Dr. Eileen Fernandez
- Teacher knowledge
- Constructivism and use of student ideas in mathematics teaching
- Mathematics teacher education
- Online teaching
I teach mathematics and mathematics education to undergraduates and prospective and practicing teachers. My publications (some co-authored with students and teachers) focus on classroom description and appear in research and practitioner journals and books.
I am currently working on transforming a course I developed called Mathematical Modeling With Microsoft Excel into an Online course.
I have enjoyed climbing rocks, mountains and ice, and currently enjoy cross country skiing and skating, hiking and gardening.
Dr. Steven Greenstein
- Children's mathematical thinking
- Social justice mathematics
- The design of exploratory software environments for learning mathematics
- Contextually-relevant, culturally-resonant pedagogy
I am particularly interested in democratizing access to rich and authentic mathematical activity. I designed a dynamic geometry environment to elicit children's intuitive topological (or at least non-metric) thinking and support its development, and found that these children developed significant and authentic forms of geometric reasoning. I refer to these findings as qualitative geometry. Also, I've been conducting an investigation of the sociocultural context and cultural knowledge of the US Virgin Islands to inform the design of a contextually-relevant, culturally-resonant STEM teacher preparation program, one that challenges taken-for-granted assumptions of students’ mathematical knowledge, needs, and abilities by confronting deficit notions of their ability, honoring and respecting the diversity of knowledge they bring to school, and seeing that diversity as a resource for learning.
Dr. Erin Krupa
- Curricular Effectiveness and Implementation
- Professional Development for Mathematics Educators
- Learning Trajectories in Secondary Mathematics
I completed my Ph.D. in mathematics education at North Carolina State University (NCSU). My dissertation focused on the impact of an integrated mathematics curriculum on student achievement in high needs schools. It also analyzed the impact teacher’s participation in a state-funded professional development had on student achievement and on teachers’ implementation of the curriculum. Prior to returning to NCSU, I taught secondary mathematics at W.G. Enloe High School in Raleigh, NC. I also have a master’s degree from Wake Forest University in mathematics and was a Teaching Fellow at Elon University, where I earned her bachelors degree in mathematics.
Dr. Aihua Li
- Discrete Dynamic Systems
- Mathematics History
- Math Games in Grade School Math Education
- Technology in College Mathematics Teaching
- Education Globalization and Bilingual Teaching
I was trained in pure mathematics but interested in research in several mathematics education topics. Recently I have participated in our GK-12 program as an advisor and coordinator for the international activities. Through an MSU Global Education program, I was involved in training college professors in foreign countries on teaching methodology in bilingual classrooms. For the past years, I have directed several REU programs at MSU. Currently I am a co-director of the annual MAA-NJ Section GSUMC (Garden State Undergraduate Mathematics Conference). I will be happy to help the growth of the MSU Ed. D. program by helping supervise doctorial students, in particular advising the mathematics component of their theses, by being involved in the curriculum development of the program, and by teaching mathematics classes listed in the program.
Dr. Andrew McDougall
- Time Series Analysis
- Data Analysis
- Dynamical Graphics
I have been the Director of the Statistical Consulting Center (SCP) at MSU since 1997. As Director, I am responsible for all consulting activities conducted through the SCP on research projects by MSU faculty, staff, and graduate students. In addition, I have been involved in a variety of research projects, legal cases, and dissertation studies with external clients. These experiences led to the publication of the book “Statistical Consulting” (2002) which I co-authored with Professor Javier Cabrera. I am currently involved in the GK-12 grant as a researcher and have several ongoing research projects. Recently I submitted a NIH grant proposal as co-PI with Dr. Ilse Wambacq, Dept. of Audiology. A second NIH grant proposal with Dr. Diana Thomas is in preparation.
