Current Students

Students

Daniel Abuabasa
abuabasad1@montclair.edu
I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with Mathematics and a Master of Philosophy (M. Phil.) in Economics from the University of Ghana. I also obtained an M. S. (Finance) from Pace University, New York, and an M. S. (Statistics) from Montclair State University. Before I came to the United States, I taught mathematics in the high school in Ghana for some time, after which I went to work with the Ghana Statistical Service. Currently, I teach Mathematics (Resource) at JFK High school in Paterson, and have enrolled in the Ed.D (Mathematics Education) Program at Montclair State University.
Jessica Ali
alij6@montclair.edu
Jessica earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Nebraska Omaha, with a specialization in Fine Arts; she also received a Master of Arts in Special Education in 2015. She has teaching experience as a general education sixth grade math teacher, and also as a special education teacher for high school students. Her experience in teaching math also includes individual tutoring, working with college students in math and science centers, and facilitating learning groups over a ten-year period.
Jessica is interested in developing mathematics curricula for all learners that includes interdisciplinary subjects focusing on art. Her combined instructional approach of teaching mathematics and art integrates multimedia into mathematical topics by using methods of illustration and fine arts that considers the needs of all students by using researched teaching strategies in special education.
In her free time, Jessica often attends education-centered events and lectures at the National Museum of Mathematics in New York City. She continues to research and design art projects that enhance mathematical thinking.
Debasmita Basu
basud2@montclair.edu
My name is Debasmita Basu. I have completed my graduation in Mathematics honors from St. Xavier's College, Kolkata and my post graduation in Mathematics from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. When I was doing by B. Ed from Shri Shikshayatan College, under Calcutta University, for the first time I came through few topics of Mathematics Education, like Mathematics and it's connection with real world, Mathematics phobia, 3D representation of Mathematical figures and got highly interested in the subject. Afterwards when I taught in middle and high school for three years a complete new world of Mathematics Education opened to me. I came through various situation which actually arises in classroom and which should be taken care of immediately. I think Ed.D program is going to give me that platform.
Debasmita Basu
Victoria Bonaccorso
deblockv1@montclair.edu
Victoria Bonaccorso earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Northeastern University in 2006 and a Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership from Montclair State University in 2012. She is in her 12th year as a high school mathematics teacher at Pequannock Township High School having taught all courses from Algebra through Calculus. Having started the program in January 2014, Tory is finishing her coursework and is preparing for her dissertation. Her research interests include teacher education (both pre-service and in-service), teaching with technology, and gender equity in mathematics education.
Victoria Bonaccorso
Kristen Casale
casalek1@montclair.edu
Kristen Casale is a Mathematics teacher, currently now in her 13th 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.
Kristen Casale
Jacqueline Dauplaise
dauplaisej1@montclair.edu
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 her doctoral course requirements.
Jacqueline Dauplaise
Francki Elve
Joined in 2016
elvef1@montclair.edu
Francki Elve received his Bachelors of Art in Mathematics/French and B.S in Math Ed from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama. He served for 3 years as a mathematics teacher in public secondary school in Florida. He earned his first Master of Science degree in Education concentration- Curriculum & Instructions from Atlantic Union College, Massachusetts. He graduated with a second Master of Science degree in Mathematics Education from Teachers College- Columbia University. Currently, he is a Mathematics full time (lecturer) Instructor at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). His objective is to complete her doctoral course requirements in Mathematics Education at Montclair State University.
Francki Elve
Anthony Emmons
emmonsa2@montclair.edu
Inspired by his 9th grade Geometry teacher, Anthony chose to become a teacher of Mathematics. After earning his BS in Mathematics Education from Montclair State in 2006, Anthony began his teaching career at South Plainfield High School. A lifelong learner, Anthony returned to Montclair State University, earned his Masters in Educational Leadership in 2012, and has been a member of the Math Ed PhD program since 2015. Entering his 12th year in public education, Anthony currently serves the Clark Public School District as the grades 6-12 STEAM Supervisor. He resides in Whitehouse Station.
