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Hi, my name is Dr. Mayen S. Nelson and I am the Numeracy Specialist for the Alternative and Charter Schools Region of the Houston Independent School District. I have taught middle school and high school math for nine years and served as a mathematics specialist for two years. I have a B.S. in Child Development and Family Relationships, a M.S. in Early Childhood Education and a doctorate in Educational Leadership with a focus in Mathematics Education. I currently hold a Texas teacher's certification in 4-8 Mathematics, 8-12 Mathematics, and EC-12 Principalship. My dissertation and research focused on the link between mathematics and writing. I specifically researched for evidence which proved that a student's expository writing skills and their problem solving abilities were related. It is my hope that this correlation be used as a catalyst for mathematics instructors to include writing at the forefront of their mathematics instruction in the classroom.