Dr. Mika Munakata
- Problem Solving
- Program Assessment
- Teacher Development
I began my career as a middle school and high school mathematics teacher. My work now at the collegiate level has direct connections to my experiences teaching at the secondary level. I typically teach undergraduate students training to be teachers, general education mathematics courses for students not necessarily training to be teachers and content, methods, and research courses for master’s and doctoral students. I am currently co-director of an NSF-funded project that pairs graduate research students with middle school teachers. For that project, we are collecting quantitative and qualitative data to investigate the impact of the project on graduate students and middle school students and teachers.
Dr. Helen M. Roberts
- Applied Statistics
- Biological Modeling
I am trained as a Biostatistician. I have served as chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences since July 1999 and before that I was the Graduate Program Coordinator for 17 years. Currently I also serve as the Graduate Program Coordinator for the Middle Grades Certificate and MA in teaching Middle Grades Mathematics. In the past I chaired the Committee that developed and then implemented the General Education program that is now in place. Most recently I helped develop and served on the advisory committee for the “Traders to Teachers Program”. In the Spring of 2009 I served on a New Jersey Department of Education 2009 Standards Revision Project for New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Mathematics. I have served and am currently serving on several Mathematics Education doctoral dissertation committees.
Dr. Ken Wolff
- Integrating school mathematics with other disciplines
- Project/problem-based learning
- Effects of long-term professional development
After teaching high school for two years I came to Montclair State University (then Montclair State College) where I taught a range of mathematics courses for undergraduates and masters students. Over the years I became increasingly involved in the graduate mathematics education program and with professional organizations such as the Association of Mathematics Teachers of NJ (AMTNJ), the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the International Conference for Technology in Collegiate Mathematics (ICTCM). I was President of AMTNJ (1981-82), ICTCM conference chair (1993), and continue to be an active reviewer for NCTM. During the past 10-20 years I have been primarily teaching masters and doctoral courses, involved with major grant and contractual projects and advising doctoral students, including chairing six dissertation committees. The current grant project for which I am a co-PI includes the use of interdisciplinary, theme based, field trips for which the preliminary evidence indicates have a very positive influence on students interest and involvement in their school-based learning.
My non-school interests include canoeing, hiking, gardening and travel.
I am a high school mathematics teacher, in my 7th year of teaching at Wallington High School. I earned a BS in Mathematics Education from Montclair State University and a MS in Educational Technology from Ramapo College. I am very excited to start my first year as a doctoral student at MSU and further my studies in mathematics education. My areas of interest include applications of technology in classroom and curriculum development.
Trina Wooten has a B.A. degree in Biology Education from Tusculum College (Greeneville, TN) & a M.S. degree in Mathematical Sciences from East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, TN). She was a Program Manager for the Talent Expansion in Quantitative Biology program Funded by the National Science Foundation grant and an executive aide for the Symbiosis curriculum funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant at ETSU. Also she has been anadjunct faculty math member at ETSU, Northeast State Technical Community College, & Virginia Intermont College in East Tennessee & Southwest Virginia. She just recently moved to Montclair, NJ to pursue an Ed.D degree in Math Education and is currently working as a Doctoral Research Assistant. Her professional goal is to become a Professor in Math Education. On the personal side she loves animals (especially felines), watching movies, listening to music, and family.
Zixuan (Sherry) Yang
My name is Zixuan Yang. I am a first year doctoral student, studying Math Education. I received my Bachelor’s in math from Rutgers University. I also completed my masters in pure math from New York University in 2011. I worked at an international high school and taught students from all over the world for a year.
Karmen T. Yu
My name is Karmen T. Yu. I have recently graduated from New York City College of Technology (“City Tech”), CUNY, with a bachelor’s Degree in Applied Mathematics with a Science Concentration. I was a Peer Leader throughout my four years in City Tech. I have facilitated workshops and taught prep courses for various levels of mathematics. I have been a tutor in a math and reading learning center for over seven years. My goal is to teach mathematics in higher education. I have always been interested in mathematics, teaching, learning and conducting research. I thought Mathematics Education is the perfect field of study where all of my interests can fit and combine in one field.
