Darien Allan: email
I completed my M.Sc. in Secondary Mathematics Education at SFU in December 2009.Â My professors and peers created a learning environment that was stimulating and challenging.Â I enrolled in the PhD program because I enjoy that environment and because I feel it is necessary in order to continue improving my practice.Â My masterâ€™s research involved identifying cognitive, social, and emotional factors behind secondary studentsâ€™ avoidance behaviour in mathematics.Â I am interested in broadening my understanding in mathematics and mathematics education so that I can use it to improve my teaching practice.S
Lyla Alsalim:Â email
After I got my B.A., I was really excited about transitioning from student to teacher. Despite loving everything about teaching, teaching mathematics was not as easy as I thought it would be. In Saudi Arabia, teaching mathematics is based on a traditionalist outlook and the teacherâ€™s role is to pass on the knowledge from the textbook. My experience as a mathematics teacher encouraged me to come to Canada to pursue a Masterâ€™s degree followed by a Ph.D. in Education. Completing the Ph.D. program in mathematics education will give me a wonderful opportunity to pursue my lifelong goal as a mathematics teacher to discover new methods and practices to enhance the love of mathematics among teachers and students.S
Melania Alvarez-Adem:Â email
Currently I work as Education Coordinator for the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences. In the past I worked in the private industry doing reliability analysis, simulation and mathematical modeling. I was a consultant for the Vice president office at Stanford University. I worked for 10 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a researcher in the Quantitative Assessment Project.
Oana Chiru: email
I began my graduate studies at SFU in 2011, and my educational journey has so far followed its natural course: gods were toppled, certainties obliterated, and myths unceremoniously discarded. Refreshed, renewed, and armed with new found questions, I look forward to pursuing my interest in the Triple Grail of mathematics education: making the classroom a place of engagement, curiosity and enjoyment of beautiful ideas. The best thing about being a graduate student at SFU is collaborating with like-minded people who appreciate mathematics and love teaching it. That, and the library.
Elysia Dubland: email
I am passionate about both mathematics and teaching. Â I am currently a public school teacher in Surrey. Â I enrolled in the M.Sc. program in Mathematics Education at SFU primarily with the goal of becoming a better mathematics teacher. Â Through the coursework I was challenged to critically reflect on my own practices, and as a result, I implemented many changes and improvements to my teaching. Â My thesis work involves looking at the effects on students when mathematics homework is promoted to them as a form of self-assessment in an autonomous environment. Â I am greatly enjoying engaging with this research by working with my students and reading the literature. Â I am extremely happy with my decision to enroll in the masters program at SFU, as it has been the best professional development I have done.
Judy Larsen: email
My interest in the field of mathematics education has grown progressively since my first encounters of tutoring calculus during my undergraduate studies. I am now an associate professor at the University of the Fraser Valley teaching mathematics in the Upgrading and University Preparation department, and I continue to enjoy learning about how adults learn mathematics. My masterâ€™s thesis,Â Experiencing a Flipped Mathematics Class, provided me with an opportunity to explore student autonomy in the context of a flipped classroom. This research experience was extremely reifying for me as a teacher, and it inspired me to pursue further research opportunities within the PhD program.
Minnie Liu:Â email
Mathematics has always been my passion.Â However, sharing my passion of mathematics to secondary school students proves to be more difficult than I have imagined.Â This led me to SFU.Â After I completed my MSc in 2011, I joined the PhD program.Â Both the MSc and PhD programs challenge me to critically reflect on my practice and the various theories of learning and teaching mathematics.Â Currently, I am interested in promoting studentsâ€™ mathematical literacy skills through the use of tasks and activities.Â I focus on the various approaches students take to solve these tasks, and their behaviours during these activities.
Natasa Sirotic:Â email
I began my PhD studies in Sep 2006 with a desire to find out what are the instructional practices in a mathematics classroom that will cause children to think well. I completed M.Sc. degree in Secondary Mathematics Education at SFU (2004) with the thesis â€œProspective Secondary Mathematics Teachersâ€™ Understanding of Irrationalityâ€. I teach mathematics at Southpointe Academy in Tsawwassen. My responsibilities include facilitating a continuous professional development of the practicing teachers at the school, both in mathematical content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge. In my graduate work I intend to research the â€œlesson studyâ€ model of teacher development as a vehicle for developing effective, content specific instructional practices.
Max Sterelyukhin: email
Learning and teaching mathematics has been my main focus for the past 9 years, as an undergraduate student, teaching assistant, student teacher, practicing teacher, and education graduate student. I have enjoyed the process immensely thus far: from learning the basics of teaching, including classroom management to analysing the research literature and using it in my practice. The more I engage with the research, the more excited I get about the possibilities and the depth to which this thing we call math teaching can be taken. Iâ€™m thankful for the opportunities to learn from my peers and professors in the program, as this has been the best professional development Iâ€™ve ever undertaken.
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