I am currently a Professor of STEM Education and Associate Dean in the College of Education. I came to University of Kentucky in August 2006 as an Assistant Professor of Middle/Secondary Mathematics Education. I moved to Lexington because of the job; I loved Lexington as a city and found there was lots to do in Kentucky. I married my husband, also a PhD in mathematics education, in 2008 and we had our daughter, Alexis, in 2011, our son Carter in 2013, another son Riley in 2016, and a son Maddox in 2018. Our dog, Allie, rounds out our family. We enjoy any DIY project, spending time outdoors together, running and soccer, and camping and boating in the summertime.
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I finished my PhD in June 2006 at Texas A&M University in Curriculum and Instruction with emphases in Math Education. While at Texas A&M University, I worked with the Middle School Mathematics Project (MSMP) and research assistant to Dr. Gerald Kulm, Curtis D. Robert Professor of Mathematics Education. I moved to College Station, Texas, from Pittsburg, Kansas in August 2004.
At Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS, I was a member of the NCAA Division II cross-country and track (indoor and outdoor) teams for 5 years. In addition, I was a student ambassador for 4 1/2 years, a member of our Mathematics Honor Society for 4 years, and co-chair of the freshman aide committee for the Student Government Association. I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Education in mathematics after completing my student teaching in Pittsburg, KS. Since I had a year and half left of eligibility in track and cross-country, I continued on in the mathematics department. While I was getting my masters I had the privilege of teaching College Algebra with Review and Intermediate Algebra. In addition, I received opportunities to teach at Labette Community College as an adjunct faculty member, to teach 7th and 8th grade honors mathematics, and to sub in the afternoons at an area High School. I graduated with my Master of Science in Mathematics in May 2004, finishing out my eligibility in track the same day.
While teaching and running my last year at Pittsburg State University, I decided to get my PhD and chose Texas A&M University because of its collegiate atmosphere.
I am originally from Wichita, Kansas, where I graduated from Bishop Carroll Catholic High School. I was involved in cross-country, track, basketball (manager), 4-H, and student council. My senior year I was the president of student council, and won state titles in cross-country and track.
I am the oldest of five kids, 1 sister and 3 brothers: Andrea, Adam, Peter, and Alex.