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Current Graduate Students


Aimee Cardon is a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Hala Ghousseini. Her research interests include teacher education and teacher driven models of professional development. She holds a bachelors of Science in Secondary Mathematics and Statistics Education from Utah State University and a Masters of Education in K-8 Mathematics Leadership from George Mason University. Prior to beginning her Ph.D., she worked for six years teaching mathematics at the elementary and middle school levels.

Sarah Lord is a third year doctoral student and an advisee of Dr. Amy Ellis. She holds a BA in philosophy from the University of Chicago, a BS in elementary education from University of Wisconsin, and an MS in math education, also from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to coming to graduate school, Sarah spent nine years working in public schools in the Madison area as a classroom teacher, ESL teacher, and district math leader. She is interested in students’ mathematical development across elementary and middle school, particularly in the area of number and operations. Her primary focus is on transitions between additive thinking and multiplicative reasoning, and between multiplicative reasoning and proportional reasoning. Sarah is also passionate about providing professional development to in-service teachers.

Sam Prough studies under Dr. Hala Ghousseini as a Ph.D. student. She holds a BS in mathematics and physics from Valparaiso University and an MS in mathematics education from Purdue University. Prior to coming to Madison, Sam taught as a high school math teacher in Indiana with a focus in project based learning. Her current research interests include exploring college and career readiness through mathematics, supporting students of oppressive intersectionality, and understanding mathematics identity for both students and teachers.

Keith Setz is a first year doctoral student working with Maxine McKinney de Royston. Keith has earned his BS in Mathematics Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a MS in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Professional Development from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Keith's interests include the instruction of preservice teachers and the implementation of personalized learning in classrooms. Keith has been a high school math teacher and a middle school math teacher for the past eight years. In addition to his doctoral work, Keith will also serve as a university supervisor for student teachers and a teaching assistant.

Susanne “Susie” Strachota studies under Dr. Amy Ellis. She holds a master’s degree in mathematics education from Tufts University and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a minor in studio art from Saint Anselm College. She is interested in algebraic reasoning, specifically how students reason about functional relationships. Before coming to UW-Madison, Susie taught high school mathematics in Boston, MA.

Yewon Sung studies under Dr. Erika Bullock. She holds two MA degrees; one in C&I and Special Education from St. Cloud State University, MN, and the other in Math Gifted Education from Gyeongin National University of Education (GINUE), Korea. She also graduated with a BA in Elementary Education from GINUE. Before coming to the U.S., Yewon taught elementary students for six years in Korea. She earned two teaching licenses one in elementary and the other in secondary mathematics, MN. Yewon is interested in how instructional technology supports teachers’ comprehensive mathematical concept delivery. She works with Dr. Ana Stephens in Project LEAP.

Ryan Ziols is currently a doctoral candidate. His research interests include the political and social histories of mathematics education, teacher education, and education partnerships. His advisor is Dr. Erika Bullock.


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