Curriculum Vita



  • Over 20 years of teaching; training and curriculum development
  • Program development experience includes innovative educational curricula programs; professional development for teachers; and teaching methods that have received international recognition
  • International and national speaker
  • Recipient of “Ezra Jack Keats” Multicultural ‘Program of the Year,’ National Library Week Awards
  • Published Math in Motion: Origami in the Classroom K-8, (English/Spanish)
  • Published Whale of a Tale, Children’s Book Series


  • Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
    Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Management (Doctoral Student)
  • Widener University, Philadelphia, PA – 2015
    Masters in Mathematics Education, GPA: 4.0
  • La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA – 2003
    Masters in Education, GPA: 4.0
    Honors: Excellence in Academic Achievement and Leadership Award (2003)
    Pi Lambda Theta Scholarship (2003)
    Leadership: President, Pi Lambda Theta, International Honor Society and Professional
    Association in Education, Philadelphia Area Chapter (2003 – present)
    Lead Pi Lambda Theta Area Chapter toward 5 Top Honors during service (2002 – 2003)
  • Temple University, Philadelphia, PA – 1977
    B.S. Elementary Education
  • Hunter College, New York, NY – 1988
  • University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA – 1984
    Computer Education and Technology
  • Paris American Academy, Paris, France – 1976
    Art History
  • Berkshire Teachers College, Reading, England – 1974
    Teacher Exchange


  • Masters in Education
  • Multiple Subject K-12: Pennsylvania Certification

Teaching Experience

  • Holy Family University, Adjunct Professor of Education, 2003 – present
    • Social Science 1
    • Integrated Math and Science I
  • Bucks County Community College, Adjunct Professor of Mathematics, 2003 – present
    • Basic Algebra
  • Math in Motion, President/Director, (K-8), 1990 – present
  • Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK), Presenter, 1999 – 2001
    • CSC Institute, ESL Teacher, 1999
    • Shir-a-ma-lot, Teacher, (Pre-K-3) 1990 – 1993
    • I.S. 70, New York City, Math Teacher (7-9), l988 – l989
    • New York School District, NYC, Substitute Teacher (K-9), l984 – 86
    • Valley High School, CA, Math Teacher, Chapter l (9-l0), l983 -1984
  • Lathrop Intermediate School, CA, Chapter l (7-9), l982 – 1983
  • Philadelphia School District, PA, Math Remediation Specialist (9), l980 – 198l
  • Bassett Junior High School, El Paso, TX, Math Teacher (7), l979 -1980

Selected Lectures, Workshops & Conferences

  • Ageo Board of Education, Oishi Elementary School, Japan (Workshop Presenter)
  • Association of Christian Schools International, (ACSI) (Conference Presenter)
  • Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State (AMTNYS) (Conference Presenter)
  • Association of Teachers of Mathematics of Philadelphia and Vicinity (Conference Presenter)
  • Berks County Intermediate Unit (Migrant Teachers) (Staff Development)
  • Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, California (Guest Lecturer)
  • Bucks County Association of the Education of Young Children (BCAEYC) (Conference Presenter)
  • Bucks County Intermediate Unit (Professional Development Workshop, ACT 48)
  • California Association for Education of the Arts (Conference Presenter)
  • California and Los Angeles Association for the Gifted (Conference Presenter)
  • California Association for the Black Gifted Child (Conference Presenter)
  • California Science and Math Education, Cal Poly, Pomona, Fresno (Summer Institute Presenter)
  • California Home Schools, Keynote Speaker
  • Educators for Social Responsibility, Keynote Speaker
  • Gifu Women’s University, Japan (Guest Lecturer/Workshop Presenter)
  • Hong Kong International School, Hong Kong (Guest Lecturer/ Workshop Presenter)
  • Kyoto International School, Kyoto, Japan (Workshop Presenter)
  • Juvenile Court and Community Schools, Buena Park, Pennsylvania (Conference Presenter)
  • La Salle University, Graduate School of Education, (Workshop Presenter)
  • Mercer Museum, PA (Workshop Presenter)
  • Montessori National Conference (Workshop Presenter)
  • National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) (Conference Presenter)
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) (National and regional Conference Presenter)
  • Northeast High School, The Japan Club, PA (Workshop Presenter)
  • Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership (Workshop Presenter Series-ACT 48)
  • Pro-Active Learning Ltd., Hong Kong (PAL) (Workshop Presenter)
  • San Diego Math Council (Conference Presenter)
  • Saitama Educators for Teaching Studies (SETS), Omiya, Japan
  • Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE), Keynote Speaker
  • Temple University Association for Retired Persons (TARP), (Workshop Series, Fall 2003)
  • University of the Arts, “Origami, the Japanese Art of Paper,” Act 48 course, Summer 2004
  • University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education, (Workshop Presenter)