Rabab Abi-Hanna has been teaching at Montclair State University as an Adjunct Professor for eight years. The last three years she worked with elementary school teachers and administrators in the capacity of a math consultant/coach. She has a Bachelor’s in Mathematics, a Master’s in Science with a concentration in Mathematics Education, and has fulfilled the doctoral course requirements; she is currently working on the comprehensive literature review. Her interests include the influence of technology on elementary students’ learning and teachers’ classroom practices.
Suzanne Cariddi began teaching math in 2002 at Park Academy (River Edge, NJ) in grades 2 - 8. In September 2005, she moved her teaching career to Tenafly Middle School where she continues to teach math in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th. One of Suzanne’s strongest beliefs is that every student can achieve success in math can achieve success in math class. Her teaching philosophy is best reflected in the quote, “A good teacher has been defined as one who makes himself progressively unnecessary,” Thomas J. Carruthers. Suzanne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pure Mathematics from William Paterson University, a Master of Arts degree in Educational Technology from New Jersey City University, and she is presently working on her Doctorate in Mathematics Teaching at Montclair State University. Suzanne has recently completed her first year as a part-time student in MSU’s doctorate program. She enjoyed it so much that she has doubled her semester class load from 1 class per semester to 2 classes per semester.
Kristen Casale is a Mathematics teacher, currently now in her 9th year at Passaic Valley High School in Little Falls, NJ. Her degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and a Master of Education in Teaching Children Mathematics, both from William Paterson University (2004, 2007). She also received a Master of Arts in Administration and Supervision from Montclair State University (2008). She earned her Elementary, Supervisor, and Principal certifications, and has passed the School Superintendent Assessment. Kristen was an adjunct professor at Montclair State University (2008), where she taught Developmental Mathematics. After school, Kristen dedicates her time as a tutor and home instructor, sharpening young minds.
Mary L. Dalton
Mary L. Dalton (Mary Lu) earned her BA and MA in Mathematics at Georgian Court University. Following in her father’s footsteps, she is the only one of eight siblings to pursue a career in mathematics education. Marylu has over 28 years of experience teaching mathematics at the high school and college levels. Always looking to further her education and expand her horizons, she has attended summer classes and institutes at Rutgers, Princeton, and Kean Universities. She and her husband live in Brick, N.J.
Jacqueline Dauplaise is a mathematics teacher at Wayne Hills High School in Wayne, N.J. She hasbeen teaching Algebra I and II for the past 5 years, prior to that she taught 7th grade at Schuyler Colfax Middle School, also in Wayne. Her degrees Include a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Mathematics, a Masters in Education Concentration in Mathematics, and a Masters in the Art of Teaching. She is excited to say she has completed half of her doctoral course requirements.
Peggy Flood has a BA in Mathematics from Assumption College and a MA in Mathematics from Montclair St. University. She was employed by AT&T and Bell Laboratories for 12 years and has been teaching Mathematics at Norwalk Community College in CT for the past 11 years. Peggy is a marathon runner and mother of 5 children.
Lance Hemlow has been teaching at Raritan Valley Community College, Somerville, NJ, since 1993, where he is a tenured, assistant professor. He teaches all courses from developmental through Calculus and Statistics. He also teaches online for many of the courses. Lance has a BA in pure math from SUNY Albany and 3 masters degrees: One in pure math (MA) from Western Connecticut State University; one in Mathematics Education (EdM) from Rutgers; and one (EdS) is a Specialist in Education, also from Rutgers. He has taught for the Summer Institute for Gifted Children at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, and also has taught in a men's, women's and youthful offenders, prison. He has published a few articles in the College Mathematics Journal and The Journal for Two Year Colleges. He has a private tutoring business, as well. His interests include volunteer work, playing guitar, chess and going to NYC. He is a new student in the EdD program and is very happy to be a part of it.
Hello - my name is Glenn Kliemisch and I am a first year doctoral student enrolled in the Mathematics Education Ed.D. program. I am currently a graduate assistant, and am working on a variety of projects – mainly researching results for an online versus a live course with Dr. Fernandez, and an Algebra Professional Project with Dr. Fuller. I earned my BA at The College of New Jersey with a degree in secondary education in mathematics. When I'm not so busy being a student/graduate assistant, I enjoy golfing, playing music and traveling. I am looking forward to what the future years bring, and although I am young, I am truly excited about the opportunity here at Montclair State.