Anthony Emmons
Frank Forte
fortef1@montclair.edu
My name is Frank Forte. I’m in my first year of the doctoral program. I worked for 17 years as a high school math teacher where I taught everything from HSPA / AHSA remediation courses through BC Calculus. I earned a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from Montclair State in 2007, then completed my supervisor’s certificate in 2011. I left the high school in 2015 to become a full time instructor at Raritan Valley Community College, where I teach the range of courses (from Elementary Algebra through Calc. III and Linear Algebra). At the college, I serve on the college-wide Curriculum Committee among other committees both in the department and college-wide.
Outside of teaching, I spend time as a public address announcer for various sports events, volunteer as an announcer for an annual Special Olympics meet and serve as a Church volunteer. I’m excited to begin my doctoral studies as a part time student at Montclair State University.
Erell Feb Germia
Joined in 2016
germiae1@montclair.edu
Mabuhay! I am Erell Feb Germia and I taught Mathematics courses for two years at the University of San Agustin in Iloilo City, Philippines. Both my bachelor's and master's degree in Mathematics were earned from West Visayas State University. I was involved with the Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines in training primary school teachers who are teaching mathematics. My research interests include educational technology, curriculum development, and mathematics performance of students under different curricula. My ultimate dream is becoming a highland teacher and helping in the improvement of quality of education among students in remote areas. I am also promoting “education for all” and “teaching with a heart.”
Erell Feb Germia
Gurkan Kose
koseg1@montclair.edu
He received his B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics Education from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. He has been teaching mathematics in New York and New Jersey since 2004. He currently serves as the Mathematics Program Director at iLearn Schools, working with K-12 mathematics teachers spanning Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic Counties in New Jersey. As a part-time doctoral student and graduate assistant, he participates in various projects at MSU. He is interested in the professional development of pre-service and in-service mathematics teachers.
Gurkan Kose
Alfred Limbere
limberea1@montclair.edu
Alfred Limbere is pursuing a PhD in mathematics Education and a doctoral research assistant on the Noyce @ Montclair project. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Master degree in Mathematics Education from Rutgers university. As a member of the Noyce project, Alfred aims to gain more meaningful skills about effective mathematics teaching. He is a soccer fan and enjoys playing soccer in his free time.
Douglas Platt
plattd1@montclair.edu
My name is Douglas Platt, and I have been in the Math Ed. EdD program since September 2011. One of my happiest memories, is helping to protect a neighborhood from a forest fire, during my 7 years as a volunteer firefighters. Having my committee accept the premise and general outlines of my dissertation proposal is also a proud moment.Outside the program, I spend any free time I have reading history and hanging out with my wife.I have been able to have many experiences through this Math Ed program, including presenting at NERA, AERA, and PME-NA conferences and having several articles published in notable journals. I have also had the opportunity to teach math ed classes at several colleges and Universities. My dissertation study focuses on PSTs' Mathematical Discourse about Integers. It has been an exciting 6 years with one very exciting one ahead.
Douglas Platt
Zareen Rahman
rahmanz1@montclair.edu
Zareen Rahman is a doctoral student in the mathematics education Ed.D program. Her research interests include mathematical practices related to critical thinking and reasoning with the goal of informing teacher education and curriculum programs. She is also interested in understanding how students use resources including textbooks and digital technologies; and how people teach and learn online.
Megan Roeder
Joined in 2016
meganlouise2@gcom
Megan Roeder began teaching in 2009. She believes that teaching and learning is a wonderful adventure and privilege. During her time as an educator, Megan has developed a strong interest in math education and in learning through play. Megan is looking forward to continuing her studies at Montclair State University. Megan holds two masters degrees from Temple University: a Master of Education degree and Master of Liberal Arts degree. She received her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication, from the Pennsylvania State University in 2002. Megan enjoys spending time with her family and friends and is an avid sports fan. She dreams of traveling more and looks forward to learning about different philosophies on education and best practices in education from around the world.
Megan Roeder
Justyna Rybka
rybkaj1@montclair.edu
Justyna Rybka is a high school Mathematics teacher at Wallington High School (2007-present). She received her BS in Mathematics Education from Montclair State University and MS in Educational Technology from Ramapo College. Areas of interest: applications of technology in classroom and curriculum development.