Teaching & Training Experience

  • Founding Director of Math in Motion, an innovative, multi-disciplinary, supplemental program to improve children’s mathematical skills through hands-on manipulatives and creative activities
  • Successfully generates excitement and motivates students to learn mathematics
  • Develop educational curricula, programs and teaching methods to help students relate classroom experiences to the world around them
  • Ability to foster students’ creative and analytical thinkingTaught ACT 48 courses at Bucks County Intermediate Unit and PAEP
  • Integrate cultural diversity in the classroom and utilization of such diversity to enrich student’s lives
  • Wrote and developed remedial math curriculum for Title I, Valley High School
  • Conduct teacher, student and family workshops to implement the tenets of the program
  • Recruit, train and supervise new employees including student workers and volunteers
  • Train teachers to conduct Math in Motion workshops and programs
  • Develop and implemented preschool programs for religious school, Mommy and Me
  • Taught students ranging in age from PreK-12th grade in a diverse range of subjects
  • Presentations include workshops for Boards of Education, School Districts (public/private), Universities, Colleges, Libraries, Museums
  • Keynote speaker and presenter at national, regional and local conferences
  • Planned interesting and interactive lessons that encouraged speaking English to Different ability groups (Japanese, Russian, Spanish)

Literary Appearances

  • Educator’s Night (Annual)

Barnes & Noble Book Store, Fairless Hill, PA

  • Teacher Appreciation Night (Annual)

Borders Book Store, Langhorne, PA



  • Math in Motion: Origami in the Classroom (K-8), Crane Publication, 1994 (also available in Spanish)
  • Whale of a Tale, Children’s Book Series, Crane Publication, 2004
  • Publication of Math in Motion sequel, pending Fall 2004
  • Interactions for Development and Learning: Birth through Eight Years by E. A. Eddowes and K. S. Ralph, Merrill Prentice Hall, pp. 211-212, 1998
  • ERIC Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education
  • EISENHOWER National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education, “Math in Motion: Using Origami to Teach,” June, 1998
  • National Clearinghouse for Social Studies, “Math in Motion”. (US-Japan Studies)
  • Creative Classroom Magazine, “Using the Ancient Art of Paper Folding to Teach Mathematics,” August/September 1996
  • Creative Classroom Magazine, “Math in Motion,” January/February 1996
  • COMMUNICATOR Math Journal, “A Hands-On Creative Approach to Teaching
    Mathematics in Elementary Schools,” September 1995
  • National Montessori Reporter, “Folding to Learn,” August 1995
  • National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, “Using Origami to Teach,” July 1995
  • National Montessori Reporter, “A Whale of a Fish Tale,” February 1995
  • Kids for Saving Earth, “One Fish, Two Fish, No Fish,” Spring, 1994
  • California Association for the Gifted Journal, “Math in Motion: A Hands-On Creative Approach to Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Schools,” January 1993
  • Kids for Saving Earth, “Paper Whales,” Spring, 1992
  • Pediatrics Journal, “SIDS,” 1978

Grants, Awards & Exhibitions

  • Shofuso: The Japanese House and Garden, (permanent exhibit), “Origami,” pending, 2005
  • University of Pennsylvania, Morris Arboretum, Exhibit, “Origami,” April 2004
  • The Free Library of Philadelphia, Central Branch, “Peace of Paper,” July – October, 2003
  • Philadelphia International Airport, Exhibit, “Origami: The Universal Fold,” 2002-2003
  • The Franklin Institute Science Museum, “Origami Math Exhibit,” 1999 – 2001
  • Yardley-Makefield Public Library, Exhibits, 2001/2002/2003
  • Bucks County Libraries, National Library Week, Grant, 1999
  • Please Touch Children’s Museum, Exhibit, 1999 – present
  • Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Fairless Hills, PA, Window Origami Exhibit, 1999
  • University of Pennsylvania Museum, “Peace Around the World,” Exhibit, 1999
  • Bucks County Libraries, Exhibits, 1998 -1999
  • John F. Kennedy Center, “Artists as Educators,” Honor, 1998
  • Southern California Library Exhibits, 1990 – 1998
  • Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, “Program of the Year,” 1997
  • Los Angeles County Public Libraries, Grant, 1997
  • Santa Barbara Public Libraries, Grant, 1993
  • Orange County Fair, 1st Place, 1993
  • Cedar Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Center, Exhibit, 1993
  • Hoag Hospital Medical Library, Exhibit, 1992
  • Newport Beach Arts Commission, Grant, 1991, 1992
  • Newport Beach Arts Commission, Juried Exhibition, 1st Place, 1991