B.S., M.S. Mathematics, Mathematics Education Concentration (Montclair State University) Ed.D. in Mathematics Education - completed 40 credits. Professional experience: Mathematics instructor (2001-present), Grant coordinator - GK-12 Fellows in the Middle Program (2007 to present), Math facilitator - Improving Teacher Quality Program (2007-2008), “Integrated Geometry” instructor - Traders to Teachers Program, (2008-2009) Math consulting – Liberty Science Center (2011), Weston Scholars Program, Goals 2000 Project Research interests: Interdisciplinary teaching - math and science connections, Curriculum development, Fractals in the classroom.
I received a Bachelors of Science in Education from Seton Hall University in 1993 with a double major in Mathematics and Secondary Education. I completed my Masters of Science degree at Montclair State in 2000 with a Mathematics major and a concentration in Mathematics Education. I just began my 19th academic year as a teacher. My full time experience has been as a teacher of high school Mathematics and Computer Science. Most of this time has been spent at Westfield Senior High School in Westfield, NJ. I have also served as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University and at Monclair State. In 2005, I received the PTSO Teacher of the Year Award and I was chosen by ETS as a reader for the AP Computer Science exam for a period of five yearsm starting in 2002.
Sara Mastellone has a BA in Psychology, Rutgers University, an MA in Mathematics Education, Teachers College - Columbia High School math teacher from 1974 through 2007 Mathematics Specialist for America's Choice 2007-2009 Assistant Professor, Developmental Mathematics, Bergen County Community College, 2009 - present
Jason McManus from Asbury Park, NJ earned his B.A. in Mathematics at TESC. His favorite subjects of mathematics are geometry and number theory. Aside from mathematics he is interested in languages, international travel, avant garde music, and philosophy.
Khalid Mujib is a Mathematics Teacher at Admiral William F. Halsey Jr. Leadership Academy in Elizabeth. He is graduated from NJ EXCEL in 2009, earned his Supervision, Principal, and School Administrator Certifications. His degrees include B.S (Mathematics), M.S (Statistics), M.A (Mathematics Education), and Ed.D (Education Administration). He taught Statistics and Mathematics courses at New Jersey City University, Felician College Lodi, and Hudson Community College Jersey City. He was teacher of the year in 2007 and achieved Governor Teacher Recognition Award. His research interest is to compare American Public High Schools with Asian Public High Schools Mathematics Standards of Education and Best Practice.
Douglas Platt, earned a BS in Physics (Teaching) from The College of New Jersey (2000) and a MS in Math from Montclair State University (2010). He is currently a Doctoral Research Fellow through the Mathematics Department at Montclair State University. After teaching high school science for three years, he taught at the college level for ten years, teaching mathematics, physics and education classes.
Zareen Rahman is from Karachi, Pakistan. She earned her B.A. in Mathematics (Statistics) and M.A. in Mathematics (Education) from Montclair State University. She currently teaches at River Dell High School in Oradell, NJ. Her research interests include educational technology and curriculum development. Aside from education her interests include painting, travel and music.
Mark Russo is a mathematics teacher at Verona High School in Verona, NJ, as well as a member of the 2011 Master Teacher cohort with Math for America. Mark received a BA in Mathematics from Boston College, an MA in Secondary Mathematics Education from New York University, and an MA in Global Development and Social Justice from St. John’s University. He is currently in his first year of doctoral studies at Montclair State University.
I teach college math at Bergen Community College. I have a bachelors in Economics from Michigan State and a masters in Mathematics Education from NYU. I have taught 9-12 and was a Director of Compliance at an investment bank for 22 years.
