Program/Degree: Mathematics Education PhD
I am an elementary school teacher with B.A. in Linguistics, B.Ed. in ESL, and M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education. I have been teaching at K-7 level in Canada for ten years now, and currently teach IB Middle Years Program, with Mathematics being one of the courses. I have also taught ESL at high school level in Russia. My research interests are: use of digital technology in teaching and learning mathematics at the elementary school level, liberating and motivational affordances of learning technologies in mathematics education, embodied cognition in mathematics thinking and learning, and curriculum designs for mathematics and technology integration.
Please tell us how you first discovered your program.
My initial encounter with the Faculty of Education at SFU happened in 2005, when I was upgrading my elementary teaching certificate. While taking Mathematics for Teachers course, I was not only impressed with the quality and level of instruction – my personal views on Mathematics Education were radically transformed. Later I found out that the same team of professors taught in Mathematics Education PhD program, and was immediately interested.
Please tell us why you chose the Faculty of Education at SFU for your studies.
I chose it because of the unbelievably good instructors.
Who is a faculty member you have enjoyed working with and why?
Dr. Peter Liljedahl was the first SFU professor I have worked with back in 2006. I have never met such an intelligent, knowledgeable, and open-minded instructor, whose super-human mega power to inspire and energize was tremendous. I have also worked with Dr. Rina Zazkis, a brilliant educator, whose wit and humour never failed to light up the classroom. These two professors ultimately were the reason I chose SFU for my future study. Once in the program, I met Dr. Nathalie Sinclair, my fantastic supervisor, and Dr. David Pimm, who made my first term at SFU a very memorable one.