Selected Interviews & Book Reviews

  • BBC4 (British Broadcasting Corporation) “Fold Here First,” Radio Interview with Dr. Ian Stewart, Professor of Mathematics, Warwick University, England, March 2004
  • Yardley News, “Yardley Resident Turns Paper into Magic for National Library Week,” February 2003
  • The Intelligence Record, “Learning to Fold Paper into Art,” July 9, 2002
  • Hiragana Times: Japanese-English Bilingual Magazine, “Math in Motion: Origami and Education,” June 2000
  • Scientific American Frontiers, “Make a Paper Whale,” March 28, 2000
  • The Japan Times, “Origami Workshops Unfold Hidden Joys of Learning,” February 25, 2000, (online article)
  • Bucks County Courier, “Showing the Artistry of Math,” Cover Story, November 11, 1999
  • Philadelphia Inquirer, “Shaping Children¹s Minds with Paper,” May 14, 1999
  • Premiere Weekly, “One Educator¹s Paper Menagerie,” Cover Story, April 18, 1999
  • Yardley News, “The Art of Math,” August 15, 1999
  • Los Angeles Times, “Origami Folds Neatly into Classroom Curriculum,” June, 1997
  • The Heart of Teaching (Performance Learning System Publication), “Using Origami to
    Shape Students’ Perception,” May 1997
  • Teaching Children Mathematics, NCTM Book Review, November 1995
  • Communicator, California Mathematics Council (CMC) Book Review, July 1995
  • The Orange County Times, “Math Lesson Was Work of Art,” November 23, 1994
  • ABC-TV Home Show, March, 1993
  • OCN-TV News, May 1992

Technical/Management Skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Word, PC and Macintosh computers
  • Internet and on-line research tools
  • Videotape and recording equipment
  • Coordinate annual programs and activities for students and faculty

Professional Memberships & Affiliations

  • Pi Lambda Theta, International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education, President/ Vice President/ Membership Chair
  • Attended 43rd Biennial Pi Lambda Theta Conference as Delegate, Wakefield, MA
  • Invited to Serve on Professional Projects and Chapter Support Committees, Pi Lambda Theta
  • Association of Teachers of Mathematics of Philadelphia and Vicinity (ATMOPAV)
  • National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), Nominated 2nd Vice President/Eastern Regional Director
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
  • Teaching Tolerance, Contributing Writer
  • In Touch Network, Newscast Radio for the Blind, New York City, Volunteer Reader
  • Womanspace Shelter, New Jersey, Volunteer
  • Homeless Children’s Initiative (Instructor-American Red Cross Shelter)
  • Diversity Taskforce and Newsletter (Committee-Bucks County Intermediate Unit)
  • AARK Wildlife and Rehabilitation Center, Bucks County, Volunteer

Sample Comments from Recent Teacher Evaluations

(Original evaluations available upon request)

  • Ms. Pearl’s workshop radiates an enthusiastic passion about teaching that is such an important quality for teachers to emulate. Her nurturing demeanor and methods are contagious–as they encourage others to learn. Her innovative and creative approach to teaching is just what our student’s need today. Barbara focuses on what teachers can use and what will be practical and helpful in their classrooms.
  • She made us all feel so comfortable-an ideal environment for learning—especially since learning math may be stressful for some. The experience made us feel like a team. I felt I could do anything. And it gave me the motivation to try more. I was inspired to create the same environment and remove the anxiety and fear from learning mathematics.
  • Your workshop title seems so incongruous with the power and energy that I received from you and your teaching.
  • In my 21 years of teaching, this is one of the best workshops I have ever attended.
  • All three of my children loved your workshop. After they did every origami activity in your book, they talked about nothing else but you and origami for the six hour ride home!