Rupinder Kaur Sidhu
My name is Rupinder Kaur Sidhu. I am from India. I have done a Bachelor’s in Science, Bachelor’s in Education and Master’s in Mathematics from Punjabi University, India. After my education, I worked as a Mathematics teacher in a secondary school as well as in a government middle school for three years before coming to the U.S.
Currently teaching his third year at Passaic High School, Jason Tyler received his Bachelor's of Arts in Mathematics f from Rutgers University and is currently in his first year of doctoral studies at Montclair. During his undergraduate time at Rutgers, he acted as Assistant Director to the New Jersey City University Proyecto Science Program and assisted with Passaic City's Gear Up Tutoring Program. Aside from Mathematics Education, he enjoys playing guitar and spending time with his 3 year old son Jacob and his 1 year old daughter Zoey.
After graduating from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Mathematics in 1999 and a M.Ed. in Mathematics Education in 2000, I became a member of the faculty at Hackensack High School, Hackensack, NJ. Education has always been important to me so I enrolled in Montclair State University’s Ed.D. program in 2005. Through my coursework, I gained more confidence to share what I learned with fellow teachers through various leadership workshops. I enjoy this new aspect of my career as a teacher-leader and plan to continue to share my research. Due to medical reasons, I was forced to leave the doctoral program to focus on my rehabilitation. Since I have rejoined the program, my dissertation focus is evolving. I have always been interested in seeing how graphing technology aids in mathematics classroom, but now I am more interested in putting different curricula to the test to see how effective they are. Though my dissertation focus is still not set, I also find it fascinating how different parts of the country set the mathematics high school curriculum. For example, how is Algebra 2 in a typical high school in New Jersey compare to Algebra 2 in a typical high school in Florida? Once I complete my degree, I would like to teach at a community college or university level as well as continue to present my research at leadership conferences.
I earned an MS in Applied Mathematics from NJIT in 2010. I presently am an adjunct in mathematics at Bloomfield College. I also tutor for standardized tests. I enjoy skiing.
Degree received: May 2010
Dissertation: The Effects of Using Diagramming as a Representational Technique on High School Students’ Achievement in Solving Math Word Problems”
I have been teaching high school mathematics since 2002 in a low performing urban school district. I decided to join the doctoral program in order to earn the highest degree in mathematics education. I am now better able to share the knowledge learned from the course with my students. Although some opportunities have opened up after I earned the degree, at this time I continue to teach at the same school with a determination to improve my students’ appreciation and understanding of mathematics. Some of my students have graduated as engineers and some others have joined the education stream as their career goals. I have started promoting my research through presentation in conferences and publication in mathematics journals. My research interest includes problem solving, mathematics in the nature, project-based learning, and connecting concepts in mathematics and science.
Degree received: May 2010
Dissertation: The Effect of Using a Problem/Project Based, Document Driven Unit of Instruction on High School Students’ Achievement in the Data Analysis Cluster of the HSPA and on their attitude towards Mathematics.
I retired last week and hope to become involved in working with pre-service teachers. My focus would be on using the graphing calculator properly in the classroom, probably combined with project based learning.
Sarah Quebec Fuentes
Degree received: May 2009
Dissertation: The Evolution of One Teacher’s Interactions with Students Working in Small Groups to Improve their Communication, Self-Regulating, and Problem-Solving Skills
Prior to entering the doctoral program, I taught middle school and high school mathematics for six years. My practical experiences as a teacher gave me a context to consider what I was learning in my courses and reflect on my practice. Since I continued to teach while I was in the program, one of my classes served as the site for my dissertation research on how teachers can interact with small groups to foster student communication.
I originally entered the program with the intention of remaining in the K-12 arena either as a classroom teacher or in a leadership role such as mathematics supervisor. As my time in the program progressed, I really enjoyed the research and writing aspects of the program and I decided to pursue a position at a university. Currently, I am an assistant professor of mathematics education in the College of Education at Texas Christian University (TCU). At TCU, I have had the opportunity to expand my research agenda with new projects, develop a M.Ed. in Mathematics Education which started in Fall 2011, and teach mathematics methods courses for elementary and middle/secondary majors.
