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Daniel Abuabasa


Daniel Abuabasa received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with Mathematics and a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Economics from the University of Ghana. He also obtained an MS (Finance) degree from Pace University, New York, and an MS (Statistics) degree from Montclair State University. Before coming to the United States, Daniel taught mathematics in the high school in Ghana for some time, after which he went to work with the Ghana Statistical Service. Currently, he is a SpED/Mathematics teacher at the Malcom X Shabazz High school in Newark, New Jersey. Eager to improve upon his methods of mathematics teaching, he enrolled as a part-time candidate in the Ph.D (Mathematics Education) Program at Montclair State University. Marveled at how different culture groups approach the learning of mathematics in the classroom, Daniel decided to explore how culture can be employed to interpret mathematics performance of high school students.

Denish Akuom


Denish Akuom is a full-time doctoral student and doctoral research assistant on The Maker Project at Montclair State University. He earned his Bachelor’s degree (Mathematics and Geography) from Karatina University in Kenya and a Master’s degree in Mathematics Education from Rutgers University. His research interests focus on exploring preservice teachers’ knowledge development through Making, specifically, how their engagement in 3-D designing and printing, and subsequently practicing with the manipulative they designed, supports their teaching and learning of mathematics. Coming across the Making concept for the first time and learning of its potential to the teaching and learning of mathematics, Denish decided to introduce the concept in Kenya through his start-up called STEM Center Africa. The center has been engaging students in 3-D designing and printing and also offering PD to practicing teachers on how to 3-D design and print a manipulative for teaching. At the center, they also offer other programs like coding, robotics, and scratch programming, among others.

Malack Amenya


Malack Amenya received his BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from Montclair State University, NJ, and an MS from East Stroudsburg University, PA. He has been teaching mathematics in New Jersey since 2005 and he is currently a Math Coach in one of the Public schools in NJ. Malack is also currently a part-time doctoral candidate and research assistant. His research interests include Productive struggle in middle school mathematics students, how to advance the forgotten middle math students.

Adam Anderson


Adam is a doctoral candidate and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics. He went to West Liberty University for his bachelor’s and West Virginia University for his master’s. He currently teaches full-time and is a part-time student. His research interests include student understanding of topological concepts, cultural diversity in mathematics education, and technology use in education.

Abiodun Banner


Abiodun Banner is a part-time doctoral student of Nigerian descent and a full-time high school geometry teacher. She also runs a mentoring group called The Ladies of Leadership which focuses on self-awareness and self-confidence to empower young women to be active leaders of tomorrow. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Math Education at New Jersey City University and her Master’s degree in Education from The College of NJ and has been teaching high school for close to 10 years. Her research interest focuses on math anxiety and practical tools to recognize and address it within our classroom.

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Amy Daniel


Amy Daniel is a full-time doctoral student and research assistant. She earned her BS and MS degrees in Mathematics from Texas A&M University. She has taught undergraduate mathematics at Baylor University, the University of New Orleans, and the University of the Incarnate Word, and is currently an adjunct professor at Purchase College in New York. Amy’s research interests include educational practices that impact the experience and success of undergraduate students in core mathematics courses, particularly those of underserved students.

Anthony Emmons


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 master’s 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.

Christa Falzarano


Christa Falzarano is a lifelong learner, who earned her undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Education from Stockton University and her Master’s degree from William Paterson University, in Curriculum and Learning with a concentration in Teaching Children Mathematics. Christa expresses her passion for teaching mathematics as a full-time high school teacher and a part-time adjunct professor. As a part-time doctoral student, who entered the program in Fall 2019, Christa is still exploring potential research areas and is excited to work among passionate and curious colleagues and faculty as she continues her journey.

Frank Forte


My name is Frank Forte. I’m in my third year of the doctoral program (part-time). I worked for 17 years as a high school math teacher where I taught everything from 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 also serve as the department’s concurrent enrollment coordinator, working with high schools that teach our courses on site. 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 continue my doctoral studies as a part-time student at Montclair State University.

Erell Feb Germia


Erell Germia’s research interest focuses on how students mathematize the world and learn mathematical concepts while programming simulations for scientific phenomena. Another research topic that interests her is on students’ multilingual mathematics learning. Currently, she is a full-time doctoral student and works as a research assistant. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s in Mathematics at West Visayas State University.

Bernard Gray


Bernard Gray earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics from Rutgers, Newark. He received his Master of Arts for Teaching in Secondary Education from Montclair State University. Bernard is currently an 8th grade middle school teacher of Mathematics and Science since 2016 with Newark Public Schools. He is also an adjunct professor at St Elizabeth University where he teaches Arithmetic, Introduction to Algebra and Elementary Statistics. He began his PhD in Mathematics Education as a part-time student in fall 2019. Bernard enjoys traveling and being with family and friends.

