These young teachers are pretty amazing – NC State Grads in the news

It is graduation week and I could not be more proud of my undergraduate students from the classes of 2012 through 2015 who are now fully established or just beginning their careers as teachers.  I have 280 of them out there now and they are all pretty much as terrific as these two.

This week Tacey Miller ’15 and Maryam Khan ’13 both made the news. Pretty cool stuff.

Here Tacey does what so many of us have been trying to do – articulate how bizarre it is that the Teaching Fellows program was cut in NC while the TFA program was maintained.  I could not be more proud of her. Kudos to the author of the story as well.

Maryam is also amazing.  She is one of the happiest, most generous people I have ever met.  She is humble and dynamic both at the same time.  Check out the clap mob she received.

And thanks to every one of the hard-working pre-service and in-service teachers I have been fortunate enough to teach. Keep up the great work!

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I am a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Elementary Education department at NC State where I specialize in Math Methods. I went to Duke where I earned a B.A. in Anthropology and played on the Golf Team. I have an M.Ed. in Special Education and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in mathematics education, both from NC State. My interest in Math waned in middle and high school. But when I began to support high school students in math as part of my job as a special educator, I became interested in the cultural and instructional aspects of mathematics. And now, 20 years later, that's pretty much all I think about. But I do love to swim, garden and, with my partner Jenn, watch our backyard bees make honey which they store in their hexagonal spaces--see 'the isoperimetric problem' or take a look at this website:


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