Degree received: May 2008
Dissertation: The Effect of Visually Enhanced Instructional Unit on High School Calculus Students' Visualization Ability and their Understanding of the Limit Concept.
At the time I started the EdD program, I taught all levels of high school math, including AP Calc and AP Stat at Paramus HS.
Going into the program, I had an MS in Mathematics. The only course I had taken in education was an elective during my sophomore year (Education in the social context). I obtained my teaching certification through the Alternate Route Program and received the Dodge Fellowship Grant in the process. Teaching was both challenging and rewarding for me, and I decided to pursue a degree in Education. This is when I received information about the EdD program at Montclair. The specialization in Mathematics Pedagogy has in many ways enhanced my effectiveness as an educator and a teacher of mathematics. I continue to reflect on my daily practice. I often share my thoughts with students to help them think about their own learning and realize how mathematics fits in that picture.
I continue to teach all levels of high school math at Northern Valley Regional HS at Old Tappan, where I also am the math team advisor. I am actively involved in the school community, and I am fortunate to be in a district that encourages teacher interaction. There is much sharing of ideas through ongoing conversations in our math department about different approaches to teaching specifics. I believe that these conversations promote best practices that lead to progress in the long run.
When I started the program, my goal was to have a stronger grounding in pedagogy. The EdD in Mathematics Pedagogy at MSU provided me with much more than a strong grounding. I intend to stay in the classroom as I continue to make mathematics meaningful and rewarding for my students. I continue to learn as I teach, and I continue to share what I have learned with my colleagues.
Next Fall, both my children will be in college, and I hope to be able to devote more time to working with fellow teachers.
Dr. Janice-Lynn Shuhan
Degree received: May, 2006
Dissertation: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Secondary Math Class Activities: The Influence of Multiple Intelligences Inspired Tasks on Student Learning of Geometry Concepts © 2006
Before entering the doctoral program I taught secondary mathematics at Belleville high school for 30 years. I taught various levels of Algebra and Geometry (Honors, Academic, General and mixed-levels grades 9-12), as well as high school state proficiency topics during the period of the state’s HSPT/HSPA.
Montclair State University has provided me with a strong background in mathematics education, theater arts and music, administration, curriculum, counseling, and writing. Within the first decade after graduation from MSU, I have been the fortunate recipient of local, state, and national awards in teaching. Among these are:The Tandy Technology Scholar Outstanding Teacher Award, Stevens Institute of Technology Excellence in Teaching Award, Essex County Teacher of the Year, The (MSU) Alumni Citation, Best Actress in a Musical (ACT Awards of NJ), Best Choreographer of a Musical (Perry Awards), Poet of the Year, inductions into Who’s Who in the World Millennium Edition, Who’s Who in Women, Who’s Who Among Educator’s and Professionals, Who’s Who in American Education, and an honoree onthe Wall of Tolerance.
After graduating from MSU, I published a book of poetry (Selections of the Heart and Soul), single poems to various publications, educational articles on the multiple intelligences inAnalytic TeacherandNew Jersey Mathematics Teacher, a performance website ( www.Janice-lynn.com ), and released a jazz vocal CD (Crazy In Love, by Janice Lynn) in 2007.
As math supervision was my initial goal following the doctoral program, the completion of doctoral program corresponded with the trend of discontinuation of all supervisory positions (in our district). However, I was strongly encouraged to apply for the Director of Curriculum/Assistant Superintendent position, but decided to pass with the intent of continuing the direct contact with students. My appointment as the Dean of Students and Math Lead Teacher last year (and currently) served me well as I had opportunity to guide and assist the math department, write curriculum for EveryDay Math grades 4 and 6, and reinvent a high school course (Algebra Basics Plus). The duties have ranged from various administrative disciplinary and counseling tasks, student supervision, tardiness and student credit appeals, Intervention and Referral meetings, data entry, organization and entry of EVVRS (violence) reports to the Dept of Education, facilitation of math PLCs, department meetings and planning, to designing a school-wide “Workplace Behavior Challenge” (WBC) initiative.