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Youngjun Kim


Youngjun Kim is a full-time doctoral candidate and research assistant. He earned his B.S. in Mathematics and B.A. in English Language and Literature from SungKyunKwan University in South Korea. Youngjun taught middle and high school mathematics in South Korea. In the U.S., he continued his teaching career at Passaic Arts and Science Charter School in New Jersey. With his experience, he realized that differences in mathematics education between the two countries produce different academic outcomes. Based on his background, his research interests include international comparative studies in math education and its impact on U.S. educational policy, research, and practice. He is also interested in how to support in-service and pre-service mathematics teachers.

Elise Lahiere


Elise Lahiere works full time at Montclair State University as a Course Coordinator in the Red Hawk Math Active Learning Center, where classes are taught in an “emporium” style using Pearson’s MyLabsPlus learning platform. She has earned both her Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Master’s Degree in Statistics at Montclair State. This is currently her first year as a part-time student in the Mathematics Education doctoral program.

Heather Lauritano


Heather Lauritano received a Bachelor’s degree (BA) from The College of New Jersey in mathematics education. She also received a master’s degree (MS) from Montclair State University in statistics. Currently, Heather is employed as a math teacher at Hackettstown High School in Hackettstown, New Jersey. She has been teaching at the high school level for over 10 years and looks forward to furthering her education. Heather is currently enrolled part time in the PhD program for mathematics education at Montclair State University.

Su San Lim


Su San Lim is a full-time Ph.D. student and a research assistant in the mathematics education department. She earned her B.S in mathematics education and master degree in mathematics from Jeju National University in South Korea. Her research interest is the motivation of students from underprivileged communities.

Alfred Limbere


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 a master’s 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.

Katie Monhahan (Seagreaves)


Katie Monahan (Seagreaves) has earned her BS in Elementary Math Education and Coaching Pedagogy and MS in Secondary Math from Kutztown University. She completed her STEM Endorsement from DeSales University. Katie completed 13 years teaching in Allentown, Pa. She has taught a range from third through eighth grades and also enjoys coaching field hockey at the high school level. The Fall 2020 semester is her first in the Math Ed Ph.d. program at Montclair State University. Her interests include productive struggle, perseverance, mathematical editing strategies, and mathematical growth mindset in the formative elementary years as well as teacher preparation in higher ed.

Erin Pomponio


Hello! I’m Erin Pomponio. I have been a graduate research assistant working on the NSF-funded Teachers Making for Mathematical Learning project since May 2019, and I became a full-time doctoral student in January 2020. I earned a B.F.A with a concentration in sculpture from The College of New Jersey in 2008, and an A.A.S. in veterinary technology from Bergen County Community College in 2010. I earned my M.A.T. from Montclair State University in 2019, where I was able to focus much of my work on disability studies, critical theory, and inclusive education through another graduate research assistantship position. I am currently a certified K-6, special education, middle school science, and art K-12 teacher with experience teaching in kindergarten. My research interests include examining elementary-aged student mathematical learning through a variety of epistemological theoretical perspectives, the learning and doing mathematics as a creative process, and examining the intersections of mathematics and the arts as a space where accessible models of teaching, pedagogy, and curriculum can be developed.

Amanda Provost


Amanda Provost received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education at Montclair State University, with a minor in Psychology. She has taught middle school (6-8th grades) math and science for 4 years. She started the PhD program as a part-time student in the Spring of 2020 while teaching, and now she is enrolled full-time as a doctoral research assistant. Her research interests include mathematical modeling and math & science integration in STEM education.

Emily Sullivan


Emily is in her third year of teaching math and coaching basketball full-time at River Dell High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from the University of Delaware, where she also minored in Italian and swam on the club swim team. Emily will begin her journey in the fall of 2022 as a part-time doctoral candidate in the Mathematics Education PhD program at Montclair State University. She is excited and grateful for this opportunity to contribute to research in a field she is passionate about.

Geena Taite


Geena Taite has earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Ramapo College and her Master of Arts for Teachers degree in Mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has been teaching various levels of high school mathematics since 2013 and is currently teaching at the Diana C. Lobosco STEM Academy in Wayne, NJ. Geena began pursuing a PhD in Mathematics Education in the fall of 2019 as a part-time student. She has an interest in making mathematics meaningful for her students and is dedicated to reflecting on her practice to improve student learning. In her spare time, she coaches figure skating.

Laura Weinstein


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 Montclair State.

Antonina (Toni) York


Toni is a full-time doctoral student and research assistant who started in Fall 2018. She has a B.A. in Mathematics, Physics, and Music (Composition) from Drew University and a B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in German from Oregon State University. She also has an M.S. in Mathematics (Education) from Montclair State University and an M.E. in Systems Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. She spent seven years working as a civilian engineer with the US Air Force, during which she got involved in several STEM Outreach programs. She still works with USAF STEM Outreach on a summer program called Engineering Camp. Her research interests include the integration of mathematics with computer science and the study of growth mindset in both students and teachers.

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.