Justyna Rybka
Tracy Saltwick
saltwickt1@montclair.edu
Tracy Saltwick teaches college level mathematics at Bergen Community College. She has a BA in Economics from Michigan State University and an MA in Secondary Mathematics Education from New York University. Prior to becoming a math teacher in 2005, she was the Director of Compliance at an investment bank for 22 years.
Tracy Saltwick
Justin Seventko
seventkoj1@montclair.edu
Justin Seventko earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (with teaching certification) from Montclair State University. He taught middle school mathematics in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ for two years, where he also advised the school's STEM club. Currently, he is working as a research assistant on the Noyce@Montclair project. His areas of research interest include technology in the classroom and learning theories, particularly embodied cognition.
Justin Seventko
Madhavi Vishnubhotla
vishnubhotlam1@montclair.edu
Madhavi is a doctoral candidate and earned her Master’s in Mathematics and Bachelors of Education from India. She taught high school mathematics for over 15 years in New Delhi, India and held various administrative positions as well. As an awardee of the Fulbright Scholarship, she taught math at Downingtown High School East Campus in Pennsylvania, US. Enthusiastic about connecting her classroom teaching experiences with research work, her research interests include exploring teachers’ learning and understanding of mathematical ideas and how to prepare and support teachers in classroom instruction.
Madhavi Vishnubhotla headshot
CJ Walker
walkerc12@montclair.edu
CJ Walker has earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Buffalo, Bachelor of Engineering from City College of New York, and Masters of Business Administration from United States International University. He began teaching in 1995 and has taught in higher education Since 2003.
CJ Walker
Laura Weinstein
weinsteinl3@montclair.edu
My name is Laura Weinstein. I entered the doctoral program in the Fall of 2014. A former IT professional in both the finance and entertainment industries, I changed careers to become a mathematics educator with the twofold goal of being a positive influence for helping individual students learn mathematics, as well as a force for positive change in public education overall. I teach at the secondary, undergraduate and graduate levels and delight in opportunities to experiment with compelling research findings in my classroom experiences. I love being in school (do what you love! then it doesn't feel like work!) but for relaxation, I will read, draw, write, craft and sculpt miniatures, stroll around in gardens, or just hang out on the couch with my dog watching old movies. (Well, ok, I watch the movies and she just hangs out with me.) I feel very fortunate to be part of the doctoral community here at MSU.
Lyndsay Werner
wernerl4@montclair.edu
My name is Lyndsay Werner. I started the doctoral program this Fall and am currently taking my first class. My favorite memories in education consist in helping my graduating seniors fulfill their testing requirement for the state of New Jersey. Many of these students have struggled in math through out their educational career so they are extremely grateful to have a teacher believe in them and help them achieve their goals. It's a very rewarding feeling to have students appreciate the work you do for them. Outside of this program I enjoy strength training and raising my two little girls. I hope this program will provide me with more avenues to introduce to my current teaching. For my dissertation, I would like to focus on how a more active learning approach can be used to teach upper level mathematics as well as focusing on the need for professional development to support these teachers to do so effectively.
Trina Wooten
wootent2@montclair.edu
My name is Trina Wooten. I started this program during the Fall 2013 semester. One of my happiest moments was when I received the opportunity to work with a diverse group of elementary school students as a math instructor in an after-school program. I enjoy singing, croqueting, studying about topics such as religion, psychology, and the paranormal, watching movies, and helping those in need. As of now, I have become a better mathematics teacher at the post-secondary level, learned how to do research in the social sciences, and understand the difference between mathematics and mathematics education. My focus for my dissertation study will be the integration of math, arts, technology, and science (MATS) curriculum to assist the general population of students to see the relevance and use of mathematics in and outside of the classroom with other disciplines.
Trina Wooten
Matthew Wright
wrightm4@montclair.edu
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.
Matthew Wright
Karmen T. Yu
yuk4@montclair.edu
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.
Karmen Yu
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