at McGraw-Hill Education.