As part of the extracurricular program, I served as director and choreographer of a multiracial cast of some 50 students in a production ofWest Side Story. This was my 30th most rewarding year serving in these capacities.
Degree received: May 2005
Dissertation: A Mathematical Community of Inquiry in the High School Setting.
Ray Siegrist earned his doctorate in 2005, writing a dissertation about using a community of inquiry to teach high school mathematics. After teaching high school mathematics for thirty years, Ray was looking for a new challenge. Upon retiring from high school teaching in 2004, he began searching for a job to put his doctorate to use. At this time, Ray is an associate professor at SUNY, College at Oneonta, preparing students to become mathematics teachers. He has presented at the last three NCTM national conferences and will be presenting in 2014 in New Orleans.
Degree received: January 2005
Dissertation: The Use Of The Graphing Calculator To Support The Learning Of The Function Concept By Students With Learning Disabilities In A Mathematics Classroom.
I began my career teaching mathematics at the secondary level in the early seventies and became a mathematics department supervisor six years later. My career has spanned more than three decades of changes in mathematics education including the introduction of the vision of teaching and learning mathematics developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). As I embraced this vision, I searched for ways to create a classroom where students were actively engaged in activities rich in mathematical content, a classroom that was a community of inquiry where the teacher was a partner as well as a mentor. That search brought me to Montclair State University, where a course examining the new NCTM Standards was offered. It was during that semester that I decided to return to school to earn a doctorate. During the next few years, professional and personal challenges caused me to delay my return to school. It was during this time period that the faculty at Montclair State was developing a doctoral program for mathematics teachers. Now a K-12 Mathematics Supervisor, I was sure the program was right for me.
My involvement in the doctoral program at Montclair State University helped me grow professionally, scholarly, and personally. When I completed the program I knew it was time to make a change and my experience at Montclair prepared me to enter a new phase of my life. Since retiring from the public school system, I have developed a good working relationship with the director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at Stevens Institute of Technology. Employed by them as a mathematics consultant, I visit various school districts sharing with other mathematics teachers a vision of teaching and learning consistent with the NCTM Standards.
In addition to my work as a consultant, I have worked as an adjunct at Montclair State University. The time spent with graduate students has been an extremely rewarding experience.
Deborah L. Ives
Degree received: August 2003
Dissertation: The Development of Seventh Graders' Conceptual Understanding of Geometry and Spatial Visualization Abilities Using Mathematical Representations with Dynamic Models.
Since earning my doctorate, I have been given opportunities to serve as a supervisor of mathematics, a curriculum specialist, teacher, and a facilitator of an Aerospace, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (A-STEM) program in NJ public schools. Some of the opportunities in addition to my school-based professional responsibilities that came my way since earning the doctorate:
- Thirteen/WNET New York March 2009 - present: Advisor for Educational Multimedia Project, Get the Math!, designed to help middle and high school students taking Algebra I appreciate its importance and usefulness. (I was recommended by NCTM to PBS.)
- State of New Jersey, Department of Education 2009: NJ Math Panel 2008 – 2009: SRA (Special Review Assessment) Advisory Council Member 2008: Standards Clarification Project Phase II: NJ Steps Algebra I, Geometry,
- Association of Math Teachers of New Jersey 2008-2010: Co-Chair, Speaker for “Special Education/Mathematics: Preparing for State Standards and Assessment K-12” 2005-2006: President of AMTNJ
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 2006: Co-Chair, NCTM Eastern Regional Conference, Atlantic City, NJ 2005: New Jersey State Delegate: NCTM Annual, Anaheim, CA
- Grant Writing 2006: Wrote and secured New Jersey State Systemic Initiative (NJ SSI) Professional Development Grant for Standards-based Mathematics - awarded $20,000 for West Milford Public Schools
I believe that the education and experience I received at MSU in the doctoral program prepared me for the contributions to education that I have made since. These opportunities, I believe, are as a direct result of engaging in the research and study of pedagogy and mathematics with the faculty and students at the college.